New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Acquisitions Editor

At the heart of good entertainment lies great stories. That’s why Radish, a new app for serialised fiction, designed for the mobile generation, was built. With content spanning from romance, fantasy, YA, paranormal, mystery and sci-fi, Radish provides new and established writers with a beautifully designed and relevant platform to reach and monetize audiences from where they are naturally consuming content.

Radish is back by investment from leading entertainment, tech and publishing leaders.  The team includes veteran developers and designers from multi-billion-dollar gaming companies, a Harvard-educated former Kpop singer, and top web fiction writers with hundreds of thousands of followers. Radish will build an iconic multimedia entertainment company, and revolutionize how stories are produced and consumed.

Minimum Requirements:

• Experienced publishing professional with a strong eye for recognizing authors and content creators with the talent to deliver top notch storytelling for an innovative smartphone serialized reading publisher.
• Strong network of established and budding agents, publishers and/or authors, and are hip to the world of publishing.
• Thrive in a fast-paced environment and are a self-starter willing to think outside of the box.

Responsibilities Include:

• Finding and cultivating authors both new and seasoned with strong commercial potential
• Working closely with authors to optimize performance on platform
• Working closely with internal teams (e.g., tech, support, production, marketing) to troubleshoot on behalf of authors and to relay the needs and concerns of authors to the product team
• Developing and maintaining strong relationships with literary agents, publishers and authors
• Find creative ways to expand uses and opportunities for Radish
• Monitoring and analyzing trend and sales data

If you are interested in applying, please include a resume and cover letter to jobs@radishfiction.com. When applying please specify which genre you are interested in applying for.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Editor, Razorbill – Penguin Young Readers  

Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is dedicated to young adult and middle grade books. We are committed to taking risks and exploring new ways to tell stories.

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:

• Three to four years experience in an editorial capacity at a children’s or adult trade publishing house—as an editorial assistant, assistant editor, & associate editor
• Acquisition experience necessary
• Outstanding creativity skills
• Excellent organizational skills & ability to pay attention to detail
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Ability to show initiative

Responsibilities Include:

• Solicits, tracks and evaluates manuscripts by using originality and ingenuity that meet the goals of the Imprint
• Reads, evaluates, and develops manuscripts and proposals
• Maintains and develops relationships with authors and agents with a view to future acquisitions
• Participates in brainstorming for internally generated IP and finds authors for IP projects
• Consults with authors on market, content, style & format of publication and provides them with editorial feedback in the form of revision letters
• Maintains schedules and contractually specified length requirements
• Line and content editing of manuscripts to be published
• Reading and evaluating books published by other publishing companies for possible reprint acquisition
• Attends weekly editorial meetings to discuss incoming and existing acquisitions
• Negotiates purchase of manuscripts with authors and agents
• Writing catalog/cover copy and title information sheets to provide sales force and publicity department with descriptions of published titles
• Generates profit and loss estimates
• Collaborates with design and production on style, schedule, format, and aesthetics of publication; prepares manuscripts for production
• Works with marketing, promotions, and publicity departments to develop marketing plans for each title
• Represents individual titles in interdepartmental meetings
• Performs special projects as required.

If you are interested in applying, please click here.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Editorial Assistant, Trade

W.W. Norton & Company is the oldest and largest publishing house owned wholly by its employees. W.W. Norton & Company strives to carry out the imperative of its founder to “publish books not for a single season, but for the years in the areas of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.”

Minimum 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 Manhattan office.
• Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communications skills.
• Strong interest in fiction and non-fiction books.
• 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 across departments, activities, and projects.
• Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy, with minimal mistakes.
• Mastery of email and calendar management tools, specifically Outlook.
• Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
• In-depth knowledge of social media.

Responsibilities Include:

• Management of manuscripts in all stages of production; preparing manuscripts for copyediting and production.
• Professionally interacting with authors, production, marketing, and sales staff to relay messages, follow-up on requests/information and in general, anticipating when to proactively act on messages.
• Administrative management: organizing and maintaining files; tracking manuscripts and reviews; faxing, copying, printing, and emailing.
• Generating promotional copy for catalogs, book jackets, and sales-related materials.
• Creating and editing Excel and Word documents to support projects and/or office responsibilities.
• Reading and evaluating manuscripts quickly and writing reader’s reports.

if you are interested in applying, send a copy of your resume and cover letter to: recruiting@wwnorton.com. Please be sure to indicate the job you are applying to in the subject line.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Subsidiary Rights and Sales Assistant

The New Press publishes books that promote and enrich public discussion and understanding of the issues vital to our democracy and to a more equitable world. These books are made possible by the enthusiasm of the readers; the support of a committed group of donors, large and small; the collaboration of their many partners in the independent media and the not-for-profit sector; booksellers, who often hand-sell New Press books; librarians; and above all by their authors.

Minimum Requirements:

• College degree
• Entry level and at least 1+ year of experience
• Proficiency in Microsoft Suite: WORD, EXCEL, PowerPoint.
• Experience with Filemaker, CoreSource, and sales databases a plus.
• Experience working in a literary agency or for a book publisher in at least one of the following: subsidiary rights, sales, or marketing.
• Strong interest in book publishing and the not-for-profit sphere
• Highly organized with an attention to detail
• Good analytical skills, excellent oral and written communication and the ability to be a strong team player who enjoys working collaboratively and across departments.

