New York, NY
Seeking Full-Time Photo Retoucher & Designer, Hearst Magazines Digital Media/Branded Content Studio

Hearst is one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies with more than 360 businesses. Its major interests include ownership in cable television networks such as A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime and ESPN; majority ownership of global ratings agency Fitch Group; Hearst Health, a group of medical information and services businesses; 30 television stations such as WCVB-TV in Boston and KCRA-TV in Sacramento, Calif., which reach a combined 19 percent of U.S. viewers; newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle and Albany Times Union, more than 300 magazines around the world including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR and Car and Driver; digital services businesses such as iCrossing and KUBRA; and investments in emerging digital and video companies such as Complex, BuzzFeed, VICE and AwesomenessTV.

Minimum Requirements:

• At least 6 years experience retouching
• An exacting eye for detail and relentlessly high standards
• Proven excellence in retouching, both on-figure and still life
• Experience retouching beauty and fashion content
• Master of current imaging software and digital design tools such as Capture One Pro and Adobe CS as well as developing design technologies that push design and storytelling
• Excellent management, communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to deliver while remaining calm, in a fast-around, deadline driven environment
• BFA or equivalent in Graphic Design or related subject

Responsibilities Include:

• Retouch all images to meet the standards of our editorial teams as well as our clients
• Retouch on set as needed for fast-turnaround projects
• Handle image needs such as resizing, siloing and color correction
• Graphic design work as your workload allows
• Opportunity to illustrate as your workload allows

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

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Ebook Production Assistant

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 from our NYC office
• 1-2 years of ebook production experience desired, though not required.
• Must be highly organized, disciplined, and self-motivated in a fast-paced environment
• Must have excellent verbal and written communications skills in a position that can at times demand collaboration across several different departments
• Must have good time management skills and be capable of prioritizing among responsibilities, activities, and side projects
• Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of the daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes
• Must be self-directed and independent
• Must have a demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of an ever-changing and quickly evolving publishing industry.
• Proficiency in Word and Excel a must
• Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign and Photoshop a plus
• Working knowledge of XML, HTML, and CSS highly desired
• Current knowledge of ebook formats (EPUB 3 in particular) highly desired
• Proficiency with database and project management systems like FileMaker Pro, JIRA, and Confluence a plus
• Experience managing large volumes of files and maintaining version control a plus

Responsibilities Include:

• Track ebook production schedules in collaboration with the distribution manager and department coordinator, ensuring adherence to sensitive dates
• Route instructions and files to/from outsourcing vendors, answering vendor queries
• Turn over ebook content for QA and distribution
• Communicate with Norton production and editorial staff for the timely delivery of ebook production materials
• Liaise with Norton affiliate publishers who produce/distribute ebooks through our Ebook Department, and keep clients abreast of their project statuses
• Make routine corrections to existing ebook files and help keep ebook distribution and archiving operations up-to-date
• Occasionally assist the ebook distribution manager in tracking and distributing ebooks through our online distribution hub, and help document the steps in database tracking
• Assist the department coordinator in routine tasks

If you are interested in this position, please apply by sending a copy of their resume and cover letter to: recruiting@wwnorton.com.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Social Media Editor, Oprah Magazine

Hearst is one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies. Its major interests include ownership of 15 daily and 34 weekly newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and Albany Times Union; hundreds of magazines around the world, including Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, ELLE and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Minimum Requirements:

• 2-4 years experience in social media for a major brand
• Strong writing skills and understanding of the Oprah.com voice
• Experience with web and social analytics (Omniture, Facebook Insights, CrowdTangle, etc.)
• Knowledge of how to create and source multimedia social assets (gifs, social videos, text overlays, etc.)
• Strong attention to detail, high level of organization, willingness to move quickly and be flexible

Responsibilities Include:

