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:

Senior Editor, Abrams Press and The Overlook Press

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

Corporate Controller

Assistant Marketing Manager, Children’s Books

Editorial Assistant

Associate Art Director

ABRAMS is currently seeking to fill the following Summer 2021 Internship positions:

Design, Adult

Human Resources


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.

Corporate Controller [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

ABRAMS BOOKS has an exciting opportunity for a Corporate Controller to join our dynamic and collaborative corporate finance and accounting team.

Responsibilities

  • Manage the operations of the following: Royalty Dept., Inventory accounting, A/P, Payroll and General Accounting
  • Oversee the monthly financial close process.
  • Evaluate and enhance financial controls.
  • Analyze and interpret balance sheets, income statements, cash flow, and liabilities
  • Liaise directly with domestic and foreign distributors.
  • Protects assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls.
  • Manage interim and year end audit with external auditors and any other audits including royalties and 401K.
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal government requirements.
  • Interact directly with parent company relating to reporting packages and intercompany reconciliations
  • In partnership with Finance, manage banking relationship and day to day banking responsibilities
  • Liaise with outside tax accounts for accounting purposes and tax filings
  • Manage Abrams financial systems including G/L, AP and Royalty/Rights
  • Responsible for the semi-annual input and reconciliation to French GAAP for French parent’s BFC Viareport
  • Perform other related duties to as needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and 12 years or more related experience
  • CPA strongly preferred with five years of experience as a Controller or Assistant Controller.
  • Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements, and projections
  • Royalty experience desired but not required
  • Publishing experience a plus but not required
  • Advanced MS Excel skills are essential for this role: must be able to easily manipulate large amounts of data using advanced Excel functions.
  • Must be comfortable working in a semi-manual environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and collaborate at all levels and across all organizational functions.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to juggle several tasks simultaneously, prioritize workload efficiently and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of accounting standards and industry regulations

Assistant Marketing Manager, Children’s Books [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

ABRAMS is looking for an energetic, creative, detail-oriented, strategic thinker to join the Children’s Marketing team, focusing on promoting our licensed and proprietary brands (board books through 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. The Assistant Marketing Manager, Children’s Books will also manage campaigns for and maintain relationships with key licensors including Nickelodeon, Hasbro, the CW, and Disney. 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 brands in the world!

This role will manage a wide range of tasks related to industry promotions, consumer advertising, social media, and account specific marketing efforts; candidates should thrive in a fast-paced, results-driven environment, enjoy working as part of a collaborative team, and embrace both the creative 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 licensed and proprietary brand titles; with guidance from the Senior Marketing Manager, Children’s Books, establish overall brand strategies and goals, identify key audiences, craft consistent campaign messaging, and collaborate with marketing and publicity teammates to integrate multi-tiered promotions
  • Research and evaluate cutting-edge opportunities for partnerships and out-of-the-box consumer facing marketing to effectively expand brand awareness
  • Brainstorm components and write creative on-brand copy for promotional materials that are both kid-friendly and effective tools at retail; Work with outside production vendors to negotiate pricing and produce materials; Manage projects through PO creation, design, approval, printing, and distribution
  • Write competitive and effective copy for advertising campaigns; Manage ads through design, approval, release, and post-mortem campaign analytics; Working closely with the Senior Marketing Manager, Children’s Books, grow existing relationships with ad reps, brainstorm new opportunities and venues, maintain department advertising and analytic grid and assist with seasonal bulk buys
  • Work closely with the Senior Manager, Digital & Social Media Marketing on assigned social media projects including writing copy for digital promotions, graphics, and ads; Set up and optimize select ad campaigns, including A/B testing and identifying targeting; Spearhead campaign tracking and analytics; Coordinate paid vs. organic strategy for Jeff Kinney titles with Wimpy Kid, Inc.
  • Collaborate with Sales on the creation of and approval for account specific materials and promotions
  • Maintain budget for assigned titles and promotions including generating seasonal estimate forecast, updating tracking grids, coding invoices/AMEX statements, and reforecasting as needed
  • Manage approvals of assets with key licensors and Wimpy Kid, Inc. adhering to style guides and brand decks where appropriate; Work closely with Diary of a Wimpy Kid foreign publishing partner houses on managing requests for assets and invoicing for shared projects
  • Collaborate with key in-house departments including Sales and Editorial to communicate campaign updates; Partner with authors, illustrators, and licensors directly on cross-promotions and efforts to further maximize campaign reach
  • Represent ABRAMS at in-house and out-of-house meetings and trade/consumer conventions
  • 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 children’s books preferred
  • Familiarity with the publishing industry and current retail landscape
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Natural multi-tasker who is comfortable shifting course as needed mid-project; proven ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Detail-oriented project manager, with superior organizational skills, who is able to take direction well from multiple contacts, and receive and incorporate feedback successfully to streamline execution
  • Open-minded, innovative, self-starter who can work well independently yet flourishes in a collaborative and creative environment
  • Easily builds and maintains relationships with different management levels and personalities
  • Knowledge of Social Media platforms, including associated advertising and corresponding analytic tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok)
  • Experience working with brand decks and style guides; Knowledge of Basecamp and licensor approval portals a plus
  • Prior experience working with ad reps and production vendors to produce promotional materials and displays 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

