Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama Set Record with PRH Book Deal


Former US president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama will have their forthcoming books published by Penguin Random House (PRH), a joint deal that is estimated to have cost PRH approximately $60-65 million.

This is a record-breaking amount of money for a publisher to pay for a book written by a president and/or a first lady; the next most expensive presidential book deal goes to Bill Clinton’s autobiography My Life, which cost Knopf Publishing an estimated $15 million to acquire.

Although there are no details released at this time about what the books will actually be about, when they’ll be published, or who will edit them, PRH is confident that the impressive literary ability of Barack and the icon status of the first black president and first lady will make these books have strong sales and will be promising, profitable backlist titles.

Barack’s been praised for his writing talent, exhibited in his previous books, and has out-earned his initial advances for them as well, which is an encouraging sign to PRH—even though the book deal prices for those projects were significantly lower. Previously written nonfiction titles from Barack are Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, and of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters.

Michelle’s only title so far is American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, and her book with PRH is expected to be more literary.

Other books written by past presidents and first ladies past to look into while waiting for the Obamas’ books include John F. Kennedy’s A Nation of Immigrants, Ronald Reagan’s An American Life, George Bush’s Decision Points, Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices, Lady Bird Johnson’s A White House Diary, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s autobiography.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Sales Assistant/Sales Associate

Thieme is an award-winning international medical and science publisher serving health professionals and students for more than 125 years. Thieme promotes the latest advancements in clinical practice, publishes the latest research findings, advocates medical education and is known for the high quality and didactic nature of its books, journals, and electronic products.

Minimum Requirements:

• B.A. or equivalent. MLS/MLIS degree or course work are not required, but are a definite plus.
• You are a master communicator in written and oral English. Spanish is a plus, but not required.
• You are confident in handling Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word). Ideally you already worked with CRM systems and you are familiar with producing and compiling sales reports and analyses.
• 3-5 years of experience in publishing. Experience in STM publishing is a definite plus.
• Analytical and structured thinker. Detail-orientation and high organizational skills.
• Previous exposure to consultative selling environments is helpful.
• High initiative. Ability to multitask and stay calm under pressure.

Responsibilities Include:

• Prompt handling and invoicing of client orders across multiple back-end systems and the set-up of license agreements
• Maintenance of customer relationships, including email and telephonic interaction, with the goal of building long-term cooperation.
• Error-free data entry into our sales systems. Use Excel to prepare reports, process account performance evaluations, and create usage statistics for sales manages, as well as local and overseas management.
• Support for the Sales Managers in the acquisition of new customers
• Proactive new business development to capture additional market potential. Ability to run own sales and marketing campaigns.
• Provide ideas to improve the organizational processes and operational procedures to increase with this the efficiency of the whole sales department.

If you are interested in applying, please submit a resume with a cover letter in PDF form to adam.bernacki@thieme.com.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Sales Assistant, Digital Resources 

Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house established in 1986. It has companies in London, New York, Sydney and Delhi.

Minimum Requirements:

• Bachelors Degree in a related field
• Experience with Zen Desk or other customer-service environments is helpful.
• Professional demeanor—Customer service is a must.
• Must have excellent speaking and written skills.
• Must be able to adapt quickly and accordingly to various situations.
• Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills

Responsibilities Include:

• Deliver reporting on sales and gap analysis to identify key opportunities.
• Assist with and enable communication flow between sales and marketing teams, customers, and other internal departments including editorial and product management.
• Assist in the maintenance and updating of a CRM database.
• Support digital resources sales team with sales-related administrative tasks and work collaboratively with UK sales and marketing divisions to avoid duplication of effort.
• Work with marketing and other departments as directed to provide necessary sales tools.

