Link of the Week: The Strand Bookstore

The Strand Bookstore is a Landmark shop specializing in new, used & rare books from philosophy to finance, plus bookish gifts.

The Strand is one of New York’s most popular independent book sellers, celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. The store was founded by Benjamin Bass in 1927 and has been kept running by his son, Fred, and now Fred’s daughter, Nancy.

According to the Huffington Post article, “How The Strand Has Made Indie Bookselling Look Easy — For 90 Years,” “The store operates in a constant churn of activity ― two events a day, seven days a week; pop-up outlets around town.” The store is constantly striving to expand its footprint on the New York literary scene.

The Strand has already implemented modern shifts in how the store operates like including bookish items like tote bags and magnets as well as books. Nancy told the Huffington Post, ““Our focus is on the books,” and went on tosay. “The way we put it is, the books are the sentence and the other items are the punctuation: They’re fun and more spontaneous, and books are a little bit more of a commitment.”

The Strand continues to live on as cultural staple for the literary New York. Despite having some hiccups along the way, The Strand has managed to push on and remain successful.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Associate Publicist/Publicist

The Overlook Press is an independent general-interest publisher, founded in 1971. The publishing program consists of approximately 100 new books per year, roughly divided between hardcovers and trade paperbacks. The list is eclectic, with areas of strength in fiction, history, biography, drama, design, and other visual media.

Minimum Requirements:

• 2-5 years’ experience in book publicity
• Strong contacts across all media
• Thorough and up-to-date knowledge of the digital and social media landscape
• Strong organizational abilities and superb written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Responsibilities Include:

• Plan and execute successful campaigns for a wide variety of books: literary and commercial fiction; and nonfiction in categories including history, memoir, science, sociology, politics, music, film, and art/design, among others
• Write press materials, including compelling press releases and creative, effective pitch letters
• Schedule interviews with broadcast, print, and online media, and coordinate multi-city book tours and author appearances
• Develop and maintain strong contacts across all media
• Work closely with marketing, sales, and editorial departments
• Publicize our books and authors creatively across all social media platforms

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to humanresources@overlookny.com.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Copyrights Associate

Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world. In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution. Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 250 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others.

Minimum Requirements:

• 3+ years prior publishing experience, preferably in Copyright
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to prioritize workload & handle tight deadlines
• Exceptional organizational skills
• Familiarity with SAP is a plus
• Ability to work independently

Responsibilities Include:

• Responsible for analysis of third-party text usage within the Company’s publications and, if necessary, obtains and/or assists with permission clearances
• Corresponds with the Copyright Office located in Washington D.C. on matters relating to copyright registrations
• Checks copyright notices and acknowledgements in the Company’s publications (prior to publication) for conformity with the terms of the author contract and third-party permission agreements
• Responsible for scanning and filing copyright registration certificates
• Maintains personal and/or departmental files
• Performs detailed research as necessary
• Works closely with other departments within the Company
• Updates the Company database with information about newly published titles as well as amending existing entries as necessary
• Works with the Director to create and implement departmental policies

If you are interested in this position, please apply online.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Junior Designer

ABRAMS is the preeminent publisher of high-quality illustrated books for adults, adolescents and young children. ABRAMS is the publisher of bestsellers such as the wildly popular “The Diary of A Wimpy Kid” series, award-winning cookbooks of Alton Brown and the stunning photography of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s “Earth From Above” series.

Minimum Requirements:

• BFA preferred
• Well versed in Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign.
• Ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines¬
• A proactive person with strong communication and collaboration skills
• Portfolio required
• Awareness of current trends in children’s illustration and design and familiarity with freelance designers and illustration agencies
• Illustrator and design contacts a must
• Hand-lettering and illustration skills a plus
• Desire and ability to work collaboratively, respectfully, communicably, enthusiastically
• 3 years of book publishing experience

Responsibilities Include:

• Design YA and middle grade book covers and interiors from start to finish in collaboration with illustrators
• Will handle making corrections to reprints, preparing jacket mechanics, and formatting files and finishes for production
• Convert sample pages/images/spreads for ibland, ppt, catalog, trade shows, etc.
• Assist Art Director with direction of creative talent
• Help form the ABRAMS KIDS brand identify along with the Creative Director
• Ability to transcend the “design umbrella” and think editorially as well as consider the marketing and sales angles

If you are interested in applying, please email resume and salary requirements to jobs@abramsbooks.com. Please put the TITLE OF THE POSITION in the subject line.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Advertising Assistant, Poets & Writers Magazine

Founded in 1970, Poets & Writers is respected and trusted as the primary source of information, support, and guidance for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Their work is rooted in the belief that literature is vital to sustaining a vibrant culture. They focus on nurturing literature’s source: creative writers. Their mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public.

