Jobs of the Week

Niche Media Holdings

Type: Full Time

Position: Editorial Assistant

Location: NYC

Responsibilities:

  • Organizes and maintains Editorial Director’s schedule
  • Arranges travel schedules and itineraries for Editorial Director and, when needed, Creative Director
  • Provides administrative support for Editorial Director – organizing office, filing, preparing documents, expense reports
  • Organizes and maintains file system for editorial department, and files correspondence and other records
  • Coordinates and arranges meetings, prepares agendas, reserves and prepares facilities, and records and transcribes minutes of meetings
  • Makes copies of correspondence or other printed materials
  • Prepares outgoing mail and correspondence, including e-mail and faxes
  • Greets scheduled visitors and conducts to appropriate area or person
  • Builds strong work relationships with other departments within the organization (art, photo, copy, fact, events, finance, etc)
  • Maintains the editorial schedule for all magazines
  • Run errands such as deliveries or pickups as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • One year of administrative experience required
  • Prior editorial experience preferred, ideally in a magazine publishing environment
  • Proficiency in all MS Office programs and MAC platform
  • Familiarity with InCopy and/or InDesign programs preferred but not required

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Harlequin Books

Type: Full Time

Position: Assistant Editor

Location: NYC

Responsibilities:

Editorial

  • Reads and evaluates solicited and unsolicited manuscripts and recommends titles for publishing to the Executive Editor.
  • Performs all editorial functions including providing revisions to author and line editing. Oversees copy editing and author approval/alterations.
  • Provides editorial input into packaging design in order to ensure key selling features are reflected in the product package.
  • Develops art recommendations for the vision team meeting with Art and Marketing, recommend titles and writes back cover copy and back page ads.
  • Contributes to the development and execution of innovative editorial ideas and concepts, and contributes to new company initiatives.

Administrative

  • Screening and handling telephone calls from employees, authors, and other third parties.
  • Sorting, opening and screening of daily department mail.
  • Accurately incorporating author changes/corrections into manuscript database.
  • Maintaining information in different editorial and production databases.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate Degree.
  • 2+ years progressive experience in publishing, including editorial focus.
  • 2+ years of administrative experience.
  • Experience working with authors. – Excellent customer service skills.
  • Able to prioritize and remain focused.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong communication, planning and teamwork skills.

View the original post here.

Jobs of the Week

Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster

Type: Full Time

Position: Editorial Assistant

Location: NYC

Description: The Gallery Books imprint of Simon & Schuster is seeking an Editorial Assistant to assist an Executive Editor and Senior Editor, focused on women’s fiction, narrative nonfiction, and pop culture. Responsibilities include: reviewing manuscripts; general administrative duties; organizing and scheduling meetings in MS Outlook; communicating with authors and agents, by phone and e-mail; expense tracking; evaluating a high volume of manuscripts; handling all aspects of transmitting books to production. Must be reliable, friendly and flexible: proven time management skills, resourcefulness, accuracy, timeliness, and efficiency. Be able to work independently, confidentially, and professionally, in a fast-paced office environment. Knowledge of social media is important.

Requirements: Possess strong MS Office skills, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as Internet skills. Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills are a must, as is a demonstrated interest in book publishing, especially women’s fiction, narrative nonfiction, and pop culture.

Of paramount importance are a can-do attitude, excellent organization, follow-through, and attention to detail.

View the original job post here.

InStyle

Type: Full Time

Position: Assistant to the Editor

Location: NYC

Description: The Assistant is responsible for managing the day-to-day schedule and all administrative functions of the office of the Editor of InStyle. Ideal
candidate is a detail-oriented and confident self-starter who can
anticipate the needs of a busy executive and thrive in a fast-paced,
deadline-driven environment. This position requires the ability to
communicate and prioritize effectively; interact with high-level clients,
senior management and internal staff; handle confidential information; and
oversee multiple projects simultaneously.

Responsibilities: schedule meetings and manage appointment
calendar, make travel/transportation arrangements, answer phone and
prioritize messages.

Candidate must be a college grad with at least two years of administrative
experience supporting an executive, preferably in an editorial environment.

View the original posting here.

 

Jobs of the Week

Northside Media Group

Type: Full Time

Position: Assistant to the Publisher

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Requirements: Northside Media Group (NMG) is looking for an Assistant to the Publisher. NMG publishes The L Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, and BAMbill, and produces events such as the Northside Festival and SummerScreen. The mission of NMG is to explore and champion emerging Brooklyn culture and style.

The Assistant to the Publisher position is a constantly-evolving role that encompasses a wide range of duties that help the ship sail smoothly. Because there are so many tasks and so many people asking for help, this position requires a special kind of candidate. Here are some of the qualities that we’re looking for:

  • Extreme organization. With multiple balls in the air at any time, an organization system is necessary to make sure none of them fall.
  • Proactivity. The ability to learn to spot problems before they become serious.
  • Positivity. Small office + lots of work = the need for positive team spirit
  • Honesty, kindness, and bravery. These are important traits for everyone in our company.

