January 17, 2018 in Latest News

Two Part-time Internship Opportunities at Brick Books – administrative in London, Ontario and editorial and acquisitions (poetry) in Toronto/Newmarket, Ontario

Brick Books is a literary press that specializes in publishing books by new and established voices in Canadian poetry since 1975. We are looking for two interns to help with our administrative and editorial areas, each for a part-time 3-month paid internship position. The administrative intern position would be located in London, Ontario, and would be for 3 days per week. The editorial intern position could be located anywhere in Ontario for most of the internship (it would be conducted online and by phone, one day a week), but the intern would need to travel to and stay in Newmarket, Ontario for two full weeks during the first two weeks of May (for an average of two days per week).

The positions are supported through the assistance of the OBPO (Ontario Book Publishers Organization) and the OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation.

Only applicants invited for interviews will receive responses.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INTERN

Location: London, Ontario

Job type: Part-time Administrative Intern (3 days a week) for 12 weeks – February 11, 2018 to May 15, 2018

Honorarium: $3600

The successful candidate will collaborate with and provide support to the general manager of a small literary press, learning how to execute many diverse tasks on the administrative side of publishing. (The general manager is responsible for all administrative tasks including marketing, promotion and author tours.)

Responsibilities:

Provide a variety of kinds of administrative support in daily tasks:

  • Respond to general inquiries and provide information.
  • Compose and prepare routine correspondence.
  • Organize and maintain filing systems, file correspondence and other records.
  • Maintain inventory of books and covers.
  • Maintain inventory of podcasts.
  • Post any news or reviews on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Update website as required with news or reviews or interviews.
  • Help organize marketing materials.
  • Assist in marketing and promotional activities – suggest new projects and improvements.
  • Investigate possible use of Instagram.
  • Help organize marketing events such as placing ads for spring books.
  • Maintain inventory of e-book files and sales.
  • Prepare weekly updates for sales reps of news items or reviews or interviews.
  • Arrange interviews for upcoming authors and plan promotion tours and pitch to festivals and reading series.
  • Update and maintain media lists.

Requirements:

  • Interested in learning all aspects of the business of publishing.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Some experience in an office environment is an asset.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical and multi-tasking skills.
  • Excellent sense of organization and ability to work to deadlines.
  • Positive attitude and ability to get along well with others.
  • Take time to ensure all work delivered is accurate and of high quality.
  • A strong interest in organization and ability to maintain and build on our current procedures
  • Ability to understand and interpret instructions, short correspondence and memos, and ask clarifying questions to ensure understanding.
  • Ability to understand and carry out general instructions in standard situations.
  • Understanding of social media as a marketing tool.

We strongly encourage submissions from Indigenous candidates, racialized candidates, candidates from the LGBTQ community, and candidates with disabilities.

If you are interested in applying for this administrative intern position, please submit your resume and cover letter to Kitty Lewis, General Manager, Brick Books at brick.books@sympatico.ca by January 30th.

Only applicants invited for interviews will receive responses.

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 EDITORIAL AND ACQUISITIONS INTERN (Poetry)

Location: Toronto (or anywhere in Ontario)/Newmarket

Job type: Part-time Editorial and Acquisitions Intern (February 11, 2018 to May 15, 2018) – one day a week online and by phone from anywhere in the province for the first ten weeks, then full-time on location to assist the Acquisitions Editor in person for the last two weeks.

Honorarium: $2400 (and in addition to the honorarium, the publisher will cover costs of transportation and accommodation for the two-week full-time period in Newmarket, Ontario)

The successful candidate will collaborate and provide support to the acquisitions editor during the press’s yearly acquisitions window, and in the two weeks after that window closes while the acquisitions editor compiles a shortlist for the acquisitions committee.

Responsibilities:

Provide support in weekly tasks:

  • Respond to general inquiries and provide information.
  • Keep a record of submissions (ie. dates they arrive, contact info, brief description of the manuscripts’ themes and subject matter).
  • Compose and prepare routine correspondence about the status of submissions.
  • Read submitted manuscripts and prepare reports on them.
  • Communicate to poets submitting manuscripts with constructive rejection letters.
  • Participate in discussions with acquisitions editor about quality of manuscripts and which ones might be passed on to a second reader for more serious consideration.

Provide support during intensive acquisitions period:

  • Assist the acquisitions editor in reading through the last batch of submissions in the press’s yearly January 1 to April 30 submissions window.
  • Assist the acquisitions editor in compiling a shortlist of approximately 15 manuscripts to be sent to the acquisitions committee.
  • Assist the acquisitions editor in writing short descriptions of each of the 15 chosen manuscripts.
  • Communicate to the shortlisted poets about the remainder of the acquisitions process.
  • Communicate to other poets with constructive rejection letters.

Requirements:

  • Interested in learning about the editorial and acquisitions side of publishing.
  • Must be a poet (with a publishing history of at least two published books of poetry).
  • Some editing experience is an asset.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to assess quality in poetry and articulate areas of strength and weakness with both kindness and acuity.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical and multi-tasking skills.
  • Excellent sense of organization and ability to work to deadlines.
  • Positive attitude and ability to get along well with others
  • Take time to ensure all work delivered is accurate and of high quality.
  • Must have access to a computer (with an up-to-date version of Word) and a reliable internet connection.

We strongly encourage submissions from Indigenous poets, racialized poets, poets from the LGBTQ community, and poets with disabilities.

If you are interested in applying for this administrative intern position, please submit your resume and cover letter to Barry Dempster, Acquisitions Editor, Brick Books at barrydempster@rogers.com by January 30th.

Only applicants invited for interviews will receive responses.

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