Publicist

House of Anansi Press

Location: Toronto
Deadline for applicants: July 26, 2017
Date posted: July 18, 2017
Job Type: Full Time, Permanent
Job Category: Publicity

House of Anansi Press, Canada’s largest independent publishing house, is looking for a dynamic Publicist to join their lively team. A passion for publicity, ideas and culture are essential; some evening and weekend work will be required.

Reporting to the Publicity Director, the Publicist will be responsible for planning and implementing creative publicity campaigns in Canada and the US for a diverse selection of innovative Canadian and International titles across the Anansi list.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create and implement publicity strategies for a selection of Canadian and International titles (fiction and non-fiction) to garner maximum media exposure for authors and their work
  • Secure interviews, features, review coverage across all media (both traditional and emerging platforms) including in print, radio, television, and online
  • Plan and manage author appearances at literary festivals, reading series and bookstores
  • Draft press materials, including press releases, email pitches and press kits
  • Provide outstanding author care
  • Build relationships with key media contacts and event partners
  • Maintain up to date internal communications on progress of publicity campaigns, author events and media features
  • Manage US publicity for a selection of Anansi titles distributed into the US
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues within the publicity department as well as with sales, marketing and editorial departments at Anansi

Job Requirements

  • Minimum 1-2 years’ experience in publicity, preferably in the creative industries (book publishing ideal)
  • Flexible and highly organized, able to manage a number of high-profile campaigns simultaneously
  • Superlative written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of social media
  • Driven and self-motivated, with ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Creativity and a passion for book publishing

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to jobs@anansi.ca with the subject line “Application: Publicist.” We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Sales Assistant

House of Anansi Press / Groundwood Books

Location: Toronto
Deadline for applicants: July 28, 2017
Date posted: July 13, 2017
Job Type: Full Time, Permanent
Job Category: Sales

Are you looking for an excuse to talk about books all day? Are you the sort of person who finds joy in a perfectly formatted spreadsheet? Do you dream of a workplace full of interesting and indie-spirited people who share your passion for Very Good Books?

House of Anansi Press and Groundwood Books is one of the largest independent publishing companies in Canada, and we are looking for a dynamic and organized Sales Assistant!

The Sales Assistant is a full-time permanent position in the Sales Department. The Sales Assistant works across both Anansi and Groundwood imprints and reports to the National Accounts Manager. This position requires a close working relationship with all internal departments including the marketing, editorial, and production departments, as well as with our field sales reps in Canada and in the US where the Sales Assistant provides administrative, analytical, and sales support.

We are looking for someone who is keen to learn, self-motivated, and committed to a career in publishing. The ideal candidate will be able to multi-task and juggle priorities, and will have strong computer skills, particularly with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint programs. A positive attitude and a passion for selling books are essential and a minimum of one year of experience in the publishing industry is a valuable asset.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working closely with sales reps, sales staff, warehouse customer service, and financial departments to make sure sales go smoothly to bookstores, authors, and at special events.
  • Supporting field sales reps by coordinating materials and serving as their in-house contact for events, publicity, and marketing matters.
  • Organizing for and attending events such as author launches, conferences, and public events like Word on the Street and the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
  • Assisting in the management of Canadian and US inventory by monitoring stock levels and coordinating stock transfers while working closely with warehouse staff and the sales team.
  • Managing direct sales and web sales including customer service, invoicing, and fulfilling orders.
  • Assisting with the creation of marketing and sales materials for reps and sales staff.
  • Note: Some activities take place on weekends and outside of typical business hours. A valid driver’s license is required.

We are an equal opportunity employer and offer a great work environment and excellent benefits program.

Interested applicants are asked to complete the web form and upload their cover letter and résumé here:
http://bit.ly/2udRl4b

All applications are due by July 28, 2017. No phone calls please. We would like to thank all those who apply, but only those under consideration will be contacted.