Book Industry Guild of New York Event

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“Color My World: An Exploration of Adult Coloring Books” Panel Discussion To Feature Publishing, Printing Experts

January 27, 2016
For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Tim Hoey, publicrelations@bigny.org, 973.714.0707

New York, NY — Publishers Weekly (PW) editorial director Jim Milliot will moderate a panel discussion on the adult coloring book phenomenon during the Book Industry Guild of New York’s (BIGNY) February 9, 2016 event.

From their respective publishing or printing industry vantage points, the panelists will address the books’ surprising popularity and editorial/production challenges. The trio includes the following participants:

  • Meg Leder, Executive Editor/Penguin Random House (she is leading adult coloring book author Johanna Basford’s editor)
  • Ed Spade, Senior Account Manager, Content Acquisition/Ingram Content Group
  • Jennifer Feldman, Publisher/Dover Publications

The BIGNY event, open to the public for a five-dollar admission charge, will be held at 6:15 pm at Penguin Random House, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY.

Full-time students with appropriate identification and prior reservation may attend the speaking portion of the event for FREE.

BIGNY_JimMilliotAbout Jim Milliot
Jim Milliot is editorial director of Publishers Weekly and vice president of PWxyz, the company that acquired PW from Reed in April 2010. Jim has been with PW for 22 years, starting as the business and news editor, topics he still covers today. He served as co-editorial director of the magazine between 2010 and June 2014 when he was named editorial director. Prior to joining PW, Jim was executive editor at Simba Information, a publisher of newsletters and market studies on various media segments, including trade and educational book publishing. Simba’s flagship publications were BP Report and Educational Marketer, for which Jim served as editor from 1983 to 1993. Jim served on the statistics committee of the BISG and is now a board member at IBPA.

BIGNY_MegLederAbout Meg Leder
Executive editor Meg Leder joined Penguin Books in 2014, after nine years at Perigee Books. She’s spent her publishing career focusing on illustrated gift books, creativity titles, and quirky nonfiction. Among the titles she’s edited are The New York Times and international bestseller Wreck This Journal, along with other projects from Keri Smith; the bestselling Lost Ocean from the illustrator dubbed the queen of coloring, Johanna Basford; and Wall Street Journal bestseller Chasers of the Light from Internet sensation Tyler Knott Gregson. Before joining Penguin Group, she worked as an editor for McGraw-Hill Trade and Writer’s Digest Books, as well as a bookseller for Joseph-Beth Books. She is the author of the forthcoming YA novel The Museum of Heartbreak (Simon Pulse, 2016).

BIGNY_EdSpadeAbout Ed Spade
Ed Spade is a Senior National Account Manager/Content Acquisition who works with trade publishers, consulting with them on the advantages of Ingram’s publisher services, including print on demand, digital asset management, and global distribution. Spade has expertise in print and digital publishing processes, content management and distribution, e-commerce, digital strategy, and rights management.

Prior to Ingram, he served as Director of Digital Publishing, for Nickelodeon in New York, where he managed the eBook publishing and digital video account relationships for clients including Amazon, Apple, Google Play and Nook. Earlier in his career, he held digital content development positions at Penguin Young Readers Group in New York.

About Jennifer Feldman
Jennifer Feldman is currently Publisher at Dover Publications. She has more than 25 years of experience as a publishing professional in content creation, product development, strategic market share, and revenue growth.  Previously, Jennifer held positions as VP and Publisher at both John Wiley and Sons and BBC America, leading the acquisition strategy, expanding channel distribution, and managing brand relationships.  Jennifer’s early career included roles at Simon & Schuster and Macmillan General Reference creating retail merchandising programs and alliance marketing programs.

About the Book Industry Guild of New York (BIGNY)
BIGNY is a New York-based organization that serves the publishing industry and community. Since its inception in 1926, the Guild has provided professional development opportunities by hosting social and educational events, seminars, industry trips, and more. The Guild produces the annual New York Book Show, which celebrates outstanding achievements in book design and manufacturing. BIGNY also proudly organizes charitable events to promote literacy in the New York City metropolitan area.

For additional information about BIGNY, please contact Tim Hoey: publicrelations@bigny.org, timhoey95@gmail.com

Phone: 973.714.0707

 

 

Job Opportunity at Penguin Random House

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Penguin Random House is currently seeking a Production Assistant to assist in all aspects of book production. The Production department manages the manufacturing of our books, and also estimates and monitors book costs, selects vendors, and oversees quality control. This position provides exciting insight into book production at a publishing company!

Specific responsibilities include:
1. Handling the estimating and purchasing for all facets of book manufacturing (composition, component and text printing, and binding) for the Production Assistant’s own titles.
2. Working with other departments and vendors to keep production on schedule.
3. Maintaining Excel status report and keeping titles on schedule.
4. Maintaining and updating all titles in SAP.
5. Routing and keeping track of materials to other departments and vendors including covers, jackets, proofs, book copies, etc.
6. Checking all printed covers for the proper price.
7. Providing administrative support for the department, including filing, faxing, photocopying, etc.
8. Coding and approving invoices.
9. Picking up department packages, wrapping packages, and preparing UPS and messenger pick-ups.
10. Attending and participating in biweekly reprint meetings.

