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.

Amarillo, TX

Seeking Full-Time Sales Representative

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:

• Proven sales experience with strong background in trade publishing, with at least 3 years experience
• Must be extremely organized and detail-oriented
• Effective communication skills (oral & written), good judgment, and excellent interpersonal skills in all aspects of business
• Comfortable with regular car/air travel
• Strong proficiency in general Computer skills, with an emphasis on Microsoft Word & Excel. Experience with databases
• Ability to work and communicate with clients and successfully manage client relationships
• Must be extremely organized, detail-oriented, and have the ability to multi-task and prioritize
• 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

Responsibilities Include:

• Sell frontlist, backlist, promotions and more to (primarily) independent bookstore accounts, small jobber accounts and some specialty accounts
• Manage relationships with established accounts, and develop new accounts
• Generate regular feedback on titles, promotions, and sales
• Maintain current and accurate client profiles, including purchase history, using databases
• Respond to inquiries from both publisher and account contacts
• Maintain co-op programs and ensure management of the Marketing Plan

If you are interested in this position, please apply through their website.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Website & Social Media Digital Designer – Random House Children’s Books, Teen Category

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, 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:

• 3-5 years of digital/social media design experience
• Expert level skills utilizing Photoshop, Illustrator and In-Design, Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office programs
• Passionate about the digital space and always keeping on industry trends
• Excellent creative thinking, graphic design, and typography skills
• An eye for detail and an integrated brand aesthetic
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to work as part of a team and also independently
• Ability to work in a wide range of styles and experience with a variety of graphic design techniques
• Initiative and willingness to take on new challenges and learn new skills
• Ability to multi-task various assignments, prioritize workload, and take responsibility for deadlines
• BS/BA degree or equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform essential functions of the job
• Must have a strong web/digital portfolio to present upon interview

Responsibilities Include:

• Develop ideas that are strategic, innovative, and provide an optimal user experience
• Translate marketing and business objectives into digital designs that are compelling
• Design and create assets for social media platforms including static and animated graphics, headers, badges, etc.
• Design web-based marketing materials such as infographics, blog posts, web banners, etc.
• Create and manage brand style guide and act as an ambassador within the company for the brand guidelines
• Maintain a solid knowledge of competitive market and stay current on design trends
• Produce, edit, alter, and deliver designs on time and to specification
• Assist team in the development of content and brand ideas
• Partner with freelancers, copywriters, and developers on projects as needed
• Contribute strategically to the long-term vision of the company’s digital work

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

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Designer

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

Minimum Requirements:

• Ability to concept and create exceptional book design
• Ability to work on multiple projects at once and meet tight deadlines
• Willingness to read (a lot) and contribute to the flow of ideas
• Healthy curiosity about innovations in our field and in related fields
• Knowledge and experience with InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
• Minimum of 3 years book experience.
• College level training at an accredited art school preferred, but not required

Responsibilities Include:

• Design picture book and non-fiction interiors and jackets
• Work closely with creative director and editors
• Organization of their work for the accessibility of other departments
• Participation in production meetings, jacket meetings, and larger group creative discussions
• Preparation of files for the printer, and approval of all manner of proofs
related to their titles

If you are interested in applying, please follow this link.

New York, NY/ Work from home

Seeking Part-Time Editorial Assistant

The Nicholas Ellison Agency is a small literary agency with a wide variety of clients, from history and science to thrilling fiction.

Minimum Requirements:

• Excellent organizational skills are a must
• Solid written and verbal communication skills
• Prior experience in an office and/or publishing environment is preferred, but not mandatory.

Responsibilities Include:

• Processing contracts and payments
• Reading and evaluating manuscripts
• Communicating with clients and associates

If you are interested in applying, please send a brief cover letter and your resume to tallis@thenicholasellisonagency.com

New York, NY

Seeking a Full-Time Publicity Assistant Vintage and Anchor 

Vintage Books was founded in 1954 by Alfred A. Knopf as a trade paperback home to its authors. Its publishing list includes a wide range, from the most influential works of world literature to cutting edge contemporary fiction and distinguished non-fiction. As the continuous publisher of important writers including William Faulkner, Vladimir Nabokov, Albert Camus, Ralph Ellison, Dashiell Hammett, William Styron, A.S. Byatt, Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, Ha Jin, Richard Ford, Cormac McCarthy, Alice Munro, Raymond Chandler, Orhan Pamuk, Dave Eggers, Robert Caro, Joseph Ellis, Haruki Murakami, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez it is today’s foremost trade paperback publisher.

