Joe Berkowitz

Joe Berkowitz

Staff writer at Fast company
New York, United States

About me

In addition to writing for Fast Company, I'm a freelance writer with bylines in several notable publications--including The Awl, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, GQ, McSweeney's, Salon, and The Village Voice. I've written extensively about pop culture, advertising, society, trends, and myself.


Staff Writer
New York, United States
November 2011 - Present (7 years 2 months)
My beats are advertising, entertainment, and technology--especially the occasional sweet spot where the three intersect. If I'm not pitching a story idea this very second, it's because I'm writing it.
Associate Project Editor
July 2009 - November 2011 (2 years 4 months)
Work directly with authors on developing manuscripts. Edit for structure, flow, style, and tone. Serve as sponsoring editor for titles inherited from previous editors. Conduct exhaustive fact-checking on certain titles. Contribute design ideas for finished book. Ensure that manuscripts align with vision described at editorial board meetings.
Editorial Assistant
June 2007 - June 2009 (2 years)
Assisted three editors with manuscript evaluation, editing, correspondence, creating tipsheets, sales conference presentations, research, and running P&Ls. Contributed regularly to title meetings, cover meetings, and editorial meetings. Formed relationships with agents. Handled rights reversions. Developed book ideas. Conducted successful endorsement campaigns. Wrote jacket copy and tip sheets.
National Accounts Sales Assistant
Penguin Group USA
June 2007 - June 2009 (2 years)
Assisted two sales representatives and National Accounts director. Conducted daily, weekly, and monthly reports. Processed various contracts. Put together extensive Power Point presentations. Monitored sales activity. Conducted market research. Personally sold backlist to stores hosting touring authors.


M.S Publishing

2004 - 2006 (2 years)

B.A English

1998 - 2003 (5 years)

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