Your profile:
• 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
• Interest in book production or book publishing
• Excellent organizational skills
• Strong communication skills
• Outstanding attention to detail
• Ability to push or pull up to 20 lbs.
• Excellent ability to multitask and prioritize
• Proficiency in MS Office (Excel, Word, and Outlook)
• Knowledge of SAP preferred

About the company:
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 Books, 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. More information can be found at penguinrandomhouse.com.

Penguin Random House values the array of talents and perspectives that a diverse workforce brings. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary for this position is $35,500. Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.

Submit application to:
Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter.

Jobs of the Week:

 

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Editorial Assistant – Portfolio/Sentinel/Current

CurrentType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Join the Editorial team at Penguin Random House! We are seeking a proactive Editorial Assistant to work in our Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current imprints. Reporting to two editors, the Editorial Assistant will provide administrative support, read and evaluate submissions, and oversee the entire editorial process. This job opening is an exciting opportunity to learn about the editorial process for a diverse set of nonfiction titles!

Specific responsibilities include:

1. Assisting the editorial staff with various day-to-day tasks, such as logging book proposal submissions, drafting contract requests, and tracking payments and invoices.
2. Evaluating manuscripts and writing reader?s reports for any promising submissions.
3. Providing editorial backup by offering editorial feedback, liaising with authors, etc.
4. Liaising with the Production department and ensuring their deadlines are met.
5. Writing flap copy, title information sheets, and catalog copy.
6. Providing administrative support for two editors, such as scheduling meetings, booking conference rooms, making copies, filing, etc.

Requirements: 

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Strong ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Prior experience with project management
  • Outstanding ability to think creatively and critically
  • High attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word
  • Interest in working with nonfiction books

To Apply: 
Please apply using our online application process (here), and please include your resume and cover letter.

 

 

WWNortonDigital Media Editorial Assistant – Astrology & Geology at W. W. Norton

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
W. W. Norton & Company is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support the digital media editor for college astronomy and geology courses.

Essential job responsibilities:
• Management of manuscripts in all stages of production – Sending manuscript to be reviewed by college instructors. Setting and adhering to schedules. Preparing manuscript for copyediting and production.
• Telephone and message management – Professionally interacting with authors, college faculty, marketing, and sales staff to relay messages, follow-up on requests/information and in general, anticipating when to proactively act on messages (including relaying messages with a sense of urgency).
• Document management – Faxing, copying, printing, emailing. Organizing and maintaining files.
• Creating and editing Excel and Word documents to support projects and/or office responsibilities.
• Data Management – Extracting data from internal web based information portals. Aggregating data from various sources. Information gathering and following up.
• Project management – Collaborating with and providing support to media editorial team to move numerous different projects forward in order to meet publishing deadlines.
• Market research – Assisting media editor with research on market trends in online learning.

Requirements: 
• Bachelor’s degree.
• Employment eligibility to work with W. W. Norton & Company in the US is required.
• Must be able to work full business hours in our NYC location.
• Excellent organizational, verbal and written communications skills.
• 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 and prioritizing 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.
• Must have strong research skills.
• Must have a passion for learning new software programs.
• Subject matter expertise is not required, but applicants should note whether they have taken any college-level chemistry or astronomy courses.

Technical Skills
• Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google Docs. Proficiency with both Windows and Mac OS. Proficiency with Photoshop and InDesign a plus.
• Mastery of email, calendar management, and file management tools.

To Apply: 
Qualified candidates should apply by sending a copy of their resume and cover letter to: recruiting@wwnorton.com. PLEASE BE SURE TO INDICATE WHICH POSITION YOU ARE APPLYING FOR IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

 

Publicity Assistant – Simon & Schuster

UnknownType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
The Simon & Schuster imprint is seeking a Publicity Assistant or Associate Publicist to work closely with an Associate Director and a Senior Publicist in a very active publicity department with a dynamic publishing program. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn all aspects of the book publishing process and work on commercial fiction and non-fiction titles.

Responsibilities include administrative duties, as well as involvement in all aspects of publicity campaigns including: Creating press materials; booking tours; and pitching media

Requirements: 
· Must be organized and have excellent phone and computer skills. Strong written communication is important as well as the ability to multi-task and be flexible.

Preferred Skills/Experience:

· Previous PR assistantship or internship with a literary agency or book publishing house is preferred. Minimum Education Level Bachelor’s Degree.

To Apply: 
Apply online here.

Internship Alert: Kodansha Comics

Intern Wanted
Fall Paid Editorial Internships

We’re recruiting paid editorial interns for the fall. See below for the requirements, and submit your resumes and cover letters to 
kodanshacomics@randomhouse.com!

