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Publishers Weekly announced today the launch of Ed Greenwood’s new publishing venture this fall. Greenwood, a fantasy and sci-fi author probably best known for his creation of the Forgotten Realms universe for Dungeons and Dragons, has been writing for over 30 years, and has published more than 200 books. This publishing venture, The Ed Greenwood Group (TEGG), was born from a desire to continue the creation of worlds.

From orullian.com

“Over the years, Forgotten Realms and gaming have taken me all over the world and made me all sorts of new friends,” he said. “That, for me, is the payoff—the fact that I’m not alone, sitting there creating this thing in my head” (Publishers Weekly).

The background work that Greenwood has undertaken to set this venture up is enormous. Already, he has more than 100 authors, 30 game designers, and 50 artisans interested in getting involved with the project.

It’s becoming more common to see big-name authors take steps outside of their own authorship. Just this week, Ursula  Le Guin, another well-known sci-fi/fantasy author, announced the launch of a online fiction writing workshop in connection with the Book View Café blog, and back in 2010, James Frey founded Full Fathom Five.

Whether Greenwood finds success in this venture or not, it’s a great thing to see big-name authors take a bigger editorial role in the publishing world.


Intern Wanted

 

Publishers Weekly’s Book Review Department is looking for an intern for the Fall semester. The positions are part-time, but if you love books and are considering a career in book or magazine publishing, Publishers Weekly’s Book Review department is the best place to learn about these rapidly changing industries.

Interns will have the opportunity to:

• Work closely with review editors
• Write, fact-check, and edit reviews and short author interviews

Interns will also help staff our very busy bookroom, which receives hundreds of books a week. Your job will include:

• Unpacking books and trafficking them to editors and reviewers, and helping maintain a log of assignments
• Doing liaison work with publishers (requesting review copies, art, etc.)

You must:

• Learn tasks quickly
• Be organized and detail-oriented
• Follow through and meet tight deadlines

If you would like to interview for an intern position, e-mail Drucilla Shultz, Bookroom Editor, at DShultz@PublishersWeekly.com, by Aug. 7th 2015, and put “Fall internship” in the subject line. Please attach a resume and a writing sample or link to one. (A class paper is fine.)


 

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What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.
~ Benjamin Franklin Fairless


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July 27 - Book(less) Dystopias and Linguistic Armageddons

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 10.48.51 AMGreenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Time: 7:30pm

As writers create stories of other worlds – future, fantastical, or alternate – many engage with the question of story itself. How might our relationship to language, words, and books themselves be different in a different context, and what might that tell us about our own world? Tonight at Greenlight, a panel of writers discusses the place of language and literature in their fictional universes. In Alena Graedon’s The Word Exchange, the creators of the last print dictionary in an entirely digital age find themselves running afoul of the powers that be. Jonah Kruvant’s The Last Book Ever Written tells the story of a future officer of the law who goes undercover with an illegal community of writers, and finds that the faux-manuscript he has created takes on more significance than he intended. The Only Words That Are Worth RememberingJeffrey Rotter’s novel of a near-future America, is narrated in the mutated English of a post-literate age. The discussion is moderated by Justin Alvarez, former digital editor of the Paris Review and media editor of Guernica, now a publisher at Lucky Peach.

 

July 28th - Women’s/Trans Poetry Jam & Open Mic

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street
New York, NY

Time: 7:00pm

In Amy Barone’s new poetry chapbook, Kamikaze Dance, she write about nature, music, and the essence of place, including her Pennsylvania hometown, Rio, the Greek Island of Zante and Italy. And she also touches on family conflict and relations  In Carol Rosenfeld’s novel The One That Got Away a barely-out-of-the-closet bridal consultant confronts love, lust, dyke drama and not having a date for New Year’s Eve.

This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side Open mike ( for women & trans only) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit. Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

This event costs $5

 

 

July 30th – Writing War

Brooklyn Historical Society 
128 Pierrepont St.

Time: 6:30pm

After more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, an impressive cadre of writers has emerged from the ranks of America’s military to put stories of war and homecoming on paper. BHS welcomes National Book Award winner Philip Klay (Redeployment), former U.S. Army Captain Matt Gallagher (Kaboom), author Sara Novic and poet and playwright Maurice Decaul for a discussion moderated by Brandon Willitts, Executive Director of Words After War.

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August 1 – Brooklyn Small Press Flea

bpl_logo10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY

Time: 10am-4pm

This pop-up book fair features Brooklyn’s finest indie presses, including A Public SpaceArchipelago BooksBELLADONNA*Electric LiteratureFuturepoemGuillotineMelville HouseOne StoryUgly Duckling Presse, and many more.

Co-presented with BOMB magazine.

