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lKEd92R1Editorial Assistant – Basic Books

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, is seeking an editorial assistant to support the Publisher and History Editorial Director. This is an entry-level role in our editorial department, but one with opportunities for learning and growth.

Essential job responsibilities include:
• Interact professionally with authors and their agents as well as all departments at Basic and the Perseus Books Group, including art, publicity, marketing, production, sales, and rights, to relay messages; follow up on requests/information; and in general, anticipate when to act and with the requisite urgency.
• Fielding calls and emails.
• Draft and circulate contract materials, process check requests, and send out payments and executed contracts.
• Draft all sales and marketing copy, catalog copy, galley copy, and flap copy.
• Attend editorial, marketing, and sales meetings, and other meetings as required
• Maintain internal database with up-to-date editorial and publicity copy.
• Prepare text and art manuscripts for copyediting and production; draft transmittal memos; and serve as liaison between editorial and production departments, and authors.
• Draft blurb and buzz mailing letters, research appropriate recipients, and perform mailings.
• Proof jacket copy and cover mechanicals.
• Review book proposals and write reader’s reports.
• Researching book sales using internal and external databases.
• Schedule author meetings and handle all author reimbursements.

Requirements: 
• Must demonstrate the potential to grow into a successful editor at Basic
• Must demonstrate a passion and commitment to publishing based on experience
• Must possess excellent verbal and written communications skills.
• Must be highly organized, capable of multi-tasking, and detail-oriented.
• Must be able to anticipate needs and deliver timely, relevant solutions.
• Must have a professional demeanor on the telephone.
• Must be able to work effectively with colleagues at every level of seniority.
• Must be comfortable in a fast-moving environment and able to adjust with a can-do attitude.
• Must be self-directed and able to work independently.
• Must be able to work full business hours in our NYC office.
• Must demonstrate imagination, creativity and original thinking
• Must have a passion for sharing ideas. A passion for history is a plus.
• College degree required

Technical Skills Required:
• Mastery of email, calendar management, and file management tools.
• Proficiency in Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel.

To Apply: 
Please submit cover letter with resume to Leah.Stecher@perseusbooks.com

 

 

nortonDigital Media Editorial Assistant, Music – W. W. Norton & Company

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
W.W. Norton & Company is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support editors of online-learning contents for college textbooks in Music.

Essential Job Responsibilities:
• Content Management in all stages of production- Coordinating reviews by college instructors. Setting and adhering to schedules. Preparing content for copyediting and production.
• Telephone and Message Management- Professionally interacting with authors, college faculty, marketing and sales staff to relay messages, follow-up on requests, information and in general, anticipating when to proactively act on messages (including relaying messages with a sense of urgency).
• Documents Management- Faxing, copying, printing, emailing. Organizing and maintaining files
• Creating and editing Excel and Word documents to support projects and/or office responsibilities, and contract processing for authors and freelancers.
• Data Management- Extracting data from internal web based information portals. Aggregating data from various sources. Information gathering and following up.
• Project Management- Collaborating with and providing support to media editorial team to move numerous different projects forward in order to meet publishing deadlines.
• Market Research- Assisting media editor with research on market trends in online learning.

Requirements: 
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Employment eligibility to work with W.W. Norton & Company in the US is required.
• Must be able to work full business hours in our New York City location.
• Excellent organizational, verbal and written communications skills
• Must be able to anticipate needs and deliver timely, relevant solutions and actions
• Must be able to develop rapport and relationships with all levels of employees. Must be seen as knowledgeable and capable of handling sensitive, critical information
• Must be proactive, flexible and adaptive in a rapidly changing environment and adjust with a “can-do” attitude
• Must be self-directed and independent
• Must have good time management skills, be organized, and be capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing activities and projects
• Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes.
• Must have a demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of electronic media as it applies to education and/or learning
• Must have strong research skills
• Must have a passion for learning new software programs and project management systems
• A background in college-level music history and theory is strongly preferred.

Technical Skills:
• Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Proficiency in both Window and Mac OS. Proficiency with audio and video editing and InDesign a plus.
• Mastery of email, calendar management, and file management tools.
• Familiarity with online conference and communication platforms.

To Apply: 
Qualified candidates should apply by sending a copy of their resume and cover letter to: recruiting@wwnorton.com. PLEASE BE SURE TO SPECIFY THE TITLE OF THE JOB YOU ARE APPLYING FOR IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

 

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 2.38.19 PMEditorial Assistant – Knopf Doubleday

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
We are currently seeking an Assistant to join the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group?s Editorial team. The position provides an opportunity to assist a VP and Executive Editor of the Vintage Anchor Editorial Department with daily editorial activities, including proposal/manuscript screening and project support. In addition to providing administrative support, the position also acts as a liaison between authors, agents and different departments within the company.