Responsibilities Include:

Permissions:
• Review and negotiate permissions’ requests
• Generate and process contracts and payments
• Maintain spreadsheets for processing of licenses and receipt of payments
• Seasonal review of the grant of rights for new title releases
• Maintain and update internal spreadsheet of the grant of permissions organized by ISBN
• Seasonal upload of new releases to the CCC
• Process quarterly payments from CCC.

Subsidiary Rights:
• Provide subagents and licensors with submissions materials
• Maintain spreadsheets for submissions, contracts, and payments
• Research expiring licenses for renewal
• Assist in creation of the Frankfurt and London Book Fair guides
• Review titles for inclusion based on a review of contract rights, publication schedule in FileMaker, and availability of submissions material and write book descriptions.

Contracts:
• Generate first drafts of author and subsidiary rights contracts based on templates and the deal terms for each contract
• Maintain spreadsheets for all contracts and undertake data entry in FileMaker for author contracts.

Finance:
• Process check requests from editorial to finance
• Reconcile monthly bank statements from finance with royalty statements from licensors and chase missing statements
• File documents.

Sales:
• Compile agenda for weekly call with distributor; sit in on call; send follow up notes to agenda after call.
• Administrative support for bulk sales.
• Edelweiss: upload DRCs and supplemental materials; assist as requested in the creation of subject specific catalogs.
• Ingram: upload TNP materials as requested.
• Keep seasonal schedules up-to-date: communicate Ingram AI and supplemental materials deadlines to Publicity and Marketing, Editorial, and the Publisher; assist in transfer of data from Filemaker to Coresource; review fields for missing data and communicate this to Editorial; create PowerPoints for pre-sales and sales conferences.
• Attend marketing and sales meetings and launch meetings as required; generate follow up notes on launch meeting and assist with follow up on needed sales materials: ARC letters, etc.
• Assist in organizing the publisher’s presence at sales conference, major trade shows, book festivals, and major international subsidiary rights fairs.
• Run basic inventory and sales reports out of the PD databases on a per request basis.
• Conduct sales and comp title research on Bookscan on a per request basis.

If you interested in applying, Send your resume and cover letter to careers@thenewpress.com; Reference “Subsidiary Rights and Sales Assistant” in the subject line.

Jobs of the Week: Nature Publishing Grp, Viking, Univ. of Illinois Press

 

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Editorial Assistant – Nature Publishing Group

UnknownType: Contract Position

Location: New York, NY

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

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

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

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

The successful applicant will also possess the following qualities:

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

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

 

Publicity Assistant – Viking (PRH)

VikingBooksType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

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

Specific responsibilities include:

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

Requirements: 

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

To Apply: 
Apply online here.

 

 

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

Type: Full-time, one year

Location: Champaign, IL

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

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

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

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

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

5. Some travel required.

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

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

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

Jobs of the Week

Company: McGraw-Hill

Position: Publicist

Location: New York, New York

McGraw Hill is looking for publicists! They are responsible for executing Publicity campaigns to create demand for Business, Education, Test Prep and Language print and ebooks via print, online and broadcast media placements.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Implement media campaigns to generate press placements to drive demand for our products
  • Work with authors to maximize their media platforms
  • Measure sales impact of activities through analysis of Bookscan and Amazon Retail Analytics
  • Manage category pitches for select areas in Business and Education
  • Work with business, book, and education bloggers
  • Communicate publicity plans and results to authors and colleagues
  • Promote backlist products
  • Present at sales meetings

 

KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE: 

  • 5 years of book Publicity experience
  • Proven success in generating media placements
  • Business book experience a plus—but general non-fiction is terrific
  • Minimum four-year degree from an accredited college/university
  • Established press contacts and extensive knowledge of the media to create effective publicity campaigns
  • Proficient in using social media vehicles to publicize titles
  • Ability to pitch using an ebook file from NetGalley or our own elibrary
  • Working knowledge of Netgalley, Cision, Burrelles preferred
  • Excellent organizational, communication (verbal and written), interpersonal and time management skills
  • Results-oriented, detail-oriented, and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • Team player

Click here for more info and to apply.

Company: Rowman & Littlefield

Position: Acquisitions Editor

Location: New York, NY and Washington, DC

Rowman & Littlefield has long been recognized as a leading publisher in politics and for its co-publishing partnerships with leading public policy research organizations. We seek an acquiring editor with demonstrated public policy acquisitions experience to help build our list and expand our network of co-publishing relationships. The successful candidate will seek out individual authors and expand our co-publishing partnerships in innovative ways for both traditional print and electronic editions. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated book acquisitions experience and a flaire for turning the arena of national politics and public policy into successful book publishing ventures for audiences ranging from Beltway insiders to general readers. He or she will possess superior editorial judgment, an established network of authors and institutions, and an ability to work independently. Candidates should have 3+ years of related publishing experience and outstanding written and verbal communications skills.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with individual authors, agents, and public policy organizations to develop proposals and final manuscripts
  • Managing ongoing relationships with current and future co-publishing partners
    Presenting new projects to the editorial board and negotiating publishing agreement.
  • Overseeing the publishing process for each title, including serving as primary liaison with the production, design, marketing, publicity, and sales departments.

Click here for more information and to apply.