Jobs of the Week

Simon & Schuster: Publishing Assistant

Location: New York, NY
Position: Full-time
Experience: Entry-level, prior experience preferred

Simon & Schuster, part of CBS Corporation, is one of the “Big 5” publishers. Founded in 1924, Simon & Schuster has grown to have a number of successful imprints, including Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Touchstone Books, Gallery Books, Threshold Editions, Scout Press, Howard Books, and North Star Way.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Book Industry Links:

Why Indie Presses are Opening Bookstores
A look at why the more and more independent presses are going into the retail book business.

PRH to Sell Fodor’s Travel to Internet Brands
Penguin Random House is selling one of their traveling divisions to Internet Brands, an online media and tech company.

Magazine Industry Links:

I Lost My Job Twice–Here’s How I Bounced Back
The ex-editor in chief of MORE magazine tells her story.

This graduate made his CV look like GQ magazine – and it worked
A graduate made his CV in the style of his favourite magazine to get the attention of its editor – and it worked.

 

Book Industry Links:

Rebuck: Pipeline of women execs is ‘woefully low’
 Gail Debunk, the British Penguin Random House chair, spoke at the Oxfordshire Publishing Group Summer Conference. Rebuck predicted a “next wave” in the next 10 or 15 years in which “women will percolate to the top” in publishing.

A Wildly Inventive Fantasy Serie That Began on the Web and Became a Best-Seller  Stephen Burt writes in an essay for The New Yorker how Catherynne Valente’s five Fairyland novels impact the history of publishing.

Magazine Industry Links:

Why Millennials Love Martha Stewart Living
Min talks to Daren Mazzucca the publisher of Martha Stewart Living. They ask questions like: “Where does print fit into your business model now with all this attention on digital?”

Magazines Show the Highest Return on Advertising Spend  At the Advertising Research Foundation Audience Measurement 2016 conference, Nielsen Catalina Solutions (NCS) presented a study on return on advertising spend (ROAS) that showed magazines deliver the highest return.

 

 

Around Town: Jan. 28th – Feb. 2nd

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January 28- Michael M. Thomas: Fixers

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PowerHouse Arena
37 Main St. Brooklyn, NY 11201

Time: 7:00 pm

Like anyone with a soul, Michael M. Thomas left Wall Street to become a writer. Now, the bestselling author and frequent contributor to the New York Times and the New Yorker will release his tenth novel, Fixers. Set in 2007, Fixersfollows “cultural consultant” Chauncey Suydam on a mission to funnel millions of dollars to a presidential candidate promising hope and change in exchange for a couple Wall Street-friendly faces in the resultant administration. (Sound familiar?) But as Chauncey navigates Wall St. and Washington, he begins to question his morally dubious mission. The Chicago Sun-Times describes Thomas as “an expert at unveiling the private lives of the big-bucks boys” and advanced praise from James B. Stewart states that Fixers is “hugely entertaining.”

January 28- Ramzi Fawaz: The New Mutants

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: $15

Some things will change you forever, like getting pummeled by cosmic energy, or the first time you recognize that you’re gay. Sure, you haven’t suddenly become an orange rock monster, but professor Ramzi Fawaz turns a queer eye on the cosmic-irradiated guys, suggesting that their sudden mutation represents a common feeling of otherness. Tonight, Fawaz discusses his book The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comicswith acclaimed comics creator Phil Jimenez, exploring the metaphors implicit in heroes like the Fantastic Four and the X-Men and what their stories might say to LGBT readers. True Believers, take note.

January 30- Christopher Soto: Sad Girl Poems 

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Bluestockings
117 Allen St.
New York, NY 10002

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cost: Free

Known for political surrealist poetry that focuses on domestic violence, queer youth homelessness, and mass incarceration, Christopher Soto (a/k/a Loma) will tonight celebrate the launch of a debut chapbook, Sad Girl Poems. But don’t let the phrase “political surrealist poetry” intimidate you — Loma, who received an MFA in poetry from NYU and will be honored with the “Barnes & Nobles Writer for Writers Award” later this year, writes in clear language, enjoyable for both poetry die-hards and poetry novices. So if lines like “My heart is a mudslide, it will suffocate you/[stuff your mouth with forestry]” and the prospect of hearing a queer, latinx punk poet and prison abolitionist isn’t enough to convince you to come, how’s this? Loma will read alongside New York State Poet Laureate Yusef Komunyakaa and 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize winner Nicole Sealey.

January 31- How I Published My Queer Book in Spite of an Indifferent World

Bluestockings
117 Allen St.
New York, NY 10002

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join indie author Ocean Capewell as she reads from her self-publishe queer punkhouse novel, “The Most Beautiful Rot,” and shares her tips, tricks and mistakes from her self-publishing journey.

February 2nd- Queen of the Night: An Evening with Alexander CheeQueen of the Night

McNally Jackson
52 Prince St. 

New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

Join Alexander Chee for an evening in honor of his much-anticipated new novel, THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, a dazzling and  immersive story of a Parisian opera star forced to retrace her past. Here at McNally Jackson, we’ll be celebrating in style with a reading, a discussion, and– a firebreather (yes, a firebreather).

“One doesn’t so much read Alexander Chee’s THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT as one is bewitched by it. Beneath its epic sweep, gorgeous language, and haunting details is the most elemental, and eternal, of narratives: that of the necessities and perils of self-reinvention, and the sorrow and giddiness of aspiring to a life of artistic transcendence.” –Hanya Yanagihara

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels EDINBRUGH and THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February of 2016. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR and Out, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University, Amherst College, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Texas – Austin. He lives in New York City, where he curates the Dear Reader series at Ace Hotel New York.