Our requirements
The ideal candidate will be able to efficiently manage a diverse set of responsibilities. We are seeking a strong writer who has a broad reading sensibility and an interest in general nonfiction, science, and genre-bending literary fiction. Additional requirements we are looking for include:

-Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize in a high volume environment
-Ability to pay close attention to detail.
-Strong communication skills, both verbal & written.
-Strong interpersonal skills, & ability to multi-task successfully.
-Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

To Apply: 
Please apply using our online application process here.


 

 

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June 30th – Uptown Showdown

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025

Time: 8pm

You never know what to expect at this bi-monthly, wacky debate series that brings together two teams of comedians, writers and performers to face-off on a chosen topic, such as which pet is superior cats or dogs and is it better to be comfortable or fashionable?

Debaters will argue these lingering questions, drawing from historical fact and personal opinion in equal measure, and with plenty of silliness and audience participation. Forget about school reform and health care, these issues, heatedly argued by some of the funniest, smartest, intensely wacky creative thinkers around, are the topics that keep us awake at night….in a good way. Winner decided by the audience.

Like our Facebook Page for updates, photos and video.

Past Performers include Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Tom Cavanagh, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Maria Bamford, Janeane Garofalo, Jackie Hoffman, David Wain, Sasheer Zamata, Brooks Wheelan, Jon Glaser, Ilana Glazer, Dave Hill, Julie Klausner, A.D. Miles, Christian Finnegan, Elna Baker, Kevin Townley, Tom Shillue and more.

 

July 1st - Word for Word: Mary Pilon’s The Monopolists

Bryant Park Reading Room

Time: 12:30-1:45pm

Pass Go on your way to Free Parking with a look inside the bestselling book that chronicles the secret 80-year history of the famous board game.

“Word for Word Author” is an outdoor reading series that features bestselling authors, celebrity writers, and expert-panelists sharing anecdotes, answering questions from the audience, and signing copies of their latest books.

The Bryant Park Reading Room located on the 42nd Street side of the park—under the trees—between the back of the NYPL on Fifth and Sixth Aves. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.

This event is free

 

July 3rd - I Say Vote Yes: An Afternoon with William Daniels & 1776

Fraunces Tavern Museum 
54 Pearl St.
212-968-1776

Meet actor William Daniels, who played John Adams in 1776, and learn what it was like to portray one of the Founding Fathers in this iconic musical film released in 1972. Daniels will be signing copies of his memoir, Still at Play: My 75 Years in Show Business and Roles America Embraced.

Signing at 1pm; screening begins at 2pm. Reservations not required.

This event is free with museum admission ($1 on open house weekends)

 

 


 

 

Editorial Assistant – LBYR Licensing Group

lbyrType: Full time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
The LBYR Licensing group is seeking an editorial assistant. The editorial assistant will provide administrative and editorial support to the Editorial Director and two senior editors in a bustling licensed children’s publishing group. Brands published by this group include Monster High, Ever After High, My Little Pony, Marvel, and many more! The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in media tie-in publishing, be able to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment, possess outstanding organizational skills, and have the ability to juggle multiple projects at a time. Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential, as is a keen interest in further developing existing editorial skills.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Correspond directly with authors, agents, and licensors to route approvals, address queries, and help keep projects on track
Provide some data entry support as needed, and perform various administrative tasks in support of the licensing team
Prepare title fact sheets, catalog copy, and flap copy for assigned titles
Provide materials and information for sales, marketing, and publicity for assigned titles
Coordinate reprints and repurposing projects
Read and report on manuscripts, proposals and books submitted for publication
Work closely with the Editorial Director on middle grade fiction novels, assisting with all aspects of the editorial process

Requirements: 
B.A. preferred, as well as 1 year of publishing experience (internships ok) in a professional environment
Solid knowledge of PowerPoint, Microsoft Office Word, Outlook and Excel on a Mac platform required
Ability to attend to details and juggle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
A familiarity with pop culture, and an enthusiasm for films and television
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time effectively while also ensuring accuracy of work through attention to detail
Ability to work well independently or in collaboration with the rest of the team

To Apply: 
Apply online here.

 

Administrative Assistant – No Starch Press

nostarchType: Full-time

Location: San Francisco, CA

Description: 
No Starch Press, a fast-growing publisher of quality books for geeks, seeks a Publishing Assistant. This is an entry-level position on the business side of the book business with the opportunity for advancement. We’ll make you part of our team and give you real work from day one.

We publish quality books (both print and electronic) on programming, security, hacking, LEGO, and science and math. Best-sellers include titles like Hacking: The Art of ExploitationPractical Malware AnalysisPython for Kids, and The LEGO Neighborhood Book.

