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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, 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

Associate Art Director

Editor, Entertainment and Licensed Publishing, Children’s Books

Senior Editor / Executive Editor, Entertainment and Licensed Publishing, Children’s Books

Associate Managing Editor/Production Editor

Editor, Magic Cat


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

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

Editor, Entertainment and Licensed Publishing, Children’s Books [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

Join an innovative, dynamic, and growing children’s team at one of the foremost trade publishers. Work closely with Executive Editor and Editorial Director to shape a dynamic licensed publishing list. Responsibilities will include developing creative original content, formats, and stories that enhance and build upon some of the biggest brands and entertainment for children and teens, across all ABRAMS children’s imprints.

Responsibilities

  • Edit approximately 20 licensing projects per year across categories including fiction and series (chapter books, middle-grade, YA), graphic novels, and in-depth, highly-illustrated non-fiction
  • Develop select brands/projects in conjunction with Entertainment and Licensed Publishing Executive Editor and Editorial Director
  • Assist in managing the editorial relationship with key licensing partners such as Lucasfilm, Marvel, Disney, Hasbro, and Netflix; liaise with Adult and Calendar divisions as needed
  • Develop, nurture, and maintain new and existing relationships with authors, artists, agents, and industry professionals
  • Collaborate with Sales and Marketing on positioning and plans for titles and programs, as well as communication of plans and strategy to licensors/authors/illustrators/agents; be a strong advocate for titles and programs in terms of cross-promotional opportunities and support from licensors
  • Attend key trade shows and consumers conferences and cons as needed

Qualifications

  • A passion for pop culture and children’s entertainment a must; ability to edit across age-groups and categories, both fiction and non-fiction
  • Should possess strong knowledge of the children’s book market and an ability to identify opportunities with an eye toward forthcoming trends
  • Minimum of 5 years editorial experience in children’s book and/ or entertainment publishing. Graphic novel experience a must.
  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively, respectfully, and enthusiastically in an environment where creativity, innovative thinking, and an excellent work ethic are highly valued
  • Knowledge of the manufacturing and production process for novelty a plus
  • Licensory, agent, packager, and writer contacts a plus
  • Experience in content development a plus
  • Ideal candidate is an ambitious, adaptable self-starter

Senior Editor / Executive Editor, Entertainment and Licensed Publishing, Children’s Books [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

Join an innovative, dynamic, and growing children’s team at one of the foremost trade publishers. Develop and manage a growing licensed publishing program. Responsibilities will include developing creative original content, formats, and stories that enhance and expand upon some of the biggest brands and entertainment for children and teens, across all ABRAMS children’s imprints and categories. Seek out exciting new opportunities, licenses, and partnerships.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee a licensed publishing program of approximately 30-35 titles per year
  • Develop select brands/projects as well as manage and advise editors working on licensing projects across imprints
  • Manage editorial relationships with key licensing partners such as Lucasfilm, Marvel, Disney, Hasbro, and Netflix; liaise with Adult and Calendar divisions as needed
  • Develop, nurture, and maintain new and existing relationships with authors, artists, agents, and industry professionals
  • Seek out and acquire exciting new licensing, entertainment, and partnership opportunities
  • Acquire and edit approximately 15 licensing projects per year across categories including fiction and series (chapter books, middle-grade, YA), graphic novels, and in-depth, highly-illustrated non-fiction
  • Collaborate with Sales and Marketing on positioning and plans for titles and programs, as well as communication of plans and strategy to licensors/authors/illustrators/agents; be a strong advocate for titles and programs in terms of cross-promotional opportunities and support from licensors
  • Supervise and mentor licensing editor and co-supervise editorial assistant
  • Attend key trade and consumer conferences and cons as needed

Qualifications

  • A passion for pop culture and children’s entertainment a must; ability to acquire and edit across age-groups and categories, including fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels
  • Strong knowledge of the children’s and teen book and entertainment market, and an ability to identify strategic opportunities and spot future trends
  • Minimum of 12-15 years editorial experience in children’s book and/or entertainment publishing
  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively, respectfully, enthusiastically in an environment where creativity, innovative thinking, and an excellent work ethic are highly valued
  • Demonstrated ability to envision an end product and bring that vision to fruition; experience in creating products from the ground up
  • Knowledge of the manufacturing and production process for novelty
  • Excellent licensing, agent, packager, and creator/writer contacts

Associate Managing Editor/Production Editor [ Apply ]

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

  • 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 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

Editor, Magic Cat [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

Join an innovative children’s non-fiction and gift team at Magic Cat: an imprint of Abrams Children’s Books. Work closely with the Magic Cat Publishers and Abrams team to help shape a dynamic publishing list. Responsibilities will include helping to develop creative original content and formats, plus copyediting, proofreading and fact-checking, and overseeing the day-to-day coordination of the London-based imprint for the US market.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee complete list, Americanising up to 30 titles per year including original illustrated non-fiction and gift books, ensuring they are appropriate for a North American audience
  • Develop select brands/projects in conjunction with the Publishers, who are based in London
  • Represent the Magic Cat list to the wider Abrams family
  • Develop, nurture, and maintain new and existing relationships with authors, artists, agents, and industry professionals
  • Collaborate with Sales and Marketing on positioning and plans for titles and programs, as well as communication of plans and strategy to authors/illustrators/agents

Qualifications

  • A passion for children’s illustrated non-fiction; ability to edit across age-groups and categories, both narrative non-fiction, preschool and non-fiction
  • Should possess strong knowledge of the children’s book market and an ability to identify opportunities with an eye toward forthcoming trends
  • Minimum of 5 years editorial experience in children’s book publishing. Non-fiction experience a must.
  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively, respectfully, and enthusiastically in an environment where creativity, innovative thinking, and an excellent work ethic are highly valued.
  • Knowledge of the manufacturing and production process for novelty a plus.
  • Agent and writer contacts a plus.
  • Experience in content development a plus.
  • Ideal candidate is an ambitious, meticulous and adaptable self-starter.
  • Position is currently remote but will eventually based in the Abrams NYC office