Employment & Internships

Job Openings at North Atlantic Books

Acquisitions Editor

North Atlantic Books, an educational nonprofit, has pioneered the publication of significant new titles in alternative health, somatic and bodywork therapies, martial arts, and spiritual consciousness and growth since 1974 in Berkeley, California. Our list also includes literary publishing, current affairs, parenting, cultural studies, and environmental titles. We publish 40–50 titles a year with a staff of 24 people in the heart of Berkeley, California. Our titles are distributed by Penguin Random House Publisher Services.

Position: The acquisitions editor is responsible for acquiring and developing approximately 12 books per year, working closely with the publisher to strategically develop seasonal lists. The acquisitions editor attends weekly leads meetings and acquisitions committee meetings and pitches their own titles for consideration, running P&L statements and conducting market research to prove viability. Additionally, they steer acquired titles through the launch and pre-sales process, working with design and marketing to develop covers, titles, and Title Information (TI) sheets, and are responsible for handing off finished manuscripts and art to the production editor as well as editing and providing final back-cover copy.

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the short and long-term growth of the publishing program by soliciting, acquiring, and developing 12 projects per year
  • Act as editor of record for an additional 6–8 projects per year, acquired by publisher or other staff
  • Network extensively with potential authors and keep track of developments in North Atlantic’s niches and categories, including attending conferences
  • Evaluate proposals and manuscripts and provide authors with editorial feedback/development
  • Participate in weekly leads meetings and acquisitions board meetings; pitch and present projects at acquisitions, launch, and other meetings as needed
  • Negotiate terms of publishing contract with author and/or agent; serve as intermediary between author and publisher/contracts manager
  • Conduct and analyze sales research, including P&Ls
  • Create production budget for each book acquired
  • Develop and maintain strong agent and author relationships
  • Edit back-cover copy, other sales copy as needed
  • Work with authors and others in-house to develop title, subtitle, book specs
  • Research comparative titles and cover art
  • Hand off final manuscript and art files to production editor with directions for copyediting, permissions status for artwork, etc.
  • Participate in developing marketing and publicity plans

Requirements:

  • B.A. in liberal arts
  • Experience with and affinity for subject areas North Atlantic publishes
  • Minimum 5 years experience as an editor in publishing, including editorial development
  • Experience in acquisitions; existing network of authors and agent contacts
  • Strong writing, communication, and negotiating skills
  • Must be fiscally conscious, experienced in working within budgets, creative about problem-solving, and skilled at working with others as part of a team

REPORTS TO: Publisher

Salary commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position at 40 hours/week. Excellent benefits: health, vision, and dental plan, 401K, flexible spending plan. Pleasant central Berkeley neighborhood and work environment.

To apply: Email your resume and cover letter to Tim McKee (jobs@northatlanticbooks.com) with the header “Acquisitions-Editor position.” Please mention in your cover letter which categories or subject areas you would best be able to acquire books in. No phone calls, please.

North Atlantic Books is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce.


Internships

Looking for a publishing internship where you get to write, read, edit, proof, and learn the fundamentals of book publishing while gaining valuable experience in a highly competitive field?

North Atlantic Books, a leading publisher in the areas of bodywork, alternative health, diet and nutrition, metaphysics, literature, and quirky aspects of pop culture, is seeking smart, resourceful, detail-oriented interns with strong writing and communications skills to work in our Berkeley, California, office.

Our interns:

  • Must be available to work between 8–16 hours per week
  • Have excellent writing and research skills
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Be able to multi-task and prioritize assignments
  • Be resourceful, creative thinkers who can work independently and collaboratively
  • Have some knowledge, experience, or interest in the material we publish

Our internship dates are flexible, but typically run as follows:

Fall: September – December

Spring: January – April

Summer: May – August

Marketing & Publicity

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Building publicity contact lists for review mailings and e-blasts
  • Researching blogs, websites, and writers for specific book projects
  • Writing galley letters and press releases
  • Creating press kits
  • Writing posts and designing materials for NAB’s social media and blog
  • Tracking, clipping, and recording publicity hits as they arise
  • Database entries and updates
  • Fulfilling publicity requests for review copies, images, and excerpts
  • Attending company, department, and author meetings

Editorial

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting editorial team in daily tasks (proofreading, organization of manuscripts, checking indexes, etc.)
  • Assisting with Title Information (TI) sheets for use by Penguin Random House sales reps:
    • Research comparative titles for new books
    • Edit book descriptions and author bios
    • Research key selling points of new books
  • Attending editorial and acquisitions meetings
  • Applying for Cataloging-in-Publication data for new titles through the Library of Congress

Ready to apply?

Feel free to apply any time! You can apply for an editorial internship, a marketing and publicity internship, or both. Please note that while this is an unpaid temporary position, we do intend to give you a comprehensive work experience that will prepare you for the next steps in your publishing career.

Please include the phrase “Internship Application” in your subject line as well as the season & year you’re applying for.

Marketing & Publicity Internships

Submit a resume and cover letter in an email to bdonahue@northatlanticbooks.com.

Please note: Accepting applications for Spring 2017 and beyond.

Editorial internships

Submit a resume and cover letter in an email to eboyd@northatlanticbooks.com.

Please note: Accepting applications for Spring 2017 and beyond.