Publishers Weekly (PW) is a fundamental source of news happening in the book, magazine, and digital media publishing industries—and it’s now once again a helpful site to consult when looking for jobs.
PW has recently announced the relaunch of JobZone, an online job board aiming to assist employers looking to hire and employees looking to be hired. The site features a place to upload and search through resumes, shares resume building techniques and interview tips, and gives email notifications that alert users to specific jobs or locations for openings.
JobZone’s mission is to streamline the process of searching for jobs and applicants in publishing, which is a useful given the nature of their brand. Truly, PW JobZone has made everything about searching for jobs that much more convenient and less stressful for all parties.
One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the United States, Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Our independent company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format across a list that is as diverse as it is distinctive. We seek and hire people who are committed to the frank exchange of ideas and who foster an atmosphere of mutual accountability and trust to help us succeed.
• 1-2 years print project management experience in publishing, color/ offset printing experience preferred
• Working knowledge of Adobe Suite
• Strong Excel Skills
• Clear communication, good organizational skills and ability to multi task a must
• College Degree
• Work with creative team (editorial/managing editorial/design) to generate title specific specifications and generate price requests for these. Brainstorm and trouble shoot any pre-production problems, modifying material choices and specifications as necessary.
• Specifically oversee the project management of the production on a selection of children’s titles (books), printing domestically and overseas, from creative inception to books in warehouse, in a cost effective and creative manner, including calculating and maintaining all purchase orders for vendors involved in the manufacture of titles.
• Liaise between publishing team and printers to effectively communicate all necessary actions, changes and concerns that arise throughout the production process. Update and maintain all spreadsheets/data relevant to production of titles: pricing worksheets, PM database, and any other spreadsheets necessary.
• Using proprietary costing calculator tools and scale pricing, calculate and maintain, in conjunction with Production Developers, all requests for repeat or scale specifications, updating pricing spreadsheets and data systems as necessary.
• Work with Sales & Marketing to define and order seasonal bulk advances
• Work with Operations to coordinate drop shipments for first printing titles with outside vendors.
• Complete and maintain necessary paperwork for the safety testing of book-plus and non-book product.
• Stay updated on industry standards and technology.
• Demonstrate a high level of commitment to the frank exchange of ideas and information; nurture an atmosphere of mutual accountability and trust.
• Be responsible for special projects to enhance the Production effort of Chronicle Books.
If you are interested in applying, please submit an engaging cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to note Associate Production Coordinator in the subject line of your email. NOTE: THIS IS NOT A DESIGN POSITION, THIS IS A PRINT MANUFACTURING POSITION.
W. W. Norton & Company has been publishing good books since 1923. As an independent company owned wholly by its employees, W.W. Norton is unique among publishers and offers a different kind of company culture. As employee owners, they all work hard to achieve a common goal: to produce the best books and media possible–valuing the content above all–at ethical prices. In their 93-year history, Norton has published the work of Nobel laureates, master teachers, and Pulitzer Prize winners. They have produced books that are warmly received and books that stir up controversy. But one thing never changes—their commitment to remain a strong, independent house that seeks out the best authors and scholarship to challenge, engage, and educate students and the public.
• Self-motivated, competitive, enthusiastic, adept at time management, independent, and persuasive
• Must have a BA/BS degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2
• Valid driver’s license- For some territories, you may be traveling overnight, anywhere from a few nights a month to more extensive travel.
• Develop and maintain relationships with academic faculty to assess individual and departmental needs, and promote Norton’s books and media to current and prospective adopters. You’ll be on campus during the school year, meeting with between 10-15 professors every day.
• Track sales opportunities within a territory, collaborating with editors, marketing managers, and specialists to provide solutions for faculty and think creatively about how to win business.
• Work with faculty to promote Norton media and technological solutions to enhance classrooms (traditional and online) and support student learning. You will also spend time helping instructors set up and implement the technology and facilitate student registration.
• Provide exceptional customer service to current and potential adopters.
• Grow revenue and increase adoption rates across your territory.
• From time to time you will host presentations, media and teaching workshops, and book fairs.
