Link of the Week: HarperCollins Bots Recommend Books Through Facebook Messenger

HarperCollins has added two new AI services to Facebook Messenger, which are designed to give on-demand book recommendations.

Publishers are continuously working to find new ways to interact with readers and give recommendations online as effectively as Amazon has managed to. As the first publishers to utilize Facebook and the Facebook Messenger feature, HarperCollins has added two new bots that Facebook users can access: BookGenie and Epic Reads. BookGenie is available on HarperCollins main Facebook page and the YA-focused Epic Reads is available on their Facebook page.

It all begins with you engaging either BookGenie or Epic Reads in a Facebook Messenger conversation. From there, the bots ask questions to determine what books you may be into, starting with a book you’ve recently read and how you enjoyed it. After you stumble upon a title that looks interesting to you, the bot provides a link directly to the HarperCollins website to encourage people to buy from them.

It’s interactive, definitely, and a fun way to get to know new titles directly from the publisher. While it’s not nearly as pervasive as what Amazon does with their recommendation bars on search pages—especially since they restrict their recommendations to books published only  by HarperCollins—it’s a new way to get people to feel more connected to the HarperCollins brand and have fun while doing it.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Designer

HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With nearly two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize.

Minimum Requirements:

• BFA College degree or equivalent work experience in Graphic Design, Typography, and/or Illustration preferred
• Minimum 3 years of design experience required
• Experience in publishing and a passion for children’s books preferred
• Detailed oriented with excellent organizational skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to multitask, prioritize and work under pressure
• Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite software, with strong emphasis in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator required
• Pre-press experience preferred
• Solid understanding of production process, color correction of proofs, and timely routing of materials
• Ability to work effectively in a team environment

Responsibilities Include:

• Organize, design, and manage several projects per season with guidance from Art Director and Associate Art Director.
• Work creatively and collaboratively with all members of the team on the development of the project from concept to finish.
• Keep projects on a timely schedule, keep Art Director informed of project status daily, and keep production status reports updated.
• Prepare jacket, cover, and interior mechanicals for the printer.
• Archive all projects in DAM.
• Color correct with production and editorial teams.
• Provide design support to Art Director and Associate Art Director.
• Provide general assistance to team on special projects.
• Trend spot: Stay on top of design trends in children’s books, children’s illustration, and related media.
• Return artwork and dead matter.

If you are interested in applying, please submit cover letter, resume and link to an online portfolio through their website.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Editorial Assistant, Music 

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 New York City office.
• Excellent organizational, verbal and written communications skills. Strength with MS Excel a must.
• 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 and minimal mistakes.
• A passion for publishing and the ambition to succeed in the field is strongly preferred.
• A background and interest in music, including the ability to read music notation, is strongly preferred but not required.
• Mastery of email and calendar management tools, specifically Outlook.
• Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Responsibilities Include:

• Management of manuscripts in all stages of production – Sending manuscript to be reviewed by college instructors. Preparing manuscript for copyediting and production. Checking art manuscript and creating photo logs for manuscript.
• Project Management – Maintain schedules and deadlines as set by editorial managers. Creating and editing Excel and Word documents to support projects and/or office responsibilities. Maintaining records to editorial standards.
• Professional customer and author relationship management – Professionally interacting with authors, college faculty, marketing, and sales staff to relay messages, follow-up on requests/information and in general, anticipating when to proactively act on messages (including relaying messages with a sense of urgency).
• Document management – Emailing, scanning, faxing, copying, and printing. Organizing and maintaining files.
• Data Management – Extracting data from internal web based information portals. Aggregating data from various sources. Information gathering and following up.

If you are interested in applying, Please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to: recruiting@wwnorton.com.

Los Angeles, CA

Seeking Full-Time Associate Editor, THR.com

The Hollywood Reporter is a multi-platform American digital and print magazine founded in 1930 and focusing on the Hollywood motion picture, television, and entertainment industries, as well as Hollywood’s intersection with fashion, finance, law, technology, lifestyle, and politics.

