Upcoming Event: Juvenile Nonfiction Editors Panel

ABPA logoBrown Bag Lunchtime Session: Juvenile Nonfiction Editors Panel (open to the public)

WHEN: Wednesday, March 2nd from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Jefferson Market Library, Willa Cather Room, 425 Sixth Avenue (between 9th & 10th Streets), New York City

COST: Free for members; $20 for nonmembers

RSVP: office@abpaonline.org (please let them know if you’d like to pay with a credit card and we will send a PayPal invoice)

This event is hosted by the American Book Producers Association. Click here for the event page.

Internships Alert! RosettaBooks

rosetta books

Distribution Internship

The RosettaBooks Sales and Distribution Department is looking for an intern with industry, verve, and bibliophilia. This is an opportunity to get first-hand experience and training in print and ebook distribution logistics, production schedules, database management, and sales. Responsibilities include:

  • Using advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
  • Reviewing daily and weekly reports for metadata errors
  • Monitoring physical stock inventory
  • Processing special sales orders
  • Distributing books and metadata to retailers
  • Working with clients, vendors, and teammates to meet deadlines

We’re looking for reliable, technically savvy, detail-oriented applicants—but most importantly, we’re looking for someone eager to learn.

No prior knowledge in book publishing is required, but it is preferred. Previous interns have also been expected to help with QA of print proofs and other QA tasks. Knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop can also help with pre-press work, but is not required.

This is a paid internship, and the intern is expected to work 24–30 hours per week.

The position starts in January, 2016.

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to production@rosettabooks.com, to the attention of Peter Clark. Please use the subject line “Distribution Internship.”

Production Internship

The RosettaBooks Production, Design, and Editorial Department is looking for an intern with panache, enthusiasm, and bibliophilia. This is an opportunity to get first-hand experience and training in print book and ebook creation, production schedules, and quality assurance. Responsibilities include:

  • Using advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word to find errors
  • Reviewing the work of proofreaders and other freelancers
  • Making important, exciting shipments (a.k.a. mailing things)
  • Using your HTML/CSS/InDesign skills to create top-notch ebooks (or learning said skills)
  • Evaluating covers and interior designs
  • Working with clients, vendors, and teammates to meet deadlines and maintain schedules
  • Researching, writing metadata, and other miscellaneous tasks

We’re looking for reliable, technically savvy, grammatically proficient applicants—but most importantly, we’re looking for someone eager to learn.

This is a paid, part-time internship. The intern should be available to work 24-30 hours per week.

The position starts in January, 2016.

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to production@rosettabooks.com, to the attention of Hannah Bennett. Please include “Production Internship” in the subject line.


The HarperCollins Site Visit

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On Wednesday, November 11th Pace students visited the HarperCollins Headquarters in New York. The students were greeted by Human Resources Director, Carolyn Zimatore and led to a conference room. At every seat there were HarperCollins water bottles and a book waiting for every student. After an overview of the different publishing departments and how they collaborate Zimatore passed the presentation onto Sara Sargent, the executive editor for HarperCollins Children.

Sargent answered student’s questions and spoke about the trends in children’s books. Next up was Brian Perrin, Marketing and Digital Product Development. Perrin spoke about working in book marketing and working with an editor to position a book. They both discussed the duties of an entry-level position in marketing and editorial and what you can expect. The last speaker was Brianne Fong, an Assistant Manager, Digital Rights. Fong’s team negotiates eBook rights for backlist titles at HarperCollins. She spoke in detail about the work behind acquiring rights and how digital rights create a new audience for backlist titles.

Students gained valuable information from these amazing speakers and were able to see a major publishing house in person. Thank you HarperCollins for the wonderful experience.

Students waiting for the presentations to start
The HarperCollins Lobby!
Books! Books! Books!
This is what you see when you get off the elevator. Books!


Job Alert! Sales Manager at Publisher’s Weekly

Account Executive
Publishers Weekly
New York, NY
Date Posted
Publishers Weekly, “the bible of the book publishing industry,” seeks a full-time account executive to handle ad sales for all digital and print products. Though 143 years old, PW is five years new, having morphed into a multimedia firm known as PWxyz.Successful candidate must have 3-5 years of advertising sales experience. Knowledge of the book-publishing industry and allied fields is a plus.

Responsibilities include:
• Maintain current customer accounts and develop new business
• Develop and execute sales strategies
• Create and deliver compelling sales presentations
• Thrive in a fast-paced environment, manage multiple products at once and work with strict adherence to deadlines
• Exhibit strong analytical, communication and creative problem-solving skills
• Must be comfortable prospecting, generating proposals and closing the sale

Comprehensive benefits package, including 401(k). Base plus commission. Position is located in New York. Regular travel is required.
Additional language(s) also a plus.

PWxyz is an EOE.

Click here to apply.

Job Opening at Open Road Integrated Media

openroadmediaManaging Editorial Assistant
Open Road Integrated Media, New York City

As a member of the publishing operations team, the managing editorial assistant provides key administrative and production-related support.

