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.

 

Breaking News in US vs Apple DOJ Case!

Breaking news has been released in the United States vs Apple Department of Justice Case! According to a Publishers Weekly article titled, “Apple Loses: Judge Finds Price-Fixing in E-Book Case,” Judge Denise Cote has put an end to the case that has left major publishing houses and Apple in jeopardy.   Her descision was not in favor of the involved publishing companies, Macmillian, Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette, or Apple Inc.   These companies did, indeed, collude to fix e-book prices in 2010.  “This Court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that Apple conspired to restrain trade in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act,” said Judge Cote.  “With Apple’s active encouragement and assistance,” she continued, “the Publisher Defendants agreed to work together to eliminate retail price competition and raise e-book prices, and again with Apple’s knowing and active participation, they brought their scheme to fruition.” 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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