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Press officer, Michael Joseph

Press officer, Michael Joseph

locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 20/06/2024
Comms / Marketing / PR
Permanent position

Closing date: 20th June 2024

Salary: Circa £30,000 

Location: London


Join the award-winning team of book publicists at Penguin Michael Joseph - a division of Penguin Random House, the world’s leading book publishing company. 

As Press Officer, you will be responsible for planning and implementing publicity and events campaigns for a range of non-fiction and fiction books, from launching new voices to promoting established writers across a wide range of genres from commercial fiction and memoirs to romance, fantasy, cookery and more.

You will have direction from senior publicity colleagues, and will collaborate with other publicists on campaigns. You will liaise between internal departments, from marketing and sales to rights and editorial, and communicate effectively with authors and agents, and other external stakeholders. 



Alongside this, you can expect to:

  • Write press releases; create targeted mailing lists; place features, interviews and reviews across broadcast, print and online media.
  • Plan and schedule events, signings, and festival appearance.
  • Accompany authors on press tours and to events, working evenings and weekends where appropriate.
  • Manage your campaign budgets: estimating costs, staying within budget and processing invoices.
  • Communicate effectively with authors and agents, including presenting campaign plans and results.
  • Initiate and maintain relationships with journalists, festival and events organisers.
  • Read acquisitions and provide feedback from a PR angle.
  • Coordinate international press requests for group companies.


What you’ll bring

  • We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive team player with good communication, organisation and time management skills. 
  • You don’t need to have come from a publishing background; you may have worked as a Publicity Assistant or Press Officer in a PR agency, or within the arts, creative or media industries.
  • Our perfect candidate will have some knowledge of publicity having supported on media and events campaigns, and are ready to make the next step, focusing on commercial publicity. 
  • Importantly, you will thrive in a fast-paced environment, come to work eager and ready to learn and be curious and interested by our books.


How to apply

If this sounds like your next role, please apply with your CV and Cover Letter by 11:59pm on Thursday 20th June.

As part of your cover letter please answer the following question (in no more than 200 words):

  • What book publicity campaign have you most admired and what made it stand out to you?


The employer reserves the right to close the listing and stop accepting applications sooner than the original deadline. Therefore we strongly recommend applying at the earliest opportunity.

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries. 

As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we offer interviews to candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria for the role, and opt-in on their application form. There may be times when the volume of applications means we cannot take all eligible candidates to interview.

Please state in your application that you found this role through Creative Access.

Level of experience

  • Junior

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