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:

Editorial Assistant, Adult

Associate Managing Editor

Digital Publishing Associate

Junior Designer

Publicist

Marketing & Publicity Administrative Assistant

Marketing Associate

Director, Distribution Client Services

Business Manager, Children’s Division

Trade Marketing Intern, Summer


Editorial Assistant, Adult

SUMMARY: The Editorial Assistant will provide administrative and editorial assistance to the Executive Editor, Abrams Press and Editorial Director, The Overlook Press. The successful candidate must have a serious interest in both non-fiction and fiction publishing.

Responsibilities:

  • Read manuscript submissions
  • Help with research and development of new projects, drafting P&Ls, and creating comp title sheets
  • Coordinate contract requests and advance payments
  • Act as liaison with authors and agents
  • Maintain schedules and database information for active projects, coordinating with other departments
  • Write copy for tip sheets, catalogs, and jackets/covers
  • Take notes at editorial, publication board, and launch meetings
  • Send and file correspondence/packages, handle general editorial tasks as needed by editor
  • Assist in editing 1-2 narrative nonfiction titles on the Abrams Press list per year
  • Write reader reports for fiction submissions and manage the fiction submission log for The Overlook Press

Key Skills/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 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, communication, and writing skills are essential
  • Must be highly organized, energetic and able to juggle multiple priorities efficiently and calmly
  • A curiosity about the world, current events, writers, and non-fiction books on the subjects on the Abrams Press list.
  • Knowledge of and interest in the contemporary literary and commercial fiction markets
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Foreign language fluency is a plus

Publicist

SUMMARY: The Publicist will execute innovative campaigns in the areas of food and wine, pop culture, and lifestyle. They will be responsible for all aspects of the campaigns including writing press materials, pitching media, planning author tours/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 and sales teams.

Responsibilities:

  • Execute national publicity campaigns: book author tours, stand-alone events, and media appearances
  • Secure long and short lead media including websites and bloggers
  • 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 create a cohesive promotional campaign
  • Actively participate in internal publicity, strategy, marketing meetings, sales conferences, and author proposal meetings

Key Skills/Experience:

  • Minimum three years of book publicity experience with a focus on food titles
  • 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
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Cision
  • Knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram)

Marketing & Publicity Administrative Assistant

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 Marketing Director
  • Support and attend, as needed, trade and consumer shows
  • Provide back-up assistance to reception as scheduled

Key Skills/Experience:

  • 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

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

Qualifications

  • 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

Director, Distribution Client Services

SUMMARY: The Director, Distribution Client Services will be responsible for Abrams’ relationship with 10-12 distribution client publishers. The Director will also be responsible for the acquisition and onboarding of new clients that align with Abrams’ larger publishing plan. They will be a hands-on participant in the clients’ strategic planning on the large scale and they will be expected to take a proactive role in driving the clients’ sales across all channels.

Responsibilities:

  • Primary point of contact for all clients on strategic matters, terms discussions, contract negotiations and the general care of the relationship.
  • Actively look for new client publishers, organize pitch meetings, and coordinate efficient and streamlined onboarding
  • Work to increase sales of all distribution clients across all channels by working closely with sales reps to efficiently maximize backlist and frontlist opportunities.
  • Handle regular communication with clients, publishing operations, and sales reps regarding all sales, marketing and inventory of all client titles.
  • Coordinate new title print estimates and laydown tracking
  • Communicate and analyze key title point-of-sale reporting
  • Conduct monthly meetings with clients addressing sales and target updates, market or title opportunities and account feedback.
  • Provide timely distribution of sales rep feedback and seasonal call reports
  • Conduct annual business reviews with attention given to specific categories, trends and sales goals as well as a market overview and ongoing business updates

Key Skills/Experience:

  • Minimum of 6-8 years distribution book sales experience. Editorial experience a plus.
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented, have excellent communication skills as well as problem-solving capabilities and the ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Strong computer skills a must including PowerPoint and Excel capabilities

Business Manager, Children’s Division

SUMMARY: The Business Manager will be key to driving the Abrams three-year strategic plan by providing financial/decision guidance for the Children’s Division along with support in a variety of corporate areas. The successful candidate will provide financial guidance and reporting to the Publisher and other members of the Children’s publishing team. They will prepare a variety of analytics to enable better financial decision making, from the book acquisition process through the release to the post publication analysis.

Responsibilities:

  • Assisting the publisher and departmental managers in making decisions by providing and interpreting information on title sales, advances, expenses, marketing spending, and other aspects of the business.
  • Assisting the editorial and marketing teams in preparing and understanding title P&Ls to analyze acquisition and promotional opportunities.
  • Creating monthly financial summaries for key managers in the Division, including written commentaries on the month’s results.
  • Working with corporate finance and the divisional finance team to prepare and update the annual divisional budget, as well as periodic re-forecasts.
  • Working on special projects, including sales trend analyses, cost studies, profitability analyses, post-publication analyses of publications, customer research, etc.
  • Work with sales team and publisher on initiatives such as backlist growth or franchise author growth
  • Serving as the primary business operations point of contact for the Division by answering employee questions, providing explanations, and investigating problems as needed
  • Conduct analysis, using advanced Excel functions.
  • Prepare weekly, monthly, ad-hoc, and annual reports, in an environment where data is stored in disparate systems and require much data manipulation.

Key Skills/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, or Finance with strong Accounting experience, CPA a plus
  • Strong background in finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles
  • 7-10 years of experience in business analytics in publishing or media-related field.
  • Proven ability to deliver timely, accurate work product and demonstrate good follow up and follow through
  • Proven ability to build supportive and constructive relationships within and outside of the organization; takes the lead in inspiring others to work together for mutual benefit
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time effectively while also ensuring accuracy of work through attention to detail
  • Position requires a high degree of discretion due to exposure to highly confidential information

Digital Publishing 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 audiobooks
  • Act as contact for queries about digital products from internal staff and vendors
  • Maintain title budgets

Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of ereading 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

Trade Marketing Intern 4-5 days/week

SUMMARY: The Trade Marketing Intern will work closely with the children’s marketing and publicity department on projects spanning trade marketing, school and library marketing, digital and social marketing, and publicity.

Tasks may include:

  • planning and executing national and local media campaigns and marketing plans
  • coordinating mailings
  • assisting with event planning, print and social media outreach, media contact database management & market research

Preferred Skills: A strong interest in a career in publishing, attention to detail, exhibit a positive and energetic work ethic, have exceptional writing skills and be familiar with internet research, blogs, and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.