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Workman Publishing is steadfast in its commitment to innovation, creativity, inclusion, and excellence. Our focus is to create a diverse and supportive environment, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All are welcome, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, or any of the other fascinating characteristics that make each of us wonderfully unique. With a role at our company, you’ll be part of an amazing team! We invite you to explore our career options below, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Children's Editor, Workman Publishing
Designer/Senior Designer, Workman Publishing, Kids
Editorial Assistant, Workman Publishing
Manager/Senior Manager, Workman Speakers Bureau
Special Sales Coordinator, Workman Publishing


Special Sales Coordinator, Workman Publishing

Workman Publishing—an independent publisher of award-winning cookbooks, fun and educational children’s books, and high-end lifestyle books, as well as parenting/pregnancy guides, gardening and country living reference titles, literary fiction, and more—is seeking an energetic, proactive, and creative Special Sales Coordinator. The position is remote for now and then will be based in our NYC office when it fully reopens.

In the Special Sales department, our goal is to seek out niche sales opportunities beyond the world of traditional bookstore and retail sales. Our business includes everything from promotional and non-profit giveaways to corporate gifts, specialty retail and more, so we are seeking a curious, out-of-the-box thinker who can act as a matchmaker and help connect our books with new, untapped markets.

The Coordinator will oversee outreach for key brands across many of our imprints, while also leading the charge in new business brainstorming and outreach for individual front- and backlist titles with the goal of opening new accounts for each new title that we publish.

The ideal candidate should feel comfortable with some post-pandemic travel and they should feel excited to build relationships with customers not only by phone and email, but in person, as well.

What You’ll Bring to the Job:

  • A love of books, plus a particular interest in exploring new, non-traditional ways of selling them.
  • Curiosity and an entrepreneurial spirit, as the heart of this role is generating new business (often opening accounts and working with individuals who have never ordered a book before) inspired by the books themselves.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, as this job requires a lot of creative pitch writing, as well as direct sales pitching to customers by phone, virtual meetings, and email, and eventually, attending in-person sales calls and exhibiting at conferences.
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills; we publish hundreds of books a year and strive to create innovative, thorough outreach campaigns for as many as we can.

What You’ll Do and Learn:

  • Brainstorm and execute title-specific outreach for frontlist titles, including researching new markets, building mailing lists, and writing pitch letters and copy for sales materials (sell sheets, brochures, etc.).
  • Support backlist sales through regular outreach to active accounts, with a special focus on key brands, including What to Expect, Brain Quest, and more.
  • Act as our department’s primary liaison with the promotions department, creating sell sheets, brochures, PowerPoints, and other sales and marketing assets.
  • Maintaining customer relationships and upselling active accounts, ensuring that samples of new titles are pitched to relevant accounts.
  • Collaborate with editorial, sales and marketing teams, as well as key authors to provide book sales support for author events and other partnerships.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of one year of experience in book publishing, preferably within a sales department
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office

Please send your résumé and a cover letter to jobs@workman.com.We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.


Editorial Assistant, Workman Publishing

Workman Publishing (workman.com), an innovative independent publisher of nonfiction books and calendars, seeks an editorial assistant to work with an executive editor and support other editors on a project basis.

The ideal candidate is enthusiastic, curious, industrious, highly organized, and detail-oriented, with the ability to work independently. Candidate should be a dedicated reader of magazines, blogs, social media, etc., with an engagement with culture and trends. An interest in general adult nonfiction, lifestyle, humor, pop history/science, and self-help is preferred. This is an exciting opportunity to learn the ins and outs of both the book and calendar businesses. Candidates of color and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist executive editor with both her books and calendars; assist other editors with projects as needed.
  • Work toward being able to edit a range of calendars independently
  • Administrative and clerical duties, such as keeping track of book and calendar schedules; reviewing catalog copy; and sending contracts and payments
  • Review proposals and manuscripts
  • Write interesting, accurate captions; basic fact-checking
  • Brainstorm ideas for new books and calendars
  • Participate in weekly editorial meetings

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to multitask and prioritize
  • Expert at grammar, with a real grasp of language and usage
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Comfortable with the MS Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat

Please email a cover letter, including the title of the book(s) you’re reading right now, and résumé to jobs@workman.com with “editorial assistant position” in the subject line. We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response. Position is remote until our office in Manhattan reopens.


