Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wanted: Salary Serf for Biblioasis employment

That's right. The rumours are true. Biblioasis is looking to hire a full-time publishing assistant, to start some time in early March. Though it will involve moving to the Windsor-area, we will do our best to make it worth your while. Details, for those interested, below. Please pass along to any and all who might be looking to get ink -- real and proverbial -- under their nails.

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About Biblioasis:

Biblioasis is one of the leading independent presses in the country, and has been called “the torchbearer for literary publishing in Canada” (Richard Bachmann, Different Drummer Books), “one of the bravest entities in Canadian literature” (The Walrus), and “the nation’s literary troublemakers.” (Maclean’s). Established in 2004 and based in Emeryville, 10 minutes outside of Windsor, Ontario, we prefer to think of ourselves as an intimate and motley assemblage of windmill chasers. Since 2004 we have published more than 80 trade books and chapbooks by many of the leading writers from Canada and abroad: these include Caroline Adderson, Clark Blaise, Bruce Jay Friedman, Terry Griggs, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Annabel Lyon, Alexander MacLeod, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Rebecca Rosenblum, Ray Robertson, Leon Rooke, Robyn Sarah, Kathleen Winter and many others. Press series include the Biblioasis International Translation Series, edited by Stephen Henighan, and the Biblioasis Renditions series of Canadian classics. We also publish the critical journal CNQ: Canadian Notes & Queries thrice yearly, a contrarian journal of cultural reviews, views and interviews (hence our reputation as the nation’s troublemakers.) For those interested in a full-on immersion in the world of Canadian publishing, where they can make a lasting contribution to literature in Canada, this is an opportunity not to be missed...


As we are a smaller independent press – quite literally a garage-based indie start-up – the prospective employee can expect to roll up his/her sleeves and eventually get involved in nearly all aspects of our publishing program, including editorial, administrative, production and marketing. Biblioasis responsibilities will include:

- copy-editing

- basic typesetting and design

- editorial and project management

- marketing press titles, including the writing and setting of copy and press releases, media mailings, following up on review copies, pitching media, and working on author tours

- helping to manage the website and press social media applications,

- general administrative tasks, including basic bookkeeping, bibliographic and database management.

On the CNQ side of the bill, the successful applicant can expect to work on editorial and marketing, including helping to manage our subscription campaigns.

Training will be provided, and the successful applicant will also accompany the publisher to a variety of trade shows, book fairs, sales conferences and PD sessions.


Post-Secondary Education

One-to-two years experience working in publishing and/or graduation from accredited publishing program


A knowledge and appreciation of Biblioasis titles, and a wider awareness of Canadian independent publishing and the Canadian literary community

InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Word, Excel and Filemaker experience

Familiarity with a range of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and blogging software.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Extremely organized and detail-oriented

Ability to multi-task and work to deadline

The ability to create and edit EPUB files would be an asset

Interested applicants can send their resumes to Biblioasis@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted until February 13th, with interviews to be scheduled over the following couple of weeks. For further information please contact Dan Wells at Biblioasis@gmail.com

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