HarperCollins Publishers

Editorial Assistant - Intrigue/Love Inspired

Job Locations US-NY-New York




The Editorial Assistant is responsible for obtaining an understanding of the publishing business and providing administrative assistance for Harlequin Intrigue and the Love Inspired publishing programs.  A front-line contact for the Editorial team and assists in positively portraying the company to external sources.


  • Completes first screen for all “slush” manuscripts and query letters submitted, identifies and forwards any worth further consideration.
  • Coordinates transfer of materials to other company departments as required.
  • Acts as front-line contact for the editorial team by screening requests or messages from external parties such as answering queries from authors/agents, unsolicited authors/agent calls, providing information when known or referring to the proper source and participating in Twitter pitching events.
  • Provides administrative assistance to the editorial team by creating, updating and/or maintaining internal systems; generating reports; requesting materials from contracted authors such as title suggestions, art fact sheet information, and social media content; coordinating deadlines for the team, scheduling meetings as required.
  • Provides editorial assistance to the editorial team by preparing reader reports and revision letters, writing and revising back cover copy, and with direction, reviewing copy editing and author approval/alterations.
  • Provides assistance to team as needed to back imprint strategy and growth.


Specific training or job experience required includes:

  • Undergraduate degree in English
  • Previous administrative experience
  • Post-secondary publishing Diploma is an asset
  • One-year experience in the publishing industry is an asset


Competencies and skills required to perform this job include:

  • Creativity, decisiveness, functional/technical knowledge, computer knowledge, adaptability/flexibility, customer orientation and a drive for results.
  • The ability to manage execution, to prioritize, to pay close attention to detail, and to deal with stress
  • Strong communication, planning, organizational, teamwork, and problem-solving skills

What's in It For You?

  • The opportunity to be part of a company on the leading edge of publishing, working with a very talented team and exceptional books
  • Paid time off days and vacation allotment, starting at three weeks
  • Flexible benefit plans to fit your needs and pension matching
  • Various virtual social activities to keep you connected – we love trivia!
  • Virtual author events and access to discounted books
  • Working with passionate people!


About HarperCollins Canada and Harlequin

Harlequin is a leading publisher of commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. We publish more than 100 titles a month that reach audiences globally. Encompassing highly recognizable imprints that span a broad number of genres, we are home to many award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors. Harlequin is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world. Through HarperCollins’s global publishing program, Harlequin titles are published in 17 countries and 16 languages.


Known worldwide for the quality of its list, HarperCollins Canada is the proud home of many bestselling and award-winning authors, including Esi Edugyan, Heather O’Neill, and Lawrence Hill. It is our vision to publish the best books of our generation and to work with authors over the length and breadth of their careers. Our authors are at the centre of everything we do. In addition to the Canadian publishing program, HarperCollins Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing, and publicity of HarperCollins titles from around the globe.


External applicants are asked to apply on our website (https://careers.hcc-hqn.com/).


HarperCollins Canada and Harlequin are Equal Opportunity Employers committed to

equal employment opportunities. Employment decisions are based on job requirements and the skills, knowledge, and experience of the candidate, regardless of any other factors unrelated to job performance.


We are also committed to ensuring that the accessibility needs of candidates and employees are considered and accommodated during the recruitment process.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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