• Manage daily programming of Facebook, Facebook Live, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram
• Create and execute social strategy that supports brand goals
• Contribute ideas for and create social-first content
• Track metrics, using Omniture and social media dashboards, and incorporate data into future programming
• Monitor competitors, stay on top of trends, and leverage best practices
• Coordinate with advertising and OWN teams on social needs
• Identify and explore new platforms
• Coordinate edit sweepstakes
• Manage requests from print team for reader participation call outs
• Pitch ideas to fill content holes, including creative and social-friendly ways to re-package print content as well as web exclusives
• Provide site support as needed for Oprah.com

If you interested in this position, please apply online.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Assistant Editor

Macmillan is a group of media companies in the United States held by Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, based in Stuttgart, Germany, which publishes a wide range of books, magazines, and digital products for the consumer and education markets. Their American publishers include Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Henry Holt & Company, W.H. Freeman and Worth Publishers, Bedford/St. Martin’s, Picador, Roaring Brook Press, St. Martin’s Press, Tor Books, Hayden McNeil, Macmillan Children’s Group, Macmillan Audio and Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group.

Minimum Requirements:

• An interest in and knowledge of the area and categories in which the imprint publishes
• Superior verbal and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal skills
• Strong editing skills
• Experienced at multi-tasking while working in a fast paced, energetic environment
• Superior organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail; Good follow-up skills
• Strong work-ethic and initiative
• Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and work independently
• Minimum 1 year prior book publishing experience
• Bachelor’s degree required

Responsibilities Include:

• Coordinate all aspects of a high-volume, fast-paced editor’s desk
• Track manuscripts through production process
• Read and evaluate book proposals and manuscripts on submission
• Write flap copy, catalog copy, launch sheets and tip sheets
• Liaison between editorial and sales, marketing, production and design departments
• Initiate and respond to correspondence with authors and agents at all stages of the publishing process
• Edit manuscripts

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

Link of the Week: Full Fathom Five and Getting Past Genre

 

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Early last semester, Full Fathom Five (FFF) made an appearance on our blog as link of the week because of its new digital-only imprint. This week, in an article posted on Digital Book World engages the growing problem of digital acquisition and the increasingly disappointing results of genre-focused acquisition strategies. Samantha Streger, the Director of Digital Publishing at FFF, spoke about the issue that digital publishers are facing today:

fff-logo4Today, a paranormal romance ebook priced at $2.99 is just one of many thousands of paranormal romance ebooks priced at $2.99 or less. And that’s to say nothing of the huge number of ebooks that are available for free. Many publishers have found that the value of giving away free ebooks in order to build up reviews has all but disappeared.

What is the answer to the deflating profitability in ebooks? How should this problem be addressed?

Streger shared a list of five tactics that show promise when it comes to thinking creatively about acquiring and standing out with those acquisitions here, and challenged those in digital publishing to think differently. Even with something as “new” as ebooks, we’re seeing change in the landscape, and it’s important that these changes are engaged and that we can shift our positions and perspectives in ways that will best utilize what we’re presented with.

 

 

Link of the Week: Trajectory and the act of finding new books to read

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Readers are often faced with the dilemma of finding a new book to read. You may have just finished a book you loved so much that you (briefly) wonder if it’s possible to love another book again. Or maybe you just finished another bad book, and you wonder whether it’s a good idea to chance another unknown for fear of continuing the trend. Regardless of what you read, the question of “what book next” is sure to have popped up at some point. What do you do to find new books? Leave it up to the library gods while you wander aisles of books? Ask your friends on social media? Check out the bestseller lists? All of these are great options, but they don’t always yield good results.

There’s a new resource on the horizon that may make new books (that you’ll enjoy) easier to find: Trajectory.

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Publisher’s Weekly  posted an article at the end of January that features this new start-up, which “has developed a proprietary algorithm platform it claims will take book recommendations to a new level of accuracy and utility. After scanning the text of a book, Trajectory claims its technology can deliver better keywords and book recommendations to its clients in the bookselling, library and school markets” (Reid, PW article).

Be sure to check out the website to read more about how Trajectory operates and how they hope to influence the future of book reading.