Manager/Senior Manager, Workman Speakers Bureau

The Workman Speakers Bureau is looking for a full-time Manager/Senior Manager to head up the bureau and work with authors from all the Workman imprints and divisions, including Workman, Algonquin, Artisan, Storey, Timber, The Experiment, and others.

Responsibilities include:

  • Pitching, negotiating, and booking paid speaking engagements for the Workman Speakers Bureau’s roster of speakers and any other authors whom we publish. This includes general speaker inquiries from venues, clients, and potential sponsors by email and/or by phone, as well as proactive outreach to new venues, conferences, and corporations.
  • Creating and reviewing event contracts; coordinating logistics with each venue; booking author travel; working with the sales department to coordinate book sales for bureau events.
  • Writing pitch materials, speaker bios, and maintaining the Speakers Bureau website.
  • Attending launch and strategy meetings to identify new author talent to join the roster.

Education, Experience & Skills:

  • College degree or equivalent work experience
  • 4+ years of book publishing experience; relevant experience with a lecture agency preferred
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented self-starter

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter outlining your relevant bureau experience to jobs@workman.com. We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.


Designer/Senior Designer, Workman Publishing, Kids

Designer/Senior Designer

Workman Publishing’s children’s department is growing! We’re a small, creative, collaborative team of editors and designers focused on creating innovative nonfiction for children ages 0–14. We’re looking for a Designer/Senior Designer who can translate complicated ideas into exciting learning experiences for kids. We ideate books ranging from board books to complex novelty formats to graphic novels—so we need someone who’s flexible and excited about a creative challenge.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • You’re an idea person who can imagine a number of visual possibilities for a book
  • You love to collaborate with editors, illustrators, and other designers to develop new ideas
  • You thrive working on a project with a lot of pieces—and using design to make the project feel lively and engaging
  • You’re a great listener who responds thoughtfully to feedback
  • You’re a detail-oriented perfectionist who sees revision as an opportunity to grow
  • You’re gratified by a project that is running smoothly and adept at problem-solving when a book needs some extra TLC
  • Excellent type skills are essential
  • Must be an experienced project manager who can partner and coordinate with other departments
  • Must be able to work under tight deadlines

Here are some of the things you might do in a typical week:

  • Collaborate with editors to create several concepts for a new book’s interior
  • Research, hire, and communicate with illustrators
  • Resolve the design of a book that’s hit an unexpected snag—and keep it on schedule
  • Attend a production meeting, prepared with notes on the status of all our children’s titles
  • Participate in our weekly children’s development meeting, where we share inspiration and brainstorm exciting new projects

Qualifications:

  • 3–5 years of experience, including initial concept generation
  • BFA degree in design or a related field
  • A portfolio that shows great ideation, design, and type skills—hand-lettering and illustration skills are a big plus.
  • Advanced skill level in InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop

And a little about us:

We are publishers of award-winning children’s books, including the Brain Quest, Indestructibles, and Big Fat Notebook series. We also publish gift books, fiction, humor, cookbooks, and parenting/pregnancy guides, as well as books on gardening and country living.

If this sounds like a job you'd excel at and enjoy, please send your cover letter (tell us what you're reading!), résumé, and portfolio to jobs@workman.com.


Children's Editor, Workman Publishing

Workman’s Children’s department, home of blockbuster brands Brain Quest, Big Fat Notebook, and Paint-By-Sticker, is looking for an editor. The candidate should have at least five years’ experience in children’s editorial. Educational publishing experience and familiarity with early elementary-through-high school curriculum preferred. Candidates of color encouraged to apply.

This is an exciting opportunity to help us grow our existing brands and create new ones. We’re looking for someone with a fresh perspective who can generate surprising ideas for both our trade and educational businesses.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage 6 to 10 editorial projects a year, which might include board books, workbooks, card decks, puzzles, and curriculum-based study guides
  • Review and revise concepts, outlines, and manuscripts
  • Collaborate with design team to develop look and feel for each project
  • Brainstorm ideas for new products
  • Work with outside vetters and subject matter experts to ensure highest educational standards
  • Meet all internal and external deadlines
  • Support Senior Editor
  • Possible attendance at relevant conferences

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5+ years of children’s editorial experience
  • Excellent editorial skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Comfortable with the MS Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat
  • Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite a plus

Other:

  • Experience generating IP a plus
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong time-management skills
  • Passion for Workman’s mission to create high-quality, innovative, inclusive, empowering non-fiction and activity books for children

Please send your résumé and a cover letter to jobs@workman.com. We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.