Melville House


Melville House, 46 John Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11201

Position: Full-Time


Melville House is looking for an experienced book publicist to join what is widely recognized as one of the most innovative and successful publicity/marketing departments in independent publishing. We're looking for someone with significant experience at book publicity, who is well-versed in the fundamentals, has good contacts, and is excited by the changes sweeping the industry today and the way those changes can foster 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. 

Duties include performing 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; maintaining social networking campaigns; blogging and regular participation in our award-winning social media; representing the company at events; and raising the company's profile. 



• Minimum 2 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, and more—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 
• A wicked keen interest in independent publishing 
• A brain that sparks creatively 
• Deep familiarity with our blog and especially our books  

How to apply

Applications should be sent digitally to Chris Alexander at Please include, as an attachment, a full resume as well as a cover letter addressed to publishers Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians. In your cover letter, please discuss 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.

About Melville House:

Melville House is an independent publisher located in Brooklyn, New York. It was founded in 2001 by sculptor Valerie Merians and fiction writer/journalist Dennis Johnson.

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