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10 Nov 2020

Full-Time Editorial Assistant, Basic Books

Hachette Book Group – Posted by Hachette Book Group New York, New York, United States

Job Description

Basic Books, imprint of Perseus Books, a Hachette Book Group company, is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support the Associate Publisher/Editorial Director for science, who acquires for the Basic Books list, and a Senior Editor, who acquires for the Seal Press list. This is an entry-level role in our editorial department, but one with opportunities for learning and growth.


  • Interact professionally with authors and literary agents, as well as internal departments within Basic Books and HBG, including design, publicity, marketing, production, sales.
  • Prepare materials for and traffic editorial projects through all stages of the editorial process from acquisition through final book.
  • Enter title data into proprietary database systems and maintain data throughout publishing process.
  • Draft and circulate contract forms.
  • Draft descriptive copy and fact sheets that will be used to explain books to the sales and marketing departments.
  • Attend and prepare materials for editorial meetings, and marketing and sales meetings as required.
  • Review book proposals from literary agents and discuss with editorial team.
  • Research book sales using internal and external databases.
  • Participate in brainstorming meetings and share ideas for books and other product.
  • Perform administrative duties, including: scheduling, photocopying, handling mail, filing, directing/responding to inquiries, ordering office supplies, maintaining book archives, misc. research projects, etc.


The successful candidate will:  

  • Have a college degree
  • Be passionate about nonfiction books
  • Be open minded and curious about nonfiction subject areas
  • Be passionate about the creative process and sharing ideas
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Be highly organized, capable of multi-tasking, and detail oriented
  • Be able to work effectively with colleagues at every level of seniority
  • Be self-directed and able to work independently
  • Demonstrate imagination, creativity, and original thinking
  • Be comfortable using email, calendar management, and file management tools
  • Be familiar with Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel or other like tools

As a leading book publisher, we believe that including and representing diverse voices in all aspects of our business is fundamental to what we do. Hachette Book Group provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

Job expires in 22 days.

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