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Senior Publicity Manager, Cornerstone 12m FTC

Do you love working on a range of fiction and non-fiction? Can you create stand-out campaigns to capture attention and drive sales? An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Publicity Manager to join the award-winning, dynamic and collaborative Cornerstone publicity team to cover a period of parental leave.

About Cornerstone

 Cornerstone publishes books that connect with people. We love discovering new voices, unearthing stories and taking them to new audiences. For us, it’s about using our enthusiasm and expertise to bring great storytelling on all kinds of subjects to as many people as possible.   

Cornerstone is made up of Century, Hutchinson Heinemann, #Merky Books, Del Rey and Cornerstone Press. We publish a fantastic range of both fiction and non-fiction titles and our authors include Taylor Jenkins-Reid, Chris van Tulleken, Jennie Godfrey, Chigozie Obioma, Malorie Blackman, Lisa Jewell and many, many more – so no one day is the same as the next! 

The Opportunity 

We are looking for an experienced book publicist for a 12-month contract to cover a period of parental leave. Joining a team of 10, you will take responsibility for a blend of established and debut authors.

You will get to work with some of the most creative publishing colleagues in the business in a friendly and inclusive environment. You will be involved in every stage of the publishing process from early acquisitions meetings to devising and executing campaign plans and much more.

You can expect to: 

  • Independently create, plan and drive strategic media and events campaigns for major titles including brand fiction,

  • Play a key role in the acquisition of new books, providing PR feedback and contributing to and attending pitches to acquire new talent,

  • Contribute to the company’s strategic priorities and work closely with its editorial team,

  • Communicate effectively with internal departments, including sales and marketing, editorial, rights and international colleagues, and

  • Maintain and develop excellent relationships with high-profile and influential stakeholders, such as authors, agents, journalists and global publishing partners.

What you’ll bring   

You’ll have a proven track record of independently producing standout book publicity campaigns in a publishing environment.  With experience of creating and delivering successful strategic media campaigns that connect with consumers, you will be confident writing engaging press materials, organising large scale events, and will be a high-level networker with the media. 

You’ll also: 

  • Have excellent communication skills and be confident pitching and presenting internally and externally,

  • Be well networked with media contacts and be knowledgeable and curious about all forms of media and what turns the dial,

  • Be highly organised with excellent time management to juggle concurrent campaigns with different lead times,

  • Demonstrate analytical ability and financial awareness for your campaigns, and

  • Think in innovative and creative ways to create buzz behind our book, always with your eye on the activity that truly drives book sales.

Application Instructions

If this sounds like you, apply with a CV and cover letter by Wednesday 28th February.   Interviews will commence shortly after, at our offices in Pimlico.

As part of your cover letter, we’d like you to tell us about a recent book publicity campaign that you were impressed by and why (within 200 words).

About Penguin:

We’re the UK’s largest publisher; made up of some 2,000 people and publishing over 1,500 books each year. Our doors are open to all kinds of talent. In a constantly evolving industry, we work hard to stretch the definition of the word publisher. Here, you’ll work with a breadth of talent who all play their part to make each of our books a success. Together, we make books for everyone because a book can change anyone.

Salary: From £38,000, depending on how your skills and experience align with the role, plus bonus and benefits.

Competitive benefits package: Our people are the heart of our business, and we work hard to support a culture of responsibility and recognition.

Our benefits include:

  • Financial – income protection, life assurance, childcare allowance

  • Wellbeing - healthcare cash plan, critical illness cover, health checks

  • Lifestyle – enhanced parental leave, tech scheme

For our full benefits list please visit:

Hybrid working: We’re experimenting with a hybrid way of working that suits the needs of each team. While our offices across the UK are places to connect, collaborate and celebrate with colleagues, we recognise that flexibility around where you work is just as important. For this role, some meetings will need to be attended in person at our offices in Pimlico on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  As said above too, regular out of hours evening and weekend work is a requirement for this role, too.

The recruitment process: You can read about our recruitment process at 

As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we're part of the offer an interview scheme. This is where disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role can opt in to get to the next recruitment stage. There may be some situations where volume of applicants means we can't take all eligible candidates to interview. We encourage you to tell us about any reasonable adjustments you may need by emailing Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your request.

Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee

Senior Publicity Manager, Cornerstone 12m FTC

Penguin Random House Group, London
Contract, Full-time
Administration, PR, Publicity, Publishing, Communications
Senior Publicity Manager, Cornerstone 12m FTC
Salary description: 
From £38,000, depending on how your skills and experience align with the role, plus bonus and benefits.

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