New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Digital Pre-Media Associate

Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a leading US trade publisher and a division of the third largest trade and educational book publisher in the world, Hachette Livre. A global publishing company based in France, Hachette Livre is a subsidiary of the French media company, Lagardère. HBG is headquartered in New York, with offices in Boston, MA; Lebanon, IN; Nashville, TN; Boulder, CO; Philadelphia, PA; and Berkeley, CA. HBG also owns Hachette Book Group Canada, Inc., a marketing and publicity company based in Toronto, ON.

Minimum Requirements:

• At least 3 years experience in the publishing industry with experience in digital printing
• Working understanding of book design files and PDF print standards
• Working experience with Adobe Creative applications, particularly InDesign
• Proven ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
• Creative thinker who anticipates problems and tries to finds technological solutions to improving workflow
• MS Excel skills for generating insightful data reporting metrics
• Enthusiasm for book production and team approaches
• Capable of working both independently and collaboratively with all levels of management
• Excellent English communication skills
• Strong background with Mac OS

Responsibilities Include:

• Coordinate digital print file pre-press work, which involves verifying title data, adjusting trim sizes, making color changes, eliminating print effects, and pre-flighting files for titles going to digital print vendors.
• Maintain PDF workflow tools, such as export settings, application plug-ins, Epson printers, paper and ink supplies, and color calibration devices.
• Work with production partners to outsource as necessary to deliver materials on schedule.
• Communicate scheduling requirements to Inventory, Manufacturing, and Art Departments.

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

Nashville, TN

Seeking Full-Time Associate Publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing

HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. is a world leading Christian content provider. With nearly three-hundred years of publishing expertise, the company produces bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, and curriculum in both traditional and digital formats. Its two foundational publishing groups, Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, house the works of the world’s most renowned Christian leaders. The company is home to Olive Tree Bible Software, an innovative biblical resource that makes studying God’s Word accessible anywhere, and Bible Gateway, the world’s largest Christian website. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Grand Rapids, MI, Spokane, WA, and international operations in Mexico City, Mexico, and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Minimum Requirements:

• Mastery of the English language, especially in written form
• Ability to understand and analyze standard financial documentation such as income statements and balance sheets
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office software, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Management, leadership, and professional development experience
• 8 years in publishing with 2 or more years in a leadership role
• Bachelor’s Degree in English or Journalism from a four-year university
• Understanding of the Christian book marketplace, including authors, consumer demand, retail environment (physical and online), and competition
• Well-read in Christian and general market nonfiction books.
• Proficiency in Chicago Manual of Style
• Strong task management
• Efficient product development management
• Can lead meetings with specific desired outcomes
• Public speaking
• Critical thinking to accomplish crucial business needs with firm deadlines

Responsibilities Include:

• Editorial staff management and team building: develops, oversees, and manages the editorial staff. Holds regular one-on-one meetings and helps editorial staff as necessary; conducts annual employee alignment meetings and reviews; hires and trains new employees
• List Management: Acquires publishing lists and/or develops author–driven or proprietary products and assures products are coordinated with other divisions, scheduled for best sales success, and contracted in time for annual planning and presentation to sales. Ensures we are publishing to our target categories and stated revenue goals; Plans for ancillary products including derivatives and format conversions
• Author/Product Acquisition: identifies and pursues potential author targets or brands; creates book concepts for target authors as needed; makes initial contacts and sets meetings; prepares proposals and makes presentations at Ed Board and Pub Board meetings; manages proforma approval process for his/her projects; negotiates terms through signed deal memo and long-form contract
• Strategic Planning and Financial Analysis: assists Publisher in future business planning as it relates to annual budgeting, content and acquisitions, and measuring financial objectives. Participates in yearly strategic initiatives as requested by the ELT and SVP/Publisher; prepares for monthly Executive Business Review
• Publisher Support: meets regularly with Publisher to monitor key business metrics and other various day-to-day needs; and represents the division when Publisher cannot be present
• New Initiatives for Growth: able to strategize and analyze profitable business models for special projects and new growth initiatives

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

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Assistant Editor, Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Little, Brown and Company began publishing books for children in 1926. It currently publishes a distinguished and diverse list of about 135 books a year. Today the group is divided into three imprints: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers features a core list of picture books and hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction for middle grade and young adult readers; LB Kids produces novelty and brand/licensed tie-ins; and Poppy publishes paperback original series for teen girls.

