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

Current openings at Abrams will also be listed on the following web sites: www.mediabistro.com or www.publishersmarketplace.com

ABRAMS is currently seeking to fill the following positions:

 


Associate Marketing Manager
ABRAMS, the premiere publisher of art and illustrated books, seeks a dynamic and inventive Associate Marketing Manager to oversee the Comic Arts, humor, pop culture, entertainment, and lifestyle categories. In this role, you will develop and execute creative and interactive marketing campaigns working closely with authors and the editorial, publicity, and sales staff. You will be a part of a fast-paced, hardworking, creative, and fun-loving team and play an integral role in shaping the marketing initiatives to promote our distinguished books and authors.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and execute creative title-specific and category marketing campaigns

  • Work with authors and brand partners to capitalize on promotional opportunities

  • Oversee creation of promotional materials and advertising, working directly with sales team, internal designer, and outside vendors

  • Manage ABRAMS presence at Comic Arts trade and consumer shows (Comic-Con San Diego, New York, and MoCCA) and author events, as well as support exhibit duties at major shows such as BookExpo

  • Represent ABRAMS in meetings with prospective authors and contribute feedback to the acquisition process

  • Conduct and analyze market research and write metadata-driven marketing copy

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 3-5 years of marketing experience, specifically in book publishing

  • Demonstrated experience creating marketing collateral, catalogs, sell-in tools, and ads

  • Knowledge of social media platforms and ability to implement digital marketing strategies

  • Strong initiative and judgment. We are looking for someone with the ability to pay attention to detail while taking charge of complex projects and campaigns from start to finish

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is essential; TMM, Edelweiss, and InDesign are a plus

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Senior Manager, School & Library Marketing

ABRAMS is seeking a Senior Manager of School and Library Marketing to join the ABRAMS children’s books team. This individual will serve as a primary marketing point person in the school and library community for the ABRAMS Books for Young Readers, AMULET, and Appleseed imprints.

Reports to: VP, Children’s Marketing and Publicity

Essential Responsibilities:  

  • Establish and build strong and effective relationships with educators and librarians in the institutional community

  • Strategize and execute the division’s presence and author participation at institutional conferences and shows, as well as educator/librarian presentations

  • Plan and execute marketing campaigns including: advertising, copywriting, promotional mailings and creation of promotional materials, and overall campaign development

  • Collaborate with key in-house departments, including: Marketing, Publicity, Digital/Social Media Marketing, Design, Sales, and Editorial

  • Maintain and monitor School and Library budget and spending

  • Supervise submissions to educational/institutional awards and state award programs

Basic Qualifications:

  • 4-year college degree

  • 5 years minimum experience in marketing required (school and library marketing experience with a book publisher experience a plus)

  • Excellent communication and writing skills

  • Experience and comfort in all major social media channels required (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)

  • Strong attention to detail and incredible organization

  • Strong copy-writing background and experience in creative marketing projects

  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and complete projects independently in a fast-paced environment

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Publishing Assistant – Children’s Marketing & Publicity
ABRAMS seeks an organized individual to join a busy Children’s Marketing and Publicity department for the summer 2017. The Publishing Assistant will have an excellent opportunity to learn about the publishing industry and to get hands-on experience working in a fast-paced environment. The Publishing Assistant will work closely with the children’s marketing and publicist planning and executing national and local media campaigns and marketing plans, coordinating mailings, and assisting with everything from event planning, print and social media outreach, to media contact database management and market research. The right candidate will have a strong interest in a career in publishing, pay attention to detail, exhibit a positive and energetic work ethic, and be familiar with internet research, blogs, and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Qualifications:
We are especially interested in applicants who can demonstrate exceptional writing skills, resourcefulness, and the ability to prioritize tasks. Experience using Cision and Title Management is a plus.

Application Final Deadline: May 26, 2017. Applications are currently being accepted.

Period of Assignment: mid-June through mid-August 2017 (approximate); 12 – 16 hours per week

Hourly Rate: $11.00/hour

Applications: Email resume and cover letter, indicating “Publishing Assistant – Children’s Marketing & Publicity” to jobs@abramsbooks.com

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Publishing Assistant – Adult Editorial
ABRAMS is seeking a Publishing Assistant for the Summer 2017 to work closely with the editorial group on our list of illustrated books which cover a variety of categories including cooking, fashion, photography, interior design, humor, pop culture, performing arts, sports and many others. The Publishing Assistant will work closely with the editorial staff – reading and evaluating submissions, typing correspondence, maintaining departmental filing, updating contact databases and assisting on creative editorial projects. Beyond editorial, the Publishing Assistant will interact with sales, marketing, publicity, design and production departments offering a broad introduction into the world of publishing.

Qualifications:
Individual should be proficient in Word and Excel, have excellent internet research skills with a demonstrated interest in developing their editorial skills and learning about the publishing process. They should have an interest in the arts, trending culture and visual publishing.

