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Taylor and Francis: Journal Sales Administrator

Philadelphia, PA

 

 

Taylor & Francis, a leading international academic publisher in Olde City Philadelphia, is currently seeking two Journal Sales Administrators in its Sales Department.

These positions support all aspects of the North American library sales team and are responsible for the following tasks:

  • Conducting all customer subscription research and analysis activities with the library sales team and U.K. team as assigned
  • Assisting in the creation of sales proposals and management reports
  • Troubleshooting and enabling access to online content
  • Working with the U.S. Sales team to meet division revenue objectives and other duties as assigned by management

Requirements:

  • Strong organizational and project management skills with the demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously
  • Keen attention to detail with the ability to proactively identify and address problems
  • Proficiency in word processing (MS Word), PowerPoint, and spreadsheet (Excel) applications;  experience with databases is helpful
  • Bachelor’s degree and one or more years experience in Customer Service, Publishing, or an analytical/technical position
  • Successful candidates will be highly organized, professional and confident
 Please submit a cover letter and resume and salary requirements to:
Beth Mullen (beth.mullen@taylorandfrancis.com)
 

News Roundup: Obama at Amazon

The publishing world is abuzz with news and opinions on President Obama’s trip to Amazon’s facilities in Tennessee last week. The President spoke on economic recovery, highlighting Amazon as a shining example of progress. He presented a new governmental plan that would lower taxes for large corporations like Amazon, which he thinks would spur job growth and result in the generation of more tax revenue. Read more about the particulars of the economics involved at the New York Times.

This speech comes at a particularly interesting time for Amazon. Recently, they have cut prices drastically on hardcover books, as low as $11.65 for best-selling author Dan Brown. His hardcover books could command a price three times that sum just a few years ago. Publishers believe this price cutting devalues their products, and fixes the market unfairly against independent sellers. Salon.com quotes Strand Bookstore employee Carson Moss as saying: “Our discount cannot compare to what Amazon was setting their prices at, even before they started selling their books at 60 percent off… There’s frustration that a company that hasn’t turned a profit continues to be rewarded with higher stock prices and they can make seismic shifts in this industry.”

Amazon has been gaining many advantages from the government that the average business does not have. Recently the state of Texas forgave the company $269 million in back taxes in an agreement to create new centers and jobs. Amazon will be hosting CIA data in their cloud storage system for the ripe sum of $600 million. Last but not least- The Governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam, made a deal with Amazon in 2012 that EXEMPTS them from corporate sales tax until 2014 in return for creating 3,500 jobs. This means, naturally, other stores are forced to charge more for products due to the taxes they have to pay.

The American Book Sellers Association criticized the President in an open letter:

 “As you’ve noted so often, small businesses are the engines of the economy. When a small business fails and closes its doors, this has a ripple effect at both a local and a national level. Jobs are lost, workers lose healthcare and seek unemployment insurance, and purchasing decreases. And while Amazon may now be boasting about the creation of jobs, any gains are elusive, and not a long-term solution. The simple fact is that Amazon’s practices are detrimental to the nation’s economy.”

Not all response has been negative. Some argue that Amazon’s practices are natural and that the ability to lower prices is what makes American capitalism competitive. To them, the pursuit of unending profit is not villainous, despite the uneven playing field on which the game is played. Regardless of what you think is fair or unfair, the relationship between Amazon and the government is unique and strong. The government is condoning their practices with the hope that jobs will be created, but there seems to be a blind eye towards the jobs and independent businesses that have been destroyed by Amazon and other online retailers. I’d be willing to bet if they had their back taxes forgiven and no corporate tax collection for roughly two years they’d still be around too. As Ann Prachett says in the Wall Street Journal, “I wish President Obama would have visited Parnassus Books on his way to the Amazon warehouse.”

 

Malala Day at the United Nations

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

This is the compassion that I have learnt from Muhammad-the prophet of mercy, Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha. This is the legacy of change that I have inherited from Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This is the philosophy of non-violence that I have learnt from Gandhi Jee, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa. And this is the forgiveness that I have learnt from my mother and father. This is what my soul is telling me, be peaceful and love everyone.

— Malala Yousafzai

July 12, 2013 will go down in history as the first youth takeover of the United Nations. Over 500 young people between the ages of 13 and 24 from all over the globe were invited to the UN General Assembly to share, learn, and network on the global education crisis in an event called Malala Day, in honor of Malala Yousafzai. Over 56 million children in the world have never had access to education due to systemic cultural difficulties and a lack of resources. Even more children never make it passed primary school, and of those that do, many barely learn basic reading and math skills.  The numbers are so high and so widespread that we may not even know the true extent to which these problems reach.

