at Little, Brown Book Group
Press Officer/Publicist (maternity cover)
Temporary contract (6 – 12 months) – start date 5th May 2015.
Little, Brown Book Group is looking to appoint a temporary press officer/ publicist for its literary division (Little Brown, Abacus, Virago and Blackfriars).
Our literary division publish a huge range of award-winning fiction and non-fiction writers, such as Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Rachel Cooke, Suzannah Dunn, Tom Holland, Marilynne Robinson, David Sedaris, Anita Shreve, Alexander McCall Smith, Donna Tartt and Sarah Waters.
Reporting to the Deputy Publicity Director, the successful candidate will be an excellent communicator with a passion for books, people and the media. This role is ideal for a junior publicist or a publicity assistant with some experience who is ready to work on their own campaigns.
The role encompasses planning and managing publicity campaigns for individual titles as well as being the lead publicist on our prestigious Virago Modern Classics list. You will be responsible for managing your own publicity schedules, including booking travel and accommodation for authors; sending out review copies; putting together mailing lists; attending author events/interviews as necessary.
Please send your CV and covering letter to Ann Woodhall, HR Director, Little Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for applications is 12.00 pm on the 6th March.
Little, Brown Book Group is an equal opportunities employer and employs people on the basis of their abilities.
The Little, Brown Book Group is part of the Hachette Book Group. Please check www.hachette.co.uk for group-wide vacancies.
Unpaid Work Experience
Little, Brown is changing its work experience programme from the 1st January 2014. We now offer unpaid work experience for two weeks in three different departments:
To help you choose the right area see below a short description of the type of work that each department does and the skills needed to work in that department.
To apply please send an email, listing the dates you are available, plus your CV to the department of your choice:
We will pay reasonable travel expenses within the M25 area so please keep copies of any receipts and hand them in to claim your expenses.
We aim to reply to all applications within six weeks.
IMPORTANT: We can only accept applications from people 18 years old and over and you must have eligibility to work in the UK.
Work experience with Editorial will include helping the assistants across all of Little, Brown’s imprints with tasks such as: proofreading manuscripts and epubs, drafting copy, researching topics, creating and maintaining databases, reading and reporting on unsolicited submissions, general admin and any ad hoc jobs that come up throughout your stay.
For a career in editorial you must be excellent at communicating with everyone – from other departments, to authors and agents – whether via email, phone or in person. You must be able to manage projects, prioritise deadlines and champion your authors, combining creative flair with sales aims, and develop a knowledge of the market. But, most importantly, you must be passionate about finding truly great stories.
This is an energetic department which plans and implements dynamic and innovative publicity campaigns for Little, Brown Book Group’s titles.
Work experience with the Publicity Department includes creating press releases, show cards and flyers, helping to research and compile mailing lists, updating the website and/or social media pages, contacting bloggers and reviewers about reviews, and general admin such as photocopying and filing.
For a career in publicity you should be enthusiastic, creative, organised and be able to work under pressure.
Work experience in the Little, Brown marketing department could include sourcing and sending out competition prizes, getting book proofs ready for press and booksellers, loading photos and events onto our website, keeping track of reviews, and undertaking diverse research projects – from competitor analysis to quotes for branded merchandise.
For a career in marketing you must have a good knowledge of MS Office; previous experience using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or a website CMS would be an advantage; but our main requirements are enthusiasm, a can-do attitude, and a passion for books and marketing them.
Work for us
The people who work at Little, Brown reflect the diversity of life in the UK and of the books we publish. As well as loving the titles on our list and giving their all to their various jobs, many belong to the groups and committees that have grown up in response to demand. We have a Diversity committee; an ethical group that looks at book production and office practice in terms of the environment; a group of volunteers who help with reading in local schools and mentor young people.
If you are interested in joining Little, Brown, please check back often to view the job vacancies on this page of this website. When recruiting, we look for the top people in every field, from a wide range of social and ethnic backgrounds, and with the greatest level of talent, passion and commitment for publishing.