Human Resources Intern [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

Abrams Books HR department seeks an intern to join our team.

Responsibilities

  • Recruiting (post/update job ads to various job boards, screen resumes, schedule interviews)
  • Onboarding (prepare new hire paperwork, liaise with IT department to ensure new hires are set to go on their first day, schedule onboarding calls)
  • HR Data Management (enter new hires into HRIS, update employee data when necessary)
  • Benefits Management (provide answers to basic benefits inquiries, enroll new hires in selected benefit plans
  • Intern will also provide general administrative support to HR team

Qualifications

  • Interest in Human Resources
  • Enrolled in degree programs focused on Human Resources Management
  • Strong communicator both written and verbally
  • Solid organizational skills
  • Ability to handle highly sensitive and confidential information with care
  • Problem solver with an ability to navigate ambiguous environments
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Editorial Assistant [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

Provide administrative assistance and editorial support to the Publisher, Adult Trade; Editor-in-Chief, Adult Trade; and Executive Editor, Adult Trade. Must have an interest in pop culture, fashion, food & drink, self-development, and lifestyle-focused illustrated non-fiction books.

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.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 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.
  • Strong communication and writing skills. Pleasant telephone manner is essential.
  • Must be highly organized and able to juggle multiple priorities efficiently
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ability to create and maintain simple databases. Knowledge of Adobe and InDesign a plus

Associate Art Director [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

ABRAMS is looking for a highly creative, innovative and collaborative Associate Art Director to join the Children’s Books team, dedicated to the design of young adult, middle-grade, and chapter books under the Amulet Books imprint, and overseeing the imprint as a whole. This is a great opportunity for someone with exceptional creative vision and technical skills to have a hand in shaping the covers of our award-winning Amulet list.

The Associate Art Director, Amulet Books will manage all aspects of design, including covers and interiors, from concepting and mood-boards to final proof approvals. Candidates should thrive in a fast-paced, results-driven environment, enjoy working as part of a collaborative team, be inspired by growing established series, concepting new series, and be passionate about book design. This position reports to the Art Director, Children’s Books and manages the Senior Designer.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee, manage and art direct Amulet imprint with a focus on YA
  • Design covers, interiors and components of approximately 20-25 new titles per year.
  • Assist Art Director in overseeing department
  • Manage, art direct and mentor senior designer
  • Define and retain look and feel of Amulet Books
  • Create mood-boards for new projects providing a wide range of illustration talent to fulfill the needs of each project
  • Scout, hire and art direct freelance designers and illustrators.
  • Layout of interiors pages into design mechanicals and sample pages
  • Make corrections to routing mechanicals and release to production
  • Have a strong list of illustrator contacts
  • Work closely with editors, authors, designers and team to define the look and feel of each cover, series design, and interior

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 10 years of design experience in children’s book publishing with a proven track record in the young adult and middle-grade field
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and time management skills
  • Experience in series branding design
  • Experience working with high-profile authors
  • Creativity, originality, willingness to experiment, learn, grow and share knowledge with the design and editorial teams
  • Understanding of the commercial market and design trends of middle-grade series and commercial YA book covers
  • Ability to manage multiple freelance designers and work with outside packagers
  • Expert in Adobe Design Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) on a Mac platform
  • Motivated to learn, grow, research, solve problems, and work closely with team members