As a UN Youth Representative for the WNBA and the daughter of a teacher, these problems are extremely close to my own heart. I have been lucky enough to have a supportive network with ample resources encouraging me to further my own education. Unfortunately the number of children who lack that same support is staggering.  Malala is one such case that deserves the world’s attention. In 2012, Malala was a bright young fifteen year old Pakistani girl with the world laid out in front of her. She believed in her right to education, and espoused those values on her personal blog. She identified the injustices against her gender, and shamed those who believe that women belong in the home rather than in the public sphere. One day on her way to school, male terrorists boarded her bus. They said, “Who is Malala?” and said that they would kill everyone aboard until they found her. These men shot Malala in the head along with two of her friends, because she dared to speak up on behalf of girls seeking an education. These men tried to silence her voice with force and violence.

They were not successful. Like a true-life superhero, Malala miraculously survived the attack and recovered after being moved to the United Kingdom. While some might have been silenced after such a despicable outbreak of violence, Malala has shown courage, bravery, and eloquence beyond her years. She came to the UN for this event- her first public appearance since the attack- and has strengthened her position on universal education for all. She credits her faith, parental support, and moral conviction for her recovery and bravery.

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For the full video of Malala’s speech, click here.

There was hardly a dry eye in the room as Malala spoke in front of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, her parents, and her peers. She inspired us all to take a stand for education both in our personal lives and in the global sphere for others. As we learned throughout the day at subsequent information fairs and panels, universal education has the potential to fix other problems such as poverty, health, and food shortages. With education those in developing countries could help fix the high mortality rates of pregnant females in their communities, learn sustainable agrarian techniques to feed the hungry, and practice leadership to address local problems within their societies. It all starts with education. It is Malala’s goal to have every child in school by 2015. She presented a petition with millions of signatures to the UN hoping to achieve that goal. Click here to sign Malala’s petition, sponsored by A World at School.

I couldn’t have been happier to meet with young people from around the world who shared my interests in global education. To hear their own stories about educational problems in their home countries was nothing short of heartbreaking. At the information fair I learned of campaigns from the Girl Scouts to help empower girls abroad, met with representatives from UNESCO to learn about their educational initiatives, and talked toWomen Thrive Worldwide about their awareness campaigns on women and education. Following the information fair we could choose different panels to attend. I participated in a grass-roots organizing workshop, in which we were given a topic and as a team worked together to develop a campaign around it, guided by the United Nations Girls Education Initiative. Following this workshop I participated in an online organizing event sponsored by A World at School and UNICEF. Different presenters, including Girl Rising and President Obama’s 2012 Social Media Director, talked about the importance of online communication and the best practices for building an audience for awareness campaigns.

Malala Day was one of the best days of my short professional career, as I got the chance to learn and grow with people from all over the world. I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate and will hold Malala’s virtues in my heart forever. Her courage and bravery in the face of systemic cultural violence is an inspiration to all.

By Jenna Vaccaro, Graduate Assistant at Pace University’s publishing program. Please find her on Linked In for more information.

World Book Night

What is World Book Night?

For the past two years independent organization World Book Night has been promoting the joy of reading for those who do not have access to books. Every level of publishing professional joins together to make this philanthropic endeavor a reality. On April 23, 2014, thousands of people will receive free books due to the careful planning of the WBN staff.

How does it work?

  • A panel made of independent librarians and booksellers meet and select 30 books appropriate for this project, both classics and new novels, some in Spanish.
  •  Authors agree to forgo royalties for books selected for this project
  • Publishers print special editions of the books selected and pay all the costs of production
  • Members of the public (vetted by application) hand out copies of the books in their community
  • People read!

Want to help with their project? Click to get involved and sign up for their newsletter.

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

June 17, 2013Photoshop at Apple

The Soho Apple Store (103 Prince Street, Manhattan) offers many free workshops and classes.  This Monday they have a free Photoshop class at 1:00 pm. Learn design secrets and how to adjust and edit photos. Click the above link to register.

 

June 18, 2013: Secrets behind Book Publishing @ the Strand

Authors, agents, and editors will unite at the Strand Books Store (829 Broadway, Manhattan) for a discussion on the ins and outs of publishing. They will “de-mystify” the industry and give insight into their own career. This event begins at 7:00 pm and costs $15.00 (in the form of a gift card to the store.)

June 19, 2013: Questlove at Barnes and Noble

Roots drummer Questlove has written a book called Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove and will be promoting it at the Union Square Barnes and Noble (33 East 17th Street, Manhattan.)  This book isn’t just a memoir, but a personal look at fakes, philosophers, and music.

June 20, 2013: John Donne, Re-Done

At the New York Public Library (5th Avenue and 42nd Street, Manhattan) an event will be held honoring the British master poet John Donne. Contemporary poets will be reading their own work alongside Donne’s, and discuss his influence on their writing. This event begins at 1:15 and is first come, first served.