If you are interested in applying, please send your CV, a cover letter stating your current salary, salary expectation, and a rationale for why you are the right candidate for the relevant position to humanresourcesusa@bloomsbury.com. Indicate “Sales Assistant” in the subject of your e-mail.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Associate Digital Editor

Owned and operated by Galvanized Media, Best Life is the premier luxury service brand for successful, health-minded men. It maintains a deeply devoted readership—as a print magazine from 2004 and 2012, it maintained a robust circulation of more than 500,000 copies-per-month, and routinely outsold competitors on newsstands—and it remains the industry leader when it comes to the latest stories, cutting-edge tips, and smarter-living advice on the topics that matter most to men in their prime.

Minimum Requirements:

• A passion for men’s lifestyle journalism.
• Minimum of 2 to 3 years of experience working for an editorial website, with a focus on editing, writing, and daily programming across various platforms.
• Strong writing, editing and photo research skills.
• Experience publishing in a CMS and using Photoshop.
• Knowledge of SEO practices.
• Understanding of social media platforms and online video.

Responsibilities Include:

• Source and write up to 5 daily posts—a mix of great original reporting, lifestyle content, and news and social aggregation.
• Help build out Best Life’s social media presence across all platforms.
• Be a one-person publishing outfit, sourcing photos and videos and posting directly to the site using our proprietary CMS.
• Use traffic data and social-media feedback to find new coverage areas, optimize performance, and maintain consistent growth.

If you are interested in applying, please click here.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Legal Assistant  

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:

• At least 1 to 2 years administrative, legal or business experience are preferred
• Comfortable performing normal administrative duties and will also demonstrate the ability to take ownership of on-going projects, take initiative, exercise independent judgment and to problem solve.
• Excellent organizational skills, communication skills as well as attention to detail are required.
• Must have the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and set priorities.
• Proficiency in all Microsoft Office programs (word, excel, power-point) is essential and previous experience in the media area will be helpful.

Responsibilities Include:

• Building relationships and trust with internal facing clients inclusive of Publishers and Executive Management team members
• Use analytical acumen to review non-disclosure agreements, preparing drafts for attorneys, assisting with due diligence and conducting legal research
• Must also be able to handle general administrative duties and project work
• Must be flexible, communicate and interact effectively, efficiently and professionally with employees at all levels of the organization and will share responsibilities with other assistants in the department

If you are interested in applying, please click here.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Magazine – Associate Editor

Convene magazine, published by PCMA since 1986, is the leading meetings industry publication for educational content and professional development. Convene has won numerous awards from Association Media & Publishing, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the American Society of Business Publication Editors (Azbee), Trade Association Business Publications International (TABPI), Association TRENDS, and the Society of Publication Designers.

Minimum Requirements:

• Three to four years’ experience working as an editor
• Ability to work from home (prior experience working successfully from home preferred)
• Ability to travel
• Strong, inventive writer with an eye for new trends in education, culture, technology, and business
• A grammar fetishist’s attention to detail
• Able to handle multiple assignments simultaneously
• Excited by media of all types and will introduce  new ways of shaping and presenting our content.
• Familiarity with MS Word, InDesign, WordPress, and major social-media platforms required.

Responsibilities Include:

• Reporting and writing feature articles and columns for Convene’s print magazine and website
• Proofreading story layouts both remotely and in person during Convene’s monthly closing process in New York City
• Representing Convene on press trips and at industry conferences as needed
• Ability to spend two to three days each month at our New York City design firm’s studio

If you are interested in applying, please click here.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Associate Marketing Director, Licensing

DK is the bestselling publisher of highly visual, photographic non-fiction for adults and children. Our aim is to inform, enrich and entertain readers of all ages through beautifully designed content. Publishers of the Eyewitness series for children, the award-winning Eyewitness Travel Guides and the creators of the online homework help website DKfindout!. DK is part of Penguin Random House and is also the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot’s Guides series, Prima Games, video gaming publishers, as well as the award-winning travel publisher, Rough Guides.