• Work with college bookstores to ensure orders are placed and fulfilled smoothly.
If you are interested in applying, send your cover letter and resume to email@example.com. And in the subject line, please note the territory for which you are applying.
Meredith Corporation is a publicly held media and marketing services company founded upon serving their customers and committed to building value for their shareholders. Their cornerstone is knowledge of the home, family, food and lifestyle markets. From that, Meredith has built businesses that serve well-defined audiences, deliver the messages of advertisers, and extend their brand franchises and expertise to related markets. Their products and services distinguish themselves on the basis of quality, customer service, and value that can be trusted.
• Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or related field or equivalent training and/or experience.
• Job or internship at magazine preferred.
• Interest in interior design or relevant training. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
• Highly organized.
• Provide assistance to our NY editors
• Order in products for editorial stories
• Attend showroom and industry events
• Complete some writing assignments.
Looking for someone who will be able to start immediately, and work 28-30 hrs/week. If you are interested in applying, click here.
Manifest partners with brands to help them play a meaningful part in the customer journey — through form, function, dialog and delight. Manifest helps brands earn the invitation to come along, to be present when needed, wanted when called upon. They’re in the business of making friends, not just ads. Fostering relationships, not just interactions. Developing experiences, not just transactions. Telling stories, not just messaging. Helping customers connect with brands, not just a purchase.
• 3 to 5 years of writing, editing and content management
• Exceptional verbal and written communication
• Knowledge of print and digital publishing workflow
• Experience working with clients
• Highly organized and detail-oriented
• Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, InDesign, and ideally content management systems, publishing and workflow management platforms like WordPress, Drupal, etc.
• Bachelor’s degree in marketing/advertising, journalism, or a related field
• Edit stories with clients’ goals and needs in mind
• Recruit and groom freelance writers
• Work closely with designers and photo editors
• Develop ideas for infographics and other visual stories
• Prepare articles for print publications—from editing to reviewing proofs
• Optimize content for the web in collaboration with production and SEO teams
• Fact check all content and collaborate with copy editors to ensure quality
• Manage multiple rounds of stakeholder review
• Track all time spent on projects
Publishers Weekly, familiarly known in the book world as PW and “the bible of the book business,” is a weekly news magazine focused on the international book publishing business. It is targeted at publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary agents, authors and the media. It offers feature articles and news on all aspects of the book business, bestsellers lists in a number of categories, and industry statistics, but its best known service is pre-publication book reviews, publishing some 9,000 per year.
• Must be able to work individually and part of a team
• Should be comfortable using Microsoft Office, Powerpoint, Excel
• Designing skills is a plus such as Indesign
• Should be articulate and organized.
• Must do well under pressure, have the ability to multi-task, and prioritize and mange time efficiently
• Scheduling and coordinating podcast interviews
• Scheduling and coordinating webcasts
• Reaching out to media contacts
• Ordering magazines for trade shows
• Pulling reports for sales team
• Compose sell sheets and PowerPoint presentations
• Send out copies of PW Magazines to clients
• Working on trade shows, conferences, and events
• Handling print order and sending to production
• Creating and managing schedule for ads that are sold for the sales team
• Sending out emails to mailing lists
• Using CMS to update web pages
If you are interested in applying, send your resume to Marketing Director, Brian Kinney at BKinney@publishersweekly.com
Publishers Weekly has recently posted their annual Salary Survey for the Publishing Industry.
For anyone looking into careers in the publishing industry, it helps to research the current atmosphere and understand what you’re getting yourself into. The Salary Surveys are a good tool to use to see what the statistics are and what overall salaries look like so you can have a better understanding of what you should be negotiating for when you look at job offers, what job security looks like, details to better help you plan for the long-term, and so on. It’s interesting to note that the Salary Surveys seem to have similar problemseveryyear—racial diversity is severely lacking, men make more than women, there’s an overall dissatisfaction with pay and too much work with no recognition or advancement. Perhaps if we’re more aware of these changes that need to be made, as we move into the industry we can be more cognizant of what we can do to make these statistics shift in a positive direction.
