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:

Executive Editor, Licensing and Entertainment – Children’s Books

Associate Art Director, ABRAMS Calendars

Managing Editorial Assistant

Staff Accountant

 



Executive Editor, Licensing and Entertainment – Children’s Books

Summary:

Develop and manage growing licensed publishing program across all children’s imprints. Acquire and edit approximately 15 projects per year.

  • Work in conjunction with Publisher and Associate Publisher to identify future acquisitions/partnerships and develop long-term licensing growth strategy
  • Acquire and edit approximately 15 projects per year including original fiction and series (chapter books, middle-grade, YA), graphic novels, and in-depth, highly-illustrated non-fiction
  • Develop select brands/projects as well as manage and advise editors working on licensing projects across imprints
  • Help direct and manage editorial relationship with key licensing partners such as Lucasfilm, Marvel, Hasbro, and Warner Brothers; liaise with Adult, Calendar and Noterie divisions as
  • Co-supervise Editorial Assistant
  • Develop, nurture, and maintain new and existing relationships with authors, artists, agents, and industry professionals
  • Attend key trade and consumer conferences as needed

Skills / Experience

  • A passion for pop culture and children’s entertainment a must; ability to acquire and edit across age-groups and categories, both fiction and non-fiction
  • Current knowledge of the children’s book market, and an ability to identify opportunities
  • Minimum of 7-10 years editorial experience in children’s book and/ or entertainment publishing and/or product
  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively, respectfully, enthusiastically in an environment where creativity, innovative thinking, and an excellent work ethic are highly valued
  • Sufficient knowledge of the manufacturing and production process for novelty
  • Licensory, agent, and packager contacts a plus

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Associate Art Director, ABRAMS Calendars

Summary

Collaborate with the Editorial Director of Calendars on the art direction and design of the Abrams calendar list. This is an opportunity to manage all aspects of the design process, and help craft the overall aesthetic of the list. In addition, this position will art direct book covers and interiors for the childrens’ licensing program.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage, support, and drive the design process for 40-50 Abrams calendar products per year. This includes wall and desk calendars for licensed calendars, The Met calendar program, as well as Abrams originated projects.
  • Will be involved in all aspects of the design process: originating designs, preparation of sample pages, laying out of full passes, cover designs, implementing corrections, prepping files for production, reviewing proofs, etc.
  • Handle and track all aspects of digital asset management including: conversion of sample pages/images/spreads for iblad, ppt, catalog, trade shows, various sales feeds, etc.
  • Present work at meetings to the publisher
  • Assist in the hiring and art direction of in-house freelance designers
  • Art direct licensed book projects from start to finish using in-house and outside designers

Skills / Experience Required:

  • Minimum of 5 years design and art directorial experience in book publishing and/or product development
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills of highest importance; ability to prioritize and juggle the various moving parts of the calendar devopment process.
  • Design and creative skills need to be exemplary.
  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively, respectfully, communicatively, enthusiastically
  • Proficiency with current Adobe Design Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Presentation skills important
  • Illustrator and freelance design contacts a must
  • Current knowledge of the gift market (gift stores, specialty retailers, museum shops, catalogs), and an ability to identify opportunities
  • Previous work with licensors is a plus

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Managing Editorial Assistant

SUMMARY:  Provide general editorial and administrative support to the Children’s managing editorial department of a midsize children’s book publisher with an annual list of 150+ titles that includes picture books, board books, young adult novels, and graphic novels.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support the senior members of Children’s managing editorial department in working with the editorial, design, and production departments to guide books through a high-volume editorial preproduction process
  • Use online Title Management Module database to set up entries for individual titles, track book data (specifications, etc.) and schedules, and update information
  • Manage the reprint process across multiple imprints
  • Manage paperback conversions across multiple imprints
  • Create barcodes and assign ISBNs to books; apply for CIP data
  • Copyedit and/or proofread manuscripts, layouts, cover copy, promotional/marketing copy, and other materials
  • Provide back-up assistance to reception as scheduled

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a managing/production editorial department at a book publisher or equivalent editorial experience
  • Excellent copyediting (on hard copy and electronically) and proofreading skills, with working knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style
  • Accuracy in one’s work, careful attention to detail, and the ability to work independently and follow through consistently
  • Must be able to manage time and meet deadlines
  • Must be highly organized, energetic, and able to juggle multiple priorities efficiently and calmly, and be able to work collaboratively and diplomatically across departments
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel; familiarity with electronic markup/Acrobat Pro a plus

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Staff Accountant

SUMMARY: The Staff Accountant will be responsible for maintaining accurate financial records for the company’s P&L and Balance Sheet Royalty Accounts.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Maintain general ledger and prepare journal entries
  • Assist with monthly closings
  • Analyze and reconcile various G/L accounts
  • Maintain intercompany accounts
  • Assist in preparation of financial statements
  • Participate in monthly closings
  • Prepare and post royalty entries for all assets and liability accounts
  • Maintain and analyze Author Asset and Royalty Payable accounts
  • Perform other related duties and complete special projects as required and assigned

SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • B.A. in Accounting
  • 3-5 years of Accounting experience
  • Advanced knowledge with MS Office, especially Excel
  • Knowledge of financial systems
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Knowledge of royalty systems a plus