Minimum Requirements:

• 2-3 years previous children’s editorial publishing experience
• B.A. preferred
• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of children’s book marketplace
• Experience with editing picture books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult nonfiction and fiction preferred
• Strong interest in narrative nonfiction preferred, journalism background a plus
• Knowledge of and contacts in the industry are a plus, as is an ability to identify new talent
• Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office Word and Excel required; knowledge of PPT, Bookscan, databases, and ability to produce reports a plus
• Strong communication skills (verbal and written) with the aptitude to communicate effectively in both individual and group settings regardless of audience
• Must be results driven, and take appropriate steps to achieve goals while taking ownership of situations as needed
• Proven ability to deliver timely, accurate work product and demonstrate good follow up and follow through
• Drives change and innovation by improving work product or process, and challenges established norms where appropriate
• Proven ability to build supportive and constructive relationships within and outside of the organization; takes the lead in inspiring others to work together for mutual benefit
• Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time effectively while also ensuring accuracy of work through attention to detail

Responsibilities Include:

• Manage book projects through all phases from manuscript to bound book
• Correspond directly with authors, artists, and agents
• Coordinate all book elements (permissions, illustrations, contracts, profit & loss forms)
• Prepare title fact sheets, catalog copy, flap copy, and metadata for assigned titles
• Provide materials and information for sales, marketing, and publicity for assigned titles, coordinate reprints and paperbacks, and update metadata for backlist
• Work with Hachette adult editors and imprints to identify and coordinate potential nonfiction young reader adaptations
• Read submissions and provide readers reports

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

Burbank, CA

Seeking Full-Time Associate Editor, Young Reader

DC Entertainment (DCE), home to iconic brands DC, Vertigo and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its iconic content across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games.

Minimum Requirements:

• BA/BS degree in English, Journalism, Publishing, or Art preferred
• 3–5 years editorial experience, kids’ book publishing experience strongly preferred
• Ability to meet or exceed deadlines required
• Knowledge of art (ability to discuss composition, design, etc.) required
• Developmental editing experience required
• Copyediting and proofreading skills (CMOS) required
• Knowledge of and contacts in the publishing industry preferred
• Membership in/knowledge of Young Adult/kids’ organizations such as SCBWI preferred
• Mac/PC proficiency required

Responsibilities Include:

• Develops and performs content and line edits for an average of Middle Grade titles
• Manages the creative process from conception through publication
• Ensures that schedules and budgets are met, and product quality meets or exceeds DC’s editorial standards
• Seeks ways to keep ongoing series fresh and exciting
• Builds and maintains an extensive list of author and agent contacts in the kids’ and Middle Grade space
• Identifies and develops new editorial products for the DC Universe in the Middle Grades arena
• Writes tipsheets, cover copy, catalog copy, and other relevant material, and ensures that Sales and Marketing have the required materials in advance of due dates to partners and distributors
• Ensures that content is developmentally and thematically appropriate for the intended reading levels and age groups
• Supervises and develops junior staff members
• Performs other related duties as assigned

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

Paul Krugman Weighs in on Amazon-Hachette Feud

The feud between online retail giant Amazon and the Hachette Book Group does not seem to be making its way towards a resolution any time soon.  New York Times columnist and Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman recently weighed in with his opinion.  The following article in Publishers Weekly gives a brief overview of the situation:

publishers-weekly“Amazon’s ongoing dispute with the Hachette Book group over e-book sales terms seems to have turned into a litmus test on publishing in the digital era. It has also shone a brighter-than-usual light on Amazon itself, prompting a number of stories questioning the company’s size, and approach to doing business. Now New York Times columnist and Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has waded into the battle, declaring without reservation that Amazon ‘has too much power’ and that the company ‘uses that power in ways that hurt America.’

amazon“While Krurgman acknowledges that Amazon is not a monopoly, ‘a dominant seller with the power to raise prices,’ he says that it is actually a ‘monopsony,’ or a dominant buyer in a marketplace with enough power to push prices downward. Krugman dismisses Amazon supporters who contend that the e-tailer is just doing the business of capitalism and giving consumers what they want. To Krugman the issue revolves around the question of marketplace power and how that power is wielded.

HACHETTE“Krugman is more concerned with the market share and economic power Amazon has accumulated, even if it did so by being smarter than its competitors. He compares Amazon to a textbook example of the monopolistic abuse of power, J.D Rockefeller’s Standard Oil, noting Amazon has ‘immense’ market power, even beyond its market share, and says that, like Standard Oil, some of Amazon’s business practices are out of line.

“He declares, ‘So can we trust Amazon not to abuse that power? The Hachette dispute has settled that question: no, we can’t.'”

To read Paul Krugman’s original post in the Opinion Pages for The New York Times, click here.