Besides Publishers Weekly, some other useful sites to consider while searching down the Google-rabbit hole for information on salaries in publishing are PayScale and GlassDoor.
The Book Industry Guild of New York is going to be hosting an event where Chris Jackson, an editor for Penguin Random House, will have a one-on-one conversation with Publishers Weekly Senior News Editor Calvin Reid at the Book Industry Guild of New York on September 13.
The discussion will provide an opportunity to learn first-hand about Jackson’s remarkable publishing career, his work with authors such as Ta Nehisi-Coates, Eddie Huang, and Jay Z, and Jackson’s strong interest in bringing diverse, multicultural voices to a worldwide audience.
Date/Time of Event: Tuesday, September 13, at 6:15 PM for the speaking session; 5:15 PM for the professional networking event
Location: Penguin Random House, 1745 Broadway, NYC.
Admission: The speaking session is free for students who bring valid student ID and reservation. For non-students, there is a $5 admission fee to attend the speaker portion of the event, and a $40/$60 fee for BIGNY members/non-members respectively. All major credit cards are accepted online, and all major credit cards as well as cash and checks are also accepted at the door.
Chris Jackson is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of One World Books, a just relaunched imprint of Random House. Previously, Jackson was an Executive Editor at Spiegel & Grau from its founding in 2006. Prize-winning and bestselling authors he edited at Spiegel & Grau include Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bryan Stevenson, Jill Leovy, Matt Taibbi, Wes Moore, Victor LaValle, and Jay Z. Jackson is a native of New York, where he currently resides.
Calvin Reid is a senior news editor at Publishers Weekly, co-editor of PW Comics World, PW’s online coverage of graphic novel and comics publishing, and cohost of More to Come, PW Comics World’s weekly podcast.
Publishers Weekly’s marketing department is looking for an intern to start in April. The position is part-time (10 hrs/week), but if you want to know more about marketing and are considering a career in book or magazine publishing, Publishers Weekly’s marketing department is the best place to learn about these rapidly changing industries.
Work closely with our sales and marketing team
Liaison with publishers
Follow up on advertising leads
Learn tasks quickly
Be organized and detail-oriented
Follow through and meet tight deadlines
If interested contact Professor Denning (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on how to apply. Prepare a resume and a short writing sample or link to one. (A class paper is fine.)
In this alumni interview, Prof. Denning speaks with Drucilla Shultz, an MS in Publishing graduate who has furthered her publishing career as Bookroom Editor at Publishers Weekly (also known as PW).
Before her publishing dreams took her to New York City, Drucilla Shultz was born and raised in a small town in southern Arkansas. After graduating with a degree in English from Hendrix College in 2011, Drucilla got a double shock: the Pace Publishing program (graduating in 2013) and New York City. Despite her mother calling every time something in NY makes the news and sending her vials of pepper spray with alarming frequency, Drucilla has settled into her life of reading and video games quite well and looks forward to her one year anniversary as Bookroom editor at Publishers Weekly.
Professor Denning: Hello Drucilla! Please tell us where you currently work and what is your job title? Also tell us a little about your company and what they do.
Drucilla: Hi! I currently work at Publishers Weeklyas the Bookroom Editor. Publishers Weekly is a weekly magazine featuring industry news and pre-publication reviews. I’m also an editorial assistant at BookLife, which is our site that’s geared towards self-publishing news and helping self-published authors achieve their goals. Indie authors can submit their books for PW review consideration there as well.
Professor Denning: What does your job as a Bookroom Editor entail? Can you describe some of the work you do?
Drucilla: Well, I oversee the PW bookroom (and the interns that work there) and, consequently, deal with any non-technical issues with GalleyTracker, our online reviews submission system. In addition, I assist the Reviews editors in whatever they need, including taking on their role when they’re on vacation/leave. That’s one of my favorite parts of the job! As a BookLife editorial assistant, I answer customer service emails for BookLife and our PW Select marking program as well as conduct author interviews for the site.
Professor Denning: How is it different working for your company (Publishers Weekly) than other publishing companies in the industry?
