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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, http://www.abramsbooks.com/apply

ABRAMS is currently seeking to fill the following positions:

Senior Editor, Abrams Press and The Overlook Press

Editorial Director, Cameron Books (Adult) [Petaluma, CA]

Assistant Marketing Manager, Children’s Books

Senior Marketing Manager

HR Coordinator

Senior Publicist, Adult

Sales Assistant

Senior Designer, Abrams Children’s Books

Adult Marketing and Publicity Internship


Senior Editor, Abrams Press and The Overlook Press [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

The Senior Editor will be responsible for acquiring and editing books for the text (non-illustrated) adult imprints at Abrams, working with the editorial directors of Abrams Press and The Overlook Press to identify opportunities and appropriate titles for the program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Acquire adult fiction for Overlook in both literary and commercial fiction, including titles at the nexus of the two. Debuts, high-end genre fiction, and new works by established writers are all in the mix.
  • Acquire narrative non-fiction for Abrams Press on subjects that might include popular culture, sports, science and nature, current events, memoir, and biography.
  • Develop 12 to 15 titles per year to contribute to both imprints.
  • Responsibility for concept, content, and author relationships for a diverse list of books including:
    • Run profit and loss statements, present titles at Editorial Meetings and Pub Board, negotiating deal terms, and managing project budgets in line with approved acquisition terms.
    • Manage new titles through all stages of the editing process; collaborate with managing editorial, design, and production teams on schedules, formats, design, and production of publications.
    • Prepare sales materials including fact sheets, catalogue copy, metadata research, and presenting at seasonal launch meetings. Working closely with publicity and marketing staff on promotional plans for acquired titles.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • At least five to seven years’ experience in an editorial capacity at an adult trade publishing house. Candidates with similar editorial experience in other media will also be considered.
  • Strong acquisitions experience, proven sales record, keen understanding of the marketplace, and innovative development skills in both fiction and non-fiction.
  • Broad general knowledge of and passion for at some or all of the subject areas above, with established relationships with writers and agents and the ability to conceive and bring in viable projects.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Detail oriented, able to work on several projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.

Editorial Director, Cameron Books (Adult), Petaluma, CA [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

Cameron + Company, a division of ABRAMS Books based in Petaluma, California, is seeking an
Editorial Director to join us in shaping the exciting future of Cameron Books. The editorial
director will be responsible for acquiring and editing books and working with the publisher to
identify opportunities and appropriate titles to help build the program.
Founded in 1964 by aerial photographer Robert Cameron, Cameron + Company is a boutique
publishing house built on a legacy of illustrated books and open to fresh ideas. We’re proud of
our West Coast sensibility and esthetic, our design and production, and our team. With offices
in downtown Petaluma, California, just north of San Francisco, we express our independent
editorial and creative vision across three imprints: Cameron Books, Cameron Kids, and Cameron
Studios (custom/packaging). Cameron was acquired by ABRAMS in 2020, affording us the
opportunity to grow.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop lists and acquire books for Cameron Books. Current categories include food +
    wine, entertainment, art/photography/design, and regional titles.
  • Conceptualize and develop 10 to 15 titles per year.
  • Develop concepts, content, and author relationships.
  • Run profit and loss statements, present titles at editorial meetings and pub board,
    negotiate deal terms, and manage project budgets in line with approved acquisition
    terms.
  • Manage new titles through all stages of the editing process; collaborate with managing
    editorial, design, and production teams on schedules, formats, design, and production
    of publications.
  • Prepare sales materials, including fact sheets, catalogue copy, metadata research, and
    present at seasonal launch meetings. Work closely with publicity and marketing staff on
    promotional plans for acquired titles.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Five to seven years’ experience in an editorial capacity at an adult trade publishing
    house preferred. Candidates with similar editorial experience in other media will also be
    considered.
  • Strong acquisitions experience, proven sales record, keen understanding of the
    marketplace, sensory storytelling and innovative development skills in non-fiction.
  • Established relationships with writers and agents and the ability to conceive and bring in
    viable projects.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Detail oriented, able to work on several projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.

Assistant Marketing Manager, Children’s Books [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

ABRAMS is looking for an enthusiastic, creative, detail-oriented, strategic thinker and book lover to join the Children’s Marketing team as an Assistant Marketing Manager, focusing on promoting a rich commercial list of bestselling titles (Board Books, Picture Books, Middle-Grade and Young Adult), including the #1 international bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and The Questioneers by #1 New York Times bestselling team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts. This is an exciting opportunity to have a hand in shaping the promotional outreach driving some of the biggest and most well-loved children’s books in the world and to craft the strategy that creates new bestsellers!