Kodansha Comics Editorial Intern
Penguin Random House Publisher Services is seeking two part-time paid interns for fall 2015 to work as part of our Kodansha Comics team in New York City. The interns will perform diverse tasks spanning editorial, production, and marketing, giving them a chance to become familiar with every aspect of how an American manga publisher operates. As one of their primary roles will involve proofreading, the interns will need to be extremely detail-oriented, and prior experience with writing, editing, proofreading, or translation is preferred.
Responsibilities and duties
  • Proofreading manga, ads, and other materials prior to publication
  • Assisting the production manager or director of publishing with data entry and checking related to production and sales
  • Other tasks depending on individual strengths and skills
  • Hours are flexible and can be tailored to fit your schedule, up to 14 hours per week.
Requirements
  • Familiarity with manga or comics
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Candidates will be required to pass a brief proofreading test.
  • Prior experience as a writer, proofreader, copy editor, or fact checker strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of or interest in the Japanese language is an advantage, but not required.
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and/or Illustrator is an advantage, but not required.

Note: After applying through Kodansha, former Pace Publishing graduate Noelle Webster has offered to speak on behalf of any Pace students. Email her at n-webster@kodansha-usa.com

Penguin Random House Jobs Alert

penguin-random-houseDigital Production Assistant

We have an exciting job opening as a Digital Production Assistant at Penguin Random House!  The Assistant will support the entire Digital Assets department with converting titles into electronic formats, maintaining these products, and distributing the electronic books (eBooks) to retailers for sale.  This opening is a great opportunity to learn about the production of eBooks for all of Penguin Publishing Group, in a high-paced, rapidly changing environment.

Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Making updates and corrections to existing eBook files.
  2. Coordinating with outside vendors for eBook conversions.
  3. Updating departmental databases with current information on the workflow of the production of eBooks.
  4. Scheduling and coordinating meetings for the department.
  5. Checking vendor invoices for processing.
  6. Book scanning for hard copy eBook conversions.
  7. Working with the Digital Archiving group to archive and retrieve eBook files, as needed.

 

Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Operating proficiency with Mac and PC platforms
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently in a high-paced, rapidly evolving environment
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access/File Maker database programs preferred
  • eBook production and/or interior book design experience preferred
  • Knowledge of Adobe InDesign preferred
  • Knowledge of HTML, CCS, XML preferred

Salary for this position is $35,250.  Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.

Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter.

 

Sales Coordinator – Adult Field

We have an exciting job opening as a Sales Coordinator at Penguin Random House!  Reporting directly to the VP and Director of Account Marketing and the VP and Director of Adult Field Sales, the Coordinator will have the opportunity to execute both sales and marketing tasks.

Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Organizing and coordinating details related to author events.
  2. Marketing for independent bookstores through mailings, promotions, and social media platforms.
  3. Coordinating with sales team to update and ensure accuracy of information in Edelweiss.
  4. Strategizing and coordinating sales representative materials, including mailing galleys and Advanced Reader Copies.
  5. Running monthly business reviews and weekly tracking reports.
  6. Organizing and preparing materials for Regional Trade Shows.
  7. Liaising with libraries and national bookstores for marketing purposes.
  8. Working closely with internal departments and outside organizations on marketing and sales initiatives.
  9. Running sales reports on an as-needed basis.
  10. Providing general administrative support to supervisors (mailing, scheduling meetings, etc.)

 

Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of one year of publishing experience, sales or marketing preferred
  • Highly organized and strong attention to detail
  • Proactive with the ability to successfully handle multiple projects at a time
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including communicating across all levels within an organization
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to solve problems effectively
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; Edelweiss is a plus
  • Comfortable using various social media platforms
  • Previous experience working in a bookstore is a plus

Please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements.  Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.

 

 

Contracts Assistant – Subsidiary Rights

The Subsidiary Rights department is looking for a self-motivated and detail-oriented individual to support their contracts team. The Contracts Assistant will liaise with agencies and publishers around the world and draft and process foreign and domestic rights contracts for more than half of Penguin’s adult imprints. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about the book publishing business and the licensing of rights and to work with a diverse range of Penguin’s fiction and non-fiction titles. The position is ideal for someone with a meticulous attention to detail, excellent multi-tasking skills, and the ability to solve problems under tight deadlines.

Specific responsibilities include:

1. Assists the Contracts Manager and works with subsidiary rights department members, publishers, and foreign subagents.

2. Drafts, proofreads, and processes contracts.

3. Provides administrative support (mailing, copying, filing, scanning, etc.)

4. Enters contract workflow into Rights Management System.

5. Researches rights and contract terms from author agreements.

6. Works on other projects as necessary.

Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Interest in contracts and/or subsidiary rights
  • Prior office experience
  • Prior work or internship experience in publishing or at a literary agency a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent proofreading skills
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple and a high volume of projects at once
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Outlook; Excel a plus

Salary for this position is $35,250.  Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.

Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter.