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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, http://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]

Senior Marketing Manager

Senior Publicist, Adult

Production Associate

Editorial Assistant/Assistant Editor

Associate Editor/Editor, Adult Editorial

Reprint Manager

Managing Editorial Assistant


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 aesthetic, 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.

Senior Marketing Manager [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

ABRAMS seeks a creative, dynamic, and experienced senior marketing manager to oversee the creation and execution of innovative plans that increase exposure and generate sales for ABRAMS’ non-fiction and fiction imprints, as well as select text driven illustrated books.

Strong candidates will be very familiar with a book publishing timeline – from acquisition to on-sale to backlist – and be comfortable synchronizing marketing activities with team members throughout each phase. Demonstrating a positive, can-do attitude and possessing the ability to work well with different types of personalities is a strength. In addition, you will work closely with the Senior Marketing Director on the marketing strategy for the text lists, working in conjunction with authors and editorial, publicity, and sales staff. Being an effective collaborator with a desire to mentor is a plus. You will be part of a fast paced, hardworking, and innovative 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 campaigns for trade, consumer, library, and academic channels using traditional and new marketing methods to achieve maximum ROI as a valuable member of a very hands-on and collaborative team
  • Communicates detailed campaign plans and updates directly to editors, publicists, publishers, sales teams, agents, and authors.
  • Oversee creation of galleys, promotional materials, and advertising, working directly with Senior Marketing Director, internal designer, and outside vendors
  • Manage presence at select conventions and trade shows, present titles and build relationships with booksellers
  • Represent ABRAMS in meetings with prospective authors and contribute feedback on potential acquisitions
    Pursue and secures title specific cross promotional partnerships with third party brands and companies
  • Maintain title budgets

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of book publishing experience, specifically in marketing
  • Experience in developing creative, impactful campaigns using traditional, new, and trending methods.
  • Excellent copywriting, written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly motivated and innovative multitasker with the ability to prioritize and thrive in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Deep knowledge of social media, email and marketing analytics, metadata and consumer facing copy
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Basecamp is essential; experience with Adobe Creative Suite and Canva a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of social media platforms
  • Highly motivated and innovative multitasker with the ability to meet deadlines and thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to work as part of a collaborative team, while also having the autonomy to craft and implement plans for your titles
  • Experience presenting at both internal and external meetings

Senior Publicist, Adult [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

ABRAMS seeks a creative, dynamic, and experienced senior publicist to develop and execute innovative title campaigns focusing primarily on graphic novels and comics, as well as entertainment, fiction, and nonfiction titles. Strong candidates will have a deep knowledge of the current media landscape and solid grasp on the necessary components to build impactful campaigns. In addition, candidates will have a familiarity working with brand partners, and experience coordinating book tours, in-person/virtual events, and author events at major conventions. Must be a self-starter and team player with strong communications skills who is comfortable communicating regularly with authors and agents, and working closely with in-house departments including editorial, marketing, and sales teams.

This role reports into the Publicity Manager. A hybrid work environment is permitted.

Responsibilities

  • Manage 10+ titles at a time in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Coordinate all aspects of title campaigns: writing press materials; securing media across all platforms including TV, radio, print, online, and podcasts; planning author tours/events; budgeting; and communicating regularly with authors and agents
  • Cultivate new media contacts and maintain current relationships; initiate and attend in-person/virtual meetings with press to present ABRAMS list
  • Schedule author tours and in-person/virtual events with bookstores, institutions, organizations, etc; staff events when necessary
  • Spearhead author panels and presence at major conventions, such as NY/SD Comic-Con, Stars Wars Celebration, MoCCA, etc, and leading book fairs in top markets; staff events when necessary
  • Communicate detailed campaign plans and updates directly to editors, marketers, publishers, sales teams, agents, and authors
  • Represent ABRAMS in meetings with prospective authors and contribute feedback on potential acquisitions

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of book publicity experience
  • Track record of robust media campaigns and proven ability to demonstrate a creative approach to publicity
  • Extensive experience working with brand partnerships and coordinating large scale events
  • Strong knowledge of national and regional media across all platforms
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Muck Rack, and Basecamp
  • Strong knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)

