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Jobs at Islandport Press

Internships

Current Openings

 

Assistant Editor

Editorial Assistant (Closed)

Summer 2023 Internship

Freelance Editor

Freelance Publicist

Assistant Editor 
Posted 3/9/23: We are no longer accepting new applications for this position. 

Islandport Press is seeking an Assistant Editor who is highly-organized, creative, passionate, and knowledgable about regional publishing. The Assistant Editor will work on  administrative, marketing, project management, and editorial tasks in support of the Islandport Publishing Program. The Assistant Editor is involved in a variety of tasks to support the acquisition and development of new books as well as external communications, and sales and marketing activities. Some weekend and night work may be required. This is an onsite job at our office in Yarmouth, Maine.

Job tasks may include, but are not limited to, the following:



Manage or help manage book projects through all phases from manuscript to bound book; acquisition, editorial, copyediting, design and production
Read, report on, respond to, and track submissions
Draft jacket, catalog, and promotional copy, and prepare fact sheets with title information for marketing, publicity, and sales departments
Prepare contract requests and process payments
Attend and prepare materials for editorial, marketing, and sales meetings
Participate in brainstorming meetings and share ideas for projects
Data entry tasks
Correspond directly with authors, illustrators, and agents
Track and handle sub-right contracts with Islandport partners
Work in support of distribution partners on marketing and sales
Copy edit and proofread books, editorial content, and marketing materials
Create original content for inside and outside publications
Perform sales and book research
Fact checking and research
Help update Islandport’s website and social media channels, when necessary
 

The successful candidate will:
Have some book industry or relevant experience
Have some writing and editing experience
Be proficient in Word, Excel, Macintosh software, and Google Workstation
Be passionate about books and the creative process
Be curious about different genres of books
Possess excellent verbal and written communications skills
Be highly organized, capable of multi-tasking, and detail-oriented
Be able to work effectively with colleagues at every level of seniority
Be self-directed and able to work independently
Demonstrate imagination, creativity, and original thinking
Be comfortable using email, calendar management, and file management tools


Bachelor's Degree strongly preferred.



If you are interested in our Assistant Editor position, you must submit a resume AND cover letter to Shannon Butler at shannon@islandportpress.com. Please note this is an in-person position at our Yarmouth, Maine office.  No telephone calls, please. 

Islandport Press is a small, fiercely independent book publishing company based in Yarmouth, Maine. The company, one of the leading independent presses in New England, has a back list of roughly 200 titles, and strives to publish about 20 new and revised titles per year.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. 
 

Editorial Assistant CLOSED, no longer accepting applications

The Islandport Press Editorial Assistant is an entry-level, full time, position responsible for administrative, marketing, and editorial support of the Islandport Publishing Program. The EA is involved in a variety of tasks to support the acquisition and development of new books as well as external communications, and sales and marketing activities, including social media and event planning. Some weekend and night work may be required.
 This is an onsite job at our office in Yarmouth, Maine.

Job tasks may include, but are not limited to, the following:


General

Provide general administrative support, including handling calls and messages and taking book orders.

Perform general office, clerical, and warehouse tasks as needed

Attend and help organize events

Editorial

Copy edit and proofread books, editorial content, and marketing materials

Write and develop book and author-based content for website and external channels

Create original content for inside and outside publications

Perform sales and book research

Plan and create social media content

Fact checking and research

 

Marketing

Create and manage newsletters

Manage or help develop various marketing materials, including seasonal catalogs

In-house support of sales representative

Serve as an in-house sales contact and provide support for certain retail and sales partners

Write press releases

Help develop book publicity, including review copies and award submissions

Organize and repurpose external publicity

Serve as post-publication author liaison

Support distribution partners post-publication

Manage select databases 

Manage events and trade shows


The successful candidate will:

Be passionate about books
Be curious about different genres of books
Be passionate about the creative process and sharing ideas
Possess excellent verbal and written communications skills.
Be highly organized, capable of multi-tasking, and detail-oriented.
Be able to work effectively with colleagues at every level of seniority.
Be self-directed and able to work independently.
Demonstrate imagination, creativity, and original thinking.
Be comfortable using email, calendar management, and file management tools.
Be familiar with Apple Macintosh and word processing programs.

Bachelor's Degree preferred.


If you are interested in our Editorial Assistant position, you must submit a resume and cover letter to

Shannon Butler at shannon@islandportpress.com. Please note this is an in-person position at our Yarmouth, Maine office.  No telephone calls, please. 

Islandport Press is a small, fiercely independent book publishing company based in Yarmouth, Maine. The company, one of the leading independent presses in New England, has a back list of roughly 200 titles, and strives to publish about 20 new and revised titles per year.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. 

Internships: Summer 2023

For Summer 2023, Islandport Press will again offer a ten-week, in-person internship in the book publishing industry. We look for highly-motivated, organized, enthusiastic individuals who are interested in learning about all aspects of book publishing from editing to marketing to events, and are willing to pitch in wherever the need arises. These are paid hourly positions with set, but somewhat flexible schedules. 

Our interns typically work 24 to 30 hours a week from mid-June to mid-August. (Occasionally, we offer shorter internships during spring and fall semesters.) We give preference to college students who will be entering their senior year, but we also consider recent post-graduates as well as younger college students.

For Summer 2023, applications are due by April 7. We will review all applicants and make a final hiring decision by

early May.

Interns at Islandport Press will work in all areas of a small publishing house. Duties include, but are not limited to editing, manuscript evaluation, data entry, marketing, social media, research, writing, and other miscellaneous tasks.

If you are interested in a summer internship, you must submit a resume and cover letter, including your dates of availability and expressing the goals you hope to accomplish, no later than April 7. Please send your application via email to

Shannon Butler at shannon@islandportpress.com. Please note this is an in-person internship at our Yarmouth, Maine office. Interns are responsible for their own housing. No telephone calls, please. 

Freelance Editors

We do use freelance editors for a variety of book editing tasks, including copyediting and proofreading. If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to: Editor-in-Chief, Islandport Press, P.O. Box 10, Yarmouth, Maine 04096 or email to info@islandportpress.com. We keep resumes on file for possible project work.

Freelance Publicist

We do use freelance publicists to help promote select titles. If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to: Editor-in-Chief, Islandport Press, P.O. Box 10, Yarmouth, Maine 04096 or email to info@islandportpress.com. We keep resumes on file for possible project work.

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