Location: New York City
Job Title: E-book Production and Digital Marketing Assitant
We are a friendly, relaxed, boutique, established literary agency (in business 20 years) that specializes in a broad range of commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction, including many bestselling and high-profile authors. We also work in the exciting new world of ebook publishing, and it is in this capacity that we are seeking a tech-savvy and self-motivated individual for the position of Ebook Production and Digital Marketing Assistant, answering directly to the President. The position will be focused on all-things Ebooks related, including converting and formatting files for ebook production, uploading them to various platforms, social networking, online marketing and publicity, jacket design, and overseeing a network of domestic and international distribution.
The position will also be heavily focused on books in translation, so while the candidate is only required to speak English, he/she must also be comfortable in working with titles in other languages. The position will also require comfort working with contracts and overseeing a network of freelancers. While the position is tech-heavy and primarily focused on ebooks, it will also sometimes include the administrative and editorial duties of a literary agency, and assisting the President as needed. The position will entail an endless and ever-changing array of duties, and as no two days will be the same, we need someone who is flexible, adapts easily to change, fast-working, and open to being on the cutting edge and constantly learning in an ever-changing tech environment. This is an exciting opportunity to learn the workings of ebook publishing and a literary agency, in a hands-on position with much responsibility.
The ideal candidate will be an independent worker with a meticulous eye for detail, outstanding follow-up and administrative skills, a personable demeanor and a love for books, especially commercial fiction. The position will require the candidate to work with highly confidential and sensitive manuscripts, files, and sales and financial data, so the candidate must be highly trustworthy and have references demonstrating such. This position may require the candidate to work remotely at times, so the candidate must feel comfortable being self-motivated and highly-disciplined. This position may also occasionally entail editing and/or copyediting, so editorial experience is preferred. The position offers room for growth for the right candidate.
–Proficiency with Windows and Mac, and advance knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Photoshop, PDF and FTP uploading and Epub conversion
–Tech-savvy and highly detailed oriented, with Excellent organizational skills
–Strong written and verbal communication skills
–Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously in an organized manner.
–Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced environment
–Proven ability to exercise considerable discretion in handling information of a confidential and/or sensitive nature
–Strong and meticulous follow-up
–Ability to troubleshoot technical problems
–Ability to be flexible, and to learn quickly
–Previous office experience in publishing and/or in handling similar tasks strongly preferred.
–Experience in a technical and/or production department of a publisher or literary agency
–Experience uploading to Amazon KDP, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play and B&N.
–Experience with an FTP program like Filezilla, and experience working with metadata in Excel
–Experience with EPUB conversion and ebook layout, and ideally with Altantis and Stanza
–Experience with Ingram/Lightning Source and/or POD layout and uploading
–Experience with online publicity and social networking
–Experience with website design, such as Frontpage
–Foreign languages a plus
–Knowledge of contracts and comfort in working with them
For more information on how to apply, please contact Professor Jane Denning at firstname.lastname@example.org