Haymarket Books—a leading independent, nonprofit, radical publisher—is looking for a full-time publicist to join our team in our Chicago office.
Haymarket publishes books in a variety of genres and by a diverse array of authors, including Angela Y. Davis, Eve Ewing, Naomi Klein, José Olivarez, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Arundhati Roy, Rebecca Solnit, Howard Zinn, and many others. Haymarket is also home to the BreakBeat Poets series, a growing imprint of critically acclaimed and award-winning contemporary poetry.
The publicist will be responsible for securing interviews, reviews, features, op-eds, and online coverage, and organizing author events for up to sixteen new books a year, working across a range of subject areas and genres (including US politics and history, anti-racism, feminism, labor movement and socialist theory and history, ecology, and poetry).
Building and maintaining strong working relationships with a diverse range of Haymarket authors, as well as with major national media—broadcast, print, and online—will be central to the job, in addition to working closely with independent media and political organizations. Job responsibilities will also include metadata management and upkeep, direct marketing to readers, and creative use of social media and other marketing tools.
A successful candidate should be willing to try new and innovative approaches to publicity and marketing, and will need to represent each new title to journalists and reviews editors, booksellers, event coordinators, and others, and to efficiently manage events and publicity campaigns for multiple titles at a time.
At least two years of experience at some kind of media organization—not necessarily book publishing—is required, as is an affinity for Haymarket’s publishing mission and familiarity with the books we publish.
Candidates should be well organized, detail-oriented, able to juggle multiple projects and priorities, have initiative, be collegial and collaborative, and respond well to working under the pressure of deadlines. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, problem-solving skills, and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively are a must.
Haymarket Books is an equal opportunity employer and candidates from underrepresented populations are especially encouraged to apply. This position will be based out of our Chicago office and is not remote.
Haymarket Books is offering a competitive salary and health insurance. Please send a cover letter and resumé, with three references, to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line "Haymarket Publicist Application" by January 27, 2020.