Minimum Requirements:

• Minimum 4-5 years of experience in marketing with management experience; publishing and previous experience with licensors and/or brand management preferred
• Good knowledge of social and digital media platforms
• Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Apps
• Strong writing skills
• Excellent communication, organizational, presentation, and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work independently, exercise good judgment, and balance multiple priorities
• Willingness to work collaboratively on shared goals as part of a close-knit team
• Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment

Responsibilities Include:

• Executes and manages the strategic marketing plans for DK licensed titles.
• Builds and develops relationships with all of DK’s licensing partners.
• Works closely with DK’s global marketing teams to coordinate global campaigns.
• Creates marketing materials to support sales reps and work with the design department in the execution of said materials.
• Plans and helps organize trade show and special event materials when appropriate.
• Develops email marketing campaigns.
• Manages the budgeting and forecasting for the licensing marketing budget.
• Stays in tune with the competition in the marketplace.
• Presents seasonal marketing plans to sales reps and accounts.

If you are interested in applying, please click here.

Inkwell managementNew York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Assistant 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 best-loved authors. We enjoy a considerable international reputation as a significant and innovative player in the industry. We have agents based in Australia, Boston, and Dallas. We continue to be excited by — and on the lookout for — original ideas, riveting stories and great writing.

Minimum Requirements:

• Applicants must be articulate, personable, and hold a high level of interest in the publishing field.
• Strong editorial skills are a must.
• 1-2 years of relevant experience at a literary agency or major trade house is ideal.
• Solid written, verbal, and computer skills are necessary.
• Advanced familiarity with Microsoft Office and online resources are essential.
• Applicants should be motivated, highly organized, tech-savvy, and have the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
• The assistant must be able to work with and without direct supervision.

Responsibilities Include:

• The assistant will liaise with clients and editors
• Organize and send submissions to publishers, draft personalized letters, edit client manuscripts, track payments and contracts, and review incoming queries and manuscripts.
• In addition, the assistant will write plot synopses, critical evaluations, and participate in editorial meetings with agents and authors.
• Answering the phone and coordinating meetings and schedules.

If you are interested in applying, please email your cover letter and resume in the body of the email (no attachments) to: hiring@inkwellmanagement.com. Type in subject line: Agent’s Assistant.

wwnorton-logoNew York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Associate Media Editor

W. W. Norton & Company is the oldest and largest publishing house owned wholly by its employees. W. W. Norton & Company strives to carry out the imperative of its founder to “publish books not for a single season, but for the years.” In college publishing, that imperative applies not only to books, but also to an ever-growing list of essential print and digital resources that support teaching and learning.

Minimum Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree.
• Employment eligibility to work with W. W. Norton & Company in the US.
• Must be able to work full business hours.
• Prior experience in college publishing, including at least two years in an editorial role.
• Must be highly disciplined and self-motivated.
• Must have a keen understanding of the teaching and learning needs of college professors and students.
• Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communications skills.
• Must have a “can-do” attitude and be proactive and flexible in a rapidly changing environment.
• Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes.
• Must have a demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of electronic media as it applies to teaching and learning.

Responsibilities Include:

• Understanding the relevant textbook markets in college publishing and the diverse needs of adopters and students throughout the country.
• Planning, developing, and implementing pedagogically-useful and innovative content to be used in print and digital resources for teaching, learning, and assessment.
• Creating budgets and development timelines to correspond with editorial, sales, and production schedules and the needs of the market.
• Collaborating closely with editorial colleagues to ensure quality and timeliness of materials.
• Finding, signing, and communicating authors and subject matter experts for a wide variety of print and digital editorial projects.
• Soliciting feedback from the market and incorporating this feedback into current and future editorial projects.
• With the help of an editorial assistant, managing projects in all stages of editorial development and production.
• Professionally interacting with authors, college faculty, Norton sales representatives, and external vendors, and effectively communicating ideas to colleagues including the college department editorial board and the advertising and marketing departments.
• Communicating the specifications for, and functionality of, print and digital resources to fellow editors, designers, production managers, programmers, and software developers.
• Managing vendor selection, scheduling, and budgeting for digital work such as content coding projects.
• Maintaining and organizing digital files on appropriate servers.
• Creating product records and metadata and ensuring accuracy of product information in W. W. Norton’s various proprietary systems