Founded in 1953 Anchor Books is the oldest trade paperback publisher in America. The goal was to make inexpensive editions of modern classics widely available to college students and the adult public. They succeeded admirably. Today, Anchor’s list boasts award-winning history, science, women’s studies, sociology, and quality fiction. Authors published by Anchor Books include Chinua Achebe, Ian McEwan, Alexander McCall Smith, Karen Armstrong, Jon Krakauer, Chuck Palahniuk, Mary Gordon, Dan Brown, and Margaret Atwood.

Minimum Requirements:

• The ideal candidate has a BA in English or a related field (or equivalent experience), as well as some relevant internship or working experience.
• Experience in book publishing is beneficial, but not required.
• Understanding of major social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr
• Candidates should also be self-starters with impeccable attention to detail and possess a proactive and independent approach to work.
• The ideal candidate is savvy with social media, InDesign, and proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

Responsibilities Include:

• Coordinating mailings of catalogs to media, writing descriptive copy of books publishing monthly, and maintaining internal databases.
• Coding invoices and providing general departmental accounts payable support.
• Writing press releases, performing research to discover new media trends, creating press lists, executing mailings, and coordinating book orders.
• Pitching and scheduling author events and interviews, coordinating travel and hotel accommodations for touring authors, and creating detailed tour schedules.
• Inputting all confirmed events and author appearances, reviews, interviews, and other press coverage into internal publicity databases and marketing systems.
• Communicating with authors and key in-house departments, including Marketing, Sales, Editorial, and Subsidiary Rights.
• Submitting proposals to seasonal previews in trade magazines.
• Performing general administrative duties as needed, including billings, filing, coordinating schedules, answering phones, taking messages, tracking book publication dates, tracking author event calendars, record keeping, mail, etc.

If you are interested in applying, please click here.

New York, NY

Seeking a Full-Time Production Associate

Counterpoint and Catapult merged in 2015 and now publishes four imprints, Catapult, Counterpoint, Black Balloon and Soft Skull. Author-driven, we devote our energy to the fresh, cutting-edge, and literary voices of our authors. The genres we cover are vast– fiction and nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and anthologies, all of which collectively focus on current affairs and politics, counterculture, music, history, memoir, literary biography, religion, and philosophy. The company has offices is in Berkeley, CA and NYC.

Minimum Requirements:

• Minimum of 2 years of related production editorial experience, preferably in a publishing house working on similarly complex fiction and nonfiction titles
• Exceptional copyediting and proofreading skills; knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize multiple assignments
• Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and work well under pressure while maintaining high standards
• Flexibility and ability to work within and adapt to short and long schedules
• Consistent accuracy and attention to detail
• Solid command of Microsoft Word, including Track Changes, and exceptional proficiency at electronic editing. Knowledge of other electronic workflow processes a plus
• Solid command of Google Drive/Docs
• Familiarity with to solid command of InDesign and Photoshop
• Familiarity with digital products, including experience with ePub files

Responsibilities Include:

• Coordinates schedules with freelancers, editors, and production.
• Assigns, reviews, and corrects the work of freelance copy editors before manuscripts are sent to authors for review and in turn closely reviews manuscripts when they are returned from authors (incorporating all responses and copyediting any new text). Prepares the electronic files for Production.
• Assigns, reviews, and collates first-pass pages; evaluates and incorporates changes and corrections from proofreaders as well as from authors. This work may include additional copyediting, fact-checking, and following up with queries to the editor/author and notes for the designer.
• Reviews and corrects all subsequent passes (second, third, blues) as well as indexes, notes, and other back matter.
• Prepares/codes manuscripts for design.
• Copyedits and proofreads book covers through all stages of production.
• Performs quality-control checks for all e-books, including handling text, cover, and e-book corrections for backlist reprints and repackages.

If you are interested in applying, contact Andy Hunter at dev@blackballoonpublishing.com

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Designer

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

Minimum Requirements:

• Ability to concept and create exceptional book design.
• Skilled at photo/art/illustrator research.
• Strong typographic skills.
• Mastery of the current Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
• Ability to work on multiple projects at once and meet tight deadlines.
• Some prior experience with the book making process.
• A minimum of 3 years of work in the field
• College level training at an accredited art school preferred, but not required

Responsibilities Include:

• Conceptualize and execute original book covers for all YA and middle grade titles on the RBP and FSG BYR lists
• Design interior sample pages and create specifications for compositor
• Hire and manage freelance photographers, illustrators, and letterers.
• Work closely art director and editors
• Participate in production meetings and jacket meetings
• Prepare files for the printer, and approve proofs and other progress materials.