June 21, 2013: William Shakespeare

At the New York Public Library (5th Avenue and 42nd Street, Manhattan) discover the world of Shakespeare within the stacks. How have his words been translated from Renaissance England to today’s New York? This event begins at 2:15 and is free.

World Press Freedom Day

May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day, a United Nations observance day meant to help us think about the dangers reporters and media workers face for reporting on controversial issues. All over the globe people are punished for reporting the truth in their countries. Freedom of speech is not a right for everyone, and it is important to recognize the dangers reporters and publishers face for expressing their opinions. We take for granted the fact that as Americans we can simply publish what we want without much fear of repercussion.

This year, UNESCO honors imprisoned Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu for her work on reporting on poverty, gender, and equality in Africa. She opened her own publishing house and magazine in 2010, and was arrested in June of 2011 with a five year jail sentence. Reeyot’s story is not unique- reporters all over the world are jailed for expressing the truth. Take a look at Human Rights First’s information on other reporters in similar situations, some of whom are in jail and some of whom have been silenced forever.

 

Social Storytelling in the Age of Data – Meaning and Momentum

If you want to change the world, you have to change the story.

– Wendy Levy, New Arts Axis

WNBA United Nations Youth Representatives Jenna Vaccaro and Diana Cavallo attended a fascinating day of programming at UN Headquarters designed to give NGOs the tools to create meaningful media that has real impact. Be it in the political, NGO, or business world the change has come- any entity that does not have an online media presence is behind the times and unlikely to succeed. Consumers rarely trust a company with few followers or positive comments. However, having a million followers is meaningless if your content does not inspire people to act. A brand with a small following and empowering content can have much better impact than a large one that does not prepare its followers to act.UN

Wendy Levy of New Arts Axis, leader of the presentations, says that the audience is no longer an audience. The best way to engage the “people formerly known as an audience” is to participate with them through social media and prepare them with tools and motivation to take action. Attendees were treated to presentations by technologists and artists who have an eye for social justice and change. Filmmakers Dara Kell and Chris Johnson showed multimedia projects that had succeeded in achieving their goals of social change. Chris Johnson’s project Question Bridge started as a museum exhibition and grew into an online phenomenon documenting young black men’s questions for the older generation around issues of racism, injustice, and stereotyping. The project allowed young unknown men to connect with well-established civil rights leaders and lets the world in on their meaningful dialogue. Dara Kell’s documentary Dear Mandela chronicles the first post-apartheid generation of South Africa. The main takeaway from these multimedia projects is that the conversation should not end after you view a film or read a book- you must create a dialogue and give people the mechanisms to share the idea and become involved.

Google employee Eric Doversberger began the afternoon session by discussing the way NGOs can use data visualization to leverage more funding, fans, and impact. There are many Google applications that can help you create meaningful transmedia projects. In an effort to make people aware of drug violence in Mexico, authorities released numerical data on murders in their country. Combined with the power of Google maps and ingenuity from the tech teams of newspapers, people are now able to see trends in location and timing laid out in map format. It is believed that the visualization of this data is more influential than a simple number because you can see the full scope and size of the problem. Here are some other web apps discussed for using and visualizing data.

  • Tableau Public– A free data visualization system that represents static information for reports, websites, and publications.
  • Gephi– Another free visualization system that can handle more complex computations and more customizable representations.
  • Sparkwi.se– This free and extremely user-friendly system can populate your data directly from sources like Facebook and Google Analytics and updates itself in real-time. E.G, if you update your member list, your data visualization automatically updates at the same time.

By Jenna Vaccaro,  a Graduate Assistant at Pace University’s publishing program. She loves the intersection of media and technology and hopes to build a career combining the two fields. Jenna previously worked at the Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art and volunteers her time at NGOs like the WNBA and Girls Educational Mentoring Services (GEMS.) She loves science-fiction and horror novels. Please find her on Linked In for more information.

Link of the Week: Earth Day

This week marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day! Established by Richard Nixon (who knew?!) in 1970, we take April 22 as a day to reflect on our world, pollution, and mother nature. As publishers embracing the digital revolution we must think about the effect our industry has on the environment, and greater implications in relation to climate change and pollution. To commemorate Earth Day, we’re bringing you a list of eco-friendly publishers and links that focus on green publishing.

 

Island Press is a publisher who’s niche is specifically built to inspire change. Established in 1984, they publish books and develop programs to create a sustainable, green future. They look for solutions to the problems of pollution and climate change. This interesting group is half publisher, half social activist. They partner with different advocacy and social groups to make sure their messages are heard.

 

Mother Jones is a left-leaning political and social issues magazine with a great pedigree. Established in 1976, Mother Jones takes on the issues because the key to a great democracy is an informed populace. Because they are a non-profit, they cannot legally endorse candidates, which makes their reporting more independent than other for-profit publishers.  By publishing truth people will be inspired to take action on the issues they care about. Check out this article on eBooks.

