And Other Stories seeks a spreadsheets-friendly communications firecracker to become our North American publicist. Our ideal candidate will be a long-term lover of experimental and extraordinary writing in a variety of forms, and passionate about our books (though prior experience is of course welcome too). Wide-ranging readers of fiction, poetry and narrative non-fiction are particularly welcome.
Job Title: Publicist
Vacancy Type: Part-time, flexible working hours, which must include some overlap with UK staff for a couple of meetings each week. Depending on the candidate’s organization, technical skills, experience and relationships, the amount of time needed will vary, and this is a conversation we would like to have with individuals, but as a ballpark figure it’s worth thinking of it as 2.5 – 3 days/week workload.
Location: Anywhere in the U.S.A. or Canada where the time difference to the UK is 6 hours or less. Remote working. Expect some travel by any means other than air for sales conferences and media meetings in the post-pandemic future.
Fee: $2,000/month, for the part-time work.
Instructions: Currently closed (as of 11 April). We are assessing applications already received and not looking for more applicants at this point. If we don’t hire from the first cohort, we will update this page and open for applications again.
The hired candidate will run our U.S. and Canadian press publicity campaigns for our 12-14 titles per year and look to generate great publicity for the publishing house in general, including around our 10th anniversary in fall 2021.
While we recognize that the candidates may work for other publishers too, we want someone who is not a freelance publicist for many clients; we want someone clearly seen as a face of And Other Stories and an engaged member of our team.
We also recognize that everyone’s work needs are different, and changing during the pandemic, so please do get in touch if you feel you are the right person for us, but need different working arrangements to our proposal.
Our main requirements are: we want someone who can speak with passion, intelligence and sensitivity about books, especially ours; who knows how to pin down what makes a book extraordinary; who is good at remote working; someone thorough and methodical (so everyone has been contacted about the book); and who is looking to be part of our team and stay with And Other Stories as we develop. And Other Stories has excellent experience coordinating remote work, as our staff live in various locations, including New York, Chicago and the UK.
We are a small team and there is ample opportunity for the publicist to become involved in other areas depending on interest, however this is not a requirement of the job.
An applicant should:
- Communicate appropriately and with verve, both verbally and in writing.
- Be pragmatic; self-motivated; have a ‘can do’ approach; be able to find solutions.
- Have experience presenting in front of large groups.
- Meet deadlines and be a self-organizer.
- Work well in a team and on own initiative.
- Multi-task, prioritize and manage time effectively while also maintaining accuracy and attention to detail.
- Have a strong track record in using social media and digital platforms as a marketing and public relations tool and in finding new strategies for publicity beyond traditional media
- Be ecological aware and willing to be creative in order to be more ecological. (We are committed to becoming a carbon-neutral company and to finding creative alternatives to flying for author and staff travel. More on our Sustainability goals here)
- Be strongly committed to inclusivity and diversity. (More on our Inclusivity goals here)
Experience within the sector (former publicity positions and/or internships) is appreciated but not necessary, and we offer training. Nichola Smalley started with us in 2015 as a trainee and is now our UK director of publicity, as well as a literary translator.
- Working with And Other Stories’ team to create and support in-the-round marketing of front list titles, bringing together publicity, event, advertising and social media plans.
- Strategizing, planning and executing publicity campaigns that will maximize exposure for authors and their books. (Galleys are mailed from a mailout service to press and booksellers, and finished copies from the Ingram warehouse in Tennessee. Consortium also send out a galley box to 100 stores and our galleys are on Edelweiss). Securing national and regional print, radio and online feature coverage for our authors.
- Working with our U.S. sales manager to develop and book multi-venue book tours (particularly virtual ones) and developing a new reading series, possibly in partnership with another organisation.
- Developing and maintaining strong, trusting relationships with authors and the media, and developing and maintaining And Other Stories’ strong contacts databases.
- Drafting compelling press materials and targeted pitches to introduce books to a large and diversified audience.
- Working with the editor to find best use in the media for serialisation of advance extracts, shorter pieces, introductions etc.
- Reporting on media coverage to the team, to our Consortium sales force and to authors and translators and archiving press clippings.
- Traveling for (some) author events, and media and bookseller meetings, and to the 6-monthly sales conferences, though these are currently virtual.
- Contributing to the content on our social media, in monthly newsletter and on our website and its News/blog pages.
- Building relationships for And Other Stories with individuals and organizations in general, in order to grow our presence as part of the North American publishing landscape.
About Our Company
And Other Stories is an award-winning publisher of literary writing. We have been publishing for nine years in Europe and for seven years in North America. We published Deborah Levy’s 2012 Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Swimming Home (bought by Bloomsbury in the U.S.A. and House of Anansi in Canada) and are the worldwide English-language publishers of world-class contemporary books including the first four books by Yuri Herrera, whose Signs Preceding the End of the World has sold over 50,000 in the U.S.A.. Our titles are represented and in the U.S. by Consortium (CBSD, Minneapolis) and in Canada by Publishers Group Canada (Toronto) and their work is supported by our full publicity and marketing campaigns in North America.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are actively seeking job applicants who reflect a broad representation of differences, including race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, neurodiversity, age, family status, economic background and status, geographical background and status, and perspective.