This is a great opportunity if you don’t want to be just another cog in the wheel of some giant corporation and you like to think. We’re a small company with a close-knit environment and a staff that cares and an almost academic environment.

Requirements: 
As our Publishing Assistant you will be expected to:

  • Provide excellent customer support
  • Process reseller orders
  • Work with our shipping clerk to review and fill direct orders
  • Maintain inventory and supplies and keep the office in order
  • Coordinate mailings
  • Other supporting duties as assigned

This is not an editorial or writing position *but* you should be able to write and communicate clearly in English.

To Apply: 
Please reply with resume and cover letter to jobs@nostarch.com

 

Marketing Assistant – Dutton

DuttonType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
We are seeking a Marketing Assistant to join our Dutton imprint at Penguin Random House! The Assistant will report to the VP, Associate Publisher and the Director of Marketing, and will have the opportunity to learn about various marketing projects at a large publishing company. Dutton publishes both fiction and nonfiction titles, many of them by bestselling authors Harlan Coben, Ken Follett, Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, among others.

Specific responsibilities include:

1. Providing administrative support, such as answering phones, setting up meetings, and managing calendars.
2. Pulling marketing lists and handling mailings.
3. Updating and maintaining information about budgets, and keeping track of expenses.
4. Participating in brainstorming sessions for marketing initiatives for Dutton?s titles.
5. Assisting in marketing analysis and research for select authors and titles.
6. Preparing for sales meetings, including proofreading and updating title information sheets and reading materials.
7. Writing and proofreading select sell sheets for the Sales department.
8. Assisting with sales requests, such as providing marketing materials.
9. Contributing ideas for social media posts to the Dutton accounts.

Requirements: 

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities in a deadline driven environment
  • Strong interest in marketing and book publishing
  • Ability to multitask
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Proficiency with social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

To Apply: 
Please apply using the online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter.

 

 

Editor – Hay House

hh_logoType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
This role is responsible for all areas of book development, including acquiring, editing, and liaising with design, production, managing editorial, marketing, and publicity. Strong personal interest in and professional knowledge of self-help, health/wellness, and spirituality categories required.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Acquire 5–8 titles per year
• Edit approximately 12–15 new books per year
• Take responsibility for all editorial aspects of book development, including editing and liaising with design, production, marketing, and publicity
• Write copy, including jacket, catalog, tip sheet, design memo, and other marketing copy as required
• Act as primary point of contact for authors throughout the editorial process

Requirements: 
• Minimum 5 years’ experience in book editorial publishing
• Widespread knowledge of book publishing processes and functions (editorial, production, design, copyediting, marketing, sales)
• Excellent intra- and inter-departmental communication and collaboration skills necessary
• Excellent computer skills especially Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; experience with InDesign, InCopy, and Microsoft Word style sheets preferred
• Considerable current contacts (key authors, illustrators, agents, etc.) in the book publishing industry
• High level of skill in organization, analytics, and verbal and written communication
• Highly motivated, a self-starter, and results driven, with the ability to take appropriate steps to achieve goals

To Apply: 
Contact Email (jobs@sdpublisher.com)


BEAThanks to the generous support of Dean Nira Herrmann and a number of Pace Publishing Professors, the Pace MS in Publishing students were able to attend the 2015 Book Expo America that took place at the Javitz Center in New York in May.  This was a great opportunity for networking, meeting authors, viewing publishers’ booths and seeing what books are slated to be published in the upcoming seasons. It is always a spectacular site to see so many publishers gathered and to attend some of the cutting edge panels and events.

This year we thought we would share a few of our thoughts about the experience, and if you would like to share some of your own experiences, feel free to email us at puboffice@pace.edu

Professor Sherman Raskin
Director, Pace MS in Publishing
Director, Pace University Press

“It is always nice to attend BEA in May. I was able to connect with old friends and spent two busy days consulting with our colleagues from China Publishing Group and Phoenix Publishing Media Group at the shermanraskincropped(1)show. PPMG ran a big screen ad in Times Square from May 26th through June 4th celebrating their company and the BEA Expo. Just before the show, executives from China Publishing Group participated in two weeks of training at Pace. They graced the Midtown site from May 11th through May 22nd before participating in the Book Expo. They only had good things to say about the training and the show. Most important, they loved NYC. The sessions at Pace stressed digital publishing and copyright law.

The last day of the show, Professor Lian and I had the opportunity to speak at a seminar held by Longzhiji Book Publishing located in Beijing.  Because of the influence of a Pace training seminar five years ago, they moved from being a traditional company to a digital company. The time spent at Pace changed their entire way of thinking about publishing. Mr. Su, the President of the company realized that he had to restructure if he were to succeed in the industry today. His training with the Pace professionals made all the difference and ensured his success as a major publisher in China. Pace and Logzhiji are very proud of this success story.

