A couple of weeks ago, we featured a few University Presses, including our own Pace University Press. This week, we bring you five independent presses that stand out in the publishing world against the Big 5. Continue reading “Independent Presses”
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Radish is back by investment from leading entertainment, tech and publishing leaders. The team includes veteran developers and designers from multi-billion-dollar gaming companies, a Harvard-educated former Kpop singer, and top web fiction writers with hundreds of thousands of followers. Radish will build an iconic multimedia entertainment company, and revolutionize how stories are produced and consumed.
• Experienced publishing professional with a strong eye for recognizing authors and content creators with the talent to deliver top notch storytelling for an innovative smartphone serialized reading publisher.
• Strong network of established and budding agents, publishers and/or authors, and are hip to the world of publishing.
• Thrive in a fast-paced environment and are a self-starter willing to think outside of the box.
• Finding and cultivating authors both new and seasoned with strong commercial potential
• Working closely with authors to optimize performance on platform
• Working closely with internal teams (e.g., tech, support, production, marketing) to troubleshoot on behalf of authors and to relay the needs and concerns of authors to the product team
• Developing and maintaining strong relationships with literary agents, publishers and authors
• Find creative ways to expand uses and opportunities for Radish
• Monitoring and analyzing trend and sales data
If you are interested in applying, please include a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. When applying please specify which genre you are interested in applying for.
Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is dedicated to young adult and middle grade books. We are committed to taking risks and exploring new ways to tell stories.
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.
• Three to four years experience in an editorial capacity at a children’s or adult trade publishing house—as an editorial assistant, assistant editor, & associate editor
• Acquisition experience necessary
• Outstanding creativity skills
• Excellent organizational skills & ability to pay attention to detail
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Ability to show initiative
• Solicits, tracks and evaluates manuscripts by using originality and ingenuity that meet the goals of the Imprint
• Reads, evaluates, and develops manuscripts and proposals
• Maintains and develops relationships with authors and agents with a view to future acquisitions
• Participates in brainstorming for internally generated IP and finds authors for IP projects
• Consults with authors on market, content, style & format of publication and provides them with editorial feedback in the form of revision letters
• Maintains schedules and contractually specified length requirements
• Line and content editing of manuscripts to be published
• Reading and evaluating books published by other publishing companies for possible reprint acquisition
• Attends weekly editorial meetings to discuss incoming and existing acquisitions
• Negotiates purchase of manuscripts with authors and agents
• Writing catalog/cover copy and title information sheets to provide sales force and publicity department with descriptions of published titles
• Generates profit and loss estimates
• Collaborates with design and production on style, schedule, format, and aesthetics of publication; prepares manuscripts for production
• Works with marketing, promotions, and publicity departments to develop marketing plans for each title
• Represents individual titles in interdepartmental meetings
• Performs special projects as required.
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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 the areas of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.”
• 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 Manhattan office.
• Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communications skills.
• Strong interest in fiction and non-fiction books.
• 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, with minimal mistakes.
• Mastery of email and calendar management tools, specifically Outlook.
• Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
• In-depth knowledge of social media.
• Management of manuscripts in all stages of production; preparing manuscripts for copyediting and production.
• Professionally interacting with authors, production, marketing, and sales staff to relay messages, follow-up on requests/information and in general, anticipating when to proactively act on messages.
• Administrative management: organizing and maintaining files; tracking manuscripts and reviews; faxing, copying, printing, and emailing.
• Generating promotional copy for catalogs, book jackets, and sales-related materials.
• Creating and editing Excel and Word documents to support projects and/or office responsibilities.
• Reading and evaluating manuscripts quickly and writing reader’s reports.
if you are interested in applying, send a copy of your resume and cover letter to: email@example.com. Please be sure to indicate the job you are applying to in the subject line.
The New Press publishes books that promote and enrich public discussion and understanding of the issues vital to our democracy and to a more equitable world. These books are made possible by the enthusiasm of the readers; the support of a committed group of donors, large and small; the collaboration of their many partners in the independent media and the not-for-profit sector; booksellers, who often hand-sell New Press books; librarians; and above all by their authors.
• College degree
• Entry level and at least 1+ year of experience
• Proficiency in Microsoft Suite: WORD, EXCEL, PowerPoint.
• Experience with Filemaker, CoreSource, and sales databases a plus.