 

 


Intern Wanted

Managing Editorial Intern

openroadmediaOpen Road Integrated Media has openings for two unpaid (school credit) interns to work 15 to 20 hours per week in its publishing operations department.

The managing editorial interns will assist the managing editorial department in a number of tasks related to ebook and POD production, including preparing hard copy files for digitization, device QA, data entry, departmental administrative tasks (mailing, scanning, etc.), and some proofreading.

The managing editorial interns will report to the managing editor assistant and work closely with editorial, production, and design team members.

Open Road is a fast-paced, high-profile startup—details and deadlines are of the essence. The right individual will have the unique opportunity to experience all aspects of managing editorial in a next-generation publishing environment.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Perform quality assurance of Open Road titles on major reading devices (iPad, Kindle, and others)
  • Proofread POD files
  • Enter descriptive copy and other metadata as needed in title management system
  • Create title and copyright pages
  • Prep books for digitization
  • Check current Open Road titles on Apple, Amazon, and other major etailers to ensure they are active and display the correct metadata
  • Assist in keeping title reports up-to-date and accurate

 

Requirements

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to juggle multiple and varied tasks
  • Demonstrated interest in managing editorial and next-generation publishing
  • Knowledge of ereader devices and social media helpful

To apply, please send résumé and cover letter to Cassie Gutman, Managing Editorial Assistant, at cgutman@openroadmedia.com.

 

 


Intern Wanted

 

The Perseus Books Group offers paid internship opportunities in five of our offices in areas such as editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, subsidiary rights and production.

Internship opportunities are available at: New York, NY; Boston, MA, Berkeley, CA, Philadelphia, PA; and Minneapolis, MN

The internship program at Perseus Books Group aims to provide an overall introduction to the book publishing industry. The intern will gain hands-on experience and learn many of the ins and outs of the publishing industry. Flexibility, the ability to remain calm under pressure, attention to detail, strong organizational skills, Microsoft computer competency and social media literacy are required.

The Fall 2015 Internship Program will last 10 weeks beginning in September and extending through December. Interns will be assigned positions within one or several of our specialized departments:
*Editorial * Publicity * Contracts
*Design * Marketing * Subsidiary Rights
*Production * Sales * Cartography

Internships are determined based on the applicant’s interests and qualifications and on our business needs. When you apply, please be specific as to your area of interest and preferred location(s) in your cover letter.

Interns will work in conjunction with professionals, helping with day to day responsibilities, departmental projects and may have the opportunity to attend departmental meetings.

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Requirements
• College student or recent graduate
• Minimum commitment of 20 hours /week
• Strong interest in book publishing
• Exceptional writing and communication skills
• Ability to work independently and take initiative
• Very detail oriented

This is a paid internship opportunity. Interns will be paid a competitive hourly rate. Interns must be able to make arrangements to live in the metropolitan area in which the internship resides, over the course of the program. While we are able to provide some informal advice, we do not have an official housing program.


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Editorial Assistant – Taylor & Francis

taylor and francisType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description:
Taylor and Francis seeks an outstanding Editorial Assistant for its book publishing programs within the Focal Press and Routledge imprints. Subject areas may include Audio, Theater, Communications, and Broadcast Journalism/Technology.

The Editorial Assistant will support the Editor with all phases of the book publication process from the conceptual stage to the finished book and beyond. The Editorial Assistant should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as these are essential to collaborating with authors and different internal departments. Ours is a deadline-driven environment in an open office plan, so the candidate should be independent and assertive while also capable of working in and helping to create an enthusiastic, motivating, and productive work environment.

The Editorial Assistant is responsible for:
• Supporting editor in achieving agreed revenue and profitability targets
• Commissioning reviews for projects under consideration
• Project management of titles from contract through publication
• Preparing manuscripts for transmittal to production including checking and processing permissions and coordinating Library of Congress and copyright registration
• Keeping the publishing program on schedule through regular liaison with authors, and by maintaining and updating the front list plan for any given year
• Liaising with key stakeholders, both internal and external, including editorial, marketing, sales, accounting, and production – some remote from the New York office
• File and database management
• Drafting and proofreading book information copy
• Processing payment requests, including honorariums, advances, and grants
• Travel to key conferences, potentially about two or three per year with weekend conference attendance sometimes required

Requirements: 
B.A. or equivalent educational experience and 1-2 years professional experience. Candidate must have exceptional organizational abilities, strong research skills, experience with standard computer programs (Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, etc.), impeccable language (grammar and spelling), and business communication (oral and written) skills. Candidates should be proactive and able to balance a variety of responsibilities and handle many projects simultaneously with a cheerful attitude. An interest or background in the media arts and technology is not required but is a plus.

