Job opening detail :
Publicity Associate
posted: Jan. 16, 2020
Offered by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Health; Dental; 401K
Full Time
New York, NY
HMH Books & Media, one of the world’s leading publishers, is seeking a Publicity Associate to join our dynamic and collaborative publicity team. The person in this position will support the publicity manager as well as work on select titles independently—write press releases and pitch letters, assist with booking media and arrange author tours, book signings and virtual events, create mailing lists, and participate in launch, marketing, and other brainstorming meetings—with supervision from the publicity manager. Headliners on our list include Paul Theroux, Veronica Roth, Tim O’Brien, Guy Raz, Adam Hochschild, Adrienne Brodeur, Lori Gottlieb, and David Nicholls. We're looking for someone who has a passionate interest in a variety of genres—science, technology, politics, and history as well as fiction, mystery, and science fiction and fantasy—top notch communication skills, creativity, and an ability to build buzz by tapping into online, social, and podcasting communities.


Drafting press materials, including press releases, pitch and galley letters, interview alerts, quote sheets, etc.
Liaising with bookstores to organize author events.
Coordinating travel and other arrangements for author tours.
Responding to a variety of calls from media, authors, and booksellers.
Communicating between the Marketing, Editorial, Sales, and Production departments.
Maintaining media clips, press contacts, and detailed logs of publicity projects in an internal database system.
Performing online research to acquire publicity contacts.
Supporting the publicity department with bill coding and reconciling and communicating with warehouse team.
Escorting authors to local media appearances and events.
Providing general administrative support, including mailings, photocopying, processing invoices, filing, billing, expense reports, etc.
Presenting publicity plans and updates for assigned titles at marketing meetings and sales conference.



Bachelor’s Degree (English, Communications, or related field)
Minimum of one year working in Publishing field (internship)
Experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)


Master’s degree
Experience using Google Docs
Experience with Cision
Experience with InDesign and Photoshop
About Our  
For nearly two centuries, HMH Trade Publishing has published some of the world’s most renowned novels, nonfiction, children’s books, and reference works. As part of a leading global learning company, it is uniquely positioned to offer educational and entertaining content for all audiences. Its distinguished author list includes ten Nobel Prize winners, forty-eight Pulitzer Prize winners, fifteen National Book Award winners, and more than one hundred Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients. HMH publishes such distinguished authors as Tim O'Brien, Natasha Trethewey, Paul Theroux and Amos Oz, and a celebrated roster of children’s authors and illustrators including Kwame Alexander, Lois Lowry, and Chris Van Allsburg. HMH is also home to The Best American series®; The Whole30®, Weber Grill, Betty Crocker®, Better Homes and Gardens®, How to Cook Everything®, and other leading lifestyle properties; the Peterson Field Guides®; CliffsNotes™; books by J.R.R. Tolkien; and many iconic children’s books and characters, including Curious George®, The Little Prince, and The Polar Express. HMH Productions, its newly launched division, develops and produces media and licensed products related to brands such as Carmen Sandiego and Oregon Trail.
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