Production Associate [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Point person for approximately 40-45 books per season under the Amulet imprint including chapter
    books, middle grade, YA, and occasional nonfiction: mostly 1C but some 4C graphic novels
  • Quoting, scheduling, routing proofs, addressing file concerns, issuing purchase orders, reviewing
    invoices
  • Larger seasonal projects (e.g. creating work placement grids)

Qualifications

    • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in production with a background in 1-color book production
    • Knowledge of print production, including web and offset printing, estimating, scheduling, trafficking
      and reviewing proofs, creating purchase orders, and ensuring that a project remains on budget and
      schedule
    • Detailed-oriented with impeccable organizational skills; capable of planning ahead and juggling
      many projects at once
    • Team player with strong communication skills
    • Proactive problem solver with ability to troubleshoot delays and file issues
    • Strong knowledge of Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office, especially Teams and Excel; knowledge of
      Title Management a plus.

Editorial Assistant/Assistant Editor [ 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.

Essential Duties and 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 Editor/Editor, Adult Editorial [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

The Associate Editor/Editor’s responsibilities will include working with authors of both illustrated and narrative non-fiction books to ensure that manuscripts meet the accepted editorial standards in terms of content, scope, development of the subject, organization, and accuracy.

The position will require formal presentations at key meetings, such as at Pub Board and Launch. The Editor will act as a liaison with the Marketing, Publicity, and Design departments, developing and managing relationships with key authors and literary agents.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • identifying market trends and pursuing original book ideas
  • evaluating book proposals submitted by literary agents
  • presenting and costing new projects
  • negotiating deal points for new projects
  • editing manuscripts
  • serving as internal champion for projects acquired by the Adult Editorial team

Qualifications

  • 3-4 years’ experience in trade publishing
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • An enthusiastic and flexible outlook is essential
  • Must be able to meet deadlines while juggling several simultaneous tasks
  • Strong interest in lifestyle, adult fiction, and general non-fiction categories

Reprint Manager [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

This is a wonderful opportunity for a self-starter to fill a newly created position of full-time reprint manager. The manager will be responsible for handling all facets of production for the @ 1M reprints per year.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage reprint workbook and report
  • Pre-schedule
  • Manage vendor status reports
  • Route corrections through design and editorial
  • Issue purchase orders
  • Attend weekly inventory meeting
  • Reconcile and approve invoices
  • Manage titles transferring from China to the USA/USA to China
  • Ordering dummy and templates
  • Maintain library
  • Communicate schedule changes/slippage
  • Work with Exec Dir of Inventory to prioritize reprints

Qualifications

  • 3-5 Years’ experience working in book production
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and problem solve
  • Excellent organizational skill
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficient to MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.)

Managing Editorial Assistant [ Apply ]

SUMMARY:

Provide general editorial and administrative support to the Managing Editorial Department of a midsize illustrated book publisher with an annual list of 200+ titles, with a focus on metadata management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the senior members of Managing Editorial department in working with the Editorial, Design, and Production departments to guide books through the preproduction process
  • Use Title Management Module database to set up entries for individual titles, track book data (specifications, etc.) and schedules, and update information
  • Work with the Senior Director managing the metadata feed by sending updates and troubleshooting
  • Create barcodes
  • Apply for CIP data
  • General administrative duties, as assigned
  • Copyedit and proofread books, jackets, and marketing materials
  • Manage paperback workflow for 10 books a season

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent copyediting (on hard copy and electronically) and proofreading skills
  • Working knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style
  • Position requires accuracy, careful attention to detail, and the ability to work independently and follow through consistently
  • Must be highly organized, energetic, and able to juggle multiple priorities efficiently and calmly
  • Must be able to manage time and meet deadlines
  • Must be able to work collaboratively and diplomatically across departments
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel
  • Experience working on illustrated books a plus
  • Familiarity with electronic markup/Acrobat Pro a plus