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:

Sales Assistant – Trade & Distribution

Senior Editor, Abrams Press and The Overlook Press

Subsidiary Rights Assistant

Publicist

Marketing Coordinator

Marketing & Publicity Assistant

Special Sales Assistant


Sales Assistant – Trade & Distribution [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

Provide support for the Director of Distribution and Trade Sales Director. Day-to-day duties include providing support to 40 US & Canadian Commission reps. Meeting strict deadlines for providing required information to distribution clients and reps, and answering customer service requests. Place all Abrams author orders and provide excellent customer service and timely responses to all Abrams author inquiries.

Responsibilities

  • Support the management of all aspects of growing distribution client list, including inputting title information, collecting and coordinating selling materials, prepare and maintain seasonal grids, etc.
  • Support US & Canadian commission reps (40 total) with daily inquiries.
  • Manage & Place all Abrams author event orders.
  • Provide excellent customer service to all distribution clients and commission reps.
  • Assist in both internal and commission rep conference planning twice yearly.
  • Coordinate mailings, including catalogs, samples and brochures.
  • Provide departmental support when appropriate.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience. Previous publishing or bookstore 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 ability to handle multiple projects
  • Excellent prioritizing skills and judgment
  • Strong interest in working in a fast-paced sales environment.
  • Excellent customer service skills

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.

Responsibilities

  • Acquire adult fiction for Overlook in both literary and commercial genres, and optimally at the nexus of the two. Debuts, series, genre fiction, and new works from 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, politics, 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 page counts 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.

Subsidiary Rights Assistant [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

Provide sales and administrative support to the Subsidiary Rights department.

Responsibilities

  • Manage all foreign licensed marketing requests for Wimpy Kid, Inc.
  • Maintain log of sub-rights contracts to follow through to their execution via e-sign
  • Locate, distribute, and keep track of all sub-rights’ sales material
  • Transmit files electronically; draft and send all adult foreign submissions
  • Work with manager on all foreign co-edition opportunities (pricing, P&L’s, etc.)
  • Run monthly deals’ reports, execute non-rights licenses, mail out tax forms
  • Enter submissions and deals into That’s Rights database; manage team calendar
  • Follow up on review material sent to foreign and domestic clients
  • Log in and distribute licensed international editions to ABRAMS editors
  • Help with book fair preparations, including book orders, rights guide, etc.
  • Sift through and answer main ABRAMS website rights’ email requests
  • Research rights’ status and rights’ sales opportunities for ABRAMS backlist

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred; Associate degree accepted.
  • One year of previous publishing work experience strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge and interest in the international publishing field a plus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Word, Power Point and Excel
  • Must be organized, detail oriented with ability to work independently
  • Excellent time management skills, must be comfortable with databases

Publicist [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

ABRAMS seeks a dynamic publicist to executive innovative title campaigns in the areas of literary fiction and narrative non-fiction. This role will be responsible for all aspects of title campaigns including writing press materials, pitching media, planning author tours and events, and communicating regularly with authors and media to secure on and off-the-book-page coverage as well as online media. Other duties will include strengthening and developing media contacts, maintaining author relationships, and working closely with in-house departments including editorial, marketing, sales, production, and sub-rights.

Responsibilities

  • Execute national publicity campaigns for Abrams Press and Overlook imprints
  • Plan creative author tours, stand-alone events, and media appearances within a specific budget
  • Secure long and short lead media including websites, podcasts, blogs, and national TV
  • Write press materials, pull media mailing lists, pitch and secure local media to promote events
  • Cultivate ongoing working relationships with key media outlets (print, television, radio, and online)
  • Collaborate with marketing department to promote traditional media bookings/author events on social media platforms
  • Actively participate in internal publicity, strategy, marketing meetings, sales conferences, and author proposal meetings

Qualifications

  • Four-year college degree preferred
  • Minimum three years of book publicity experience
  • Ability to demonstrate a creative approach to publicity
  • Creative, innovative self-starter who can work independently as well as part of a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail
  • Proven ability to manage multiple titles at a time, and develop campaigns in advance of publication dates
  • Strong knowledge of national and regional media (electronic and print)
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Cision, and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

Marketing Coordinator [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:
ABRAMS is looking for an energetic, detail-oriented, creative and strategic thinker to join the Marketing team, focusing on promoting the #1 international bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid brand. This is an exciting opportunity to have a hand in shaping the promotional outreach driving one of the biggest and most well-loved children’s brands in the world! The Marketing Coordinator will manage a wide range of creative tasks related to advertising, social media, and account specific marketing efforts in addition to performing various administrative duties and supporting the other members of the Wimpy Kid Marketing Team in strategic campaign execution. The Marketing Coordinator will work closely with Wimpy Kid, Inc. and with foreign publishing partners. This position reports to the Senior Director, Marketing, Children’s Books.

Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the creative brainstorming and execution of innovative marketing campaigns for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid books, including trade and consumer advertising, digital asset creation and social media advertising, merchandising and promotional materials, promotions at consumer and industry conventions, partnerships and cross-promotions, and much more!
  • Research and evaluate cutting-edge opportunities appropriate for brand promotions and consumer facing marketing
  • Brainstorm components and write creative on-brand copy for promotional materials that are both kid-friendly and effective tools at retail; Source production vendors and maintain existing relationships; Manage projects through design, approval, printing, and distribution
  • Write creative and effective copy for print and digital advertising campaigns; maintain existing relationships with ad reps and brainstorm new opportunities and venues; Manage ads through design, approval, release, and post-mortem campaign analytics
  • Set up and optimize ad campaigns across all social platforms, including A/B testing; Spearhead campaign tracking and analytics; Coordinate paid vs. organic strategy with Marketing Manager and Wimpy Kid, Inc.
  • Work closely with Sales and Wimpy Kid Inc. on the creation of and approval for account specific materials; Track status of projects to completion
  • Work closely with representatives at foreign publishing partner houses on managing requests for and distributing assets, and invoicing for shared projects
  • Collaborate with key in-house departments including: School & Library Marketing, Digital & Social Media Marketing, Sales, Publicity, and Editorial
  • Represent ABRAMS at in-house and out-of-house meetings and trade/consumer conventions
  • Administrative tasks to include: creating presentations for key internal and external meetings; maintaining budget documents; taking notes and managing follow up at weekly meetings; updating marketing plans; organizing and facilitating seasonal mailings; off-site meeting logistics including travel bookings
  • Support the Senior Director, Marketing, Children’s Books and the Marketing Manager, Children’s Books as needed on related projects

Requirements
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment; Creative, innovative self-starter who can work well independently as well as part of a team; Natural multi-tasker who is comfortable shifting course and pivoting as needed mid-project; Open-minded partner who flourishes in a collaborative and creative environment; Exhibits the ability to jump from the creative side of marketing to the analytical side; Easily builds and maintain relationships effectively with different management levels and personalities; Ability and desire to travel 2-3 times per year
Experience Required

  • Four-year college degree preferred
  • 1-2 years marketing experience in publishing or brand marketing
  • Previous experience in children’s books or products preferred

Knowledge/Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Superior organizational skills and strong attention to detail
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, with strong knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint in particular
  • Knowledge of Social Media platforms, including associated advertising and corresponding analytic tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube)
  • Knowledge of and prior experience working with ad reps and production vendors to produce promotional materials and displays is a plus
  • Familiarity with the publishing industry and current retail landscape is a plus

Marketing & Publicity Assistant [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

This position will support the Adult Marketing and Publicity department by performing various administrative duties that enhance the overall performance of the team.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate biannual sales conferences, including developing PowerPoint presentations and printed assets
  • Organize bimonthly sales and marketing meetings
  • Code, submit and monitor invoices and maintain budget for department
  • Circulate promotional materials and seasonal catalog mailings
  • Assist marketing managers with title campaigns, author events, and marketing collateral creation
  • Assist publicists with mailings, event forms, handling general publicity enquiries, award & industry submissions, organization of materials & books, and manage media contacts database
  • Generate internal weekly publicity round-ups and distribute press clippings
  • General assistance to the Executive Director of Publicity and Senior Marketing Director
  • Support and attend, as needed, trade and consumer shows
  • Provide back-up assistance to reception as scheduled

Qualifications

  • Internship experience or at least one year of experience working in the marketing field, preferably within the publishing industry
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to work well under pressure to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required; InDesign/Photoshop a plus
  • Fast learner, proactive, efficient troubleshooter

Special Sales Assistant [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

Provide support to Senior Manager, Special Sales, as well as provide secondary support to Special Sales Department, and International Sales Department as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist Senior Manager, Special Sales with administrative support, including general sales support, sales reporting, mailing materials, reviewing and acting on daily sales & backorder reports.
  • Process and track purchase orders, sample orders, and custom print orders.
  • Create product P&L’s with the complete understanding of the cost structure.
  • Assist SVP of International Sales by compiling sales reports and creating PowerPoint Presentations, sales materials, and printouts for meetings.
  • Oversee accurate and timely order processing for Senior Sales Manager’s accounts and independent craft shop sales rep.
  • Work with production and editorial teams to manage seasonal contractual sales to authors. Manage payment and delivery schedule directly with authors.
  • Manage sample order and asset requests from accounts.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience. Previous publishing or book sales experience a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent English oral and written skills.
  • Must be well organized, detail oriented, with ability to handle multiple projects.
  • Excellent prioritizing skills and judgement.
  • Strong interest in working in a fast-paced sales environment.