Application Final Deadline: May 26, 2017. Applications are currently being accepted.

How To Apply: Email resume and cover letter indicating “Publishing Assistant – Adult Editorial’ in the subject line to jobs@abramsbooks.com

Period of Assignment: mid-June through mid-August, 2017 (approximate); 12 – 16 hours per week.

Hourly Rate: $11.00/hour

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Junior Designer

SUMMARY
Abrams Books is a premier publisher of illustrated books publishing a wide range of high quality books for the art, design, children’s and craft markets. This position requires a creative and responsible designer to work with both the art director on design implementation and the design manager to ensure smooth departmental workflow. This is a growth position with the potential to create an ownership role in our YA category while simultaneously working on a wide range of books from board books/picture books to middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels.

­DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design YA and middle grade book covers and interiors from start to finish in collaboration with illustrators

  • Will handle making corrections to reprints, preparing jacket mechanicals, and formatting files and finishes for production

  • Convert sample pages/images/spreads for ibland, ppt, catalog, trade shows, etc.

  • Assist Art Director with direction of creative talent

  • Help form the ABRAMS KIDS brand identify along with the Creative Director

  • Ability to transcend the “design umbrella” and think editorially as well as consider the marketing and sales angles

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BFA preferred

  • Well versed in Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign.

  • Ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines­

  • A proactive person with strong communication and collaboration skills

  • Portfolio required

  • Awareness of current trends in children’s illustration and design and familiarity with freelance designers and illustration agencies

  • Illustrator and design contacts a must

  • Hand-lettering and illustration skills a plus

  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively, respectfully, communicatively, enthusiastically

  • 3 years of book publishing experience

 


Editorial Assistant

SUMMARY: Provide administrative and editorial assistance to executive editor, Abrams Press

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Log and read manuscript submissions

  • Help with research and development of new projects

  • Coordinate contracts and payments with accounting department

  • Act as liaison with authors and agents

  • Traffic materials on active projects within editorial department as well as to and from other departments

  • Write copy for tip sheets, catalogs, and book jackets

  • Take notes at editorial, publication board, and launch meetings

  • Answer phones, fax, email, type, send and file correspondence/packages, handle general editorial tasks as needed by editor

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, communication, and writing skills are essential.

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

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Foreign language fluency is a plus

 


 

Associate Publicist – Children’s Books

ABRAMS seeks an enthusiastic individual with superior organizational skills, keen attention to detail, and a strong interest in the children’s book industry to join the ABRAMS team as Associate Publicist for its Abrams Books for Young Readers, Amulet Books, and Abrams Appleseed imprints. This position reports to the Associate Director, Children’s Publicity.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Publicizing numerous books each season, including:

    • creating press materials (press releases, pitch letters, full press kits)

    • generating targeted media lists and executing mailings

    • pitching print, broadcast, radio, and online media

  • Organizing trade shows, festivals, and local author events, which will entail booking travel, drafting author schedules, and local media outreach.

  • Building strong relationships with a broad range of children’s book authors, bookstore staff, and media contacts

  • Assisting Associate Director with the execution of key PR campaigns, including media and event support

Qualifications

  • 2-3 years of experience in children’s book publicity

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Passionate about children’s, middle-grade and young adult books

  • Strong project and time management ability

  • Detail oriented with ability to handle multiple, complex projects

  • Knowledge of social media platforms and experience in writing/producing social media content

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, and Cision

  • Possess a valid driver’s license and a willingness to travel with authors, as needed

  • Bachelor’s degree required

 


 

Trade Marketing Designer

The Abrams Children’s Marketing and Publicity Department seeks an experienced Trade Marketing Designer for our Abrams Appleseed, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Amulet Books and Amulet Paperbacks.

Main Responsibilities:

·      Design for Lead and Key title campaigns including print and digital marketing materials to support marketing efforts, including conference materials, advertising, activity kits, merchandising/POP materials, mailings, and social media assets

  • Work on campaigns for license books to design and produce compelling marketing and sales collateral that meets the brand’s guidelines, strengthens messaging, and draws the reader into the clearly defined content
  • Work as a visual storyteller and ensure new campaigns exemplify best in class, cohesive design while meeting creative brief requirements, carefully executing font, photography, and design layout.

·      Develop campaign visuals from concept to final production across all Trade categories: Picture Book, Middle-Grade, and Young Adult

·      Prep files for final printed or digital release

·      Work closely with Trade Marketing, School and Library Marketing, Digital Marketing and Publicity staff on submitted projects, including routing passes and maintaining consistency across all channels

·      Work closely with Book Design staff to gather most up to date assets and with Production staff to ensure all projects are on spec. On occasion, collaborate with authors and illustrators for campaign designs

·      Create and refers to style guides for campaigns, translating intent into a brand identity system and ensuring that colleagues have the guidelines necessary to work on other efforts along a given campaign

·      Ability to create an elegant, designed “feel” in programs such as PPT and Word that were not originally written primarily as design vehicles

·      Delegate design work to out-of-house freelance designers as needed

·      Stays on top of digital and design best practices to continually enhance your own design skills and expertise.