The Assistant Marketing Manager, Children’s Books will manage overall promotional strategy for assigned titles with a focus on industry and consumer facing campaign development, including advertising, social media, and account specific marketing efforts, and will partner closely with marketing and publicity team members to integrate multi-tiered promotions. The ideal candidate will thrive in a creative, fast-paced environment, be confident working independently, enjoy collaborating as part of a team, and embrace both the innovative and analytic sides of marketing. This position reports to the Senior Marketing Manager, Children’s Books.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Senior Marketing Manager, Children’s Books on large scale campaign efforts for major brands including Diary of a Wimpy Kid; The Questioneers; Avatar, the Last Airbender; Garbage Pail Kids; and Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn
  • Develop and execute innovative, sales-driving marketing campaigns for assigned titles; establish overall brand strategies and goals, identify key audiences, craft campaign messaging, and collaborate with marketing and publicity teammates to integrate multi-tiered promotions
  • Brainstorm cutting-edge opportunities for partnerships and out-of-the-box consumer facing marketing
  • Manage creation of promotional materials from copywriting through design and production
  • Write effective copy for advertising campaigns and present post-mortem campaign analytics; Working closely with the Senior Marketing Manager, Children’s Books, grow existing relationships with ad reps, brainstorm new opportunities and coordinate seasonal bulk buys
  • Work closely with the Senior Manager, Digital & Social Media Marketing on title-specific social media projects including both organic and paid efforts; Coordinate paid vs. organic strategy for Jeff Kinney titles with Wimpy Kid, Inc.
  • Collaborate with Sales on account specific materials and promotions
  • Maintain budget for assigned titles and promotions
  • Manage approvals of assets and maintain relationships with licensors including Nickelodeon, Hasbro, Mattel, Netflix, and Disney
  • Communicate campaign updates to key in-house departments including Sales and Editorial; Partner with authors, illustrators, and licensors directly on cross-promotions and efforts to further maximize campaign reach
  • Manage key departmental tasks, including creating presentations for internal and external meetings; taking notes and managing follow up at select meetings; creating seasonal project calendars

Qualifications

  • 3-4 years marketing experience in publishing or brand marketing; Previous experience in and passion for children’s books and a strong familiarity with the publishing industry and current retail landscape preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Natural, nimble multi-tasker who is comfortable shifting course
  • Proven ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Detail-oriented project manager, with superior organizational skills
  • Open-minded, innovative, self-starter who can work well independently yet flourishes in a collaborative and “blue sky” creative environment
  • Knowledge of Social Media platforms, including associated advertising and corresponding analytic tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok); Knowledge of Google Analytics a plus
  • Experience working with brand decks and style guides a plus
  • Proficiency in Mac OS and MS Office Suite, with strong knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint in particular; Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and Canva a plus
  • Ability and desire to travel 2-3 times per year once it is safe to do so

Senior Marketing Manager [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

ABRAMS seeks a creative, dynamic, and experienced senior marketing manager to oversee the creation and execution of innovative plans that increase exposure and generate sales for ABRAMS’ non-fiction and fiction imprints, as well as select text driven illustrated books.

Strong candidates will be very familiar with a book publishing timeline – from acquisition to on-sale to backlist – and be comfortable synchronizing marketing activities with team members throughout each phase. Demonstrating a positive, can-do attitude and possessing the ability to work well with different types of personalities is a strength. In addition, you will work closely with the Senior Marketing Director on the marketing strategy for the text lists, working in conjunction with authors and editorial, publicity, and sales staff. Being an effective collaborator with a desire to mentor is a plus. You will be part of a fast paced, hardworking, and innovative 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 campaigns for trade, consumer, library, and academic channels using traditional and new marketing methods to achieve maximum ROI as a valuable member of a very hands-on and collaborative team
  • Communicates detailed campaign plans and updates directly to editors, publicists, publishers, sales teams, agents, and authors.
  • Oversee creation of galleys, promotional materials, and advertising, working directly with Senior Marketing Director, internal designer, and outside vendors
  • Manage presence at select conventions and trade shows, present titles and build relationships with booksellers
  • Represent ABRAMS in meetings with prospective authors and contribute feedback on potential acquisitions
    Pursue and secures title specific cross promotional partnerships with third party brands and companies
  • Maintain title budgets

