HarperCollins Publishers

  • Assistant Publicist - Ecco

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
  • Overview



    We have an exciting opportunity for an ambitious, organized and enthusiastic Assistant Publicist to join the prestigious literary imprint, Ecco! This position will support the tight-knit, dynamic Ecco publicity department (Senior Publicity Director, Publicity Director and Senior Publicity Manager) on projects across the full spectrum of Ecco’s list, including literary fiction and serious as well as narrative nonfiction, cookbooks, poetry, memoirs, science, biography and everything in between.


    Just in 2020, Ecco will publish new books by a U.S. senator, two Pulitzer Prize winners, a Poet Laureate, a National Book Award winner, New York Times bestsellers, and incredible debuts across genre. Heading up paperback outreach across the list and supporting on some of the biggest books of the year, this position offers both the chance to work on projects independently and be mentored by one of the strongest publicity teams in the business. This position is perfect for a self-starter who is passionate about spreading the word about great books, pays attention to the media and cultural landscape, and most importantly, loves to read widely.


    • Provides administrative and publicity support to senior level Publicity team members.
    • Handles the monthly paperback mailings and outreach.
    • Coordinates author travel.
    • Assists in pitching and implementing high-impact publicity campaigns, scheduling author interviews and booking events.
    • Writes press materials (press releases, pitch letters, bios, etc.) with the goal of security national, regional, and online media.
    • Answers a variety of calls from media, authors, agents and booksellers with professionalism.
    • Coordinates mailings.
    • Researches and maintains media contact lists and database and strengthen/develop relationships with key media people.
    • Maintains files pertaining to authors, book tours, invoices, etc.
    • Assists with daily departmental duties (distributing mail, circulating press clips, completing copy center jobs, etc…).
    • Occasionally escorts authors to media and bookstore appearances in and around New York City.


    • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
    • Prior internship experience in Publishing or Publicity preferred
    • Ability to multi-task and manage time effectively
    • Proven ability to excel in a fast-paced/high pressure environment with tight deadlines
    • Ability to work independently as well as in collaborative team environments
    • Self-Motivated, persistent and goal-oriented individual
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; social media knowledge a plus
    • Able to travel to author events in NYC
    • Should have a passion for books and knowledge of the media landscape

    HarperCollins Publishers is a company full of people who are passionate about books. When you apply for a position, we want to know why you want to work here, and why you are interested in the job. That’s why cover letters are required.  


    HarperCollins Publishers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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