Basic Qualifications:

·      Bachelors degree in graphic design

·      3 – 5 years marketing design experience

·      Experience in children’s trade marketing a plus

·      Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud (including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat) and Microsoft Office programs

·      Knowledge of Flash or Adobe Animate a plus

·      Experience with 4 color printing/pre-press file preparation

·      Self-motivated, able to prioritize, and can work independently as well as in a team

·      Ability to multi-task and thrive in a fast-paced environment

·      Candidate should be proactive and exceptionally organized, able to meet deadlines

·      Strong attention to detail and excellent communication skills

·      Interest in marketing and children’s publishing specifically (preferred)

·      Portfolio required when interviewing

 


 

Sales Assistant

SUMMARY: Provide administrative support to Director, Museum Sales and Distribution, and Trade Sales Manager

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support sales to independent and museum stores nationwide

  • Support domestic and Canadian commission reps (40 in total)

  • Help manage sales, marketing, and publicity of distribution clients’ lists; input title information into database; prepare and maintain seasonal grids

  • Coordinate preparation and organization of sales materials for sales reps, including management of freelancers

  • Create seasonal order forms

  • Coordinate biannual sales conferences

  • Process coop claims

  • Process school orders, gratis orders for distribution clients, etc

  • Track event orders

  • Assist Vice President, Sales, and Director, Trade Sales, as needed

  • Provide reception break coverage as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience. Previous publishing or bookstore experience a plus

  • Excellent English oral and written skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; good Excel skills required

  • Must be organized, detail oriented with ability to handle multiple projects

  • Excellent prioritizing skills and judgment

  • Strong interest in working in a fast-paced sales environment

 


 

Senior Production Manger

Abrams is in search a Senior Production Manger to handle all aspects of book production for the Abrams Books for Young Readers, Appleseed, Amulet and ComicArts imprints, as well as Abrams Plus. Projects include: 1-color novels; 4-color picture books; graphic novels; and novelty formats, including pop-up books, touch and feels, flap books, and calendars. Candidate must be energetic, have strong attention for detail, and be a proactive problem solver, who is able to multi-task across a variety of assignments.

Responsibilities:

  • Handle all elements of production from files to finished product with the goal of delivering projects on time and on budget. Tasks include, but are not limited to:

    • Project planning for approximately 20-25 titles per list (2 lists per year)

    • Estimating

    • Trafficking of materials

    • Color correction

    • Ensuring quality of product and schedule integrity in support of Abrams

    • Creating and maintaining purchase orders

    • Data entry in TMM

    • Managing compliance paperwork – safety testing, vendor approvals, NDA’s, licensor agreements, etc., as needed

    • Help in assisting with ongoing improvements to communication, workflow, and overall process

    • Manage co-editions, drop shipments and custom publishing as needed

    • Support manager as needed

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have 8 – 12 years of experience in publishing production, with strong understanding of children’s novelty formats. Specific experience with managing the production of licensed product a plus.

  • Experience with inventory and operations to ensure timely delivery of product

  • Extensive experience working with both domestic and foreign suppliers

  • Knowledge of safety testing requirements for children’s product

  • Experience with color correction

  • Must be organized, detail oriented, have a flexible mind set and be able to multi-task

  • Computer literate, with strong knowledge of Excel and Word

  • Familiarity with Firebrand/Quality Solutions Systems and InSite a plus

  • Excellent written and verbal skills

Full-time position

 


 

Trade Sales Manager

Summary: Oversee independent bookstore and wholesaler business through management of commission sales rep groups, including management of Canadian sales force. You will oversee the NYC Sales Representative and Sales Assistant.

Responsibilities:

United States

-Act as internal voice and representative for independent bookstores

-Supervise the efforts of 4 commission groups, 25 reps in total

-Organize and coordinate commission rep conference twice yearly

-Participate in business meetings with key independent customers and members of the ABA

-Create and prepare sales analysis to maximize sales in the independent channel

-Direct cooperative advertising plans with wholesale and retail accounts

-Oversee, coordinate and participate in regional trade shows

-Attend Winter Institute, Children’s Institute and BEA

Canada

-Oversee Canadian business through all sales channels, including national retailers, mass market, independents, and museums

-Supervise the efforts of the Canadian sales force, 20 reps total

-Serve as a liaison between Canadian sales group and Abrams

-Monitor sales, inventory, and pricing

-Manage Canadian co-op marketing pool

-Approve all incremental co-op

-New title presentation to Canadian Sales Conference twice yearly

Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s degree

-5 years sales experience within the publishing industry on the sales side

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

-Very organized with ability to respond to large number of emails and requests daily

-Excel experience – both data entry and spreadsheet formulation

-Travel required to 4 – 5 events per year