Independent Publishers Group

Publisher Development Coordinator


The publisher development coordinator serves as general support for the publisher development team, with a focus on IPG’s digital product line and client publishers. Responsibilities include management of day-to-day client business, regular outreach to key clients, setup and onboarding for incoming clients, and list and title management for select group of clients. As part of publisher development, the coordinator will help build and maintain internal policies and procedures across all programs.

This position acts as the front end of the relationship with many of our largest clients and will regularly liaise with other IPG departments such as digital services, marketing, and data management to ensure optimal service and business continuity for them. Other responsibilities include continued documentation and updating of internal processes and management of client service tickets via a ticketing system.

The coordinator is responsible for ensuring such clients’ satisfaction with the company as a publisher partner and as a suite of indispensable services to help these clients maintain business continuity during onboarding and ultimately grow their business.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Manage client relationships with a large set of clients, and subsequently new and existing IPG publisher clients.
  • Educate clients on workflow process and onboard new clients as part of greater publisher development team.
  • Train clients on submit new titles and manage their existing catalog.
  • Investigate & answer client tickets while maintaining service level agreements.
  • Troubleshoot issues with clients for quick resolution.
  • Assist print clients, orient them with IPG’s self-service systems, suggest titles for Digital Printing as needed.
  • Identify and develop ways to streamline and improve client experience
  • Assist the Publisher Development Specialist in creating procedures and documentation for new initiatives.
  • Review client facing and internal documentation for accuracy and clarity.
  • Coordinate & communicate client needs and issues with IPG teams.
  • Collaborate with the larger Publisher Development team, including Data, Digital Printing, and Digital Services.
  • Coordinate & communicate client needs and issues with IPG teams, including marketing and digital sales.
  • Work closely with the Digital team on eBook conversions, production and distribution of titles.
  • Manage client ticketing requests and IT development needs.
  • Other tasks and duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field.
  • A minimum of two to three years’ experience with account/client management or related experience in the publishing industry.
  • Adept at multi-tasking and prioritizing concurrent projects.
  • Strong experience with Excel & Word.
  • Experience with client ticketing systems, such as FreshDesk and/or JIRA.
  • Experience with documentation platforms like Dynamics and Confluence.
  • Familiarity with book business, including BISAC standards and eBook formats.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Attention to detail and tireless drive to solve problems.
  • Comfortable with making decisions and prioritizing workflow with impact on business.
  • Ability to work with a larger team, consisting of both technical and non-technical members and clients.
  • Comfortable with an open and fast paced working environment.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Physical abilities: Must be able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time in an office or home-office environment.
  • No travel requirements.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

About the Company

IPG is the original independent distributor of books, ebooks, and audiobooks from publishers around the world, and a top 10 supplier of book content to, Barnes & Noble, independent bookstores, libraries, and specialty markets, in addition to thousands of retailers globally.

Established in 1971, Independent Publishers Group (IPG) was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987. In the fall of 2006, Chicago Review Press, Inc., the parent company of IPG, bought Trafalgar Square Publishing, Inc., the leading North American distributor of UK publishers. Trafalgar Square Publishing was founded in 1973 and as a division of IPG, now distributes products from clients such as Penguin Random House UK, Australia, New Zealand, and China; Allen & Unwin; The History Press UK; Amberley Publishing; HarperCollins UK; Pan Macmillan; and John Blake.

With consistent growth each year, IPG’s success has come from supporting and encouraging the growth of its client publishers in the United States and worldwide. IPG has a wide reach in the market with its distribution of publishers with academic, Spanish-language, children’s, and general nonfiction and fiction titles.


Contact Information

Alicia J. McCray, Human Resources Manager
Independent Publishers Group
814 N. Franklin Street
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