The BEA is always an exciting experience, but the Expo was even more meaningful with China as the focus of BEA this year.

Corinne Tousey, second year Publishing student:

My first time going to BEA was great.  It’s a great opportunity to meet new authors and find your favorite publishers and learn what new projects are being released.  I walked away with tons of free books, I even won a Kindle Fire and ten books from author, Julie Gilbert.”

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Ana Ban, May 2015 Publishing graduate:

“I have been working as a translator in my country, Brazil, since 2001, and so far I have done more than 150 titles. It is so rare that I get in contact with the authors I translate, much less have the opportunity to meet them. But Ana Ban (1)thanks to Pace, last year I met two of them at BEA: Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate), and Carolyn Mackler (The Future of Us), who was taking part in a panel sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association and mediated by Professor Manuela Soares about digital marketing for children’s authors.

This year I had the immense pleasure of meeting Wendy Mass, who wrote one of my favorite books that I have worked with, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. I picked my slot on Wednesday because I wanted to meet her, and I got in line for the autographing of Space Taxi – Archie Takes Flight, a cute chapter book about a boy who helps his father drive an interstellar cab.

When my turn came and I told her that I had translated Jeremy Fink in Brazil, she jumped from behind the table to talk to me and asked her husband Michael Brawer (co-author of the book they Ana Ban (2)were signing) to take pictures of us. She wrote on my copy: “It was SO wonderful to meet you – it’s like we wrote Jeremy Fink together!” And she said: “I wish I had more books to give you.”

It was one of the best experiences I have had in my career as a translator, to have my work recognized and appreciated by the author. I really appreciate the fact that Pace makes an effort so the students can attend BEA, it’s a great opportunity for us.”

Luverta Reames, second year Publishing student:

My first time at BEA I was excited.  I was disappointed when I realized I chose a time slot where nothing was going on. I was only able to view the exhibition for less than 20 minutes before I Otraded my badge and headed back to work. I knew that Charisma Media from Florida would be present, and they are the publisher that handles my pastor’s and aunt’s books. I HAD to meet the editor. I met Jevon on Friday night and we grabbed dinner and a live jazz show. Before the night ended she had already figured out how I could gain an internship and a freelance position with the company.

 Charisma was searching for a marketing intern for the summer. I will have a chance to work with Christian ministries and do custom book projects for them. What’s more exciting about moving to Florida for the summer—everything is falling into place. I have my living situation squared away. I’m using someone’s buddy pass for my travels and it’s a paid internship.  Although, I was sad I chose the wrong time. There was definitely a reason I needed to be at BEA and things are working out wonderfully for me.

I was so grateful for the opportunity to attend. I am looking forward to BEA in my hometown of Chicago next year.”

Sarah Poppe, May 2015 Publishing graduate:

“I just graduated from the Pace Publishing Program in May and started what I imagined would be a long and arduous application process for a full-time, entry-level editorial position. In all honesty, this wasn’t my first foray into the full-time job search; I had been sending applications “into the void” for about a year by this point. I say “into the void” because sending resumes and cover letters through online portals always felt like sending them off into the depths of outer space, desperately hoping to make contact with another life form. I competed with Sarah Poppehundreds of other applicants for one open position after another, and I never got the call for an interview. When a close friend of mine put me directly in contact with a hiring manager at Penguin and wrote a lengthy letter of recommendation on my behalf…and I still didn’t get the interview…I had all but given up hope on finding a job in book publishing and was about to turn my attention towards online content writing (something in which I had a bit of experience but didn’t really want to turn into a career).

 I decided that BEA would be my Hail Mary; I would network with as many people as possible, and if I still couldn’t find a job, I would set my sights elsewhere. I went to BEA on Friday, the last day of the Expo, by myself with nothing but a big swag bag and a stack of custom-made business cards. I nervously meandered around the exhibition hall, trying to strike up a conversation with everyone I encountered. I started with the Big 5 booths, but they were swarmed with attendees congregating around the author signings and free ARCs. Eventually, I succeeded in engaging with workers at some of the smaller booths, like Open Road—only to discover that I had been talking to interns who were after the same full-time jobs. At this point, my feet ached and my bag was almost too heavy to drag around.

 By chance, I stumbled across the Crooked Lane booth and was ushered into an author signing line by the words “free” and “New York Times bestselling author.” While in line, the person manning the booth greeted me and made a puzzling look at my badge, which listed my school name instead of my job title. “So what is it that you do?” he asked. This led to a conversation about the PPP and my quest for employment. He asked about my career interests, offered his business card, and told me to email him my resume when I got home. I sent him my resume with a short cover letter, and he set me up with an interview for the following Tuesday. I couldn’t believe it had worked that immediately.

