Employment & Internships

Job Openings at North Atlantic Books

Associate Publicist

Founded in 1974, North Atlantic Books (NAB) is a leading independent nonprofit publisher in Berkeley, CA. We are seeking an Associate Publicist to join our team in promoting titles in key areas like health & wellness, personal growth, holistic lifestyle, and spirituality; and in emerging categories like social justice, cannabis, and trauma and somatics.

The role of the Associate Publicist is to spread the word about NAB’s content, grow our audience of readers, and nurture and maintain relationships with media. This includes creating and implementing publicity campaigns for given titles and/or genres of books; fostering strong relationships with NAB’s communities and stakeholders; obtaining coverage for NAB authors; supporting online marketing projects; and interfacing with other publicity, marketing, and digital sales staff to promote NAB’s titles.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement publicity campaigns for NAB frontlist (and occasional backlist) titles
  • Cultivate and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with media and other key stakeholders
  • Liaise with authors to provide guidance and support in the publicity and marketing process
  • Assist with social media as needed
  • Develop and write promotional content for the NAB newsletter and blog, and support digital marketing initiatives
  • Pitch and present frontlist titles to the Penguin Random House sales team
  • Represent NAB at trade shows, festivals, and at other outreach opportunities
  • Work with publicity interns and assist with managing their workflow at NAB
  • Handle administrative tasks, like publicity reporting and galley/review copy mailings as needed
  • Assist authors in booking events and soliciting local media coverage

Qualifications:

  • 2-3 years relevant job experience in publicity, most especially in publishing or book promotion
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proven publicity track record
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize within a deadline-oriented environment
  • Excellent proofreading and copyediting skills
  • Excellent social media skills
  • Comfort in a Mac-based work environment
  • Knowledge of/interest in North Atlantic Books’ genres
  • Knowledge of/experience with Adobe Creative Suite highly preferred

This is a full-time position, 40 hours a week. Salary commensurate with experience. North Atlantic Books is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. We have excellent benefits: health, vision, and dental plan; 401K; paid sabbatical; flexible spending plan; and office snacks. Pleasant central Berkeley neighborhood and work environment. To apply, please send cover letter, résumé, and contact information for references to Bevin Donahue at bdonahue@northatlanticbooks.com.


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 and Summer 2018 and beyond.

Editorial internships

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

Please note: Accepting applications for Spring and Summer 2018 and beyond.

Acquisitions internships

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

Please note: Accepting applications for Summer 2018 and beyond.