Subsidiary Rights Manager
SUBSIDIARY RIGHTS MANAGER, MIT Press, to license publishing rights for books and related products in order to support the broadest possible dissemination of the works and to secure profitable incremental revenues for the Press. Rights licensed include foreign translation, serials and extracts, and audio and electronic formats. Will engage deeply with the MIT Press list; sell rights to appropriate publishers worldwide; coordinate the entire process of rights licensing from initial contact through to monitoring the licensor’s publication schedule; serve as liaison both with internal editorial, marketing, and production staff and with external editors and publishers; negotiate deals and prepare and execute licensing contracts; nurture relationships with current and new customers; and prepare for and attend major trade events, including travelling overseas to attend meetings and develop new contacts.
A bachelor’s degree; five years of related experience in publishing; the ability to multitask and respond to deadlines; an excellent grasp of foreign markets and the publishing industry; and experience with high-level negotiations, managing legal agreements, creating financially sound deals, and administering accounts receivable through effective collections and entirely accurate and up-to-date records. Fluency in foreign languages is highly desirable. An interest in science, the arts, and current affairs would be helpful. Strong candidates will be consumers of MIT Press-related content, news, and cultural stories. Job #11594-O
The MIT Press seeks a highly motivated and creative Senior Publicist to develop and implement publicity campaigns for a substantial portion of the 200 trade and professional titles published by the Press each year. These span a wide range of subjects including architecture, art, computing, economics, environmental studies, new media, philosophy, and science. The Senior Publicist works closely with the authors of his or her assigned books as well as with journalists who may be interested in covering them in reviews, interviews, news articles, or cultural stories. The Senior Publicist writes 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, posts publicity and news items on the Press blog and social media sites, and sustains an informed dialogue with journalists (print, broadcast, and online) about new and upcoming titles of likely interest. The Senior Publicist also communicates results to Press staff and authors and helps with training of other members of the department, including assisting the Publicity Manager in training other members of the department and reviewing their press materials and review lists. Some travel may be required to pitch the seasonal list to the media and to attend trade shows and conferences.
The ideal candidate would have at least 3-4 years of publicity experience; 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; and experience working on author tours and events. An interest in science, the arts, and current affairs is helpful for this job; strong candidates will be avid consumers of news and cultural stories. Finalists will be expected to provide a writing sample (not an academic paper) that demonstrates a clear and persuasive style.
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