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of book publishing experience, specifically in marketing
  • Experience in developing creative, impactful campaigns using traditional, new, and trending methods.
  • Excellent copywriting, written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly motivated and innovative multitasker with the ability to prioritize and thrive in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Deep knowledge of social media, email and marketing analytics, metadata and consumer facing copy
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Basecamp is essential; experience with Adobe Creative Suite and Canva a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of social media platforms
  • Highly motivated and innovative multitasker with the ability to meet deadlines and thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to work as part of a collaborative team, while also having the autonomy to craft and implement plans for your titles
  • Experience presenting at both internal and external meetings

HR Coordinator [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

ABRAMS has an exciting opportunity for an HR coordinator. In this role, you will be responsible for delivering HR operational/administrative support and will assist the HR team in every aspect of human resources at both strategic and tactical level, with everything from onboarding, benefits, communication of HR best practices, and problem solving. We are looking for someone who can also challenge current processes and look at ways to improve or automate where necessary.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for day-to-day administrative support of the HR dept
  • Provide general recruiting Admin Support
  • Cross Post ads for all open jobs
  • Coordinate all job req paperwork to ensure all appropriate sign off
  • Schedule interviews
  • Primary point of contact for candidate status updates
  • Perform background/reference checks
  • Prepare new hire paperwork
  • Coordinate new hire setup with IT, prepare new hires for their first day
  • Process all new hires and termination paperwork in ADP
  • Prepare payroll updates/benefit changes for each payroll cycle
  • Prepare all invoices for submittal to A/P (Benefits, legal, Agency)
  • Maintain accurate and complete employee files
  • Maintain up to date HR info on the iNet
  • Update org charts and refresh iNet data
  • Process all open enrollment changes
  • First line HR contact for all employee inquiries
  • Process Employment verification inquiries
  • Manage HR Weekly comms email
  • Coordinate and schedule HR focused events/Seminars
  • Provide general benefits admin
  • Manage Leave Calendar
  • Enroll new hires in appropriate plans (med, dental, vision, 401k, BRI, EAP)
  • Ensure integrity and accuracy of data across all benefit platforms and payroll system
  • Prepare and distribute reporting (timekeeping, OT, dept listings, ad-hoc) as needed
  • Off-boarding of hires (notifications to all parties, manage equipment return, schedule exit interviews)
  • LinkedIn Learning Administration

Qualifications

  • 2 – 4 years Direct Human Resources experience or as an administrative assistant in an HR department
  • General understanding of Human Resources principles
  • Basic HRMS knowledge, experience with ADP is a plus
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Detail oriented, able to work on several projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • MS Office Suite

Senior Publicist, Adult [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

ABRAMS seeks a creative, dynamic, and experienced senior publicist to develop and execute innovative title campaigns focusing primarily on graphic novels and comics, as well as entertainment, fiction, and nonfiction titles. Strong candidates will have a deep knowledge of the current media landscape and solid grasp on the necessary components to build impactful campaigns. In addition, candidates will have a familiarity working with brand partners, and experience coordinating book tours, in-person/virtual events, and author events at major conventions. Must be a self-starter and team player with strong communications skills who is comfortable communicating regularly with authors and agents, and working closely with in-house departments including editorial, marketing, and sales teams.

This role reports into the Publicity Manager. A hybrid work environment is permitted.

Responsibilities

  • Manage 10+ titles at a time in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Coordinate all aspects of title campaigns: writing press materials; securing media across all platforms including TV, radio, print, online, and podcasts; planning author tours/events; budgeting; and communicating regularly with authors and agents
  • Cultivate new media contacts and maintain current relationships; initiate and attend in-person/virtual meetings with press to present ABRAMS list
  • Schedule author tours and in-person/virtual events with bookstores, institutions, organizations, etc; staff events when necessary
  • Spearhead author panels and presence at major conventions, such as NY/SD Comic-Con, Stars Wars Celebration, MoCCA, etc, and leading book fairs in top markets; staff events when necessary
  • Communicate detailed campaign plans and updates directly to editors, marketers, publishers, sales teams, agents, and authors
  • Represent ABRAMS in meetings with prospective authors and contribute feedback on potential acquisitions

