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Title: Director of Publicity, Melville House
Description: Melville House is looking for an experienced book publicist to run what is widely recognized as one of the most innovative and successful publicity departments in independent publishing. We're looking for someone with significant experience in book publicity, who is well-versed in the fundamentals, has good contacts, is highly organized, and is excited by the changes sweeping the industry today and the way those changes can foster better public discussion of books.

Melville House is a mission-driven company, and features a highly collaborative workplace, so it's also crucial that we find someone who plays well with others and shares the sense of mission -- that is, that books can make a difference.

Duties include performing and supervising all aspects of book publicity, including:

• designing campaigns
• writing press materials
• securing coverage
• managing pre-publication reviews and publicity
• arranging and managing events and tours
• working with authors
• presenting at sales meetings
• supervising and assigning work of in-house staff and free-lancers
• collaborating with the marketing department on social media campaigns
• blogging and regular participation in our award-winning social media
• representing the company at events
• generally raising the company's profile

This is a senior position in the company, reporting directly to the publishers.

Requirements: Candidates must have:

• Minimum 5 years experience working as a book publicist at a book publishing company. We're not kidding about this. If you apply without this, that tells us you can't read, and, well, jeez, that's a whole 'nother problem.
• Strong writing skills
• Good local, national, and internet contacts
• Strong data management skills
• The ability to handle a wide variety of books—fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, you name it—simultaneously
• Sang-froid when it comes to working under pressure, and an ability to hit deadlines
• An ability to work with marketing, editorial, and production colleagues in a deeply collaborative environment
• A sense of humor and ability to laugh loudly
• A keen interest in independent publishing and mission-driven publishing
• Deep familiarity with our blog and especially our books

Experience supervising others a plus.

Location: Brooklyn
How To Apply For This Job: Please send via email with attachments including a cover letter, resume, and writing sample such as a press release, to Simon Reichley, assistant to the publishers, at In your cover letter, please detail not only your experience, but how your skills match up to our list. Please also include your salary requirements. MINORITY CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
Date Posted: 6/22/2017 (Ongoing Job Posting)

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