If you are interested in applying, please send a copy of their resume and cover letter to: recruiting@wwnorton.com.

wwnorton-logoNew York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Marketing and Publicity Assistant

Now, in its 90th year and with an annual list of 400 titles, W. W. Norton is a global company, its familiar seagull logo appearing on books in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Latin America. Though the Norton of today is international in scope, there is much about the company that would remain recognizable to its founders: the editorial quality of the books, the rigorously anti-corporate style, and above all the shared sense of purpose that flourishes when all employees have a stake in the success of their firm.

Minimum Requirements:

• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop.
• Knowledge of social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
• Familiarity with FileMaker and HTML coding is desirable but not mandatory.
• Candidate should have an interest in and commitment to professional and academic book publishing.
• Excellent organizational, verbal and written communications skills.
• Knowledge of the fundamentals of copyediting and standard proofreading marks helpful.
• Must be able to anticipate needs and deliver timely, relevant solutions and actions.
• Must be able to develop rapport and relationships with all levels of employees.
• Must be seen as knowledgeable and capable of handling sensitive, critical information.
• Must be proactive, flexible and adaptive in a rapidly changing environment and adjust with a “can-do” attitude.
• Must be self-directed and independent.
• Must have good time management skills, be organized, and be capable of multi-tasking across departments, activities, and projects.
• Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes.
• Must have a demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of electronic media as it applies to education and/or learning.
• Bachelor’s degree required.
• Employment eligibility to work with W. W. Norton & Company in the US is required.
• Must be able to work full business hours out of our New York City office.

Responsibilities Include:

• Writing press materials, organizing press and author mailings, maintaining the publicity database, and sending monthly publicity updates.
• Developing relationships with media contacts and strengthening our presence on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
• Coordinating print (flyers, postcards, etc.) and online promotional campaigns, including concept, copy, and design. The assistant will also work with freelance designers on larger projects.
• Maintaining our email marketing database, designing email campaigns, and utilizing Google Analytics to track campaign results.
• Performing market research and competitor analysis for forthcoming books.
• Corresponding with university professors and fulfilling exam copy requests for potential course adoptions.
• Assisting with creation of annual catalogs and uploading online versions to the web.
• Developing video content for promotions (filming and editing author interviews, events, etc.).
• Updating and maintaining the content of web page advertisements and online retail information.
• Managing seasonal interns.
• Occasionally representing the division at conferences and author events (some travel may be required).

If you are interested in applying, please send a copy of their résumé and cover letter to: Recruiting@wwnorton.com. Please be sure to specify the job you are applying for in the subject line.

abramsNew York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Associate Editor – Calendars

ABRAMS is the preeminent publisher of high-quality illustrated books for adults, adolescents and young children. ABRAMS is the publisher of bestsellers such as the wildly popular “The Diary of A Wimpy Kid” series, award-winning cookbooks of Alton Brown and the stunning photography of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s “Earth From Above” series. ABRAMS is conveniently located in the NYC mid-town Chelsea area.

Minimum Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree
• 2 – 4 years’ experience in an editorial capacity
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Acrobat and general management of digital images
• Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and to follow through consistently.
• Copyediting/proofreading and image research experience preferred.

Responsibilities Include:

• Individual will be responsible for editing and project managing calendar titles through all stages of the acquisitions and development process
• Examining calendar opportunities, evaluating submissions and proposals and researching competition
• Acquiring calendar properties with strong sales potential
•Preparing sales materials
• Acting as a liaison with authors, licensors, photographers, packagers, freelance editors and other outside contacts including securing assets, managing product approvals, securing third-party permissions, trafficking proofs and maintaining brand consistency.

