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 complete the employment application by clicking the following link, https://www.abramsbooks.com/apply

ABRAMS is currently seeking to fill the following positions:

Marketing Director

Associate Production Manager

Associate Managing Editor

Junior Designer

Associate Editor, Adult (Food & Drink)

Marketing Associate

Senior Designer, ABRAMS Kids

Digital Publishi​ng Associate

Associate Managing Editor, Children’s

Internships:

Children’s Editorial Intern

Managing Editorial Intern

Adult Marketing & Publicity Intern


Marketing Director

SUMMARY: ABRAMS is seeking a Marketing Director to manage and build the Adult Marketing team. This role oversees the staff responsible for trade/consumer outreach, digital/social media promotion, and marketing design, as well as the execution of title-specific marketing campaigns for high level, select titles. This position will work closely with the Sr VP of Marketing & Publicity to set vision and strategy in alignment with business goals. The ABRAMS Adult list publishes critically acclaimed and bestselling works in the areas of art, photography, cooking, craft, comics, interior and garden design, entertainment, fashion, and popular culture as well as narrative nonfiction and new works of fiction for adults.

Responsibilities

  • Provide guidance and direction to a 5-person marketing team to help staff develop and execute integrated and strategic marketing campaigns
  • Conceive, develop and execute marketing campaigns for select titles per season
  • Partner closely with the Executive Director of Publicity to ensure campaigns include cohesive marketing and publicity support
  • Participate in author/agent meetings as ABRAMS marketing representative
  • Communicate detailed campaign updates to editors, publishers, sales teams, agents, and authors. Present campaigns formally in key meetings.
  • Participate in the planning, preparation, and presentation at sales conference meetings
  • Oversee the marketing budget including working with staff to manage costs and regular re-forecasting of budgets at the title and imprint level
  • Work closely with the ABRAMS sales team to provide support in the form of materials, ideas, communication about developments with our books, etc…
  • Attend and participate in key conferences and shows such as Winter Institute and Comic-Cons

Requirements

  • A minimum of 6-8 years of hands-on book marketing experience- with increasing levels of responsibility for title marketing and people management
  • Experience in developing successful marketing campaigns across categories with expertise in text for both fiction and non-fiction titles
  • Excellent leadership skills, project management, communication, budget management, organizational, prioritization and presentation skills a must
  • Desire to work and interact cross-functionally within the company and thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
  • Superior problem-solving skills and a positive, can-do attitude to work well with different types of personalities
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, high level of professionalism, attention to detail, and organization
  • Extensive knowledge of book marketing including current trends
  • Extensive knowledge of social media and metadata best practices and how they apply to books as a marketing and sales tool
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • MS Office Suite required, Adobe Creative Suite is a bonus
  • Passion for books and the book publishing business

Associate Production Manager

SUMMARY: The Associate Production Manager will handle all aspects of production for Abrams’ imprints.

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
  • Trafficking of materials
  • Creating and maintaining purchase orders
  • Data entry in TMM
  • Estimating
  • Quality control – color correction of proofs
  • 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
  • Support manager as needed

Key Skills/Experience:

  • 1-3 years working in book publishing
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Flexible mind set/able to multitask
  • Must be energetic, organized, and a proactive problem solver
  • Computer literate – Word and Excel
  • Familiarity with Firebrand/Quality Solutions Systems plus

Associate Editor, Adult (Food & Drink)

SUMMARY: The Associate Editor’s responsibilities will include working with the author (or writer) to ensure that manuscripts meet the accepted editorial standards in terms of content, scope, development of the subject, organization, and accuracy.

The position will require formal presentations at key meetings, such as at Pub Board and Season Launch. The Associate Editor will interface with the Sales and Marketing departments and provide information as needed; developing and managing relationships with key authors and literary agents.

Responsibilities:

  • analyzing market trends
  • pursuing new authors and book projects
  • evaluating book proposals submitted by literary agents
  • presenting and costing new projects
  • negotiating deal points for new projects
  • editing manuscripts
  • serving as internal champion for projects acquired by the Adult Editorial team

Marketing Associate

SUMMARY: The Marketing Associate 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.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute creative title-specific and category marketing campaigns using traditional and new methods
  • 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
  • Assist with ABRAMS’ presence at select trade and consumer shows and author events
  • Conduct and analyze market research and write metadata-driven marketing copy
  • Maintain title budgets

Skills/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2-4 years of marketing experience, specifically in book publishing
  • Experience in developing creative, impactful campaigns.
  • Knowledge of social media, email and marketing analytics; metadata and consumer facing copy
  • Highly motivated and innovative multitasker with the ability to thrive in a fast paced, deadline driven environment
  • 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, Photoshop, and InDesign are a plus

Junior Designer

SUMMARY: The Junior Designer will 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 original book and cover designs. The Junior Designer will support the Adult Design Dept. with a focus on Abrams Noterie and Image imprints.

Responsibilities

  • Design books and gift/stationery products based on templates provided by art directors
  • Originate cover and interior book designs
  • Input text and image corrections on existing designs
  • Preflight fles for print
  • Packaging fles for release
  • Convert sample pages/images/spreads for iblad, ppt, catalog, trade shows, etc.
  • Create and print thumbnails, contact sheets and routing passes.
  • Assist in trafcking projects to and from editorial and production
  • vAssist art director with preparation for cover meetings
  • Assist with various administrative duties

Qualifications

  • 2+ years of experience in print design
  • BFA preferred
  • Well versed in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Illustration and/or handlettering skills a plus
  • Ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines
  • A proactive person with strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Portfolio required

Associate Managing Editor

SUMMARY: The Associate Managing Editor will work as part of the managing editorial team to produce an annual list of high-quality illustrated books, including art books, cookbooks, design, photography, craft, and narrative non-fiction books.

