Publicity & Book Marketing Associate
Boston Review is looking for a part-time, Boston-based Publicity and Marketing Associate to develop and execute marketing and promotion strategies for Boston Review in the retail book marketplace. The ideal candidate will have experience in book publishing, focusing on enhancing media and consumer awareness of BR and increasing book sales through independent bookstores.
Manage author relations and publicity for Boston Review’s annual book series, including three thematic “Forums” and one literary volume. Reporting to the Publisher, the Associate is responsible for creating and executing promotional activities for BR’s print volumes, tracking performance, providing reporting and maintaining databases. These programs will be developed in conjunction with editorial and marketing staff, independent bookstores, distributors, wholesalers, and authors.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Work with Marketing Manager and editors to drive strategies to promote each thematic volume online and in social media.
- Prepare and distribute press releases and pitch letters to introduce each book to the media, to retail outlets, and to all consumer constituencies
- Work with Publisher to plan and execute strategies to build sales quantity and revenue for bookstores, events, and special sales
- Write effective marketing copy for retailers and sales catalogs
- Maintain/update press contact database
- Assist with planning, production and execution of local and national events including launch parties, fundraising events, and trade shows
- Provide media with quotes for story development, generate ideas for author placement
- Work with editors and authors to promote content, plan press engagements, and schedule author interviews
- Plan and execute strategies to improve distribution networks for sales performance and efficiency
- Provide tracking and reporting on media campaigns
- Provide tracking and reporting on book distribution, sales, and returns
- Keep Publisher informed of marketing strategies and plans, and provide data-driven reports on outcomes
Skills, Knowledge & Abilities
- Book publishing experience with a strong background in marketing and publicity
- Knowledge of the systems and processes of book distribution from wholesale to retail outlets
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and manage time efficiently, while ensuring accuracy of work through attention to detail
- Results-oriented, self-motivated, creative, and innovative
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Ability to identify problems, research and create solutions
- Technological proficiency for use of Microsoft Office, Excel, project tracking/management software, and database management
To apply for the position of Publicity & Book Marketing Associate, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interns at Boston Review work on a variety of editorial and promotional projects and have an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of editing, producing, and marketing a publication for serious and demanding readers.
Prior work experience in publishing is less important than the applicant’s knowledge of Boston Review and the level of commitment and creativity that he or she can bring to the magazine. All interns are unpaid volunteers, but students may be able to obtain college credit according to the policies of their college or university. Candidates are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with Boston Review before applying. Interns may work full-time or part-time. Part-timers should have two or three full days available each week for this on-site position.
Editorial Internship (full-time or part-time)
Editorial interns are closely involved in the nuts and bolts of the publication process, proofreading and fact-checking articles for print and Web, helping with art research and permissions, reading submissions, and helping with writing contests. While most of an intern’s time is spent on end-stage editorial work, interns sometimes provide input in the development stage. There are also administrative duties.
The editorial internship is not a structured learning program, but rather a substantive work experience that provides an introduction to entry-level employment in magazine editing and production. Occasionally there is downtime, but interns typically have responsibilities that matter, not endless busywork. The skills accrued are essential to any job application, and the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of this rewarding and challenging occupation is invaluable.
The cover letter is by far the most important element of your application. It is your opportunity to explain why an internship at Boston Review is important to you and to demonstrate your abilities as a writer, which are the foundation of an editorial career.
Marketing Internship (part-time)
The ideal applicant for the marketing internship wants to learn the business of magazine publishing, including advertising, promotions, publicity, market research, development, and business management. Responsibilities include managing subscriptions, preparing mailings and invoices, publicizing the magazine, some bookkeeping, and communicating with distributors and booksellers. Interns have the opportunity to become involved in many types of projects according to their particular interests.
The terms of the internship listed here are approximate and roughly parallel the university calendar. If you have vacation plans during the period you’re applying for, notify us of the dates on your application. Applications must be postmarked by the following dates:
• Spring term (January through May):
November 17 Deadline extended: November 30, 2016
• Summer term (June through August): March 20
• Fall term (September through December): August 1
Please understand that we cannot consider incomplete or late applications.
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