Minimum Requirements:

•    Minimum 2 years’ of experience as a writer or editor at a magazine, newspaper or digital news site.
•    Ability to identify stories that are driving the conversation in the entertainment industry.
•    A fast and accurate writer with an understanding of how news breaks online and how to advance stories with a phone call or email.
•    Familiar with Chartbeat and Google Analytics, with an eye toward making decisions factoring in reader engagement.
•    Ability to prioritize hourly breaking news writing with multiple daily editing assignments.
•    Understands SEO and similar content production best practices
•    Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English or related field
•    Excellent communication skills both written and oral
•    Team player with positive, proactive, problem solving attitude
•    Ability to work evenings and weekends

Responsibilities Include:

• Report multiple articles daily on tight deadlines as well as edit and publish stories from beat writers, correspondents, freelancers and wire service providers.
• First in line for identifying, advancing and writing breaking stories as they arrive as well as aggregating from other authoritative sources.
• Work with multiple section editors to prioritize writing and editing assignments.
• Curate the homepage for THR.com, coordinate with social media editors on promotion of stories on multiple platforms and web produces stories from the print magazine.

If you are interested in applying, click here.

Transferable Skills: Using What You Know to Develop Your Career

by Breana Swinehart and Kevin Mercado

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-12-46-24-pmLisa Sharkey, the Senior Vice President and Director of Creative Development at HarperCollins Publishers, shared her unconventional path to becoming a book publishing professional with her presentation, “Transferable Skills: Making the Change from TV to Publishing,” which she posted on Facebook Live here. Sharkey is the 2016-2017 David Pecker Visiting Professor, and this was the first of the two talks she’ll be giving at Pace University.

Sharkey defined transferable skills as “skills you pick up early in life and work to improve [that] will be useful to you as you climb the career ladder—or even if, like me, you jump off of one ladder and onto another.” Her talk focused on the transferable skills she utilized from different points in her career and life and how others can develop and harness these for their own careers.

p27aRevealing personal anecdotes and advice accrued through years of professional working experience, Sharkey explained how she went from being a major player in TV news and handling TV production and development for programs such as ABC’s “Good Morning, America” to becoming a SVP and Director for a major book publisher.

From being a teen that was looking for a way out of a rough social crowd by seeking early-admission into college, Sharkey sought to make every struggle into a lesson learned to help pivot her to success later. Some of the main transferable skills she shared—such as “thinking outside the box… the ability to start fresh… listening to your customers”—are lessons that most people who have work experience should already be familiar with to some capacity.

Sharkey’s later lessons offer more insight for people looking for professional and personal growth. “Concise writing… knowing how to take a step backwards in order to get ahead… writing in someone else’s voice… knowing how to ask for a career shift or change to make it work for your life” were some of the key transferable skills she mentioned.

imgresAdditional skills she told the audience to make applicable in their lives ranged from lighthearted “have a sense of humor” tips to managing up/down/across. She also encouraged us to “plu[g] into the zeitgeist” by keeping connected to those around us while still managing to stand out.

In Sharkey’s position at HarperCollins she oversees the acquisitions of over 40 New York Times Bestsellers, including Tim Tebow’s Through My Eyes, Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar’s Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock, and books by celebrities such as Lauren Conrad, Pat Benatar, and Toni Braxton.

Sharkey leads Book Studio 16, which seeks to connect authors in relaxed, personal, and accessible platforms.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-12-40-24-pmSharkey used her charisma, sincerity, and candidness to engage the audience and share creative ways to approach the workplace and how to interpret and manage life lessons learned through negative experiences and new opportunities.

We are honored to have Sharkey as one of the well-respected David Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professors. We thank her for sharing her valuable insights and knowledge!

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New York, NY

Seeking Full Time Editorial Assistant, Physics

Springer Nature is one of the world’s leading global research, educational and professional publishers. It is home to an array of respected and trusted brands and imprints, with more than 170 years of combined history behind them, providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. Every day, around the globe, our imprints, books, journals and resources reach millions of people, helping researchers and scientists to discover, students to learn and professionals to achieve their goals and ambitions. The company has almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries.

