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Publishing Events is sponsored by the Association of American Publishers, the leading trade association for the U.S. book and journal publishing industry.

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Title: Editorial and Subsidiary Rights Assistant
Description: The assistant will report to Senior Editor & Subsidiary Rights Director and Subsidiary Rights Manager in both rights and editorial functions.

Editorial: supports Executive Editor on a list of current and forthcoming titles, evaluating submitted manuscripts for possible acquisition. Tasks will include: tracking, reading, and reporting on manuscript submissions; drafting rejection letters; requesting and tracking contracts and payments due for acquired titles; preparing edited manuscripts for transmittal; drafting catalog and jacket copy; preparing marketing materials for forthcoming titles; and providing general administrative support. There may be some opportunity to assist in the editing process.

Subsidiary Rights: supports two-person rights department on entire list of rights submissions, including foreign, audio, book club, large print, and serial. Tasks will include: drafting submission letters; managing large e-mail submissions; checking head contracts, tracking and proofing incoming contracts through to signature; preparing invoices; processing incoming royalty and advance payments; chasing overdue contracts and advances; researching titles for reversion or renewal; digitizing contract and royalty records; preparing for book fairs; requesting and mailing tax forms; researching and responding to rights queries; and data entry/management on Bradbury Phillips platform.
Requirements: An enthusiasm for both rights and editorial is a must. Applicants must be highly organized, detail-oriented self-starters who are able to multitask in a fast-paced environment. Applicants must enjoy reading, particularly literary fiction, and feel confident voicing their opinion of submitted manuscripts. Reading proficiency in a foreign language and comfort with Bradbury Phillips or similar databases are both helpful; prior experience in editorial and/or rights at a publishing house or agency is helpful but not required. Training will be provided.
Location: Remote to start, New York, NY when the office reopens
How To Apply For This Job: Please send resume and cover letter to Amy Hundley at and include job title in the subject line. People from backgrounds underrepresented in publishing are particularly encouraged to apply.
Date Posted: 6/7/2021 (Ongoing Job Posting)

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