Minimum Requirements:

• Excellent organizational skills and an ability to manage multiple tasks
• Good proofreading skills and an eye for detail
• Ability to edit following a style sheet
• Facility with InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Acrobat
• Familiarity with PC and Mac platforms, a plus
• Sales and customer service experience, a plus
• Motivated to reach sales goals
• Knowledge of accounts payable and accounts receivable procedures, a plus
• Knowledge of and interest in contemporary literature

Responsibilities Include:

• Provide customer service and process orders for all classified advertising
• Contact classified advertising prospects for each print issue and digital publication
• Coordinate proofreading of the classifieds section with freelance proofreader
• Flow classified ads into InDesign and make formatting changes
• Format, style, and post online classified ads
• Work with associate publisher to develop material to promote classified ad sales
• Work with associate publisher to research potential advertisers
• Regularly contact prospects for online job listings and administer job listings on pw.org and in the e-newsletter
• Assist with sales, design, proofreading, and production of display and online advertising
• Generate and send classified advertising invoices and assist accounting staff with the collections process
• Organize incoming payments by check for the accounting department and communicate with accounting staff about billing issues and irregularities
• Participate in meetings and other department activities
• Represent Poets & Writers at book fairs and industry events

If you are interested in applying, please send resume and cover letter to: Tim O’Sullivan, Associate Publisher, Poets & Writers, 90 Broad Street, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004 or by e-mail to tosullivan@pw.org. Attachments must be .doc, .rtf, or .pdf.

What Does Publishers’ Reinvention Mean for the Industry?

In the last couple of weeks three iconic companies made major moves toward reinvention, however these moves are not reflecting a positive outlook on their own futures, or for the print magazine industry overall.

First, Time Inc. laid off 300 people recently. “The June 13th cutbacks came three years almost to the week when the company spun off from Time Warner,” according to the Folio article. The company is also relocating one of its titles, Food & Wine, to Alabama, partly because of cost considerations. Wenner Media announced it had sold Men’s Journal to American Media. This sale leaves the once-powerful company with just a 51 percent stake in flagship Rolling Stone and a gaming website launched last year. Rodale was also said to have cut 80-100 employees ahead of an announcement “that it is exploring strategic options.” The company announced in January that “it was selling some of its properties in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, in a bid to centralize and to raise $4.6 million.”

Time Inc. CEO Rich Battista, through a spokesperson, told Folio writer Tony Silber “that further consolidation (presumably of the kind that just happened at his company) is likely given the long-term secular decline in print.” It seems for media companies today, it is more important to build a bran than to rely on print businesses and practices.

“The industry is evolving quickly, and while change can be disruptive, it also brings opportunity,” a senior Rodale executive said to Silber.

Volunteers Needed- VIDA

VIDA is seeking a determined, meticulous, and thorough intern to assist with the VIDA Count. The VIDA count is a well-publicized annual tally of the gender disparity in publishing. It is the counter’s job to research and determine the gender identity of writers as well as the genre of the work published.

The VIDA Count will require strong knowledge and use of:

• Google Docs
• Microsoft Excel
• DropBox
• Doodle
• Google Hangout

The 2017 internship will run from August 2017 through March 2018. Counters must be able to commit to the full term and spend an average of 5 hours per week on the project, in a combination of solo tallying work and team numbers reconciliation sessions. Applications for the 2017 Count are due by July 15, 2017.

If you are interested in volunteering to be a Counter for the VIDA Count, please send a resume and letter of interest with subject line “VIDA Counter Candidate [Surname]” to Sara Iacovelli at siacovelli@vidaweb.org.

Quote“Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.”

-Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is a New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen Young Adult fiction novels. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She has won numerous awards for her novels including the ALA “Best Fiction for Young Adults,” and the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

Dessen worked on her first novel, That Summer, while waitressing in her hometown in North Carolina. She has also taught at the University of North Carolina. Dessen’s work deals with the change in youth’s personality as they go through tragedy or loss. She writes about isolation, emotional distance among family members, and a progressive change in people’s personality, among others.

Dessen has a new novel, Once and for All, that has been released just last month called about a woman who helps brides perfect their special day, despite having lost her first love in a tragic accident. She may have a second-chance at love when she meets someone new.