Minimum Requirements:

• College background required-Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred.
• Minimum of 6 months office experience, with experience in science publishing or journal publishing preferred.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Must be well organized and attentive to detail.
• Exposure to MS Office essential; experience with databases desirable.

Responsibilities Include:
• Under supervision of editor, fulfill author/editor needs, build a “before, during and after” relationship with the author.
• Preparation of incoming manuscripts for production and publication; thorough scrutiny of manuscripts for internal consistency and completeness; completion of all forms to be circulated with manuscripts internally.
• Act as liaison between authors, production department, and promotion departments after manuscripts have been submitted to production.
• Prepare journal reports for editor and editorial board meetings; maintain close communication with academic journal editors and board members.
• Prepare contracts, arrange payments for authors and editors.
• Maintenance of projects databases and records for proposals, upcoming and published books.
• Solicit peer reviews for prospects and signed projects as needed or as directed by editor.
• Draft and edit back cover copy and book marketing plans for editor’s review and approval (in close cooperation with product management).
• Help editors prepare for conferences and select titles for display.
• Exhibits attendance.
• Perform related duties as required.

To apply for this position, click here!

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LOGO195 Broadway
New York, NY

Seeking Full Time Production Editor

HarperCollins Children’s Books Group is currently seeking a Production Editor to oversee the production editorial process on a wide variety of titles—from board books through young adult novels—under all of the Children’s Books Group imprints. This position is focused in particular on books in the I Can Read line of early readers, as well as picture books featuring such beloved characters as Pete the Cat, Pinkalicious, the Berenstain Bears, and Paddington.

Minimum Requirements:
• Prior production editorial experience required, preferably with a quality children’s publisher
• Solid copyediting and proofreading skills
• Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail
• Ability to set priorities under pressure
• Comfortable working within an expanding digital workflow system
• Brings a flexible, upbeat attitude to the job and enjoy working with a like-minded team
• College degree or equivalent experience required
• Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel; preferably some knowledge of InDesign and PDFs

Responsibilities Include:
• Copyediting and proofreading covers and jackets.
• Checking all stages of proofs and PDFs.
• Working knowledgeably with editors and designers in anticipating and solving issues.
• Following up with designers and editors in order to maintain schedules.
• Updating electronic schedules and working comfortably with basic computer programs, including Track Changes in Word and the RSuite content management system.
• Prioritizing work appropriately, meeting steady turnaround demands while maintaining very high quality

Cover letter strongly suggested

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume here!

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New York, NY

Seeking Full Time Marketing Associate

Springer Nature is a major new force in scientific, scholarly, professional and educational publishing. By using its combined expertise, scale and the reach of our brands, the company aims to grow and innovate in order to better serve academic researchers, students, teachers, institutions, professionals and the wider public, by helping them discover more. Springer Nature was created through the combination of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media in May 2015. This strategic merger brought together these dynamic publishing houses with more than 150 years of history behind them, as well as complementary geographic footprints and brand portfolios, a track record of creativity and innovation, and a shared vision to advance knowledge and learning around the world. The company numbers almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries and has a turnover of EURO 1.5 billion.

The Marketing Associate/Account Development Specialist will be responsible for all after-purchase client implementation and marketing support to drive high usage of Springer Nature e-resources for Master’s, Baccalaureate, and Community Colleges in the USA and Canada. Client engagement activities may include regional and national conferences, product roadshows, training, on site account reviews, discovery audits, local events, and custom promotions. Client usage monitoring and targeted intervention are at the heart of account development. The Specialist will effectively manage their own promotional and travel budget, and develop an annual account development plan for their region. The work involves cooperation across functional groups, and the successful Specialist will manage the coordination of consistent online and offline promotional programs via marketing services and online marketing teams, and will track, analyze and communicate results.

Minimum Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
• Must possess experience within library/information service industry and some experience with email/web marketing.
• Must have excellent grammar and English skills, be creative, and use self-initiative.
• Demonstrated ability to interact with other functional groups and gain cooperation from others.
• Must also commit to understanding client issues and to effective demonstration of Springer Nature e-Products.
• Must be very thorough, detail and completion oriented, and able to manage several projects simultaneously.
• Must be motivated to become a company expert in how the library channel works and must either possess or be eager to obtain the required knowledge.
• Able to use independent judgment to modify procedures and solve problems.
• Strong writing, presentation and analytical skills required.
• Up to 50% domestic and international travel required

Responsibilities Include:
• Provide pre- and post-sales customer support for products and feedback to account managers and eProduct managers.
• Conduct analyses and monitor usage statistics to evaluate and develop strategies to increase value.
• Implement on and offline marketing campaigns to promote usage, as needed.
• Enhance visibility of company in the marketplace through regional trade shows and conferences.
• Help plan and participate in customer programs such as summits, executive sponsor programs, road shows, account reviews and product/implementation training.
• Develop and conduct customer focused training programs, to promote customer satisfaction and usage resulting in renewal and revenue growth.
• Prepare the annual account development plan for assigned region in conjunction with licensing managers.
• Participate in the sales and marketing teams’ regular meetings.
• Manage customer relationship software as it pertains to account development activities in assigned region.
• Track marketing promotions and ROI through customer relationship management software, and report on current project status, marketing and travel budgets on a monthly basis
• Other related duties as needed.

To apply for this position, click here!

Greater talent

437 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

Seeking Full Time Sales Agent,
Literary Division

Currently expanding the publishing division and is looking to hire a sales agent who can maximize an already productive sales team. Greater Talent is looking for an individual who can take their drive to succeed and apply it to a lucrative business career. If you thrive in a high energy, fast-paced, intellectual environment, it’s time to get in touch with Greater Talent.

Minimum Requirement:
• Experience specifically related to program content and speaker selection
• Previous work experience within book publishing
• Contacts in the corporate or literary marketplace
• Experience working within the events and/or meeting industry

Responsibilities Include:
• Has met sales goals with 2+ years proven sales experience
• Has proven ability to develop leads, prospect buyers, pitch clients creatively and close deals
• Savvy negotiator with an extremely professional phone and one-on-one presence
• Exhibits the utmost diplomacy, discretion and grace under pressure
• Fluent with Microsoft Office Suite; FileMaker experience a plus
• Well organized and able to keep detailed records of authors and events
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Voracious reader, immersed in literature, current events and culture
• Self-motivated, strong work ethic and driven to meet sales goals

Please email a resume & cover letter with “Publisher Speaker Division” as the subject to agent-20160819@greatertalent.com

Job of the Week: HarperCollins New Editorial Services Team in New Jersey

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LOGOHarperCollins is developing a new Editorial Services team in Princeton, NJ, and is currently seeking out candidates for hire for a few positions.

This is a new team that will be working with the managing editorial team in New York. HarperCollins will be starting with a team of proofreaders and looking for individuals with all levels of professional experience.

Positions include, but are not limited to:

  • Associate, Editorial Services
  • Digital Productions Assistant
  • Assistant, Editorial Services
  • Inventory Assistant
  • Etc.

To see a full list of job openings including higher levels head to HarperCollins job listings page.

HarperCollins is hoping to hire candidates now and throughout October. To apply, find the job you are seeking from the job listings linked above and click the job you desire.

Job Alert! Advertising and Promotion Coordinator at HarperCollins

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LOGOHarper Collins is looking for a new Advertising and Promotion Coordinator who will be focusing on their celebrity/pop culture-focused imprint (Dey Street) and a literary fiction imprint (Perennial).

The Advertising and Promotion Department is seeking a Coordinator to act as a project manager and designer, working with imprint(s) to manage, design, and produce a variety of print and digital ads, social media assets, printed items, and digital catalogs.

Responsibilities:

Specifically, the Advertising and Promotions Coordinator:

  • Works directly with marketing departments for assigned imprints: Designs assets for social media, digital title marketing, and web and print advertising. Researches and designs printed items such as postcards, brochures, promotional items, signage, and swag for conventions.
  • Works with marketing to schedule and maintain on-time delivery of print jobs, social media, and advertising; works with outside vendors on estimates and printing, creates purchase orders.
  • Manages catalog for assigned imprints: maintains schedule, routes, and edits copy for eCatalog workflow.
  • Completes administrative tasks for assigned imprints including: coding invoices, digital asset management, and egalleys QA.

Qualifications:

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Strong knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs and strong design skills required: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • Working knowledge of print production encouraged
  • Knowledge of HTML and Flash a plus
  • Must possess skill to prioritize multiple ongoing projects

If anyone is interested, please contact Professor Denning at jdenning@pace.edu. To read more about this job click here.

Link of the Week: HarperCollins Publishers

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LOGOThis week HarperCollins Publishers announced they are launching a daily Facebook Live program. The program is being led by our 2016-17 David J. Pecker Distinguished Professor, Lisa Sharkey. The Wall Street Journal reported the news and the article features Sharkey explaining the goals of the new program. Read the article here.

Each day of the week will have a different theme. For more details on the themes and the overall program take a look at HarperCollin’s press release here. The current line-up of authors also includes: Rumaan Alam, Bobby Bones, Jessie Burton, Rachel Felder, Dorothea Benton Frank, Melissa Fay Greene, Michael Harvey, Betsy Lerner, Peggy Orenstein, Rob Sheffield and Simon Van Booy to name a few.

Jobs of the Week: HarperCollins

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harpercollinsAd/Promo Coordinator (Design)

HarperCollinsPublishers is looking for a Coordinator in the Ad/promo department. The Ad/Promo department manages the design and print production of promotion, advertising and social media creative; digital catalogs for all Adult imprints; Corporate Communications projects; Sales and International Marketing materials; and oversees and creates materials for BEA, Comic Cons, and other conventions.

Responsibilities:
  •  Assists members of the department with researching giveaway ideas (ie tote bags, t-shirts, etc) and gathering production costs/schedules.
  •  Designs simple jobs such as stickers, signage, 3D book shots.
  •  Assists department head with trade and consumer show management, including setting up meetings, booking hotel rooms, attendee registration, working with vendors on booth layouts and design.
  •  Seasonal management of the Audio and Large Print digital catalogs, including proofreading and formatting copy.
  •  Oversees promotional inventory stored at the company’s mailing house.
Qualifications:
  • Must possess college degree or equivalent work experience
  • 1 year prior experience in publishing, advertising, or equivalent marketing-related field
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign required
  • Proofreading skills and an ability to multitask required

Please submit a cover letter along with your resume.

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Sales Support Coordinator

HarperCollins Publishers are currently seeking a Sales Support Coordinator to provide support to the Adult Sales Division.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and run presentations during seasonal Launch and Sales Conference meetings, including gathering and organizing the presentation of any materials and troubleshooting basic technical issues
  • Plan and organize Sales meetings, including Launch and Sales Conference, by coordinating with various departments, the President and Director of Sales to create agendas, book rooms, plan for technical help, and order catering where necessary
  • Coordinate and distribute agendas, launch audios, reading notebooks, manuscripts, change memos and other key sales materials
  • Coordinate and track print galleys, organize and add to the department’s galley shelves
  • Coordinate regular mailings of key marketing materials to Sales
  • Coordinate with sales and marketing to reserve space, process contracts, and send materials for regional holiday catalogs.
  • Maintain internal Sales site, SalesConnect, by adding and removing reports, updating reports, and organizing and improving the site
  • Work closely with Marketing and Sales to respond to sales reps’ requests
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • At least 1 year of relevant work experience required
  • Excellent organizational skills and very strong attention to detail
  • Ability to set priorities under pressure
  • A good working knowledge of basic computer troubleshooting
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of Edelweiss helpful, but not necessary
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, comfortable presenting before and communicating with coworkers from a variety of areas of the company

HarperCollins Publishers is an Equal Opportunity Employer