If you are interested in applying, please email resume and cover letter indicating salary requirements to jobs@abramsbooks.com

Random House OPEN HOUSE—Thursday, December 15th

by Prof. Jane Kinney-Denning

Last week I was one of the lucky ones who was able to attend the Random House’s 10th OPEN HOUSE. Pace MS in Publishing Professor and RH employee Kathy Sandler also attended and was great company to spend the day with. The event is so popular that it sold out in 5 minutes!

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Trevor Noah, seated on the left, was one of the many authors to present at the event.

Held in the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (instead of RH headquarters because of the large turnout), the day was inspiring, thought-provoking, funny and a great reminder why I love this industry so much.

Featured authors at this Open House include Diana Gabaldon, Jodi Picoult, Trevor Noah, George Saunders, Jon Meacham, Fannie Flagg, Lindsey Lee Johnson, Allison Pataki, Sana Krasikov, and Laura McHugh.

imgresThe day started with a fascinating conversation with Daily Show host, Trevor Noah, whose new book, BORN A CRIME: Stories from a South African Childhood, is a fascinating read and a #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller stating that, “It is a compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.”

George Saunders is the author of Lincoln in the Bardo and he spoke with his editor, Andy Ward, about a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln.

Jon Meacham is the author of Destiny and Power, a biography of Bush 41. He and Willie Geist discussed the “First 100 Days” of Presidents and what we might see in the first 100 days of the new administration.

It was also a real treat to see Fannie Flagg (who did not love Fried Green Tomatoes?) discussing her new book, The Whole Town is Talking.

Jodi Picoult shared the fascinating story of how she came to write her latest (and 24th book!), Small Great Things, in which she tackles the profoundly challenging yet essential concerns of our time: prejudice, race, and justice.

outlander-blue-cover-198x300The day ended with the wildly popular Outlander series author, Diana Gabaldon, whose historical fiction as filled with, “history, warfare, medicine, sex, violence, spirituality, honor, betrayal, vengeance, hope and despair, relationships, the building and destruction of families and societies, time travel, moral ambiguity, swords, herbs, horses, gambling (with cards, dice, and lives), voyages of daring, journeys of both body and soul…” There were a lot of fans in the audience!

Overall it was a great day of being immersed in the world of books and getting to see listen to the stories of some remarkable authors and publishing professionals. I can’t wait until the next Open House!

“I am an employee of Penguin Random House, but take the day off from work and pay to attend with my book club friends for a great day to celebrate books! It's an event that gets you thinking beyond the books you'd pick out for yourself, and fascinating to hear directly from the authors. Trevor Noah spoke eloquently about his background growing up in segregated South Africa, helping us deal with the topic with humor. Jodi Piccoult stunned with the backstory about the research she did on white supremacists for her book "Small, Great Things." Diana Gabaldon had a heartfelt response when a fan said her work had a profoundly uplifting effect on millions of people. The surprise of the day for me was Jon Meacham, an esteemed biographer and historian, who turned out to be very funny. As always, a great day!” — Prof. Kathy Sandler
“I am an employee of Penguin Random House, but take the day off from work and pay to attend with my book club friends for a great day to celebrate books! It’s an event that gets you thinking beyond the books you’d pick out for yourself, and fascinating to hear directly from the authors. Trevor Noah spoke eloquently about his background growing up in segregated South Africa, helping us deal with the topic with humor. Jodi Piccoult stunned with the backstory about the research she did on white supremacists for her book “Small, Great Things.” Diana Gabaldon had a heartfelt response when a fan said her work had a profoundly uplifting effect on millions of people. The surprise of the day for me was Jon Meacham, an esteemed biographer and historian, who turned out to be very funny. As always, a great day!” — Prof. Kathy Sandler

If you are interested, The whole event was on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/randomhouse/

To learn more about Random House events, click here: http://www.randomhousebooks.com/events/