Careers

Employment at ABRAMS

ABRAMS seeks talented individuals with a strong interest in book publishing. Individuals must be able to take initiative, be a team player and have excellent communications skills, both oral and written. Our professional positions range from editorial, graphic design, sales, marketing and publicity to finance and information technology.

To apply
for a position at ABRAMS, please forward your resume and cover letter to jobs@abramsbooks.com

ABRAMS is currently seeking to fill the following positions:

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Gift Rep Sales Manager, Special Sales

Summary:  Oversee and direct special market sales through commissioned groups

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

-Supervise the efforts of the US special markets commissioned groups

-Set annual $ goals for each sales group and benchmark against peers

-Monitor individual and group performance by reviewing daily and monthly sales reports and by periodically traveling with reps

-Communicate sales opportunities to reps on a regular basis by developing tools for timely and efficient communication

-Identify bestselling titles for each account type and encourage best practice usage and feedback

-Coordinate and present new titles to commission groups semiannually, in addition structure meetings to be more interactive and encourage a best practice model that utilizes the best performers in each group to share success stories

-Participate in business meetings with key customers

-Create and prepare sales analysis on a regular basis identifying trends, including competition

-Oversee and coordinate Abrams participation at regional gift shows and summarize order results

-Create materials to promote trade show season for the commission groups

-Participate in the planning of the NY Now gift show and summarize order results

-Provide material and hands on training for new reps

-Participate in bi-weekly Sales meeting

Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s degree

-5+ years of sales experience within the publishing industry, preferably in Special Sales

-Excellent communication skills and ease of presenting sales information and titles to large groups

-Ability to motivate sales groups and be a creative thinker to support sales efforts

-Must be organized and analytical with an attention to detail

-Excel proficiency – both data entry and spreadsheet formulation

-Proficient in PowerPoint and Word

-Travel required

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 Operations Manager

Responsible for the management of business tasks that ensure the consistent flow of information for the completion of processes required in the receipt of product, foreign bindery shipments, release of new titles and fulfillment of backlist. Coordinate foreign sales and author contribution. Primary contact for in-house employee book orders.

Responsibilities

Traffic

  • Track on and report status of all imported printings

  • Coordinate all stock transfers to & from UK and Australia

  • Primary contact with freight forwarder

  • Report on status of Hot title shipments

  • Track Frontlist shipments to key accounts

  • Coordinate billing with proof of delivery

  • Distribute Daily Inventory Receiving Report

  • Coordinate with Production and freight forwarder expediting of freight

New Release

  • Run and Distribute Weekly New Title Release Report

  • Execute changes to weekly new title release schedule (cuts, changes in release date, changes in pub date)

  • Coordinate with Sales, Editorial, Publicity and Distributor

  • Create and distribute weekly New Release Billing Report

In-House Operations

  • Create internal office invoices for advance payments, foreign sales and miscellaneous sales.

  • Review and approve all invoices from logistics vendors; resolve issues when necessary

Miscellaneous

  • Prepare initial P & L forms for reprints

  • Respond to emails and inquiries

Basic Qualifications

3-4 years of experience required

Must be process and detail oriented

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Proficiency in Microsoft Excel – critical

Book Publishing a plus

APICS affiliation a plus

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Managing Editor

Summary: Manage the editorial process for Abrams Plus (Calendars and Noterie paper product line, including journals, notebooks, day planners, cards, and gift-worthy paper goods) and select non-fiction and trade adult titles.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Editorial, Design, and Production departments to create and manage schedules that support Sales and Marketing deadlines and ensure timely delivery of products

  • Copyedit and proofread materials at all phases of production

  • Guide products through the preproduction process, including collating and checking corrections on layouts, color proofs, and bluelines

  • Hire, manage, and evaluate freelance copyeditors, tech editors, and proofreaders

  • Use title management system (TMM) to maintain accurate product data and schedules; assist with Edelweiss and Onix feeds

  • Contribute to production meetings

  • Assist with materials for sales and marketing uses

  • Work on seasonal catalogs

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 3 – 5 years’ experience as a managing editor or production editor in the book industry, preferably for an illustrated-book publisher

  • Expert-level copyediting (on hard copy and electronically) and proofreading

  • Thorough command of the Chicago Manual of Style

  • Experience hiring and managing freelance workers

  • Proven ability to create and manage schedules

  • Proven ability to track multiple projects and meet important editorial production dates in a deadline-drive environment

  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and diplomatically across departments

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Acrobat Pro

  • Knowledge of Firebrand systems a plus

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Editorial Assistant

Summary:  Provide administrative assistance and editorial support to the Associate Publisher, Executive Editor, and the Adult Editorial team.

Responsibilities:

  • Editorial tasks include: copyediting, proofreading, collating multiple sets of galleys, creating P+L’s and presentation materials, assisting with manuscript preparation, picture management and labeling

  • Act as liaison with authors, agents, packagers, and other outside contacts

  • Draft fact sheet, catalogue, and flap copy for books

  • Create PowerPoint presentations; create and gather materials for sales and marketing, as needed

  • Act as point person for select titles each season, including corresponding with the originating publisher or author and agent, receiving, checking, and trafficking manuscripts, layouts, and color proofs

  • Assess proposals; assist with research and development for new projects

  • Organize, plan, and act as support staff for events, including Launch and author book signings

  • Respond to unsolicited proposals and inquiries, as needed

  • Clerical tasks include: taking minutes at meetings, maintaining schedules and databases, making copies, sending packages, routing internal mail, etc.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 1 – 2 years publishing and/or office experience

  • Position requires accuracy, careful attention to detail and the ability to work independently and follow through consistently

  • Excellent grammar, spelling, copyediting and proofreading skills. Effective communication and writing skills. Pleasant telephone manner is essential.

  • Must be highly organized, energetic and able to juggle multiple priorities efficiently and calmly

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ability to create and maintain simple databases.  Knowledge of Adobe and InDesign a plus.

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