Crooked Lane Books

After two rounds of interviews (and a wonderful recommendation from a Pace professor, to whom I am tremendously grateful), I just got the call that I got the job as an editorial assistant at Crooked Lane, a relatively new crime and mystery fiction imprint. Since they have an incredibly small staff (just four people!), I will get to experience not only the editorial side of publishing, but also production, marketing, and sales. One of the big conversation points in my interview was how the PPP gave me a more rounded understanding of the industry outside of editorial—a fact that I never knew would be so invaluable in giving me an edge over the other applicants.

 My biggest takeaway from BEA is this: networking really is everything! Any opportunity you get to shake someone’s hand, ask for advice, or offer your services is time well spent. I’m an introvert, I tend to have terrible social anxiety, and nothing terrifies me more than walking up to someone I don’t know with a confident smile and a business card. I circled that show floor three times before I worked up enough nerve, and even then, my most successful conversation only happened by chance. The best advice I have is to put yourself in professional situations where you have the opportunity to network (like BEA), be prepared when opportunity presents itself (with either a resume or business card), and know your pitch (Why are you there, and what is it that you are looking for?). It only took one conversation—the right conversation—to land the interview, something I never got from the hundreds of online applications I must have sent in the past year. As Pace Publishing students, we are given free access into the exclusive professional arena of BEA, something that most graduates from other schools competing for the same jobs won’t have access to (with the exception of BookCon, which I still find chaotic and somewhat limited). Take that opportunity and run with it!”

 Professor Jane Kinney-Denning, Executive Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach

jane kinney denningThe BEA is always an exciting, interesting, and exhausting experience!  This year I saw so many friends, former students, and former colleagues and professional acquaintances that I hardly had time to stop and get an ARC or two (but of course I did!).  I love the BEA and the energy that comes with so many book people gathered to showcase their work and upcoming titles.  Seeing so many publishers from the US and around the world gathered in one place is awe inspiring and a reminder why we all love our chosen professions.

Gloria SteinhamI must say that one of my highlights this year was getting to meet Gloria Steinem and have her sign her soon-to-be-published memoir, My Life on the Road. I have always admired her for her activism, commitment to women’s rights and human rights and of course for starting MS Magazine. Although the publicists were expertly moving the very long line of people along quickly, I did get a chance to thank her for her remarkable work.  

Thinking back on this and many previous BEA Conferences, the one thing that always stands out for me is the people; all of the good, passionate book people who make this industry so great. It is wonderful to be a part of it.


 

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Crowdfunding isn’t a very new idea, but it’s becoming an increasingly popular method of financial support, be it for college tuition, smart watch technology, movies, or games (check out an extensive list here). Inkshares approaches publishing from a readers-first position– every book published goes through a vetting process where ideas are first shared with followers and those invested in the company, and eventually, if a title earns enough supporters, it is guaranteed to be published. Read more about how Inkshares works here!

UnknownInkshares takes on the burden of editing, producing, distributing, and marketing each book, which allows every author the leisure of focusing solely on making his or her book the best it can be. Inkshares is a unique go-between for authors who are torn between self-publishing and traditional: “For authors who want the services provided by a traditional publisher—including marketing and distribution into physical bookstores—but with higher royalties and direct reader engagement, Inkshares may be an option worth considering” (source).

Crowdfunding allows the consumer to decide whether a product enters the market or not, which cultivates a sense of partnership with the author. With such a close connection between reader and author, will this kind of approach gain wider acceptance in the publishing world?


Quote of the Week

In honor of Father’s Day, here are a few quotes from some funny dads:

Jon Stewart (2)

 

 

 

“Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch.” —Jon Stewart

 

 

 

Jim Gaffigan

 

 

“There should be a children’s song: ‘If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.’” —Jim Gaffigan

 

 

Will Arnett

 

 

 

“I want my son to wear a helmet 24 hours a day. If it was socially acceptable I’d be the first one to have my kid in a full helmet and like a cage across his face mask.” —Will Arnett


 

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June 22 – The Other Stories

KGB Bar
85 East 4th St
New York,  NY 10003

Time: 7-9pm

Join the following authors for a fiction/nonfiction reading

Kashana Cauley is a native Wisconsinite who lives in New York City. The Atlantic, Esquire, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Tin House have published her essays and fiction. She won the 2012 Esquire/Aspen Writers’ Foundation Short Short Fiction Contest.