Responsibilities

    • Work closely with editorial, design, and manufacturing production departments to guide books through the preproduction process
    • Copyediting and proofreading
    • Hire, manage, and evaluate freelance copy editors, proofreaders, and indexers
    • Create and track schedules
    • Use title management system to track book data (specifications, etc.) and schedules
    • Contribute to production meetings
    • Track book-related materials for sales and marketing uses

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3 to 4 years’ experience as a managing editor or production editor in the book industry
  • Excellent copyediting and proofreading skills (on hard copy and electronically, using Track Changes in MS Word ad Adobe Acrobat); solid knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style
  • Experience hiring and managing freelance copy editors and proofreaders
  • Proven ability to create and manage schedules
  • Ability to work collaboratively and diplomatically across departments
  • Experience working on illustrated books a plus
  • Familiarity with Firebrand/Quality Solutions Title Management software a plus

Senior Designer, ABRAMS Kids

SUMMARY: Design and manage Abrams Children’s branded fiction, franchise, and middle-grade books across all imprints, age-ranges and formats. This position will also support the associate art director of Amulet books in the direction and design of middle-grade branded series and paperback books

Responsibilities

  • Design and manage branded fiction, and licensed books across all imprints, age-ranges and formats
  • Concept and develop approximately 15-20 new titles per year.
  • Support associate art director with design and direction Amulet titles
  • Create mood-boards for new projects providing a wide range of illustration talent to fulfill the needs of each project
  • Have a strong list of illustrator contacts
  • Scout, hire and art direct freelance designers.
  • Work closely with editors to define the look and feel of each cover and series

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of design experience in book publishing, with knowledge of working with licensors and branded franchises
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Experience and knowledge of series branding
  • Familiarity and interest in popular licensed properties
  • Understanding of the commercial market and design trends of licensed books, branded series and commercial book covers
  • Ability to manage multiple freelance designers and work with outside packagers
  • Proficiency with current Adobe Design Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Motivated to learn, grow, research, solve problems, and work closely with team members
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with editors and other departments
  • Desire to work closely within a team of other designers, editors, and production managers

Digital Publishi​ng Associate

SUMMARY: The Digital Publishing Associate will manage the development of digital products, collaborate with all departments to facilitate digital product workflow and promotion, and provide administrative support to the department.

Responsibilities

  • Edit annual list of frontlist and select backlist ebook titles and traffic files from production through QA
  • Coordinate ebook, including Netgalley files, and audiobook distribution to sales outlets
  • Update ebooks to align with paperback conversions, including reprint corrections, covers, and pricing
  • Create ebook solutions for titles with unconventional design
  • Gather and validate metadata throughout digital product title development
  • Assist in vendor management to ensure timely and accurate product delivery
  • Communicate digital product merchandising and promotion opportunities with marketing, publicity, and social media teams
  • Assist in digital product sales tracking and analysis
  • As needed, assist in proofing and QA of audiobooksv
  • Act as contact for queries about digital products from internal staff and vendors

Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of e-reading devices and digital product software
  • Excellent proofreading, copyediting, communication, organization, and project management skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite, Adobe, reflowable and fixed-layout ePub, FTP programs, and PubTracker software
  • Familiarity with Firebrand’s Title Management system and ProTools is a plus
  • Two to three years of experience in the book publishing industry
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic problem-solver, able to work under deadline with minimal supervision
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Associate Managing Editor, Children’s

SUMMARY: Work as part of the managing editorial team to produce an annual list of high-quality illustrated picture books, chapter books, and young adult novels.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with editorial, design, and manufacturing production departments to guide books through the preproduction process
  • Copyediting and proofreading
  • Hire, manage, and evaluate freelance copy editors, proofreaders, and indexers
  • Create and track schedules
  • Use title management system to track book data (specifications, etc.) and schedules
  • Contribute to production meetings
  • Track book-related materials for sales and marketing uses

Qualifications

  • 3 to 4 years’ experience as a managing editor or production editor in the book industry
  • Excellent copyediting and proofreading skills (on hard copy and electronically, using Track Changes in MS Word and Adobe Acrobat; solid knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style
  • Experience hiring and managing freelance copy editors and proofreaders
  • Proven ability to create and manage schedules
  • Ability to work collaboratively and diplomatically across departments
  • Experience working on illustrated books a plus
  • Familiarity with Firebrand/Quality Solutions Title Management software a plus

Children’s Editorial Intern

SUMMARY: Interns working with the Children’s Editorial department at Abrams Books will receive a full apprenticeship alongside the editorial team.

Responsibilities

  • Reviewing submissions and writing readers reports
  • Drafting rejection letters
  • Assisting with creating PowerPoint slide for seasonal list launch
  • Managing the slush pile
  • Sorting and sending author mailing
  • Shipping on behalf of the editorial team
  • Competitive title and market research
  • Preparing materials for meetings (printing, copying, etc.)
  • Taking minutes at our weekly Editorial Meeting
  • Additional administrative support, as needed (copying, printing, filing, shelving books, etc.)
  • Additional editorial support, as needed (second reads, proofreading, etc.)

Managing Editorial Intern (14-21 hours/week)

Responsibilities

  • data entry in our Title Management software
  • checking corrections
  • coding manuscripts
  • requesting and reviewing cover copy
  • creating copyright pages
  • assisting with Managing Editorial reference packets
  • overall assistance to the department

Preferred Skills: A demonstrated interest in book publishing and the managing editorial process. Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Adult Marketing & Publicity Intern (4 days/week, 28 hours total)

ABRAMS seeks an organized intern to join a busy Adult Marketing and Publicity department. This assignment provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the publishing industry and to get hands-on experience working in a fast-paced environment.

The intern will work closely with both teams 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, 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.

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.