Employment & Internships

Job Openings at North Atlantic Books

Assistant Publicist

North Atlantic Books (NAB) is a leading independent nonprofit publisher in Berkeley, CA. We are seeking an Assistant Publicist to join our team in promoting titles in key areas like health & wellness, personal growth, and holistic lifestyle; and in emerging categories like social justice, cannabis, and trauma and somatics. NAB offers the benefits of working with a mission-driven nonprofit while teaming with Penguin Random House for distribution. We endeavor to walk the talk of our values in our interactions with authors, readers, booksellers, and the community at large. North Atlantic Books is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Position:

The assistant publicist is responsible for implementing 3-4 book publicity campaigns per season, providing administrative departmental support, and helping with additional media research, events, and campaign support as needed. They’ll act as a first-line point of contact for our authors, field publicity inquiries and media requests, attend weekly publicity meetings, and pitch books and authors to relevant outlets. Additionally, they’ll organize galley and review copy mailings, coordinate reporting, and assist with other administrative departmental tasks.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement 3-4 publicity campaigns per season
  • Assist with building media lists, pitching, and supplemental campaign support
  • Send out event inquiries, assist authors in booking events, and solicit local media coverage
  • Liaise with authors to provide guidance and support in the publicity and marketing process
  • Provide administrative support with ARC and review copy mailings; ordering galleys; entering publicity hits into our internal reporting system; and other tasks as needed
  • Represent NAB at trade shows, festivals, and other outreach opportunities
  • Assist with social media as needed
  • Provide support on high-level publicity and marketing campaigns as needed
  • Along with the Sales and Marketing teams, pitch select titles to the Penguin Random House sales team six times annually
  • Assist in training and working with NAB publicity interns

Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize within a deadline-oriented environment
  • Interest and experience in amplifying diverse voices
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Desire to work in a team-oriented environment
  • Experience with and/or affinity and passion for subject areas North Atlantic publishes

Prior Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience (work, internship, or volunteer) in publishing or other media preferred
  • Knowledge of/experience with Cision, Adobe Creative Suite, and G Suite/Google apps preferred
  • Please note that we are a mac-based office

REPORTS TO: Marketing & Publicity Manager

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

To apply: please email your résumé, cover letter, and where you heard about this job to Bevin Donahue at publicity@northatlanticbooks.com with the subject line “Assistant publicist position.” No phone calls, please!

Production Editor

North Atlantic Books (NAB) is a leading independent nonprofit publisher in Berkeley, CA. We are seeking a Production Editor to join our team in shepherding titles in key areas like health and wellness, personal growth, and holistic lifestyle; and in emerging categories like social justice, cannabis, and trauma and somatics. NAB offers the benefits of working with a nonprofit with a conscience and teams with Penguin Random House in distribution to reach a wide range of readers. We endeavor to walk the talk of our mission in our interactions with authors, readers, booksellers, and the community at large. North Atlantic Books is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Position:

The Production Editor is the primary editorial/production liaison between North Atlantic Books and our authors and publishing partners. It is the PE’s job to convey information to them about our policies, timing, and dates, and to smoothly steer their books through all aspects of production, from copyediting to printed book or final digital product. The PE supervises and coordinates work with copyeditors, designers, and any other outsourced personnel.

Responsibilities:

  • Keep track of and manage 6–8 titles per season through all stages of production—editing, design, proofs, indexing, printing, publication
  • Review and assess the work of freelance copyeditors and designers
  • Communicate tactfully and effectively with publishing partners and authors
  • Keep books on tight schedule and clearly communicate deadlines
  • Evaluate editing needs; do sample edits; read proofs; check corrections
  • Assist in obtaining permissions and reviews/blurbs

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent; advanced degree work and copyediting background a plus
  • Experience with and affinity for subject areas North Atlantic publishes
  • 2–4 years experience as a production editor or equivalent; knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style
  • Must have a track record of exercising sound judgment steering manuscripts through production
  • Strong communication, writing, and negotiating skills (must work with authors, editors, designers, indexers, marketing personnel, etc.)
  • Must be fiscally conscious, experienced in working within budgets, problem-solving, and working with others
  • Thorough knowledge of the production process in trade publishing

REPORTS TO: Managing Editor

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

To apply: Email your resume and cover letter to Emily Boyd (jobs@northatlanticbooks.com) with the subject “Production Editor position.” No phone calls, please.


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 / Production

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting editorial team in daily tasks (proofreading, organization of manuscripts, checking indexes, etc.)
  • Bookmarking PDFs for Amazon’s Look Inside This Book feature
  • Attending editorial / production meetings
  • Applying for Cataloging-in-Publication data for new titles through the Library of Congress

Acquisitions

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Organizing, tracking, and reviewing new submissions
  • Rejecting proposals as requested by editors
  • Writing reader reports
  • Researching book markets and comparative titles
  • Attending acquisitions meetings
  • Pitching book ideas to editors

We strongly prefer acquisitions interns to work on Tuesdays, which is when our acquisitions meetings take place.

Ready to apply?

Feel free to apply any time! 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 and year you’re applying for. No phone calls, please.

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

Marketing & Publicity Internships

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

Please note: Accepting applications for Spring 2020 and beyond.

Editorial internships

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

Please note: Accepting applications for Spring 2020 and beyond.

Acquisitions internships

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

Please note: Accepting applications for Spring 2020 and beyond.