Kit Haggard was born and raised in southern California, but currently lives in New York. Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Four Chambers Press, and the Mays Anthology, among other places. She is the recipient of the Rex Warner Prize and the Nancy Lynn Schwartz Prize for Fiction.

Martin Cahill lives in New York, just outside that massive city everyone’s always talking about. Publicist by day and writer by night, every so often he remembers that sleep is important. He is a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop of 2014, and has had stories published in Nightmare Magazine and Fireside Fiction. He also freelances for Strange Horizons, Tor.com, and Book Riot. He can be found online at http://martintcahill.wordpress.com and on Twitter at @Mcflycahill90. Talk to him about craft beer, books of any kind, or how good Daredevil was and you’ll most likely become fast friends.

 

June 23 – Scott Sherman’s “Patience and Fortitude”

Book Culture
450 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY 10024

Time: 7pm

Join us on Tuesday, June 23rd, at 7pm for the launch of Scott Sherman’s book, Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate, and the Fight to Save a Public Library. Caleb Crain will join as a conversant.

In a series of cover stories for The Nation magazine, journalist Scott Sherman uncovered the ways in which Wall Street logic almost took down one of New York City’s most beloved and iconic institutions: the New York Public Library.

In the years preceding the 2008 financial crisis, the library’s leaders forged an audacious plan to sell off multiple branch libraries, mutilate a historic building, and send millions of books to a storage facility in New Jersey. Scholars, researchers, and readers would be out of luck, but real estate developers and New York’s Mayor Bloomberg would get what they wanted. But when the story broke, the people fought back, as famous writers, professors, and citizens groups came together to defend a national treasure. Rich with revealing interviews with key figures, Patience and Fortitude is at once a hugely readable history of the library’s secret plans, and a stirring account of a rare triumph against the forces of money and power.

Scott Sherman is a contributing writer for The Nation. His work has appeared in Lingua FrancaVanity Fair, the London Review of Books, the Washington Post, theLos Angeles TimesNewsdayDissent, and other publications.

Caleb Crain is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker,the New York Review of Books,the Nation, the New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Booksn+1, the Paris Review Daily, and the New York Times Book Review. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia, he is the author of the critical work American Sympathy and a work of fiction entitled Necessary Errors. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

June 24th – Thought Catalog: Books presents Author’s Night

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00pm

Thought Catalog Books presents: Authors Night, featuring five Thought Catalog authors who will read from their various published works ranging from literary fiction to memoir to stand-up comedy, with Robert Yune, Mike Heppner, Lance Pauker, Melanie Berliet, and Shanon Cook, hosted by Ryan O’Connell.

Mélanie Berliet writes regularly about sex, love, relationships and anything else that tickles her for Thought Catalog. Her work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, and many other publications. She likes knee high tube socks more than a thumb-sucking 30-something probably should.

Lance Pauker writes articles on the internet, and performs standup comedy all over New York City and the greater northeast.

Robert Yune was born in Seoul, South Korea. As a Navy brat, he traveled around the world, moving 11 times by the time he turned 18. Yune has published fiction in The Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Avery, among others. In 2008, he received a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2012, he was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award in Short Fiction and was one of five finalists for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, selected by Sherman Alexie and Colin Channer. From 2010-2013, Yune served as fiction editor of The Fourth River. He has worked as a behavioral health researcher, a census enumerator, and a stand-in for George Takei. He currently lives and teaches in Pittsburgh.

Mike Heppner is the author of the novels The Egg Code, Pike’s Folly, and, mostly recently, We Came All This Way. He’s also the author of two collections of short fiction, The Man Talking Project and This Can Be Easy or Hard, and a novella, Nada. His work has been published in Poets & Writers, Nerve, Esquire, The New Guard, and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in the Boston area.

Shanon Cook is the Spotify trends expert for TV, radio and online and is a music journalist who has interviewed many of the world’s top performers, includingSting, Annie Lennox, Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, R.E.M., Britney Spears, and more. Australian by birth and accent (sort of), Shanon earned her Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Ryan O’Connell is a writer and professional feeler of emotions living in Los Angeles. He wrote a book called I’m Special that’s now being developed into a TV show. He likes The Olsen Twins.

This event is free to attend; click here to RSVP. 

 

 

June 28th - TOP OF THE PARK POETS: HARLEM ARTS FESTIVAL

Marcus Garvey Park
18 Mount Morris Park W
New York,  NY 10035

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Scott Raven Tarazevits and Megan DiBello will be performing on the second stage at the Harlem Arts Festival. The performance will be 30 minutes of original work that touches on a Harlem resident/local NYC artist, and a nationally touring poet.

This event is FREE and open to the public!