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of book publicity experience
  • Track record of robust media campaigns and proven ability to demonstrate a creative approach to publicity
  • Extensive experience working with brand partnerships and coordinating large scale events
  • Strong knowledge of national and regional media across all platforms
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Muck Rack, and Basecamp
  • Strong knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)

Sales Assistant [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

An exciting opportunity to join a fast paced and dynamic sales team, with a focus on mass merchandisers, educational accounts and key wholesalers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support Mass Market and Educational Channels.
    • Including but not limited to: Scholastic, Readerlink and Key Wholesalers. Duties include, but not limited to : Seasonal PPT creation, sales call prep support, monthly title submissions via account specific portals, pulling reporting via our systems, data analysis, creating materials based on acct needs.

  • Manage & Coordinate Contract Sales.
  • General Sales Department Support.
    • Including but not limited to : Tracking for national accounts, management of our general sales inbox, coordination of materials for interdepartmental meetings and departmental projects.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience. Previous publishing, bookstore, or customer service experience a plus
  • Excellent English oral and written skills
  • Excellent Excel skills required, and proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must be organized, detail oriented with the ability to handle multiple projects.
  • Excellent prioritizing skills and judgment.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Curious & Resourceful candidates encouraged to apply.

Senior Designer, Abrams Children’s Books [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

Join an innovative, dynamic, and growing children’s team at one of the foremost trade publishers. Work closely with Associate Art Director and Editorial team to help shape the visual direction of our dynamic brand-driven and licensed publishing lists. Responsibilities will include designing and art directing branded and licensed publishing across all ABRAMS children’s imprints and formats (including novelty, chapter books, middle-grade, YA, and graphic novels) that enhance and build upon some of the biggest brands and entertainment for children and teens.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide art direction and support to associate art director on design projects across Amulet, Abrams Books for Young Readers and Appleseed imprints
  • Conceptualize, design and manage branded fiction and licensed books including working with key licensing partners such as Lucasfilm, Marvel, Disney, Hasbro, and Netflix./li>
  • Develop branding and series look for Abrams intellectual property/li>
  • Work closely with editors to define the look and feel of each cover and series/li>
  • Create mood-boards for new projects providing a wide range of illustration/typography talent to fulfill the needs of each project/li>
  • Scout, hire, manage, and provide art direction to freelance designers and illustrators/li>
  • Design covers, interiors, and components for approximately 15-20 new titles per year/li>
  • Design and layout interior pages into design mechanicals to specifications for each book./li>
  • Make corrections to routing mechanicals and release to production/li>

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5-7 years of design experience in book publishing, with knowledge of working with licensors and branded franchises/li>
  • Exceptional communication, precision, organization and time management skills—must be detail-oriented/li>
  • Experience in developing and designing series branding/li>
  • Familiarity and interest in popular licensed properties/li>
  • Experience working with high-profile authors/li>
  • Creativity, originality, willingness to experiment, learn, grow and share knowledge with the design and editorial teams/li>
  • Understanding of the commercial market and design trends of licensed books, branded series and commercial book covers/li>
  • Ability to manage multiple freelance designers and work with outside packagers/li>
  • Proficiency with current Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) on a Mac platform/li>
  • Motivated to learn, grow, research, solve problems, and work closely with team members/li>
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team-setting: work closely with fellow designers, editors and production managers/li>
  • Interest and knowledge of children’s books and illustration/li>

Adult Marketing and Publicity Internship [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

The Marketing & Publicity Intern will work closely with the adult marketing and publicity department on projects spanning trade marketing, and social media marketing, and publicity within the Abrams, Abrams Image, Abrams Press, Cernunnos, Abrams ComicArts, and The Overlook Press imprints. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with an interest in book marketing and publicity.

Responsibilities

  • Place orders with the warehouse to send books to reviewers
  • Maintain title information, media clips, press contacts, and detailed logs of marketing and publicity projects in an internal database system
  • Helping with administrative tasks in preparation for Sales Conference
  • Drafting press releases
  • Submitting titles to annual awards
  • Keeping seasonal spreadsheets up to date
  • Research social media trends to incorporate into digital marketing promotions
  • Create publicity mailing lists to further relationships and managed outreach to relevant parties

Qualifications

  • A junior or senior, graduate student, or recent graduate interested in exploring a career in book publishing, with a particular interest in marketing
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Familiarity with social media platforms required
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time effectively
  • Strong attention to detail