Drucilla: Technically this is my first “real” job in the publishing industry and the internships I’ve had have been very different from one another and from what I’m doing now. I’ve interned at the Children’s Book Council, Macmillan Children’s Publishing, and at PW (before they hired me, of course). I think two things set PW apart from other companies: the fact that we work on a weekly schedule (much faster than the 1-2+ year turnaround that publishing companies work with!) and that I get to see such a wide variety of books. Smaller publishers don’t have this problem, but when I talk to friends at bigger houses, they usually complain that they have tunnel vision in regards to their imprint. I love that I get to see all of the different books that come in.
Professor Denning: Why did you choose the particular field or aspect of publishing you are currently in? How did you get this job?
Drucilla: I’ve always wanted to do editorial work, but I kind of just lucked into the PW position. The previous Bookroom editor was promoted to a Reviews editor position and they knew I was looking for a job so they offered it to me. I had always heard about people being hired on after their internships ended and I’d think, “Those lucky dogs!” Now I guess I’m the lucky one.
Professor Denning: What do you love about of your job and what are some of your favorite parts? What are the perks and highlights of being part of the publishing industry?
Drucilla: The perks are definitely the books! I think everyone in the industry will agree with that (it certainly isn’t the paycheck!) I’ve been a huge reader all of my life so getting to learn the nuts and bolts behind my favorite pastime is always eye-opening. And I love that my job is so varied. I do so many different things in a day. If I get bored or frustrated, I can move onto something else for a short while.
Professor Denning: How do you think that technology has impacted and continues to impact the Publishing Industry? In particular, editing? Are there any traditional methods that you see staying the same despite technological advances?
Drucilla: Being able to get immediate feedback from an editor or literary agent or the printer or author or readers is the single most important thing to happen to the publishing industry. Being able to writing clear, precise comments on a manuscript and immediately send it to an author has definitely helped the editing process.
Professor Denning: Do you have any thoughts about what the future might hold for bookselling? What do you think are the biggest challenges in the Publishing Industry today?
Drucilla: I think we can safely assume at this point that print books aren’t going anywhere so I think the biggest challenge on the horizon is Amazon. Industry people have talked about Amazon’s business practices for years but Amazon still managed to stay in the background. It wasn’t until the Amazon-Hachette battle shoved them into the limelight that people outside the industry started to pay attention. I’m going to be very interested in what happens the next few years.
Professor Denning: Where do you see yourself in the future — 5 to 10 years into your career?
Drucilla: I’m not sure. I’m still absorbing the fact that this is the first time that my job doesn’t come with an hourly salary! I had never considered working at a magazine before (in fact I actively avoided magazines courses at Pace), but I really enjoy working at PW. I said this before, but I just love seeing all of the different genres that come in every day and unless I went to work at a smaller house (or managed to snag the right imprint at a bigger house), I wouldn’t get to see that.
Professor Denning: Please tell me a bit about how your educational experience at Pace prepared you for your publishing career.
Drucilla: Learning from people who were working in the industry was a big help because it gave me a better understanding of publishing. I had no idea what the industry was like before I started classes and my professors gave me a basic overview which my internships could expand.
Professor Denning: What were some of the highlights of your graduate experience? Are there any teachers, courses or just fond classroom memories here?
Drucilla: Well, I’ve already mentioned how much I love children’s books so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I took the Children’s course with Professor Soares. It was my first taste of children’s publishing and I loved it. The guest speakers we had were fantastic. In fact, just about all of the guest speakers I had in my classes turned out to be wonderful. I was also surprised at how much I liked Supply Chain Management with Professor DiMascio. I didn’t really know what to expect and I learned a lot. Book Production and Design with Professor Delano was another favorite.
Professor Denning: Did you do an internship(s) while getting you degree? Can you tell us a bit about your experience(s)?
Drucilla: I took the Internship course and did my internship with the Children’s Book Council. I was the Library and Special Projects intern. It didn’t have much to do with the publishing industry per se, but it was a fun little internship. I love organizing and keeping track of things and that was basically what the internship was. And again, it was fascinating to see the wide variety of books come in.
