5 Things That Should Be Banned

Instead of Books

Since it’s Banned Books Week, we thought we’d write a fun post inspired by Epic Reads, a digital community created by HarperCollins to connect  HarperTeen authors and books with readers. Epic Reads wrote a post this week called “27 Things That Should Be Banned Instead of Books.” If you have five minutes, it’s definitely worth reading.

To add to this list, we thought we’d give you 5 things we think should be banned instead of books, as related to the publishing industry.


When the book is so full of clichés you aren’t sure which book you’re reading. Also, when people pretend “judging a book by its cover” isn’t a thing. Tell me you haven’t put a book down because its cover was horrendous.

Spineless Paperbacks

When you read the book once and the spine cracks.

Long Titles

When the title is so long you feel like you’ve already read the book.

Damaged Goods

When you’re too lazy to go to the bookstore, so you order from Amazon and the book arrives damaged. Yeah, cause we all want damaged books.


When you decide to edit the entire book, so you can read it front to back without having to stop and take a deep breath every fifteen seconds.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Production Editor

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:

• At least 2-3 years of prior trade book publishing experience, preferably in production editorial or managing editorial
• Must possess strong copy-editing and proofreading skills, including familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style
• PC skills required, including use of Word, Track Changes, and Excel
• Must be detail-oriented, proactive, well-organized, and able to set priorities and juggle workload in a fast-paced environment
• Must interact well with colleagues of all levels from various departments
• Must possess college degree or equivalent experience

Responsibilities Include:

• Assumes production editorial responsibilities for originals, from the receipt of the edited manuscript through bound book, and some offsets (as needed)
• Copy-edits and proofreads ancillary material, such as front matter, back matter, cover copy, teaser excerpts, etc.
• Works with editors, designers, and production managers in anticipating and resolving problems
• Evaluates and coordinates artwork and/or back-matter materials
• Assigns projects to freelance copy-editors, indexers, and proofreaders and checks their work
• Handles multiple projects while maintaining high standards of quality control and tight production schedules
• Provides backup for the department as needed

If you are interested in this position, please submit cover letter and resume online.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Receptionist/ Foreign Rights Position

InkWell is one of the world’s leading literary agencies, proudly representing major literary prize winners as well as many of the world’s bestselling and most loved authors. They enjoy a considerable international reputation as a significant and innovative player in the industry. They have agents based in Australia, Boston, and Dallas. They continue to be excited by—and on the lookout for—original ideas, riveting stories and great writing.

Minimum Requirements:

• Must be articulate, personable, and hold a high level of interest in the publishing field
• Strong editorial skills are a must
• Solid written, verbal, and computer skills are necessary
• Should be motivated, highly organized, and have the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
• Must be able to work with and without direct supervision

Responsibilities Include:

• Answering phone calls and welcoming visitors in a warm and professional manner
• Foreign Rights assistance will be in the area of tax form processing, book fair preparation, overseas mailings and other department needs
• Minimal assistance with the management of the office

If you are interested in this position, please email your cover letter and resume in the body of the email (no attachments) to: hiring@inkwellmanagement.com. Type in subject line: Reception and Foreign Rights Position.

Berverly, MA

Seeking Full-Time Marketing Manager, Art

The Quarto Group creates and owns proprietary content, publishing books from a diverse portfolio of imprints that are creatively independent and expert in developing long-lasting content across specific niches of interest. They sell books across 50 countries and in 39 languages through a variety of traditional and non-traditional channels, while constantly looking for new ways to create and deliver content that people need.

Minimum Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in marketing, communication, or business
• 3+ years experience in marketing of enthusiast or consumer-based products
• Highly creative with an ability to conceive of new and innovative approaches to marketing
• Strong ability to work collaboratively and in partnership with Publishing, Sales, and authors
• Thorough knowledge of media, public relations, and publicity organizations and/or book publishing
• Computer skills, including familiarity with spreadsheets, word processing, database, and desktop publishing programs
• Willingness to travel to trade shows or conventions as needed

Responsibilities Include:

• Create and execute marketing plans with specific goals for individual titles and overall lists under the Quarto imprints. These plans shall be designed to generate sales, build brand awareness, and maximize exposure to the target audience through online, print, broadcast, and other channels
• Produce press releases and media kits, write advertising copy, produce short promotional videos, and maintain social-media and related sites with news and supplemental marketing content
• Arrange for author interviews, excerpts, and reviews in print, broadcast and online media. Coordinate author events and book signings.
Organize mailings of review copies and supporting material, arrange for production and mailing of bound galleys
• Maintain a detailed and well-organized database of contacts and mailings
• Develop creative and strategic initiatives to expand the online presence of our products, authors, and brands in social media and other enthusiast-based communities, and maintain a thorough network of contacts within the relevant subject areas
• Work with the publisher to explore, develop, and promote online instruction and education opportunities and projects on behalf of the imprint
• Manage budgets, schedules, and priorities in support of these initiatives, taking into account the appropriate level of resources, target audience, type of media, materials, and associated events
• Research, negotiate with, and manage outside freelance marketing resources as needed
• Maintain a thorough network of contacts within the relevant subject areas
• Hold regular check- ins with top authors of the front list, coaching, directing, and integrating their promotional activities with those being executed in house
• Communicate regularly to the company on marketing initiatives, developments, and accomplishments
• Work with National Account and Specialty Sales Reps to ensure customers are informed of publicity and marketing activity that might support sales efforts in the various channels, and partner with them to provide marketing materials that may aid their sales strategies
• Other duties as assigned

If you are interested in this position, please submit cover letter and resume to careersusa@quarto.com.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Junior Designer, Covers

The Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., originated in 1933 and is known today for the broad scope of our publishing program, our savvy selection of books, and our creative efforts to market them.

Minimum Requirements:

• Creative, organized, process-oriented, passionate about publishing.
• Passion and expertise for Typography and Design
• Thorough knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator
• Print production knowledge and skills
• Ability to organize, prioritize, and work independently to meet deadlines
• Collaborative spirit and positive attitude when working with internal and external partners
• Ability to think creatively to be an effective problem solver

Responsibilities Include:

• Designing mechanicals, trafficking work, and preparing and delivering files for print
• Creating original covers, illustrations and photo research

If you are interested in this position, please apply online. Please include a link to your portfolio.

BookExpo America 2017- A First Time Experience

BookExpo America is where Publishing Professionals gather to exchange valued information on new titles, breakout authors, and many, many ARCs. As a first-timer to this trade show event, it is very overwhelming at first glance. Left and right, ARCs are being signed and distributed. Major publishing houses like Macmillan and HarperCollins are represented in whole sections decorated with large rugs and smaller companies are housed within booths throughout the show floor.

As someone who is experiencing BookExpo for the first time, I thought it best to take a second to look around and get a good feel of what is going on around me. It is easy to get lost in the shuffle and it is important to soak it all in. If you have a short window to visit BookExpo, as I did, then you should not take too much time soaking it in. After I walked around for a bit, I made sure to network with publishers such as Soho Press, Penguin Random House, and Arcadia Publishing. I saw this as a learning opportunity, a chance to network, and a fun event all wrapped into one.

I made sure to heed Professor Richter’s advice and checked out what events were happening on each day of BookExpo and also brought in my own bag to carry all the free stuff in, though I was given a free tote as soon as I stepped into the building. I ended up going home with 17 new books and a sore shoulder. Nevertheless, it was exciting to meet publishing professionals and authors who all gave me advice and encouragement on my future publishing endeavors.

The Adult Book Editors’ Buzz Panel

There are a wide range of people to meet, events to participate in, and books to obtain. Everywhere you look, there are people mingling, trading business cards, and sharing stories and information that will benefit their publishing careers. I can only imagine how attending BookExpo as a publishing professional will differ from my experience as a student.

Of course, this is just my experience. Articles from the Tampa Bay Times, and the Star tribune offer more insight what is was like at this year’s BookExpo.

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.

Lisa Sharkey on Changing Careers

Lisa Sharkey, Senior Vice President, Director of Creative Development at HarperCollins Publishers and The 2016-17 David J. Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professor shares with The Reset how she transitioned from working on television news to working on book publishing.

In the article titled, Looking for Substance, Sharkey explains that after a five year long conversation with Jane Friedman, then CEO of HarperCollins she decided to leave her job at Al Roker Productions, and Good Morning America Senior Producer before that, to pursue book publishing.

She says that she was looking for a job with “more substance and something more closely aligned with my values.” Sharkey is now celebrating ten years in book publishing.