The managing editorial assistant will assist the managing editorial department in all aspects of ebook and POD production, including data entry, deadline tracking and enforcement, preparing hard copy titles for digitization, proofreading, and any department administrative tasks (mailing, circulating schedule reports, etc.).

Primary responsibilities:

  • Preparing hard copy books for digitization, including creating title and copyright pages
  • Entering metadata and copy in title management
  • Assisting managing editorial team with QA of proofread Word docs, ebooks, and print interiors
  • Running and circulating weekly reports
  • Providing files to internal and external parties as needed
  • Creating watermarked PDFs/Word docs for NetGalley
  • Hiring and overseeing managing editorial interns

Job requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to handle multiple and varied tasks and meet firm deadlines
  • Strong knowledge of copyediting and proofreading practices
  • Ability to work independently and responsibly
  • Knowledge of ebooks preferred

Please send resume and cover letter to Nicole Passage, managing editor, at npassage@openroadmedia.com.

Jobs of the Week

Rodale, Inc.

Type: Full Time

Position: Assistant/Associate Editor

Location: NYC

Description:  Rodale Inc. is currently seeking an Assistant or Associate Editor for Rodale Books. This individual will assume the day-to-day responsibilities for select running, cycling, health and general sports titles. He or she will provide general assistance to the Executive Editor of Rodale Books as well. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of post college publishing experience. This position is located in New York City.


  • BA/BS from Liberal Arts College
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Demonstrated interest in sports and active-lifestyle activities
  • Commitment to developing a career in publishing
  • Flexible, personable attitude; Ability to develop cordial and professional relationships
  • Two years solid post college experience in publishing environment
  • Strong communication and relationship skills; ability to publicly present ideas and information
  • Exceptional writing ability
  • Proven ability to accommodate evolving responsibilities and last minute changes
  • Strong attention to detail and work ethic
  • Must be a team player and have the ability to multitask
  • Highly motivated, extremely organized, flexible and creative


  • Evaluate manuscripts and collect research to facilitate acquisition process
  • Meet project and manuscript deadlines with a high degree of editorial accuracy
  • Develop book ideas and secure writers
  • Write copy, including back cover copy and sales/marketing materials
  • Attend meetings with agents and authors

Find the original posting on Media Bistro.

Sounds True

Type: Full Time

Position: Marketing/Publicity and Admin Assistant

Location: Louisville, CO

Description:  Sounds True, a publisher specializing in spirituality and holistic living, is seeking a smart, driven, energetic and enthusiastic Marketing/Publicity & Admin Assistant to support our dynamic marketing and publicity departments. The right candidate has excellent written and verbal communications skills, is naturally organized, is a go getter that identifies needs and acts without prompt, is mature and professional, and works well under pressure. Applicants should have a genuine interest in the mission of Sounds True, a passion for books and a strong desire to work in publishing.


  • A college degree or equivalent
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office programs – Excel & Word (incl: mailing label merge skills, data spreadsheets, advanced formatting for press releases)
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time effectively while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail
  • Digital/Internet & Social Media savvy
  • Prior publishing experience is preferred


  • Oversee publicity efforts (draft press releases, process mailings, fulfill review copy requests, outreach)
  • Oversee galley production and distribution to media contacts and publishing trade publications
  • Assist Publicity Manager with campaigns, mailings and author tours
  • Update and maintain online press room and press kits w/images, links, content
  • Assist in social media platform management for ST brand & products
  • Prepare newsletter communications for eblasts
  • Correspond with important sales contacts via phone/email
  • Input and update content within media and sales databases
  • Coordinate travel arrangements and prepare expense reports
  • Maintain calendar/scheduling
  • Provide general administrative support for Marketing/Publicity team as needed

Find the original posting on Publishers Weekly.

Quote of the Week

My childhood reading had a huge impact on me, and I think in many ways set me on a course to work in publishing…Part of the joy of the nighttime reading ritual was selecting and discussing the books with Mom. So it was when I was very little that I started to understand the pleasure that comes not just from reading books, but also from choosing them and talking about them. And that’s really what publishers do – find and spread the word about books they love.”

-Will Schwalbe, from an interview on BookRiot.comClick here to read the rest of Schwalbe’s interview.  He is the author of End of Your Life Book Club, and former SVP and Editor in Chief of Hyperion Books.




50 Best Book Covers of 2012 by Design Observer


Design Observer Announces Winners 50 Best Book Covers Of 2012!


Design Observer was founded in October 2003 by Michael Bierut, William Drenttel, Jessica Helfand and Rick Poynor, is part of Observer Omnimedia LLC.  The website recently announced its annual list of the Best Book Covers of 2012.  An advisory board nominates books for consideration, which the public can view in online voting, and a jury selects the 50 winning titles.


Bloodland, by Alan Glynn

Included in this year’s picks are  Art without Artistsby John Foster and Roger Manley and designed by Mary Kunnath, Bloodland by Alan Glynn, designed by Keith Hayes, and Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman, designed by Jennifer Carrow. Click here to view the complete list of 2012 winners, and click here to view the winning titles from 2011! 


Did one of your favorite books get selected as a winner? Did Design Observer forget to include a truly dynamic cover?  Let us know in the comments!