Responsibilities:

  • Managing the inputting and trafficking of ads in the print publications
  • Managing and processing payments from clients
  • General office management duties
  • Assist the publisher with individual and ongoing tasks
  • Help manage the magazine distribution process
  • Assist with the production of events

The Assistant to the Publisher position is ideal for a recent college graduate looking for experience in media and/or publishing. Working on so many different facets of the business makes it both challenging and illuminating. It should be noted that this is not a writing position, but rather a business position within a creative office.

View the original job posting here.

Penguin Group

Type: Full Time

Position: Assistant Manager – School and Library Marketing

Requirements:

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of 3 years of prior publicity, publishing, teaching, or library experience
  • Ability to travel by plane, train, and/or car to 3-5 national Teacher/Library conferences per year
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Strong follow-up skills
  • Superb organizational skills
  • Understanding and awareness of social media platforms
  • Interest and enthusiasm for children’s books
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Experience creating both print and online marketing content strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, and/or HTML is a plus

Responsibilities: Penguin Young Readers’ School & Library Marketing team is seeking an Assistant Manager of Education Outreach/Marketing. Working closely with the Executive Director and Senior Manager of Education Outreach, the Assistant Manager will be responsible for creating a school strategy for Penguin’s titles, programs, and properties.

Additionally, the Assistant Manager:

  • Implements direct to teacher advertising campaigns.
  • Creates and distributes teaching resources for classroom use.
  • Plans and prepares for all national and state educational conferences.
  • Oversees state award strategy and submission.
  • Develops a digital platform for Penguin Classroom (www.penguinclassroom.com) to connect with teachers and students nationwide.

View the original job posting here.

Jobs of the Week

Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.

Type: Full Time

Position: Editorial Assistant

Location: NYC

Reports to: the Editor for Literary Studies and Philosophy and the Editor for Film and Media Studies

Primary responsibilities:

  • Support commissioning editors in all stages of the publication of books and supporting material, and the administration of title acquisition, planning and production
  • Provide administrative assistance to editors, including systems title management and reporting, and ensuring that publishing programs run to schedule
  • Correspond effectively and tactfully with authors
  • Research academic contacts and marketplace for print and digital projects
  • Send manuscripts for peer review and endorsement
  • Prepare editorial and marketing materials
  • Issue contracts and deal with royalties
  • Keep schedules and general department organization
  • Manage the copyright data process
  • Liaise with production, sales, marketing, and operations departments
  • Recruit, hire, and supervise interns

Selection criteria:

  • Bachelors degree in a related field and 1 to 3 years related experience
  • Minimum 1 year publishing experience/internship preferred
  • Demonstrate a passion for academic publishing
  • Knowledge of the academic study of literature and/or film and media a plus
  • Solid understanding of the US higher education market
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to effectively organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines
  • Professional manner in dealing with colleagues, authors, third-party partners
  • Proven title database management skills
  • Exceptional Microsoft Office skills a plus

Find the original posting here.

Scholastic

Type: Full Time

Position: Assistant Editor

Location: NYC

We are looking for an assistant editor to join SuperScience, Scholastic’s classroom science magazine for grades 3 through 6 (upper elementary school students). The assistant editor will work on all components of the product including the production of engaging feature articles, science news stories, online games, hands-on experiments, assessments, and teaching resources. This is a wonderful opportunity for a science-savvy nonfiction writer to join the world’s largest children’s publisher and make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of students nationwide.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with the Editor to develop highly engaging nonfiction texts and editorial assets including feature articles, news shorts, games, quizzes, and activities covering a range of curriculum-based science topics for grades 3-6
  • Research and pitch story ideas
  • Write hands-on experiments and attend photo shoots
  • Produce assets for the SuperScience website and digital edition
  • Review and proofread layouts

Qualifications:

  • B.S. or B.A. required. M.A. or M.S. preferred.
  • Proven writing, editing, and proofreading abilities
  • High-level reporting and researching skills
  • Passion for education and a flair for presenting information in an engaging way
  • Educational publishing or editorial experience preferred
  • Knowledge of primary education and Common Core State Standards preferred

Find the original posting here.

 

Career Services Event

Hiring Tips From Employers

 

On Thursday, October 24th, 50 Pace students attended a wonderful program organized by Career Services at Pace.  A very prestigious group of publishing professionals gathered to share their experience and insights about getting a job in the highly competitive book and magazine publishing industries and the media communications industry.  In the blog below, MS in Publishing student, Jason Wachtler, shares with us some of the key pieces of advice he took away from the afternoon.

Jason Wachtler is currently an intern with New Leaf Literary & Media in their Subsidiary Rights department is a second semester MS in Publishing student. 

HIRING TIPS FROM EMPLOYERS:

The topics discussed covered:  finding a job, cover letter/resume tips, interview tips, and thoughts on reaching out to publishing professionals.  We were fortunate enough to get a wealth of excellent information from a thoughtful panel.

The Panel included: Kristen L. Flanagan – Senior Associate Editor from Martha Stewart LivingAmy Brundage – HR Director from Hachette Book Group USA, Kristin Hebert – HR Generalist from Penguin Random House PublishingSelina BhagwandinVice President/ Associate Director from Zenith Optimedia  and Tina JordanVice President from the Association of American Publishers as the Moderator

What type of job in Publishing do I go for?

