The Publicist is responsible for ensuring that Harvard UP books reach
the broadest possible audience by securing appropriate media coverage
for them. He or she works closely with the authors of his or her
assigned books as well as with book review editors, radio and TV
producers, bloggers, and journalists who may be interested in covering
those books in reviews, interviews, news articles, or cultural stories.
The Publicist writes galley and pitch letters and press releases,
researches media, assembles mailing lists for galleys and review copies,
schedules interviews, organizes author tours, signings, and other book
related events, develops press kits, and sustains an informed dialogue
with members of the media (print, broadcast, and online) about new and
upcoming titles of likely interest.
This position also works closely with the editorial department to gain a
complete sense of assigned books and with colleagues across the Press to
coordinate efforts on behalf of the book and to convey to colleagues how
the books are being received in the outside world. Some travel may be
required to pitch the seasonal list to the media and to attend trade and
scholarly shows and conferences.
Other Duties: Performs other duties as required in furtherance of the
College degree and 2-3 years experience in related background in
publishing and/ or the academy required. Ability to use PC and related
word processing and database software required.
Additional Qualifications The ideal candidate will have the ability to
absorb complex material from a range of disciplines quickly; be very
organized and able to write clearly about complex subjects; have the
ability to multi-task and meet deadlines; have media contacts and
possess a proven track record publicizing serious nonfiction. An
interest in science, history and current affairs is helpful for this
job, as is a familiarity with trends in academic history; strong
candidates will be avid consumers of news and cultural stories.
Candidate must be able to work independently and with others under
deadline pressure, in a collegial manner with authors and colleagues in
a university press setting. Finalists will be expected to provide a
writing sample (not an academic paper) that demonstrates a clear and
persuasive style. Travel required.
Harvard University Press is a major publisher of non-fiction, scholarly
and general interest books. Visit our web site at www.hup.harvard.edu