212 Third Avenue North, Suite 485, Minneapolis, MN, United States, 55401
Position: Full-Time, Hybrid
Graywolf Press seeks an energetic, dedicated, and creative person with book publicity experience for the position of Publicist.
Graywolf Press is a nonprofit publisher of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including work in translation. We aim to publish books and authors that foster new thinking about what it means to live in the world today. We publish a diverse list of thirty to thirty-five books each year. Our nineteen-person staff is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Publicist will report to Graywolf’s Publicity Director, Claire Laine, and our Director of Marketing and Engagement, Marisa Atkinson. This position serves as publicist for four to five titles per season, with a particular focus on poetry and works in translation. The Publicist will lead media outreach for their assigned titles, as well as the planning and logistics for author tours. They will also work in partnership with the Publicity Director and Director of Marketing and Engagement on social media strategy and content creation.
The ideal candidate for this job has at least two years of experience working as a book publicist within a publishing house. We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about literature (especially poetry and works in translation); is tuned into the contemporary literary landscape; is detail-oriented, creative, self-motivated, and collaborative; and has a knack for navigating relationships with a wide variety of constituents with diplomacy and care. This position requires some domestic travel to conferences and trade shows.
Preference will be given to candidates based in the Twin Cities area and remote candidates based in New York City, though we are open to considering highly qualified remote candidates based elsewhere as well. (For business tax purposes, candidates must be based in Minnesota, New York, California, Louisiana, or Hawaii.) A moving stipend will be provided if relocation to the Twin Cities is needed.
The salary range for this role is $50,000 - $55,000 per year, dependent on experience. Compensation includes paid time off (15 vacation days annually to start, with increases after additional years with the organization; and generous sick leave); health, dental, and life insurance, as well as short-term and long-term disability insurance; parental leave; and a transit pass. Graywolf employees are eligible for retirement benefits after one year of service. This is a full-time, exempt position with a start date in late January 2023.
Publicity and Events
Serve as publicist for 4-5 titles per season. Responsibilities will include:
- Pitch Graywolf titles to members of the media (print, radio, online, television)
- Write press releases and create galleys, build mailing lists
- Organize author interviews and profiles
- Coordinate local media coverage around author events
- Communicate media coverage with authors, agents, and staff
- Lead the planning and logistics for author tours as part of assigned publicity campaigns
- Work with authors to plan touring cities and event schedule
- Pitch Graywolf titles to event coordinators and respond to incoming event invitations
- Oversee author participation in literary festivals as assigned
- With other members of the team, ensure our events are promoted online
Travel, Meetings, Conferences, and Events
- Represent Graywolf at author events (typically nights / weekends)
- Represent Graywolf at conferences, trade shows, and literary festivals as assigned (will require some domestic travel post-pandemic)
- Represent Graywolf at board meetings and development events
- Work in partnership with others on the publicity team to maintain editorial calendar, content creation, and general response / management of Graywolf’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts, under supervision of Publicity Director
- Take an active role collaborating with the marketing team and the rest of the staff on cross-department projects, task forces, signature events, and outreach and engagement initiatives
- Design promotional items (tour graphics, bookmarks, postcards, etc.) as assigned
Required Education, Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
- At least two years of experience working as a book publicist with a publishing house
- Experience in author event programming
- Experience creating social media content for a company or business and working with social media in a professional capacity
- A commitment to increasing diversity in and access to literature
- An inclusive approach to publicity, and experience working creatively to engage a wide range of readers and communities, including those who are traditionally overlooked by the publishing industry
- Enthusiasm for and experience publicizing contemporary poetry and / or works in translation
- Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and deadlines, and the ability to prioritize work
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work collaboratively and flexibly with our staff of nineteen and as part of a team
- High level of comfort with Mac OS and Microsoft Office suite and other basic office technology
- High level of comfort with media databases such as Cision, Muckrack, etc.
Preferred Skills and Experience
- The ability to speak another language is an asset but is not required.
- Graphic design experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or Canva
- Previous experience with data entry, databases, and manipulating complex information
Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
- Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes.
Please submit a resume and cover letter addressed to Claire Laine, Director of Publicity, and Marisa Atkinson, Director of Marketing and Engagement, via Submittable. Please provide links to the book publicity campaigns, author tours, or professional social media accounts you have worked on directly in the past three years. Please also note where you are currently living, and if you are looking for a remote position or would consider relocating.
Applications will be accepted until November 28, 2022, and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls please.
Graywolf Press is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. We welcome and encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities, and disability statuses. To request an accommodation in the hiring process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Graywolf Press:
Graywolf Press is a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of twenty-first century American and international literature. We champion outstanding writers at all stages of their careers to ensure that adventurous readers can find underrepresented and diverse voices in a crowded marketplace.
We believe works of literature nourish the reader’s spirit and enrich the broader culture, and that they must be supported by attentive editing, compelling design, and creative promotion.