Kristin Hebert make the crowd feel at ease.  She said that there are many types of positions available in the industry, not just editing.  As long as you like books, you have a place here.

Tina Jordan asked us, what type of person are you? If you are an extrovert, Sales and Marketing positions would be best.  She recommended to not try to change yourself to get a job, find something that fits and makes you happy.

How do I actually find a job?

Kristen L. Flanagan recommended regularly searching job websites like ED2010 for magazine internship and employment opportunities.  She also mentioned that employers expect an applicant to already have experience.  Start a blog, write, intern, try to have work to show that you are keeping involved and evolving as a publishing professional.

Amy Brundage’s recommendation was to network and start looking early.  Her company starts looking for summer interns in January.  Being in the right place at the right time works, there is some luck involved.  She recommends the site bookjobs.com as great resource for students looking to launch a career in publishing.

Kristin Hebert touched on this as well.  Random House has just recently merged with Penguin.  She said that if people don’t know that, they should not apply to a position there.  (What she was getting at was, do your research! Know the company.) Also, put yourself out there and network.  Whenever applying for anything, let your enthusiasm show.  Oh, and make sure to network, network, network….

Selina Bhagwandin’s company has had great success with Pace students: Pace is where a lot of their interns have come from.  Like everyone one else, she also says that networking is very important. Talk to your friends, they may have good leads.  Go to career fairs; put your face out there as much as you can.

Tina Jordan believes that there is no excuse to not make it in this industry, things are not always easy but do not get discouraged.  Apply to every place that you can, then if you get turned down from all of those places, go back out and apply some more.  Networking is really important and she recommends joining industry organizations like the AAP’s Young Publishing Group going to book festivals, or any other event in order to get your face out there.

Cover Letter / Resume Tips

Selina Bhagwandin stressed that you need to make sure there are no typos in your resume and to tailor your resume to the specific job you are applying for. Don’t be lazy and use a one size fits all resume and cover letter.

Kristin Hebert and stated that there should be no mistakes in your cover letter and resume—always double check these documents and run them by others as they might see mistakes you are overlooking.  It isn’t a bad idea to send your resume as a PDF too, sometimes the format you have on your computer looks very different when received by others.  She is always looking to see if someone has passion and enthusiasm, let that be shown on your cover letter.  Also come across as intelligent, it is important to do your research and always read and educate yourself about the company you are applying to.

Amy Brundage stated the need for things to be spelled correctly in anything you send out.  This is the first thing a company sees of you, don’t mess that up.

On the Interview

Selina Bhagwandin wanted us to remember, when getting the interview make sure to have some good questions.

Kristin Hebert advised us to dress to impress!  When getting the interview you better live, breath, and love the position you are going for.  Remember that if it’s not your dream job, it’s someone else’s; that will show through in how you handle yourself.  Also you will likely not be the only one interviewing for this position, be memorable in a good way. Make sure to create a connection with the interviewer.  One question she wanted us to think about: If asked what books you have read recently, never say “the classics”.  We need to stay current, talk about what recent books you have read.

One way Ms. Jordan recommended as a last minute way to keep up on current books is to read the Sunday book review.  Also, afterwards if you get a chance to write a handwritten thank you note, do it!!!

Amy Brundage’s suggested studying the job description prior to going in for the interview and to look through every part.  Have an answer for everything they are looking for.  Find the parts in your resume that can touch upon whatever part they need, be prepared.  Always have an answer for “tell me about yourself?”  This question needs to be answered with by describing past job experiences and how it is relevant to this position.  Very important though is to not waste people’s time.  If you are not ready to start work immediately, don’t go in for an interview.

Things to help for specific jobs

Kristin L. Flanagan said that magazine editorial assistant positions usually look for at least six months of experience.  Publicity positions require office experience, customer service experience, and strong interpersonal skills.

Amy Brundage said that editing is link an apprenticeship.  You need to start as an editorial assistant then work your way up.  The key is learning how the next position up works while doing you current position.

In Selina Bhagwandin’s position as a Media Buyer there is a sales aspect to it.  In her role, good communication skills and being very social is key.

 

Reaching out on LinkedIn or through email?

Kristin Hebert first told us to take the time to ensure that our LinkedIn profile is presentable to employers.  Also join relevant groups.  If you are interested in Marketing, find the Marketing groups.  As far as reaching out, she believes that it can be a good idea to directly send someone a message.  Trying to set up an informational interview is well worth it.  She acknowledges that, that is a great way to be in the pipeline.  However, in any message be both professional and intelligent. A

Amy Brundage agrees with this too as long as it is a reasonable message.  Do your research before doing something like that.  Ask intelligent questions, don’t just write someone asking to be given a job.

Kristen L. Flanagan is also ok with this approach if it is done correctly.  If the person comes through as genuine and intelligent it is good.  Do not be ridiculous, rude, or uninformed.  Worst case you will not get an answer back.

 

All is all it was a very informative and interesting afternoon, not to mention a great networking opportunity!  Thank you to Career Services for hosting this event and thank you to all of the excellent panelists.