To Apply: 
For consideration for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to the attention of Jessica Flores in the Human Resources Department.

Please state salary history, salary requirements, the position being applied for, and the source of the advertisement.

Please apply here.

 

Copy Editor – Metropolis Magazine

met-logo-newType: Part-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Metropolis seeks an experienced copy editor to work, 10:30 am to 6 pm with some flexibility to work until 7 if necessary, for approximately two weeks out of each month.

Using Adobe InCopy, this person will copy edit all of the stories in the issue. This includes checking for grammar, spelling, and style, as well as suggesting improvements in clarity and tone. The copy editor will also review the final stories before they go to pre-press and keep the magazine’s style guide updated.

Requirements: 
The right candidate will be proficient in Adobe InCopy and familiar with Chicago style. Experience in architecture and design journalism is preferred.

To Apply: 
Apply online here.

 

Publishing Assistant – Glitterati Inc.

Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 2.25.44 PMType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
We are a fast-paced, boutique art and illustrated book publishing company located in a luxurious midtown Manhattan office. We are looking for an entry-level Publishing Assistant who is eager to learn about book publishing, and ready to take on duties that include administrative, publicity, marketing, events, research, and sales-related tasks. We are looking for someone with 0-2 years of work experience.
The ideal candidate would be an enthusiastic self-starter and efficient multi-tasker who has a polished and professional demeanor. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and attention to detail are also integral.

Duties include: maintain our events calendar and contact/RSVP lists; update social media and website; handle mailings, book inventory, office supplies, gifts/thank you notes; make travel arrangements; assist in coordinating author events; assist at book signing events, and answer phones. Occasional evening work at events will be required.

Requirements: 
Applicants should have familiarity with Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (a must); knowledge of Microsoft Office and Photoshop. InDesign skills are a plus.

This position offers a great opportunity to learn about the publishing process in a collegial working environment, and the chance to work with A-list artists and authors. Knowledge of and/or interest in art and photography is a bonus.

To Apply: 

Please send a brief cover letter and resume to Ms. Gayatri Mullapudi: gmullapudi@glitteratiincorporated.com

 

 


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“Some people say, “Never let them see you cry.” I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.”
Tina Fey, Bossypants

Tina Fey


 

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websiteBooks Beneath the Bridge: Jami Attenberg and Kate Bolick

Brooklyn Bridge 
334 Furman St. 
Brooklyn, NEW YORK 11201

Time: 7-8pm

Join us for the annual Books Beneath the Bridge reading series, as Jami Attenberg and Kate Bolick read from their latest books against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline as part of this Borough-wide literary festival.  This evening will feature a reading, followed by Q&A and book signing. Lead support for Books Beneath the Bridge is provided by AT&T, and is in partnership with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservatory.  Click here for more information.

Click here for more information on the authors and their books.  

 

 

Romance Authors: Word for Word at Bryant Park, hosted by Joyce Lamb

Bryan Park Reading Room

Time: 12:30-1:45pm

Robyn Carr, Four Friends, Never Too Late
Kristan Higgins, The Best ManIn Your Dreams
Elizabeth Hoyt, Dearest Rogue
Beverly Jenkins, For Your Love, Destiny’s Captive
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Heroes Are My Weakness
Meredith Wild, Hardwired

Gotta love it! HarlequinAvon, and Forever authors dish on their best-selling romance novels.

 

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 10.48.51 AMMid-Summer Sidewalk Sale

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Time: 10am-5pm
It’s time for our second Sidewalk Sale of the year! Stroll over to Greenlight any time this Saturday to peruse our outdoor tables and carts, where you’ll find a wealth of slightly shelf-worn books at deep discounts. Discover treasures just right for summer reading or stocking your library. Enjoy the warm weather with some great book deals!

 


 

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Editorial Assistant – Nature Publishing Group

UnknownType: Contract Position

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Nature Publishing Group is seeking to appoint a temporary Editorial Assistant to manage the processing of manuscripts from submission to acceptance as well as supporting the standardization of workflows, improved efficiencies, data collection and to support authors, editors and reviewers. The position is based in our New York office and reports to the Editorial Administration Manager and has the potential to go permanent placement.

This is an administrative position which would be ideal for an individual with some office experience wishing to start an administrative career in a publishing environment. The main responsibilities of the role include:

- Checking our manuscript tracking system for revisions, pre-submission inquiries and new submissions.
- Perform quality checks on submissions for adherence to submission requirements and compliance with publication policies – communicating with authors where necessary by phone and email.
- Ensuring accepted manuscript files comply with Production requirements and chasing authors for any missing material where necessary
- Checking NPG legal forms are included and stored correctly
- Ensuring that database records are updated and that manuscript submissions are uploaded correctly into the online submissions system
- Providing general administrative assistance to the manuscript editors
- Assisting/covering for colleagues when required
- Liaising with the production and press departments

Requirements: 
The successful applicant will have a 4 year Bachelor’s Degree and will be adept at using Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel. Previous use of a database is also desirable.

The successful applicant will also possess the following qualities:

• Ability to work to a specified list of priorities with speed and accuracy
• Flexibility and ability to work as a team member
• Strong written communication skills, including accurate spelling and grammar
• Professional and courteous telephone manner
• Attention to detail; ability to follow instructions and adhere carefully to established procedures
• Ability to organize and juggle a varied workload under pressure and to work quickly and efficiently without constant supervision
• Capacity to make thoughtful decisions and use initiative
• Punctuality and reliability
• A positive attitude in the workplace and a willingness to co-operate with colleague

To Apply: 
Please apply via this link. Be sure to include a resume and a cover letter in one document that includes salary requirements explaining your interest in the position.

 

Publicity Assistant – Viking (PRH)

VikingBooksType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Join the Publicity team at Penguin Random House! We have an exciting new opportunity as a Publicity Assistant at Viking and Penguin. This Publicity Assistant will assist the Associate Director and Publicity Manager in publicizing a wide variety of authors and titles. We are looking for a fast learner and multi-tasker with the ability to liaise effectively with authors, the media, and various departments within Penguin Random House.

Specific responsibilities include:

1. Providing administrative support, such as processing invoices, distributing mail, filing, answering phones, etc.
2. Creating media lists and mailing books to media contacts, and fulfilling review copy requests for both supervisors.
3. Inputting all confirmed events, reviews, and interviews into MyPlans.
4. Circulating title reviews to appropriate contacts.
5. Coordinating book awards submissions.
6. Assisting with publicizing authors; these tasks include booking media, arranging author events at bookstores and other appearances, creating detailed schedules for authors and escorts, coordinating with travel agents on flight and hotel accommodations, confirming author interviews, and setting up post-tour radio telephone interviews.
7. Writing press materials, such as press releases, pitch letters, galley letters, and interview alerts.
8. Discussing supervisors? titles at weekly meetings, as needed.
9. Accompanying authors to interviews and events, as needed.

Requirements: 

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  •  Previous office experience
  •  Ability to manage many priorities at once with speed, accuracy, and on deadline
  •  Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask
  •  Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  •  Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  •  Knowledge of various social media platforms
  •  Strong interest in publicity and publishing
  •  Ability to work in a team, to be proactive, and to think on one?s feet
  •  Knowledge of Cision and Muck Rack is preferred
  •  Knowledge of PWB, MyPlans, MyHouse, and Concur is a plus
  •  Previous experience as a Publicity Assistant is a plus

To Apply: 
Apply online here.

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 5.54.43 PMAssistant Acquisitions Editor – University of Illinois Pres

Type: Full-time, one year

Location: Champaign, IL

Description: 
The University of Illinois Press seeks an energetic, well organized, detail-oriented assistant acquisitions editor to provide administrative support to the acquisitions staff. The successful candidate will be adept at tracking, prioritizing, and processing multiple time-sensitive projects, working independently, and communicating clearly and diplomatically with authors and colleagues. S/he will be a creative problem solver, open to challenges, and proficient in appropriate word processing and database programs. Intellectual curiosity and an interest in a career in publishing are a plus. Potential to take on acquisitions responsibilities under the direction of the Editor-in-chief. Duties include:

1. Assist editors with evaluating and processing submissions, coordinating and tracking peer review, estimating costs and revenues, and preparing and distributing project descriptions and packets for committee discussions.

2. Assess permissions, captions, and formatting of electronic text files and coordinate evaluation of images. Work with authors to finalize their submissions. Prepare manuscripts for transmittal to production.

3. Research book projects, series, and sources of outside funding. Prepare queries and preliminary grant applications.

4. Attend scholarly meetings and conferences on behalf of the Press.

5. Some travel required.

6. Other duties and responsibilities appropriate for an Assistant Acquisitions Editor.

Requirements: 
Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in a humanities or social science discipline and one year of publishing experience. Other required qualifications include excellent writing and proofreading skills; strong interpersonal communication, organizational, and follow-through skills; ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure; ability to prioritize and multi-task; proficient word processing, database, internet, and Microsoft computer application experience. Preferred qualifications include: Graduate degree in relevant field; knowledge of copyright and contracts as they relate to book publishing; familiarity with all stages of the publishing process.

To Apply: 
For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by July 31, 2015 at https://uajobs.hr.uillinois.edu/. Employee Relations and Human Resources 449 Henry Administration Building, MC 341 506 South Wright Street Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 333-2600


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