Jobs of the Week

Tethered by Letters: Online Internship

Location: Remote, Online
Position: Internship
Hours: 15 hours per week

Tethered by Letters (TBL) is a nonprofit, independent publisher based in Denver, Colorado. It is devoted to helping creatives reach their full potential. Through its education, community, and publishing divisions, TBL works to foster a love of literature, increase literacy rates, and help new creators succeed in the publishing industry. Continue reading “Jobs of the Week”

Jobs of the Week

Macmillan Education: Sales Associate (Palgrave Higher Education)

Location: New York, NY
Position: Full-time
Experience: 1–3 years

Macmillan Education provides world class content in the most relevant, engaging, and flexible formats to support students, teachers, and institutions through a lifetime of learning. Macmillan Education produces content for English Language Teaching (ELT) and for school curricula around the world while Palgrave Higher Education develops and distributes textbooks, ebooks, and interactive e-learning resources for university-level students. Continue reading “Jobs of the Week”

Job Opportunity: Office Assistant/Data Administrator for Diversion Books

Diversion Books, a fast-paced, innovative indie publisher, is seeking a dynamic and self-starting individual to join the team as an Office Assistant/Data Administrator. Their small staff is enthusiastic, rigorous, and dedicated to the world of books and we are hoping for an A+ multitasker and team player that brings enthusiasm, organization, technical ability, a passion for great books, and unique vision to the workplace.

What they’re looking for:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a professional office—book publishing house a plus
  • Office administrative assistant handling myriad details that keep a business running.
  • Assist the Publisher
  • Organizing online marketing promotions
  • Tracking sales data and analyzing results.
  • Analyzing and revising title metadata

The successful candidate must have the following skills:

  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple projects at once in a fast-paced environment. Must be able to maintain a high level of responsibility with strong attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Excellent organization and project planning skills with flexibility and openness to new ideas
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a tight-knit team with confidence and professionalism.
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office including Excel, Google Docs, and online networking

Other responsibilities include:

Office Management

  • Perform office management including:
    • Computer issues: setting up computers and accounts for new employees, troubleshooting tech issues, scanning important documents, maintaining the printer.
    • Assorted mailings.
    • Maintaining office supplies
    • Maintenance banking activities processing and filing payments.
  • Basic administrative support.

Data Management

  • Plan and execute select sales promotions, both single title and catalog-wide. Record and analyze results.
  • Tracking and analyzing sales data.
  • Reviewing and augmenting title metadata
  • Contract processing and tracking data.
  • Process direct orders for books including orders placed by authors and direct orders by non-retailer organizations (including international orders), from invoicing to payment to shipment.
  • Copyright registration filing

If you’re interested in the position, please contact Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

Job Opportunity: Publishing Assistant for EverAfter Romance

EverAfter Romance, a division of Diversion Publishing Corp, is a fast-paced, innovative, and forward-looking indie romance publisher, and they’re looking for a dynamic, self-starting, and highly organized multitasker to join their close-knit team as Publishing Assistant.

The ideal candidate is publishing savvy and enthusiastic, loves all things romance, and lives and breathes genre fiction. They are looking for someone comfortable with technology—an Excel spreadsheet master, a social media expert—who will be a team player, while being able to work independently. If you understand the publishing process and ecosystem from firsthand experience, have critical thinking and problem solving skills, and possess excellent communication skills, you are exactly who they want to fill this position.

This position is full time and receives healthcare benefits.

EVERAFTER PUBLISHING ASSISTANT WILL:

  • monitor production schedules and gather materials from authors;
  • design and format interior and cover files;
  • provide quality control: check over delivered files and work with authors/designers to fix errors;
  • ingest titles and files and follow them through the approval process until the pub date;
  • manage and grow social media platforms;
  • manage and develop company websites;
  • process all direct-fulfillment book orders including all author orders;
  • implement targeted publicity or marketing plans as they come up. E.g., reviews solicitation or ads;
  • update files as authors provide them, including metadata, interiors, and covers;
  • learn all areas of the company in order to troubleshoot issues as they arise; and
  • assist with offset print runs, preparing sales conference materials, sales tracking and reporting, and other administrative tasks; and
  • assist with the company’s nonfiction program.

