Senior Publicist

New York
Jul 11, 2013
Aug 10, 2013
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Full Time
About Picador:
Since its launch in 1995, Picador has rapidly established itself as one of the leading trade imprints for literary fiction and nonfiction in the country. In addition to publishing original titles in hardcover, paperback original, and eBook, Picador is the literary trade paperback imprint for Macmillan, publishing paperbacks from Farrar Straus & Giroux, Henry Holt & Co., and St. Martin's Press. Picador authors of fiction and nonfiction include Pulitzer Prize winners Rick Atkinson, Michael Cunningham, Jeffrey Eugenides, Thomas L. Friedman, Tony Horwitz, and Marilynne Robinson; National Book Award winners Jonathan Franzen, Shirley Hazzard, Denis Johnson, Alice McDermott, Richard Powers, Susan Sontag, and Judith Thurman; and Nobel Prize winners Nadine Gordimer, Herta Müller, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Patrick White. Picador's successful series include Alain de Botton's School of Life and international mysteries by Benjamin Black, Jason Goodwin, Arnaldur Indridason, Lars Kepler, and Jacqueline Winspear. Our bestselling authors include Paul Auster, Augusten Burroughs, Anita Diamant, Barbara Ehrenreich, Atul Gawande, Thomas Frank, Naomi Klein, Ann Leary, Hilary Mantel, Per Petterson, Richard Price, Robin Sloan, Edmund de Waal, and Tom Wolfe.
Requirements Position Description:
Picador is seeking an experienced Sr. Publicist to handle publicity for literary fiction and nonfiction hardcover, paperback original, e-original, and paperback reprint titles. Reporting to the Executive Director of Publicity at Picador, this individual will work closely with marketing and sales efforts to implement successful campaigns while developing and strengthening media and author relationships.

Major Responsibilities:
* Develop and execute publicity plans on a full list of books, working closely with high-profile authors, other members of the publicity team, the marketing department, and editorial staff
* Act as point person for inquiries pertaining to specific publicity plans/books
* Create press releases and pitch books to print, online, and broadcast media
* Responsible for booking multi-city tours, including speaking engagements and bookstore signings, and media appearances in each tour city

Required Skills / Knowledge:
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills; attention to detail
* Well-rounded knowledge of trade and general media
* Ability to work well both independently and in a collaborative environment
* Ability to be creative, assertive and persuasive
* Established relationships with major national media contacts, including especially TV and radio producers
* Strong understanding of social media including Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook, and how these platforms can be used to augment successful book publicity campaigns

Experience Needed:
* 4 to 6 years previous book publicity experience

Educational Background Required:
* Bachelor's degree required