Job opening detail :
Editorial Assistant, Trade
posted: Jan. 24, 2019
Offered by:
W.W. Norton
Health; Dental; 401K; Profit-sharing
Full Time
New York, NY
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. is seeking an Editorial Assistant to join its Trade Editorial Department. This is a full-time, entry level position based out of Norton’s headquarters in NYC.

Essential Job Responsibilities Include:

• Management of manuscripts in all stages of production; preparing manuscripts for copyediting and production.
• Reading and reacting quickly to submissions.
• Professionally interacting with authors, production, marketing, and sales staff to relay messages, follow-up on requests/information and in general, anticipating when to proactively act on messages.
• Administrative management: organizing and maintaining files; tracking manuscripts and reviews; copying, printing, and emailing.
• Tracking and processing payments.
• Managing text and photo permissions with authors and the contracts department.
• Generating promotional copy for catalogs, book jackets, and sales-related materials.
• Creating and editing Excel and Word documents to support projects and/or office responsibilities.
• Line editing manuscripts and contributing to overall publishing strategy of individual titles.
• Breadth and depth of reading in contemporary fiction and nonfiction of various genres.
• Working with a list of books approximately 75% of which are nonfiction.
Please note that this job description is not designed to cover all activities required of the employee.

Required Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree.
• Employment eligibility to work with W.W. Norton & Company in the US is required.
• Must be able to work full business hours from Norton’s New York office.
• Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communications skills.
• Must be able to anticipate needs and deliver timely, relevant solutions and actions.
• Must be able to develop rapport and relationships with all levels of employees.
• Must be seen as knowledgeable and capable of handling sensitive, critical information.
• Must be proactive, flexible and adaptive in a rapidly changing environment and adjust with a “can-do” attitude.
• Must be self-directed and independent.
• Must have good time management skills, be organized, and be capable of multi-tasking across departments, activities, and projects.
• Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy, with minimal mistakes.
• Mastery of email and calendar management tools required, specifically Outlook.
• Proficiency in Word and Excel.
• Resumes MUST be accompanied by a concise, eloquent cover letter describing current reading interests and reasons for applying to this job in particular. No resumes will be considered without a strong cover letter. The letter must be free of typos and grammatical errors.
• Breadth and depth of reading in contemporary fiction and nonfiction of various genres, including history, science, philosophy, technology, and others. (This is primarily a nonfiction-oriented job and those whose interests are exclusively literary will be at a disadvantage in the application process).
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W. W. Norton & Company is the oldest and largest publishing house owned wholly by its employees. W. W. Norton & Company strives to carry out the imperative of its founder to “publish books not for a single season, but for the years”. In college publishing, that imperative applies not only to books, but also to an ever-growing list of essential print and digital supplements that support teaching and learning. For more information about the Company, visit us online at:

W. W. Norton & Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.
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