If you are interested in applying, please click here.

Boston, MA

Seeking Full-Time Assistant Food Editor

John Brown Media, the leading global content marketing agency with US headquarters in Boston, is launching an exciting health and food-minded digital publication on behalf of a leading international weight management brand.

Minimum Requirements:

• 2 years kitchen experience either in restaurants or test kitchen.
• Knowledge of national and regional food trends as well as health-minded trends.
• Ability to edit recipes and copy in adherence to house style.
• Experience working with food in multi-platform scenarios.
• Able to work from home using home kitchen for any recipe development and testing as needed.

Responsibilities Include:

• Developing and testing recipes in collaboration with the food editor.
• Help manage logistics of recipe creation process.
• Assist food editor and art team in planning for photo shoots, with food prep, and shopping when needed.
• Manage product availability confirmation process with appropriate clients.
• Writing recipe introduction and editorial copy where needed.
• Participate in brainstorming and conceiving of new recipe ideas.
• Write recipe pitches.
• Manage freelancer invoices and expenses and assist the food editor in making sure the team stays within the budget for each issue.

If you are interested in applying, please click here.

 

 

Spring Internships: Macmillan Publishers

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MacMillan Publishers are starting their search for Spring Interns, so now is a great time for students looking to fulfill Internship I credits—or anyone who wants the experience—to begin looking into these upcoming openings.

MacMillan is looking for interns for the following departments: Editorial, Marketing, Publicity, Art & Design, Production, Children’s Books, and Business Development.

imgresInterns will be provided with the opportunity to participate in work related assignments, gain practical work experience, and network with employees from various departments. Interns are expected to become familiar with the basic structure of a publishing house and the role of each department within.

The internship duration will be from January until May, or an entire spring semester, and the position will be paid.

Intern hopefuls must submit a resumé and cover letter here after making an account with MacMillan. Applicants should also be sure to specify any of the departments they would like to work in their cover letter. Also, be sure to keep an eye on MacMillan’s job/internship page for future opportunities as well.

Jobs of the Week: Palgrave Macmillan, Univ. of Cali. at Berkeley, Abrams.

 

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logo-pgm-darkPalgrave Macmillan

Title: Quality Production Associate

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Palgrave Macmillan is seeking a Quality Production Associate to be involved in the oversight of vendor performance and content quality across the academic and professional program. A successful candidate must be dedicated to department goals, have the ability to juggle numerous tasks, work collaboratively across groups, manage difficult customer situations, and must have both a measured attitude and a deep understanding of the intricacies of language and grammar

Palgrave Macmillan is a global cross-market publisher specializing in quality trade non-fiction and cutting-edge academic books. We publish general interest books as well as textbooks, journals, monographs, professional, and reference works in print and online. We presently have over 6,000 active titles in subjects ranging from Political Science, Economics, and History to Literature, Linguistics, and Business. The list also contains original works by many of the foremost writers and editors in the world, including Nobel laureates and internationally recognized experts.

Key tasks include:

• Manuscript assessment and process track assignment
• Copyedited samples review and feedback.
• General quality control oversight (including liaising with outside vendors and in-house departments)
• Customer complaint analysis and resolution
• Castoffs, other work on difficult and involved projects.
• Conduct global projects in conjunction with UK counterpart to improve overall processes and quality

Requirements: 
• 2 years of consistent copyediting and/or proofreading.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Knowledge of MS Office Suite and Adobe.
• Able to prioritize, meet deadlines, and work independently.
• Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail are a must.
• General office experience.
• Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in English or other related field of equivalent work experience

To Apply: 
Click Here to apply. Be sure to include your resume, cover letter and salary expectations.

 

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Title: Editorial Specialists

Type: Full-time

Location: Berkeley, CA

Description: 
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley’s culture of openness, freedom and acceptance—academic and artistic, political and cultural—make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

 Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success here.

• Edits and copy edits multiple projects as they are they handed off from the authors; cross-checks all content for consistency of usage with design templates; verifies the accuracy of page references and references to graphics and charts. Reports on changes to design.
• Assists in the design and layout of curriculum publication materials. Develops and maintains layout templates for selected publications, primarily consisting of student instructional and teacher materials.
• Provides editorial guidance to authors regarding consistency in content, style, and tone.
• Ensures publication standards are met by authors and handles the expert review process. Ensures all publications meet specific electronic and/or printing requirements.
• Contacts curriculum developers and external publishing partners for approval of changes in format or content.

