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Acquisitions Editor

North Atlantic Books:

North Atlantic Books (NAB) is a leading independent nonprofit publisher in Berkeley, CA. We’re seeking an Acquisitions Editor to join the Associate Director of Acquisitions in acquiring and managing titles on health and wellness, social justice, trauma and somatics, herbalism, and more.

NAB benefits from being an independent press with Penguin Random House (PRH) distribution. We’re a nonprofit with a conscience: our publishing program is mission driven, and through our partnership with PRH we connect with readers on a global scale. We endeavor to walk the talk of our mission in interactions among staff, 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 and equitable environment for all employees.

Position Overview:

The Acquisitions Editor is responsible for acquiring, developing, and managing approximately 14 books per year, working closely with the Associate Director of Acquisitions to strategically develop seasonal lists. This position reports to the Associate Director of Acquisitions. 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, marketing, and sales 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 final back-cover copy.

This position is 40 hours a week and remote/hybrid-optional. The ideal candidate is US-based and can generally be available during 9-5 Pacific. Although we have a small office in Berkeley, CA, we are currently fully remote and candidates do not need to reside in the Bay Area. Annual salary is $62,830. Excellent benefits package: full health, vision, and dental plan; 401k; paid sabbatical; and flexible spending plan. In addition to PTO, we offer all employees 1 paid volunteer day, 4 grief/bereavement days to grieve any impactful event, and 22 paid holidays per year, including International Workers’ Day, Juneteenth, and the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the short and long-term growth of the publishing program by soliciting, acquiring, and developing 8-10 titles per year as well as managing 2-4 projects acquired by others (the publisher, copublished/distributed titles, other editors), for a total of 14 titles per year
  • 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 committee meetings; pitch and present projects at acquisitions, launch, and other meetings as needed
  • Negotiate initial terms of publishing contract with author and/or agent
  • Conduct and analyze sales research, including P&Ls
  • 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.
  • May supervise and manage the internship program
  • May, if desired, participate in the racial equity committees or other committees
  • Give editorial feedback to authors, as needed
  • Coordinate reviews by sensitivity readers, if needed
  • Occasionally hires freelance writers, editors, or illustrators to assist with book projects
  • Works with Associate Director of Acquisitions to discuss long-term acquisitions goals and strategies and to update or create procedural documentation for the department

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience
  • A background in working with authors, content creators, artists or equivalent; prior experience in publishing or other media a plus
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize within a deadline-oriented environment
  • Comfort working both independently and in collaboration with a team
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills
  • Interest and experience in amplifying diverse voices
  • Experience with and/or affinity for the subject areas we publish
  • Google Suite, MS Office Suite
  • Competence in MS Word and Excel a plus
  • Familiarity with Chicago Style a plus

To Apply:

Please review our website for the types of books we publish, and in your cover letter tell us which NAB books resonate with you and why. Email your resume and cover letter to Alison Knowles (jobs@northatlanticbooks.com) with the subject “Acquisitions Editor.” No phone calls, please. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Marketing Assistant

North Atlantic Books:

North Atlantic Books (NAB) is a leading independent nonprofit publisher in Berkeley, CA. We’re seeking a Marketing Assistant to join the marketing and communications team.

NAB benefits from being an independent press with Penguin Random House distribution. We’re a nonprofit with a conscience: our publishing program is mission-driven, and through our partnership with PRH, we connect with readers on a global scale. We endeavor to walk the talk of our mission in interactions among staff, 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 and equitable environment for all employees.

Position Overview:

The Marketing Assistant supports all aspects of marketing. They provide administrative assistance for social media, title-based marketing, newsletter campaigns, and general programs, in addition to acting as the departmental first point of contact with authors. The position reports to the Associate Marketing and Communications Director.

This position is 40 hours a week and remote/hybrid-optional. The ideal candidate is US-based and can generally be available during 9-5 Pacific. Although we have a small office in Berkeley, CA, we are currently fully remote and candidates do not need to reside in the Bay Area. Annual salary is $50,470. Excellent benefits package: full health, vision, and dental plan; 401K; paid sabbatical; and flexible spending plan. In addition to PTO, we offer all employees 1 paid volunteer day, 4 grief/bereavement days to grieve any impactful event, and 22 paid holidays per year, including International Workers’ Day, Juneteenth, and the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and fulfill Publicity & Marketing department promotional mailings
  • Support individual title-by-title marketing campaigns (backlist and frontlist). This includes:
    • Corresponding and coordinating with authors; providing authors with campaign-related information; answering promotional process questions
    • Proofreading, scheduling, and writing captions for social media posts
    • Coordinating online events with authors
    • Proofreading and drafting ad copy
    • Collating content for online promotion
    • Attending and contributing ideas to title strategy meetings and campaign brainstorms
    • Attending and contributing ideas to monthly Marketing & Publicity team meetings
    • Doing research, copy, and outreach for influencer marketing program
    • Coordinating Goodreads giveaways
  • Proofread, schedule, and draft copy for newsletters
  • Format and schedule blog posts; coordinate promotional codes; make marketing-related updates to the NAB website as needed
  • Approve NetGalley and Edelweiss requests
  • Conduct research on marketing vendors as needed
  • Other administrative duties as needed

Miscellaneous

  • Join NAB committees, like the Racial Equity Committee, as desired

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience
  • A background in office administration or marketing a plus; prior experience in publishing a plus
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong multitasking skills
  • Comfort working both independently and in collaboration with other staff
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Interest and experience in amplifying diverse voices
  • Experience with and/or affinity for the subject areas we publish
  • Google Suite, MS Office Suite
  • Competence in Adobe InDesign a plus
  • Familiarity with WordPress a plus
  • Familiarity with AP or Chicago Style a plus

To Apply:

Email your resume and cover letter to Bevin Donahue (she/her) at publicity@northatlanticbooks.com with the subject “Marketing Assistant.” Please submit by July 11. No phone calls, please. We look forward to hearing from you!


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