 

Adirondack Life magazine is a beautifully produced publication featuring breathtaking wildlife flora and fauna photography. Articles feature specific tips about the Adirondack Mountains: travel, animal information, and activities. It’s not hard to understand why people work to protect the environment when you see the beauty laid out in a glossy two page spread.

 

Eco-Libris is a cool program that centers around the idea that every book you buy was once a tree, so replant it! Kind of like buying carbon offsets, one should replace the resources used. You can go to their website and donate five dollars for their organization to plant 5 trees. They have a lot of great information about how both print and digital publishing alters the environment.

 

 

 

 

Jobs of the Week

This week we bring you two different positions. A digital position at Penguin perfect for anyone who has the tech skills and passion for work management and a marketing/publicity assistant at Other Press. While you’re looking, check out Folio Mag’s job website for more opportunities.

 

 

Company: Penguin

Position: Digital Workflow Assistant Manager

Location: New York City

Penguin is currently seeking a Digital Workflow Assistant Manager to assist the Manager and Vice President in all aspects of digital workflow services.  This person will help with all activities related to Penguin CORE editorial software including workflow planning, software upgrades, release planning, documentation, and training strategy and delivery.

While working in a team environment, the Digital Workflow Assistant Manager will be responsible for providing training and support to editorial teams in regard to our current systems and procedures, assisting with fulfillment of font requests, participating in larger content management initiatives, and working on other special projects as assigned.

Please apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • 4 year college degree related to publishing or technology or equivalent combination of experience and education
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a publishing environment, with knowledge of overall book publishing process including editorial, design, marketing, and layout fundamentals
  • Prior work experience demonstrating ability to function both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize work, and manage time effectively
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Ability to manage frequent change, readily accommodating new projects, assignments, and technologies
  • Extensive experience with Microsoft Office, particularly Microsoft Word
  • Basic understanding of Mac platform and software, and ideally some experience with Adobe InDesign and Acrobat
  • Ability to travel up to 5% via airplane, train and/or car required; some overnight and/or international travel may be required

 

If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and cover letter (including salary requirements) to jobs@us.penguingroup.com.

Company: Other Press

Position: Publicity & Marketing Assistant

Location: New York City

About the position:

Other Press, publisher of novels, short stories, poetry, essays, as well as timely nonfiction from around the world that represent literature at its best, seeks a Publicity/Marketing Assistant to provide day-to-day support in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment. Duties will include fulfillment of book copy requests to the media, updating publicity and marketing databases, assembling and distributing daily publicity reports & weekly meeting minutes, assisting with writing press and promotional materials, attending and assisting in the coordination of author events, researching potential blogs, and new media platforms. The ideal candidate will possess exceptional writing, communication, organizational and social media skills, attention to detail, and ability to juggle a multitude of tasks. Though duties will consist largely in assisting Publicity and Marketing efforts, we are a small and collaborative press and will require our Publicity/Marketing Assistant to support a variety of other departments when needed. Previous experience in a publishing or providing administrative support is ideal and passion to learn about book publishing is a must, in our search for a candidate to join our ambitious and growing team.

If interested in applying, please send resume and cover letter to Jessica Greer, jgreer@otherpress.com

Books Around Town

Ongoing

One of a Kind: Unique Artist’s Books

This is a group show with 22 major artists dedicated to the Artist’s Book. It is being held at the AC institute (547 W. 27th street, Manhattan.) There is an opening event occurring April 4th from 6-8 pm. The exhibition begins on the 4th and will close on May 18. The gallery is open from 1:00- 6:00 pm and is closed on Mondays and Sundays. The gallery accepts donations.

March 23, 2013

Identity in YA Books

A part of the 2013 NYC Teen Author Festival, this event will go into the ways in which authors represent youth identity, including themes of LGBTQ. This event at the New York Public Library (Bryant Park, Manhattan) is free and open to the public.

March 28, 2013

Reading of Dante’s Inferno

For the 20th year in a row at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan) Dante’s epic will be read aloud. This event begins at 9 pm and is free. Poet in residence Marilyn Nelson will be among the featured readers.

March 29, 2013

A conversation with Aleksandar Hemon and Colum McCann

McNally Jackson Books (52 Prince Street, Manhattan) will be hosting a conversation between two authors, Aleksandar Hemon and Colum McCann at 7 pm. Hemon will be discussing his new memoir The Book of My Lives. This event is free.

April 3, 2013

Celebrating 50 Years of the New York Review of Books

Follow the link to reserve free seats to this great event. Distinguished contributors to the Review will meet at the New York Public Library (Bryant Park, Manhattan) and host a panel discussing books, New  York, and their work. Notable Guest Joseph Lelyveld (former executive editor of the New York Times) will be in attendance. This event is free and is hosted from 7-8 pm.