Requirements: 
• Time and project management skills to effectively establish priorities and meet competing deadlines.
• Thorough knowledge of applicable publishing software applications such as Adobe InDesign and Creative Suite.
• Experience with web-based content management systems highly preferred.
• Strong skills in originating and maintaining databases for desktop publishing and image storage.
• Strong skills to effectively produce visual materials that meet and satisfy the needs of the client.
• Strong skills in interpersonal communications to interact effectively with a variety of authors, support staff,and vendors.
• Strong skills in collaboration to best meet goals and objectives of clients.
• Ability to handle small to large multiple projects simultaneously.
• Previous experience in educational publishing preferred.
• Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training

To Apply: 
Visit this page.

 

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Title: Digital/Social Media Marketing Associate

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
ABRAMS seeks a dynamic digital marketer, with a passion for children’s books, who will increase the online discoverability of our children’s list by designing and executing digital marketing and social media campaigns, developing content for its website, and researching and presenting new ways for showcasing its books online.

In partnership with title marketers, the Digital and Social Media Marketing Associate will be responsible for the development, execution, and analysis of digital campaigns across all children’s categories and imprints at ABRAMS.

The ideal candidate will have digital marketing and publishing experience, and be a creative, results driven “doer” with excellent communication skills, who lives and breathes social media, and who thrives on finding new and exciting ways to bring attention to children’s, middle-grade and young adult books.

Specific Responsibilities include:
– Collaborate with the children’s marketing department to develop and execute digital and social media campaigns, and track and communicate effectiveness.
– Utilize audience-centric marketing tools to maximize campaigns.
– Manage and grow social media presence through blog, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, and other strategically relevant channels.
– Maintain social media calendar and develop timelines for author/title digital promotions.
– Content Creation: Write blog posts, articles, email newsletters, and social media posts; lead the creation of videos, trailers, and podcasts.
– Research and present new ways of showcasing books online and be responsible for maintaining a Digital FAQ for new authors, as well as educating the teams internally.
– Curate, plan, and feed marketing assets into Abrams website.
– Organize digital preorder campaigns, promotions, and contests.
– Events/public relations: Attend trade shows and author events and generate social media around them.

Requirements: 
· Bachelors Degree
· 2-4 years digital marketing and publishing experience
· Excellent written, verbal, and analytic skills
· Ability to work individually and in a group setting
· Excellent knowledge of social media and content development
· Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop and HTML
· Knowledge of analytics, SEO and SEM a plus

To Apply:
Apply on Mediabistro here.

It’s time to apply for summer internships!

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With the arrival of mid-winter, we’re hardly thinking about the summer while we shiver in our coats and wade through puddles of slush, but now is the time to start looking and applying for summer internships! Check our Internship Resources tab for links to the Big Five companies if you’re interested in internships there, or usebookjobs.com or ed2010.com for more specific searches. Hachette, Macmillan, Scholastic,  all have applications open, and Penguin Random House’s summer deadline is coming up in two days, so be sure to act quickly!

Macmillan Spring 2015 Internship Opportunities

macmillanMacmillan is currently offering paid internship opportunities for the spring 2015 semester. Internships are available in areas such as: Editorial, Marketing, Publicity, Art & Design, Production, Children’s Books, and Business Development. Please specify your areas of interest in your cover letter.

Interns will be provided with the opportunity to participate in work related assignments, gain practical work experience, and network with employees from various departments. Overall, the intern will become familiar with the basic structure of a publishing house and the role of each department within.

The Macmillan publishing program is available for students currently enrolled in a college or university, who aspire to pursue a career in the publishing industry. Internships are anticipated to start in January and will continue through May. However, there may be some flexibility in regards to the duration of the internship, if needed.

For more information on how to apply, please contact Professor Jane Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

 

Jobs of the Week

Macmillan – St. Martin’s Press

Type: Full Time

Position: Editorial Assistant

Location: New York, NY

Description: An entry-level administrative job assisting an Executive Editor who is responsible for approximately twenty-five books a year and who specializes in literary fiction, celebrity autobiography and other memoir, bestselling diet and health, pop culture and cookbooks.

