Publicist, Countryman Press

    • Job ID: 512989-791309
    • Location: New York, NY
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
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Job Description:

The Countryman Press, an imprint of W. W. Norton & Company, seeks an energetic, ambitious, and creative publicist for our lifestyle-forward list. The person in this role will publicize cookbooks and cocktail guides, as well as practical books about parenting, gardening, pets, crafts, and travel/hiking. Candidates should know the current media landscape and have the contacts needed to help develop successful publicity campaigns. This is a unique opportunity to work closely with authors and other departments, and to play an important role in not just publicizing books, but also shaping a list and a vision for Countryman’s future.

Countryman is a close-knit and collaborative imprint; its books are designed to inspire, entertain, and teach. Our current list includes titles such as The King Arthur Baking Company’s All-Purpose Baker’s Companion, Matthew Raiford’s Bress ‘n’ Nyam, Ned and Ariel Fulmer’s The Date Night Cookbook, and Danielle Capalino’s Healthy Gut, Flat Stomach; outdoor and travel titles including the Explorer’s Guides and 50 Hikes series; and lifestyle books such as The Wonder Weeks101 Ways to Go Zero WasteOlive, Mabel & Me, and Gardentopia.

Essential Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Creating, developing and executing publicity campaigns for all of Countryman’s books
  • Writing press materials and coordinating media mailings of galleys, blads, and finished copies
  • Handling seasonal publicity mailings and other occasional imprint-wide P.R. outreach
  • Evaluating book proposals for publicity potential and sharing those perspectives at editorial/acquisition meetings
  • Cultivating positive working relationships with authors and the media
  • Working closely with Countryman’s marketing manager to coordinate plans and present ideas at bi-weekly marketing meetings and seasonal sales conferences
  • Keeping Norton’s sales department and other relevant departments and individuals apprised of updates and campaign highlights

   Please note - this job description is not designed to cover all activities required of the employee. 

Experience and Skills:

Required Qualifications Include:

  • Employment eligibility to work with W. W. Norton & Company in the U.S.
  • Must be able to work full business hours from Norton’s New York City Headquarters. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are temporarily providing employees the option to work remotely
  • W.W. Norton & Company ("Norton") strives to maintain a COVID-free workplace. To that end, being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment for all new Norton hires. Norton makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities, sincerely held religious beliefs, or other conditions protected by applicable law.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of 3 years relevant experience, including independently executing media campaigns
  • Background working with press and with broadcast, online, and social media in a publicity capacity
  • Excellent writing, analytical, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and Cision
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • A high level of initiative and a positive, can-do approach in a rapidly changing environment