Diversion Books is a leading independent publisher based in New York City, combining decades of traditional experience with new, innovative publishing strategies. Committed to the discovery of new voices as well as the rejuvenation of yesterday’s bestsellers, Diversion believes in establishing creative partnerships with authors. Frontlist is published with full print capability, and sales and distribution are handled in conjunction with Ingram Publisher Services. Diversion also publishes eBook titles in collaboration with The Associated Press, Science News, and The Washington Post. Diversion’s goal is to connect great books with avid readers.

Launched in July 2015, EverAfter is the premiere romance imprint for indie and hybrid romance authors. With the expertise and distribution arm of a traditional publisher, EverAfter gives its New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling romance authors a platform for finding new readers beyond the eBook world.

Anyone interested in the position should send their resume and a cover letter and resume to info@diversionbooks.com, and also make sure to include salary requirements for the position in the email.

This is (a) Halloween (Reading Recommendation List)

It’s Halloween today, and while most people like to celebrate the holiday of horror with monster movies or costume parties, getting into a scary story is a great way to cap off the night right. Since most people are familiar with essential horror novels, such as pretty much anything by Stephen King or traditional works like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, here are some more underrated novels that will leave you with chills:

You: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes

imgresA modern day horror story with an intense creep factor, You follows East Village bookstore worker Joe Goldberg’s descent from a well-adjusted guy with a harmless crush to a stalker with a controlling, twisted obsession. Since Joe’s mania really kickstarts after he does a Google-search of a beautiful stranger’s name from a receipt to find out who she is, this will make anyone who’s traceable online (so, everyone) maybe think twice about how serendipitous meetings with strangers really are. There’s also a follow-up book, Hidden Bodies, which disturbs just as much as its predecessor.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

we-have-always-lived-in-the-castleAn eerie, unsettling book that is sure to be one of the first things you think of when you hear the word ‘disturbing’ after reading it, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is quick to crank up the dial on bizarre but has a slow build-up to tragedy and hysteria. Narrator Merricat Blackwood lives alone with her agoraphobic older sister in a town where everyone treats them with hostility and rudeness, and that sense of dread grows stronger when another family member invades their space by moving in with them—which might not be such a big deal if the Blackwood family was a bit more removed from death and insanity than they actually are. Fans of Jackson’s well-known short-story The Lottery will appreciate the similar tone of this work.

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

14578407What started out as a few threads on a Reddit board mutated into a full-blown horror novel that makes you do a double-take at childhood ignorance and naivety to figure out what horrors lurk there. An unnamed narrator becomes invested in piecing together forgotten mysteries and tragedies throughout his childhood. He is constantly zooming in and out on a scramble of memories of things he didn’t think much of at the time, things he repressed, and things his mother kept from him to keep him safe and unaware of the terrors he was unwittingly the center of. Suddenly, unrelated events that didn’t worry him before evolve into a much more complete picture of a danger that he still isn’t certain he’s prepared to face.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

the-cover-joehillNOS4A2 (pronounced Nosferatu) is a tension-filled novel of terror with a supernatural twist. Young Victoria McQueen has small stirrings of bizarre talents, such as her penchant for finding anything missing—from objects to answers—and her ability to travel anywhere she desires by crossing a specific bridge. She’s not the only one with inexplicable powers, which she discovers in the worst way when she becomes another one of many children abducted by the infamous kidnapper Charles Manx. Having been the only child to escape the horrors of where Manx took his victims, Victoria spends the rest of her life trying to forget what she lived through. Only Manx is still invested in getting Victoria back by any means necessary, even if it means involving the people she cares most about.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Series by Alvin Schwartz

510fj5bav4l-_sy210_bo1204203200_Okay, this is a classic, but I had to include it on the off-chance someone wasn’t familiar with this nightmare fuel. This cult classic series of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark are collections of short story retellings of the most fear-inducing folktales. Schwartz does a great job compiling the perfect mix of scares in each edition, so there’s something to frighten everyone with, whether you’re perturbed by the idea of skeletons with remnants of their decaying flesh roaming around or ghosts out to exact revenge in very particular murderous manners are your go-to for scares. For added effect, I highly recommend sticking to the original copies with art by Stephen Gammell; if the stories don’t leave you discontent, the illustrations definitely will.