Link of the Week: HarperCollins Partners with BitLit

Should I buy the physical book, or should I buy the e-book? This is a question I am sure many of us ask ourselves when we encounter a new book that we would like to read. It would be great to have the hardcover edition of the 500 page epic fantasy with the full color pullout maps included. However, the idea of bringing that treasure of a book onto a crowded subway would be absolutely horrifying; not to mention how heavy it would be. If only you could have the e-book, too, so that you could read it conveniently anywhere on your smartphone or e-reader. Although I imagine that many of us don’t want to buy both because of the added price, even if it might be only a few more dollars.

Introducing BitLit, an app that gives consumers an easy way to claim free or discounted e-book editions of the physical books that they already own. According to Publishers Weekly, “Once a consumer has downloaded the BitLit app, they can use it to take a photo/scan of the cover of the print book they own. Then they must write their name clearly on the book’s copyright page and take a photo/scan of the page with the app. Once the copyright page is scanned, the e-book is registered to that consumer and they will receive an email with a link to download the e-book in e-Pub or PDF formats.”

So, no, you cannot go to the bookstore or library and take photos of every cover and copyright page. The book must belong to you.

You can use the BitLit app with your Apple products or your Android. Currently, the app offers access to about 20,000 titles, most of which are from independent publishers. Some of the publishers and distributors that have partnered with BitLit are IPG, Chicago Review Press, O’Reilly Media, Other Press, and Kids Can Press.

Wouldn’t this be nice to have as an e-book?

HarperCollins is the first of the Big Five to partner with BitLit. With its introductory program, HarperCollins will launch six titles priced from $1.99 to $2.99. A few of these titles will include Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon15 Seconds by Andrew Gross, and Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison. HarperCollins plans to offer a new title each week, and will promote the bundling program via its newsletter and its recently relaunched wesbite, HarperCollins.com.

Chief-Digital Officer at HarperCollins, Chantal Restivo-Alessi, said BitLit “offers readers another way to engage with the books they’ve purchased so they can read in various formats as they choose. It provides added value to consumers at a discounted price, and additional sales for our authors.”

Overall, it appears that BitLit is both a store for e-books and a hub for retrieving, sometimes free, e-book versions of the physical titles we already own. Using BitLit as the outlet for providing e-book versions is a great option for publishers. Then, all the publisher would have to do is simply advertise on the physical book, or through a newsletter like HarperCollins, that the e-book version is available through BitLit for free or for a discounted price.

I really hope this catches on with even more publishers. I know I would have loved to own the e-book version of Haruki Murakami’s massive novel 1Q84 in congruence with my physical book. It definitely would have saved some space, and backache, on the subway.

Find out more about the partnership with HarperCollins and BitLit on Publishers Weekly.

Fall Internship with Workman Publishing!

Workman Publishing Company is a medium-sized independent publisher, seeking a Digital Sales & Promotions Intern.  Workman is known for their work in a variety of different genres and types of publishing.  Some of their most well-known titles include the What to Expect series and the iconic 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.

 

Department: Digital Publishing

Internship Position Title: Digital Sales & Promotions Intern

Internship Supervisor: Thea James

Internship End Date: 12/07/12

 

Description: Workman Publishing seeks an intern to work with our digital sales and promotions team to assist with ebook distribution, sales analysis and retail merchandising. In this role you will work closely with the digital sales manager to ensure that our titles are being distributed with the proper metadata in a timely manner. You may also assist with merchandising efforts at the retail level as well as providing some basic social media support for digital sales campaigns. We encourage interns to attend departmental meetings, ask questions, and get involved in the different facets of the position that interest them.

 

Internship Responsibilities: 

– Managing and updating metadata records internally; checking various e-retailers to ensure consistent metadata for all titles

– Assisting with the creation of a new direct-to-consumer digital book brand, including maintenance of social media channels

– Assisting with the ebook conversion and distribution process; making sure file distributions go through and are on-site with all ebook accounts in a timely fashion

– Assisting with creation of ebook sales reports and running ad hoc analyses

– Assisting with creation and coordination of different ebook promotions with all ebook accounts

 

Send applications to:

Name : Thea James

Title : Digital Sales Manager

Email : thea@workman.com