Professor Denning: What was your topic for your thesis paper? Do you have any advice or tips for students currently writing theirs?
Drucilla: My topic was Crowdfunding in Publishing and, by extension, I included self-publishing. At the time, there wasn’t much information so I had to make it work. I recommend setting a schedule for yourself: a section/paragraph every couple of days. This way you won’t get burned out writing or put it off for too long. I also found index cards to be extremely helpful. I would write each of my sections on a different notecard so I could get a clearer view of what the paper would be before I had actually written it. Finally, don’t worry too much. I agonized over my graduate thesis and it turned out that the whole process was easier than what I had to do for my undergraduate thesis!
Professor Denning: What advice would you give students entering the field do to set themselves apart from other applicants? Do you look for anything specific on a resume or in an interview?
Drucilla: Be extremely well read and not just in your genre. When I interview, I like to ask about favorite books or the last book that they read. I think it’s a good way to evaluate not just an applicant, but any person. I just discover “reading challenges” on the internet and I highly recommend them. There are many different kinds and they’re a good way to cover a wide variety of books that you otherwise may not have picked up.
Professor Denning: Is there anything else you would like to share?
Drucilla: Lots of really clichéd advice comes to mind, but other than that, make friends in the industry. Not networking, but actual friends. It’s such a stress reliever to be able to talk to someone who understands your job. And you never know when they’ll be able to pass along that book you’ve been dying to read!
Publishers Weekly, familiarly known in the book world as PW and “the bible of the book business,” is a weekly news magazine focused on the international book publishing business running for over 140 years. It offers feature articles and news on all aspects of the book business, bestsellers lists in a number of categories, and industry statistics, but its best known service is pre-publication book reviews, publishing some 8,000 per year.
Publishers Weekly is currently looking for reviewers for all types of fiction (excluding Poetry) and all types of non-fiction (specifically Education, Technology, Politics, Psychology), both digital and physical, and for both traditionally published and self-published books. PW pays an honorarium of $25 per review. Writing/prior reviewing experience is a plus, but not required.
If you are interested in reviewing for PW, please send an example review (approximately 200 words) of a recently published book to DShultz@publishersweekly.com. Also include a list of genres (fiction) you’d like to review or areas of specialization (non-fiction). Applicants are highly encouraged to look at PW reviews for formatting examples. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Publishers Weekly, “the bible of the book publishing industry,” seeks a full-time account executive to handle ad sales for all digital and print products. Though 143 years old, PW is five years new, having morphed into a multimedia firm known as PWxyz.Successful candidate must have 3-5 years of advertising sales experience. Knowledge of the book-publishing industry and allied fields is a plus.
• Maintain current customer accounts and develop new business
• Develop and execute sales strategies
• Create and deliver compelling sales presentations
• Thrive in a fast-paced environment, manage multiple products at once and work with strict adherence to deadlines
• Exhibit strong analytical, communication and creative problem-solving skills
• Must be comfortable prospecting, generating proposals and closing the sale
Comprehensive benefits package, including 401(k). Base plus commission. Position is located in New York. Regular travel is required.
Additional language(s) also a plus.
Publishers Weekly’s Book Review Department is looking for an intern for the Fall semester. The positions are part-time, but if you love books and are considering a career in book or magazine publishing, Publishers Weekly’s Book Review department is the best place to learn about these rapidly changing industries.
Interns will have the opportunity to:
• Work closely with review editors
• Write, fact-check, and edit reviews and short author interviews
Interns will also help staff our very busy bookroom, which receives hundreds of books a week. Your job will include:
• Unpacking books and trafficking them to editors and reviewers, and helping maintain a log of assignments
• Doing liaison work with publishers (requesting review copies, art, etc.)
• Learn tasks quickly
• Be organized and detail-oriented
• Follow through and meet tight deadlines
If you would like to interview for an intern position, e-mail Drucilla Shultz, Bookroom Editor, at DShultz@PublishersWeekly.com, by Aug. 7th 2015, and put “Fall internship” in the subject line. Please attach a resume and a writing sample or link to one. (A class paper is fine.)