Internship Alert: DeFiore & Company

New York, NY

Seeking Literary Agency Intern

DeFiore and Company is a mid-sized dynamic literary agency based in Manhattan’s Union Square. Our staff brings decades of experience as agents, and as former editors, publishers, and rights directors at major publishing companies, to the task of building the careers of our clients.

Minimum Requirements:

• Candidates should be motivated, well-organized, responsible, and have excellent communication skills
• Some experience critically evaluating fiction and non-fiction work is necessary
• A love of books, an extensive knowledge of current titles and a strong interest in the publishing business
• Interns should be willing to commit 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of three months

Responsibilities Include:

• Reading and responding to queries and manuscripts
• Writing reader reports
• Filing, sorting mail, and basic office support

Two candidates will selected for the fall internship. if you would like to apply, please  email with a resume and cover letter to resumes@defliterary.com at Ashley Collom’s attention. Please be sure to include ‘resume’ in the subject line. Please be aware that the internship is for-credit only.

soho pressNew York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Publisher’s Assistant or Associate

Soho Press is an independent book publisher based in Manhattan’s Union Square. Founded in 1986, Soho publishes 90 books a year across its Soho Press, Soho Crime and Soho Teen lists, and is known for introducing bold new literary voices, award-winning international crime fiction, and compelling young adult mystery and thrillers.

Minimum Requirements:

• 0-2 years publishing experience (title is flexible based on candidate’s experience and skills)
• Extremely organized and with excellent attention to detail
• Must be able to juggle multiple deadlines and prioritize tasks
• Excellent copy writing skills
• Excellent professional business correspondence skills (letter and email writing, professional phone manner)
• Graphic design ability, including knowledge of InDesign and/or other design software, is a plus
• Willingness to learn new skills
• A passion for fiction in all its literary and genre forms and for working closely with authors
• Enthusiasm for working on a small, dynamic, creative team

Responsibilities Include:

• Providing administrative support for the Publisher and for the business
• Providing book publishing support, including writing copy, creating title information sheets, and working closely with our creative editorial and marketing teams
• Maintaining professional correspondence on behalf of the company, including with our distributor and sales teams

If you are interested in applying, please contact Soho press at opportunities@sohopress.com

hachette_book_logoBoston, MA

Seeking Full-Time Publicity and Marketing Manager, International Business Books

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.

In one year, HBG publishes approximately 900+ adult books (including 50-100 digital-only titles), 250+ books for young readers, and 400 audio book titles (including both physical and downloadable-only titles). In 2015, the company had 183 works on the New York Times bestseller list, 34 of which reached #1.

Minimum Requirements:

• Book publishing experience with a strong background in publicity/media relations
• Strong communication skills (verbal and written) with the aptitude to communicate effectively in both individual and group settings
• Proficiency in Word, Excel, Photoshop, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat, fluent in video editing technology and social media
• Must be able to work both independently and as part of a team
• Proven ability to build supportive and constructive relationships within and outside of the organization
• Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time effectively while also ensuring accuracy of work through attention to detail
• Demonstrated commercial awareness

Responsibilities Include:

PUBLICITY
• Prepare and distribute press releases, media kits, review mailings, follow up on all leads
• Write pitch letters, ad copy, cover stories, articles, news briefs, prepare excerpts and interviews
• Maintain/update press contact database and client files
• Assist with planning, production and execution of local, national events and campaigns
• Administer daily telephone, email contact with local and national press and vendors
• Administer event support – event preparation and on-site execution
• Provide media with quotes for story development, generate ideas for author placement
• Plan all press engagements, schedule author interviews with local and national media
• Determine logistics involved when scheduling multiple interviews
• Provide tracking and reporting on campaigns, outreach and execution

MARKETING
• Provide service to authors to maximize their reach, including creating email, print, and online templates to help drive sales
• Produce topical catalogs and marketing materials, including video
• Drive online strategies for NB website, social media, blogs and other consumer-facing activities
• Liaise with New York and London teams and ensure regular communication between the groups
• Maintain/update mailing lists and critical systems
• Provide data-driven market analysis and recommendations

If you interested in applying, please click here.

hsgNew York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Literary Agent

HSG is a full-service literary agency that through collaborative and client-focused representation manages all aspects of an author’s career, from manuscript shaping, to sale and publication, subsidiary rights management, marketing and publicity strategy, and beyond. Our diverse and skilled team represents all types of fiction and non-fiction, for both adults and children, and has strong relationships with every major publisher as well as familiarity with independent and start-up publishers offering a different approach to publishing. We have a lovely office in the NoMad district of Manhattan and our team includes in-house lawyers and contracts professionals, foreign rights managers, and royalty and accounting specialists.

Minimum Requirements:

• Highly motivated agent
• Experienced agent with an active client list looking to grow his or her women’s fiction, nonfiction or children’s/YA list,
• Or an experienced editor with strong author relationships looking to make the leap to agenting and begin building a client list.

Responsibilities Include:

• Build and manage your own client list by signing authors and developing their projects for submission.
• Negotiate, in conjunction with our contracts manager, your authors’ deals and publishing and rights agreements.
• Grow and maintain positive publishing industry relationships, particularly with editors.
• Work with our foreign rights manager, and our film & television co-agents, to sell clients’ subsidiary rights.
• Work with the agency’s partners in identifying other growth sources for the agency.

If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and brief cover letter by e-mail to jsalky@hsgagency.com

hachette_book_logoNew York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Marketing Assistant- Basic Books

Hachette Book Group was created when Hachette Livre, a global publishing company based in France, acquired Time Warner Book Group from Time Warner in 2006. Hachette Livre is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lagardère, a company that is active worldwide in the areas of communications and media (books, press, audiovisual and distribution/retailing of cultural products).

Minimum Requirements:

• The successful candidate must be able to work both independently and as part of a team
• College degree required
• Strong interest in the marketing and sales side of book publishing
• Prior book publishing experience preferred but not required
• Excellent written and oral communication and customer service skills
• Familiarity with Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel required, basic HTML and/or website design and Photoshop/InDesign an enormous plus
• Familiarity with social media platforms 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
• 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:

• Prepare and track materials for all major meetings with the Hachette sales team as well as the catalog
• Create focus and sales conference presentations through PowerPoint
• Coordinate and prepare materials for weekly marketing meeting
• Update Facebook and coordinate GoodReads giveaways
• Update Basic Website
• Monitor e-retailer account sites to ensure book and author data are up
• Maintain NetGalley
• Admin duties include: code invoices and maintain budget grid, coordinate mailings, schedule meetings, create and distribute weekly reports

If you are interested in applying, please click here.

family cirlceNew York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Managing Editor

A magazine that acts as a curator to family activities and family-focused lifestyles, Family Circle is an American decorating, cooking, and culture magazine. It publishes 15 editions a year on traditional home-oriented topics. Some of the article topics include supplying fast and easy recipes for family-sized meals and snacks, do-it-yourself tips for decorating, health tips and tricks, advice for family and child-raising, and tips for organization, saving money, and so on.

Minimum Requirements:

• A college degree, preferably in English, Journalism or Communications.
• Minimum of 10 years working at national consumer magazines.
• Minimum of 5 years managerial experience.
• Top-notch written and verbal skills a must. A keen eye for detail and strong proofreading and copy editing skills required.
• Must be proficient in Mac usage. Experience with both InCopy and Microsoft Word applications required. Experience with MAO and/or InDesign a huge plus.
• Must be able to multitask and deal with many different issues at once.
• Must be extremely deadline driven and able to foresee potential roadblocks to closing any given issue on time and figure out workarounds.
• Must have experience with book makeup and dealing and negotiating with advertising and ad ops departments.
• Must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to clearly communicate information about deadlines and procedures to the entire staff, all while maintaining morale.

Responsibilities Include:

• Has hands-on responsibility for all phases of production and copy flow.
• In charge of getting each issue to printer in a timely fashion.
• Troubleshoots problems with copy and art flow; make new procedures as needed.
• Proofreads all copy.
• Maintains relationship with production group in Des Moines
• Manages copy editor, research editor, editorial business analyst and production manager.
Creates and maintains monthly editorial lineups and schedules while consulting with editorial, art, production and advertising departments.
• Manages editorial budget.
Acts as main liaison with external Meredith departments, including the advertising, corporate marketing, legal, human resources, building services and more.
Tackles internal personnel problems and special long-range projects as directed by Editor-in-Chief.

If you are interested in applying, click here.

logo-kneerimwilliamsbloom
Boston, MA

Seeking Full-Time Literary Agent

Kneerim & Williams is a distinguished agency that has been in business since 1990. We handle the placement of American and foreign publication rights as well as film, television, audio, digital media, and merchandising rights for a wide range of clients, and we work closely with an intellectual property law firm, Sennott & Williams. Over the years, our agency’s client list has grown to include best-selling and prizewinning novelists, scholars, and journalists. In recent years, Kneerim & Williams authors have won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Malamud Award, the MacArthur Genius Award, and the George Washington Prize. We’re proud to represent outstanding and widely recognized writers in every category we handle. For further details on our clients, see our website at www.kwlit.com.

We believe in supporting the author’s whole career as a writer. Our agents work collaboratively, so every author gets the benefit of the whole team’s thinking in terms of publishing strategy. We enjoy a uniquely friendly and supportive office culture. Our team consists of three partners, three affiliated agents, two staff members, and three UK and foreign rights agents.

Minimum Requirements:

• At least two years of experience as a literary agent or acquiring editor.
• Ability to work independently yet be part of a team
• Ability to be proactive, self-motivated, and organized in finding and growing business
• Able to develop positive client and publishing industry relationships
• Able to see multiple projects at various stages of development through to completion.

Responsibilities Include:

• Build and manage your own client list by signing authors and developing their projects for submission
• Negotiate your authors’ deals and review publishing agreements
• Work with our UK rights agent, our foreign rights team, and our film & television department to sell clients’ subsidiary rights

if you are interested in applying please send a resume and brief cover letter to Katherine Flynn at kflynn@kwlit.com. No phone calls please. All applications will be received in confidence.

penguin_random_house_2014_logo_detail_white
New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Sales Promotional Designer

Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world. In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution. Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 250 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Fodor’s, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others.

Minimum Requirements:

• Four year college degree in graphic design or equivalent
• 2+ years working in a production/design capacity• Expert knowledge of the Adobe Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) and MS Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
• Prior work in web design/production and content management systems (experience with Word Press or other platforms a plus)
• Professional working experience with MacOS
• Impeccable file structure, management and archiving
• Meticulous, cooperative and detailed-oriented
• Must be highly organized and able to work efficiently on multiple projects to meet tight deadlines
• Ability to work with multiple teams simultaneously while maintaining consistency and quality across projects
• Ability to follow branding guidelines and specs
• Great communication skills

Responsibilities Include:

• Manage the design/production of multiple print/digital sales catalogs
• Produce monthly mass merch brochure for two sales divisions
• Create monthly digital signage
• Design and produce promotional print collateral for various sales divisions + corporate
• Design and produce print and online advertisements
• Sales website updates
• Implement automation processes in InDesign
• Implement editorial changes to content

if you are interested in applying please click here.

Rodale
New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Women’s Heath Production Director

Rodale Inc. is an independent, healthy, happy living company based in Emmaus, Pennsylvania and New York, New York. Known for launching the organic movement in the U.S. in 1942, the company operates today with a mission to “inspire health, healing, happiness and love in the world. Starting with you.” Through a broad portfolio of best-in-class brands, Rodale reaches more than 100 million people globally through multiple distribution channels, including magazines, books, online, mobile, e-commerce, direct-to-consumer, social, and video. With 100 editions in 67 countries, Rodale publishes the largest, most established health and wellness lifestyle brands, including Men’s HealthPreventionWomen’s HealthRunner’s WorldBicyclingRodale’s Organic Life, and through Rodale Events, LLC, which produces 25 branded events that draw more than 100,000 participants annually. A digital leader in the healthy living space with properties such as EatClean, a vertical for those looking to improve their health through clean eating; Zelle, a running site for women; and Rodale’s®, a healthy lifestyle e-tail store, the company continues to find new ways to connect with audiences across developing technologies. Rodale editors are fixtures on the national media circuit, appearing on television regularly as authorities on health and wellness.

