Director of Business Development

New York
Mar 28, 2013
Apr 27, 2013
Dan Gerstein
Full Time
RESPONSIBILITIES: The director of business development (DBD) will work closely with the firm’s president and director of operations to: raise awareness of our Bookwriters Group in general and deepen our connections within the publishing industry in particular, identify and close new business opportunities, and manage relations with clients the DBD brings into the firm.

More specifically, the DBD will be responsible for:

•Formulating and executing long-term business development and marketing strategies
•Meeting with literary agents and publicists, editors at major houses, and other publishing and communications professionals who could be potential sources of business
•Representing the firm at major industry conferences
•Organizing events to increase brand recognition
•Negotiating terms and drafting contracts for clients they bring in
•Serving as the first point of contact for clients under contract
•Overseeing the assignment of writers to their projects

QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires substantial knowledge of the publishing industry and the craft and business of writing; strong people, pitching, and relationship-building skills; and a mix of initiative, creativity, and business savvy.

In addition, the ideal candidate will have:

•A minimum of 3-5 years experience working in a business development capacity at a literary agency, PR firm, or major publishing house

•A wide network of connections throughout the publishing industry

•Excellent writing ability

•Enthusiasm for working in a start-up environment

NOTE: Compensation for this position will be primarily commission-based

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