Responsibilities:

  • Run office functions both in and out-of-house for a busy editor, including coordinating with authors, tracking submissions as they come in and books at all stages of the publishing process, as well as providing material, contacts and information needed by other departments in St. Martin’s.
  • Handle the numerous forms, deadlines, and processes involved in publishing a book, from generating pre-acquisition P&Ls to transmitting manuscripts for publication to feeding Title Management and other internal and external systems that need information and progress reports about titles.
  • Write promotional copy, catalog copy, and flap copy.

Required Skills / Knowledge:

  • Good communication skills.
  • Strong basic office skills: from coordinating meetings, messages and appointments to keeping track of deadlines and trouble-shooting.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to pivot between the two.
  • Multi-tasking and time-management skills a must.

View the original job posting here.

Haute Living

Type: Full Time

Position: Editorial Assistant

Location: New York, NY

The Haute Media Group, a luxury lifestyle company, is seeking a whip-smart editorial assistant to join its SoHo office. The candidate must be detail-oriented and enthusiastic about all things publishing. He/she should also be a voracious consumer of media. The position mostly involves uploading posts; the handling of all social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, etc); various administrative tasks; and possibly some writing (after due training). Some journalism or publicity experience is preferred—whether it be in a newspaper, magazine, or website—but not required. Knowledge of Hootsuite, WordPress, Photoshop, and basic coding is also a plus.

View the original job posting here.

Jobs of the Week

Library Journal

Type: Full Time

Position: Sales Assistant

Location: New York, NY

The Sales Assistant supports Advertising Director and entire sales group, including VP, Group Publisher, with a variety of support functions in a fast paced environment, such as digital ad programs/customer relationship management (CRM) updating and support; task/event planning, scheduling, coordination & marketing promotional planning.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure all CRM opportunity, contact, and account information is up-to-date and accurate. Magazine Manager: Checking inventory & availability for blogs, run of site, newsletters; Inputting account data & new proposals; Converting signed proposals
  • Work with sales reps and marketing manager to ensure live and virtual events are in place. Maintain event calendar/schedule.
  • Prepare specific sales metrics reports for VP and Ad Sales Director.
  • Provide additional office support and assistance to the Sales department, as needed, which includes mail (snail/email) distribution and data entry.
  • Scheduling e-blasts, sending specs and upcoming deadlines to clients
  • Coordinating the approval process of client’s HTML creative—acting as liaison between client and our internal web team until it is approved for deployment
  • Sending HTML & Online ad program stats to advertisers and providing analysis of results
  • Continually updating accuracy of sales and marketing promo documents and submitting requests into design department
  • Maintaining organization of sales materials; media kits, promo documents, supplements, issues etc.
  • Sending media kits and issues to publishers per sales reps’ requests

View the full job posting here.

Macmillan – Farrar, Straus & Giroux imprint

Type: Full Time

Position: Editorial Assistant

Location: New York, NY

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, is seeking an editorial assistant. This individual will provide editorial support to the editor in chief in all areas of list management. Specifically, they will assist the editor in chief working with titles in the areas of serious nonfiction and literary fiction.

Responsibilities:

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

Required skills:

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

View the full job posting here.

Link of the Week: Affordable College Textbook Act

As publishing students we have learned that academic publishing is where most of the money is. We also know as students why this is the case. Textbooks are outrageously expensive. This is an ongoing moral battle for us. We know how important academic publishing is, and some of us would even like to enter this field. Nonetheless, it is still difficult to overlook the extreme prices of textbooks.

Could this all be changing? In this article from the Huffington Post, college textbooks could soon be free. Seeing those words together in a sentence is absolutely unheard of. However, a new legislation introduced in Congress named the “Affordable College Textbook Act,” filed earlier this month, might just make those words true.

Senators Dick Durbin and Al Franken sponsored the bill that would create a grant program for colleges and universities to “create and expand the use of textbooks that can be made available online” and offered with free access to the public. This bill would allow students, and anyone else, to have access to the digital textbooks.

Of course, free textbooks are still not free to make. Senator Durbin cited in the legislation the success of a $150,000 grant to the University of Illinois for its Open Source Textbook Initiative. With the grant, UI faculty created a book that is now available to anyone for free. The faculty will also update the book when any new information becomes available. The University of California-Davis saw similar results with a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

How will the possibility of free textbooks affect academic publishers like Macmillan and Pearson? Textbooks are a valuable part of our education. When students have to skimp out on purchasing a textbook because of its price, this diminishes their learning experience. Thankfully textbook rentals have alleviated some of this. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how academic publishers will respond to the Affordable College Textbook Act.