Publicist, Avid Reader Press


New York, NY, US, 10020

New York





Avid Reader Press seeks a Publicist for our dynamic, collaborative, and growing imprint. The right candidate will have the ability to publicize a wide range of fiction and nonfiction titles, with an emphasis on literary fiction and literary memoir, while closely collaborating with multiple stakeholders; initiate and execute sophisticated, multi-stage publicity campaigns; and be comfortable presenting to internal and external stakeholders. Preferred candidates will be creative, organized, and detail-oriented, and have a strong understanding of the media landscape. Strong candidates will be familiar with the book publishing timeline—from acquisition to on-sale to backlist—and be comfortable managing publicity activities throughout each phase, as well as enthusiastic about collaboration with other imprint departments.

Avid Reader Press, the newest division of Simon & Schuster, is built on the idea that the most rewarding publishing has three common denominators: great books, published with intense focus, in true partnership with authors, agents, booksellers, and the media. The staff at Avid Reader Press, a small band of cheerful literary warriors, strives to publish every book with avidity. Authors include Andy Borowitz, Adrienne Brodeur, Frank Bruni, Ray Dalio, Michaeleen Doucleff, Patricia Engel, Garrett Graff, Myriam Gurba, Julia May Jonas, Chloe Cooper Jones, Ezra Klein, Susan Orlean, Tunde Oyeneyin, and Lisa Taddeo.
Primary Responsibilities:

• Bring, maintain, and foster strong relationships with key media and journalists
• Develop and execute title-specific publicity campaigns for frontlist titles
• Write press materials, pitch, and secure media coverage (broadcast, print, digital) including cover reveals & book announcements, feature interviews, essay placements, reviews, and round-ups in national and local media
• Build strong relationships with Avid Reader editors and authors, maintaining excellent communication regarding the status of campaigns
• Plan and coordinate in-person and virtual author book tours and arrange author travel where needed

Preferred Qualifications:

• Excellent written, oral, organizational, and presentation skills
• Possess existing relationships with national and major market media
• Experience creating and executing highly successful title-based media campaigns
• Demonstrated booking and author tour management skills
• Experience publicizing works by authors from underserved/underrepresented backgrounds and communities
• Must have good time management skills, be organized and detail-oriented, and capable of multi-tasking
• Have the ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, work independently, and demonstrate good follow-up and follow-through
• Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects and work flexibly and quickly

• Bachelor’s Degree
• 3+ years relevant publicity or marketing experience


Simon & Schuster has been named to Forbes magazine list of “America’s Best Mid-Size Employers 2022.”

Simon & Schuster is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world’s most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Adams Media, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, and proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories. 
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The annual salary for this position is $60,000.00 - $64,000.00 


The hiring salary range for this position applies to New York City, California, Colorado, Washington state, and most other geographies. Starting pay for the successful applicant depends on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education.  The benefits available for this position include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, tuition assistance program and PTO or, if applicable,  as otherwise dictated by the appropriate Collective Bargaining Agreement.


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