Minimum Requirements:

• Have at least 10 years of magazine experience.
• Be highly proficient in Adobe InDesign and an expert in the entire Adobe Creative Suite
• Be well-versed in workflow management systems such as K4 or Woodwing
• Have top-notch organizational skills
• Possess the ability to liaise with multiple departments on a variety of projects at once
• Have a keen eye for consistency and quality, under a tight magazine deadline
• Experience working with Quad Graphics a plus, but not required

Responsibilities Include:

• The overall execution of the magazine’s editorial print production, including overseeing art production deadlines and the shipping and approval of final pages to pre-press and printer.
• Sets copy and layout deadlines, creates the daily shipping schedule, secures fractional ad adjacencies, prioritizes editors and traffics the day to day of two to three issues at once.
• Oversees the magazine’s imaging workflow by working with the Art and Photo departments to secure high-resolution art and traffic it’s progress through the color-correcting process, in addition to overseeing the work of the magazine’s Production Coordinator.

If you are interested in applying, click here.

Sterling Lord Memoir & Literary Agency Internship

Every so often a book is published that immediately becomes a must read for all publishing professionals—for those aspiring or for those firmly entrenched.  LORD of PUBLISHING, “the frank and aspiring memoir of a life spent in publishing” by one of literature’s most legendary agents, Sterling Lord, is one of those books.  As an agent to Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, and countless other literary icons, Mr. Lord has been a huge force and influence in the industry; engineering some of the most important book deals in literary history.  On the last page of this fascinating memoir, where he brilliantly brings to life what was arguably the greatest era of book publishing, he states “I’m now, as I write this, ninety-two years old and still in business, five-plus days a week.  I long ago came to the conclusion that is you stop learning, you might as well give up.  I am still learning…..”

Below you will find a link to a recent PW interview with Mr. Lord and information on how to apply for an internship at SSL (where many Pace MS in Publishing students have gone before!).

Professor Jane Kinney-Denning

 

 

The Agent: PW Talks with Sterling Lord

In one of the great publishing memoirs of the modern era, literary agent Sterling Lord reflects on a career spanning seven decades… so far.

By Andrew Albanese | Feb 16, 2013

 

Is he the most interesting man in the publishing world? I must confess, a few chapters into Sterling Lord’s recently published memoir, Lord of Publishing, my first impression was that the guy in those Dos Equis beer ads has nothing on Sterling Lord. As a young man from the Midwest, Lord was a nationally ranked tennis player, playing legends like Don Budge and hitting around with eight-time Wimbledon champ Helen Wills Moody. After returning from Paris in the ‘50s, with his French wife, he began working as a literary agent in New York City, through the publishing industry’s golden age and into its lucrative corporate era, a career that has now spanned more than 60 years.

“Think of the people Sterling has known, think of the people that have confided in Sterling, asked him for advice,” says sportswriter Frank Deford in Open Road’s promotional video for the book. “He’s a giant.” In fact, when Lyndon Johnson was looking for representation, Lord said no thanks. That’s President Lyndon Johnson—the Great Society, Vietnam… yeah, that guy. Cue the line, “Stay thirsty, my friends.”    Read the rest of the article!

 

 

INTERNSHIPS at SLL

 

Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. invites Pace University Graduate Students to apply for a part-time internship in our New York office.  Agency interns gain an intensive introduction to all aspects of book publishing and author representation.

 

Internships run year round and include brown-bag lunches with some of the most powerful figures in the industry.  In addition to a professional interest in literary publishing, candidates should have:

  • Attention to detail 
  • Be willing to work hard on both the glamorous and not-so glamorous pieces that make up any successful business. 

You’ll become an integral part of a casual but serious office environment.  Our offices are located in the landmark Louis Sullivan Building on Bleecker Street in New York City.

Please email a one-page cover letter and résumé to our attention to Jenny Stephens at jenny@sll.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

SLL is one of the world’s leading literary agencies, combining a long tradition of literary excellence with a diverse and successful client list.   The Agency represents a wide range of authors, including National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestsellers, New Yorker writers, literary and commercial novelists, politicians, journalists, scientists, and favorites in children’s literature.   The winning combination of established authors and newly emerging voices attests to the past achievement and future promise of the Agency.

 

Sterling Lord founded the Agency in 1952, with literary icons such as Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey becoming early clients. Peter Matson established his firm in 1979 and rose to prominence representing such writers as Dee Brown and John Irving.   In 1987, the two joined forces, creating the prestigious agency that continues to flourish today.  Our current client list includes: David Mitchell, Carolyn Parkhurst, Sam Lipsyte, Billy Collins, James McBride, Rachel Maddow, Richard Paul Evans, John & Meghan McCain, and many others.  Further information can be found on our website