Milkweed Editions Seeks a Publishing Assistant


About the Position

Milkweed Editions, one of the nation’s leading independent book publishers, seeks a publishing assistant. The publishing assistant works under the direction of the publisher & CEO and in close collaboration with the managing director and editor. Responsibilities include coordinating the manuscript review process, assisting in the evaluation and acquisition of manuscripts, preparing final manuscripts for production, working closely with the editor throughout the production process, seeking and granting permissions, maintaining correspondence with authors, agents, and other publishers, and generally assisting in all aspects of the editorial process. The publishing assistant will also support other departments on an as-needed basis.

The Ideal Candidate

A love of literature is essential, as are identification with our mission and excitement about our list. Ideal candidates will be well organized, capable of multitasking, and widely read. Superior communication and writing skills are essential. We seek candidates who are highly collaborative, and curiosity about every aspect of the publishing process will be helpful.

Experience in publishing is preferred, but not required. Graphic design skills are a plus.


This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits. Compensation will be determined based on experience.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample (2 pages maximum, ideally a press release or other example of copywriting skills), by December 11, 2015. Send materials via e-mail, addressed to, using your name as the name of your file (i.e., lastnamecover.doc; lastnameresume.doc), and including publishing assistant in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

It is the policy of Milkweed Editions to afford equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a disabled veteran, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class recognized by applicable laws.