To read our previous blog posts chronicling this dispute, click here and click here.

Young to Publishing Group Event: “Taking Your Career to the Next Level”

“Taking Your Career to the Next Level: What You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask HR”

M.S. in Publishing students, have you always wondered what publishers consider to be the perfect cover letter and resume, or what the best interview tips were?   To find the answers, attend the Young to Publishing Group event, “Taking Your Career to the Next Level: What You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask HR” on October 16, 2012.  

 

 The Young to Publishing Group is part of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and works to help build a community for entry-level and junior publishing industry employees.  The organization hosts many events that help members network and learn more about new advancements in the field.  

 

“Learn how to take the next steps and how you can proactively move up at your companies,” with the industry insights of a Human Resources panel that includes from representatives Macmillan, Hachette Book Group and Random House.  The panel will take questions, critique resumes and answer resume-related questions, provide cover letter tips, and give interview adivce.  

 

You can even submit your questions online through the event registration form and  submit your resumes to the group in advance to have them critiqued anonymously at the event!  These are really rare but incredibly informative opportunities.

 

The presentation, Q&A, and discussion will take place on Tuesday, October 16 from 6:00-7:30pm at the AAP offices at 71 5th Avenue, New York, NY

 

 Please RSVP at the following link: http://youngtopublishing.com/2012/10/taking-your-career-to-the-next-level-what-you-always-wanted-to-know-but-were-afraid-to-ask-hr/

 

 If you want to offer your resume for critique, email it to youngtopublishing@gmail.com with the subject line “Resume for October 16th event.

Report from the Trenches: Spring Publishing Lectures

By Natanya Housman and Hannah Bennett

In recent weeks, the Pace University Publishing Program has presented two lectures for the benefit of publishing students, faculty, and staff.  The first, presented at the end of March, was the David Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture, featuring Michael Healy.  The second, presented in April, was the Eliot DeYoung Schein Lecture, featuring Neil De Young.  Both speakers drew on their multifaceted publishing backgrounds to extend their opinions on this time of dramatic change.

Michael Healy presently serves as the Executive Director of the Copyright Clearance Center.  He assists in expanding market presence and refining business models to accommodate Backlist Rights.  Formerly, Mr. Healy served as the Executive Director of the Book Rights Registry.  For the last three years, Mr. Healy has been the David Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professor of Publishing.

Mr. Healy’s speech on March 29th, entitled Global, Mobile, and Personal: the Future of Publishing in Hazardous Times, was a broad discussion of the challenges and opportunities he sees in the future of the publishing industry.  In his analysis of the industry, Mr. Healy posed a series of questions, each of which highlighted a specific challenge for publishing professionals. What is the future value of publishers?  Does DRM help to reduce piracy?  If consumers only care about content and not brands, where does that leave the publishing industry?  These questions prompted audience members to evaluate their own potential roles in the industry, and the value publishers will have going forward.  Despite this inherent uncertainty, Mr. Healy’s final position was that now is a great time to enter the industry, and especially to start one’s own company.  He believes that the world has opened for new players, innovative and creative thinkers, and a new approach to publishing.

Neil De Young is the Director of Digital Media for Hachette Book Group, USA.  His responsibilities at Hachette include digital business development and strategy, eBook development, and website product management.  Mr. De Young reviews and assesses new business opportunities for Hachette, including contract negotiations and profit and loss assessment.  Prior to his position at Hachette, Mr. De Young held various positions at Scholastic, Inc.

Mr. De Young’s speech on April 11, entitled Disintermediation in the Digital Age: What Publishers Will Need to Do to Stay Relevant, discussed the digital transformation of the industry.  He did so through a series of parables.  In one parable, recounting the tale of a complacent pheasant and an opportunistic fox, Mr. De Young stressed the dangers of a lack of competition.  He later discussed the issue of competition in more detail when, speaking for himself and not Hachette, he answered an audience question regarding the agency model and the current litigation with the Department of Justice.  The government’s lawsuit poses questions about how to maintain healthy competition in the emerging ebook market – questions that professionals, like Neil De Young, must answer.  Other questions that must be answered are ebook pricing, DRM management, piracy, and disintermediation, which will require real innovation from Mr. De Young and his colleagues.  Based on his informative and thoughtful lecture, Mr. De Young is certainly up for the challenge.

These lectures, held every year, are unique opportunities for students to gain firsthand insight from brilliant publishing professionals.  They provide information that students cannot learn from the pages of a textbook.  Both inspiring and thought-provoking, these lectures encourage students to think creatively about the future of publishing and their places within the industry.