• Experience working in a literary agency or for a book publisher in at least one of the following: subsidiary rights, sales, or marketing.
• Strong interest in book publishing and the not-for-profit sphere
• Highly organized with an attention to detail
• Good analytical skills, excellent oral and written communication and the ability to be a strong team player who enjoys working collaboratively and across departments.
• Review and negotiate permissions’ requests
• Generate and process contracts and payments
• Maintain spreadsheets for processing of licenses and receipt of payments
• Seasonal review of the grant of rights for new title releases
• Maintain and update internal spreadsheet of the grant of permissions organized by ISBN
• Seasonal upload of new releases to the CCC
• Process quarterly payments from CCC.
• Provide subagents and licensors with submissions materials
• Maintain spreadsheets for submissions, contracts, and payments
• Research expiring licenses for renewal
• Assist in creation of the Frankfurt and London Book Fair guides
• Review titles for inclusion based on a review of contract rights, publication schedule in FileMaker, and availability of submissions material and write book descriptions.
• Generate first drafts of author and subsidiary rights contracts based on templates and the deal terms for each contract
• Maintain spreadsheets for all contracts and undertake data entry in FileMaker for author contracts.
• Process check requests from editorial to finance
• Reconcile monthly bank statements from finance with royalty statements from licensors and chase missing statements
• File documents.
• Compile agenda for weekly call with distributor; sit in on call; send follow up notes to agenda after call.
• Administrative support for bulk sales.
• Edelweiss: upload DRCs and supplemental materials; assist as requested in the creation of subject specific catalogs.
• Ingram: upload TNP materials as requested.
• Keep seasonal schedules up-to-date: communicate Ingram AI and supplemental materials deadlines to Publicity and Marketing, Editorial, and the Publisher; assist in transfer of data from Filemaker to Coresource; review fields for missing data and communicate this to Editorial; create PowerPoints for pre-sales and sales conferences.
• Attend marketing and sales meetings and launch meetings as required; generate follow up notes on launch meeting and assist with follow up on needed sales materials: ARC letters, etc.
• Assist in organizing the publisher’s presence at sales conference, major trade shows, book festivals, and major international subsidiary rights fairs.
• Run basic inventory and sales reports out of the PD databases on a per request basis.
• Conduct sales and comp title research on Bookscan on a per request basis.
If you interested in applying, Send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org; Reference “Subsidiary Rights and Sales Assistant” in the subject line.
Position: Sales Assistant
Location: New York, New York
About the Job
- General administrative support such as: phone coverage, filing, expenses, scheduling, ordering supplies, organizing mail lists and issues and travel/restaurant arrangements
- Handling and interpreting RFP’s (request for proposals) that include: rates, positioning, demographics, circulation, magazine mission statements, media kits, and marketing programs.
- Responsible for insertion orders and client communication
- Maintains competitive reports and editorial credits
- Learning integrated ad sales, brand essence and sales process
- Use of all Microsoft and internal sales programs.
- Passion for advertising sales
- A bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Extremely computer savvy with the ability to master sales systems
- Candidate should be smart, motivated, personable, detail oriented and be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
- Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint required. Must be both Mac & PC proficient.
The New Press
Position: Editorial Assistant
Location: New York, New York
The New Press seeks an Editorial Assistant/Assistant Editor (depending on experience) to support the Editorial Department on a range of fronts. Reporting to the Editorial Director, this is a key position involving substantial responsibilities and room for growth.
Transmit/track status of New Press manuscripts heading into production
- Maintain editorial department files
- Write Title Information sheets, catalog copy, and jacket/back cover copy for selected titles
- Work collaboratively with all other departments through the publication phase of each book
- Read proposals and manuscripts and prepare editorial memos
- Correspond as needed with authors and/or their representatives
- Prepare blurb solicitation letters, finished book letters, etc. and do editorial galley and finished book mailings
- Serve as primary point of contact with literary/nonfiction translators for The New Press’s program of books in translation
- Schedule, prepare agendas, and disseminate minutes for editorial meetings
- Support the seasonal catalog production
- Other editorial/research projects on an ad hoc basis
- Bachelor’s degree required; some prior editorial, publishing or bookselling experience desirable. Excellent communication (both oral and written) and organizational skills required. Knowledge of a second language, preferably French, desirable.
To apply: Please email a resume and cover letter that includes salary history/requirements to: email@example.com