 

June 28th- Ghostbird Press Book Launch Party

Fatty’s Cafe
45-17 28th Ave.
Astoria,  NY 11103

Time: 5-7pm

Join us at Fatty’s Cafe in Astoria, NY as we celebrate the launch of three new chapbooks from Ghostbird Press:  OTHERS by John Reid Currie, Acoustic Trauma by Rajiv Mohabir and Three Sailors and a Hermit by Peter and Paul Vanderberg.  Authors will read from their works and books will be available for purchase and signing.  Come out and experience what this new chapbook press has to offer at one of the best local restaurant-bars in Queens.

Click here for the Ghostbird Press website. 


 

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BloomsburyEditorial Freelancer – Bloomsbury Publishing

Type: Part-time, $12 hourly

Description: 
Bloomsbury Publishing is seeking an editorial freelancer to help with adult special interest books, which cover a range of specialized topics within the nautical, sports, and natural history subject areas.

Primarily, you will create copy and sales materials for special interest titles, manage the data for these titles in our system, and liaise with our UK colleagues in these efforts. You may be asked occasionally to help with administrative editorial duties, but that will account for no more 10% of your time. You’ll be invited to read and provide feedback on submissions, and to attend editorial meetings.

This is a part time, contract position of 30-35 hours/week. The pay is $12/hour. We do not expect freelancers to stay in this position for long, but it’s a great way to build your resume and make a little money while you’re searching for full time, salaried work.

Requirements: 
We are looking for candidates with strong writing and grammar skills, knowledge of the marketplace, a keen eye for detail, and the ability to work efficiently and independently.

To Apply: 

Please e-mail a short cover letter and a resume (with references) to Lea Beresford at lea.beresford@bloomsbury.com with the subject line “Adult Editorial Freelancer.” While we appreciate every application we receive, we will only contact individuals we are considering for the position.

 

 

 

VikingBooksEditorial Assistant – Viking

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
We have an exciting job opening as an Editorial Assistant at Penguin Random House in our Viking imprint! Reporting directly to the President and Publisher, the Assistant will have the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of Viking Editorial. Viking has a rich history of both fiction and non-fiction, and is home to incredible authors including: Geraldine Brooks, Lynne Chenney, Lev Grossman, Deborah Harkness, Sue Monk Kidd, Terry McMillan, Nathanial Philbrick, and many more.

Specific responsibilities include:
1. Providing administrative support to the supervisor, such as answering the phone, scheduling appointments, filing, handling mail, making copies, etc.
2. Assisting in writing and routing copy.
3. Preparing paperwork for the team, including contract information sheets, profit and loss statements, estimate requests, manuscript acceptances, and transmittal memos.
4. Assisting the supervisor in the acquisitions process, which includes logging submissions, reading and evaluating manuscripts and proposals, writing rejection letters, and researching for ideas.
5. Tracking book projects from acquisition to publication by coordinating schedules with Editorial, Managing Editorial, and Production.
6. Acting as an in-house liaison amongst the Editorial, Production, Design, Managing Editorial, Sales, Marketing, and Publicity departments.
7. Liaising with authors and agents in all phases of process, from acquisition to the publication date.

Requirements: 
Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Prior office experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and excel in a deadline-driven and detail-oriented environment
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Interest in fiction and nonfiction books
  • Previous publishing experience preferred
  • Previous experience as an Editorial Assistant or Editorial Intern is a plus.

To Apply: 
Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter.

Salary for this position is $35,250. Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.

 

UnknownLiterary Assistant – Trident Media Group

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Leading New York literary agent and CEO of prominent literary agency seeks full time assistant. Applicant should be interested in working on a broad range of books from commercial non-fiction, fiction, and memoir.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

- Answering and placing telephone calls
- Keeping detailed schedules and up-to-date records of all projects
- Corresponding with clients, publishers, and managers via email and phone
- Generating expense reports
- Coordinating travel itineraries
- Maintaining agent’s calendar
- Tracking and processing payments
- Tracking contracts through their various stages
- Preparing submission packets
- Reading queries and evaluating manuscripts
- Keeping up to date with pop culture via internet, etc.
- Coordinating meetings
- Updating the company’s website
- Helping in the HR department upon request

*** Additional job responsibilities may be assigned

Requirements: 
- Bachelor’s degree
- 1-2 years experience at an agency or book publishing a PLUS
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
- Superior organizational skills and very detail-oriented
- Discretion, tact, and professionalism
- Ability to communicate with various personalities
- Avid reader
- Knowledge of BAITS software a PLUS

To Apply: 
Apply online at Mediabistro.

 

 


penguin-random-houseDigital Production Assistant

We have an exciting job opening as a Digital Production Assistant at Penguin Random House!  The Assistant will support the entire Digital Assets department with converting titles into electronic formats, maintaining these products, and distributing the electronic books (eBooks) to retailers for sale.  This opening is a great opportunity to learn about the production of eBooks for all of Penguin Publishing Group, in a high-paced, rapidly changing environment.

Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Making updates and corrections to existing eBook files.
  2. Coordinating with outside vendors for eBook conversions.
  3. Updating departmental databases with current information on the workflow of the production of eBooks.
  4. Scheduling and coordinating meetings for the department.
  5. Checking vendor invoices for processing.
  6. Book scanning for hard copy eBook conversions.
  7. Working with the Digital Archiving group to archive and retrieve eBook files, as needed.

 

Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Operating proficiency with Mac and PC platforms
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently in a high-paced, rapidly evolving environment
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access/File Maker database programs preferred
  • eBook production and/or interior book design experience preferred
  • Knowledge of Adobe InDesign preferred
  • Knowledge of HTML, CCS, XML preferred

Salary for this position is $35,250.  Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.

Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter.

 

Sales Coordinator – Adult Field

We have an exciting job opening as a Sales Coordinator at Penguin Random House!  Reporting directly to the VP and Director of Account Marketing and the VP and Director of Adult Field Sales, the Coordinator will have the opportunity to execute both sales and marketing tasks.

Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Organizing and coordinating details related to author events.
  2. Marketing for independent bookstores through mailings, promotions, and social media platforms.
  3. Coordinating with sales team to update and ensure accuracy of information in Edelweiss.
  4. Strategizing and coordinating sales representative materials, including mailing galleys and Advanced Reader Copies.
  5. Running monthly business reviews and weekly tracking reports.
  6. Organizing and preparing materials for Regional Trade Shows.
  7. Liaising with libraries and national bookstores for marketing purposes.
  8. Working closely with internal departments and outside organizations on marketing and sales initiatives.
  9. Running sales reports on an as-needed basis.
  10. Providing general administrative support to supervisors (mailing, scheduling meetings, etc.)

 

Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of one year of publishing experience, sales or marketing preferred
  • Highly organized and strong attention to detail
  • Proactive with the ability to successfully handle multiple projects at a time
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including communicating across all levels within an organization
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to solve problems effectively
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; Edelweiss is a plus
  • Comfortable using various social media platforms
  • Previous experience working in a bookstore is a plus

Please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements.  Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.

 

 

Contracts Assistant – Subsidiary Rights

The Subsidiary Rights department is looking for a self-motivated and detail-oriented individual to support their contracts team. The Contracts Assistant will liaise with agencies and publishers around the world and draft and process foreign and domestic rights contracts for more than half of Penguin’s adult imprints. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about the book publishing business and the licensing of rights and to work with a diverse range of Penguin’s fiction and non-fiction titles. The position is ideal for someone with a meticulous attention to detail, excellent multi-tasking skills, and the ability to solve problems under tight deadlines.

Specific responsibilities include:

1. Assists the Contracts Manager and works with subsidiary rights department members, publishers, and foreign subagents.

2. Drafts, proofreads, and processes contracts.

3. Provides administrative support (mailing, copying, filing, scanning, etc.)

4. Enters contract workflow into Rights Management System.

5. Researches rights and contract terms from author agreements.

6. Works on other projects as necessary.

Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Interest in contracts and/or subsidiary rights
  • Prior office experience
  • Prior work or internship experience in publishing or at a literary agency a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent proofreading skills
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple and a high volume of projects at once
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Outlook; Excel a plus

Salary for this position is $35,250.  Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.

Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter.


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Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 11.32.00 AMJune 15 – TheSALON & Akashic Books presents: Reverse Gentrification of the Literary World

Book Court
163 Court Street
Brooklyn,  NY 11201

Time: 7:00-8:30pm

New York City launch event for The Anger Meridian and Little Beasts! Part of The Salon reading series. Moderated by series cohost Martin Rowe. With Kaylie Jone and Matthew McGevna.

 

June 16 – Aziz Ansari with Modern Romance

Barnes & Nobel
Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

Time: 12:00pm

Modern Romance combines Aziz Ansari’s irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us a tour of our new romantic world. An exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices.

Books must be purchased at this Barnes & Noble location or BN.com for attendance and priority seating.

 

June 16 – Katherine Taylor with Malcolm Gladwell

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
United States
New York,  NY 10012

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Join us for the launch of Katherine Taylor’s new novel Valley Fever. Long awaited since her acclaimed debut, Rules for Saying Goodbye came out eight years ago, Valley Fever is a lush novel about inheritance, family, and betrayal set in California’s wine soaked, sunbaked Central Valley. Katherine will be in conversation with Malcolm Gladwell. With books for sale from our friends at WORD.

 


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