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The MIT Press seeks a highly motivated and creative Publicist to develop and implement publicity campaigns for a substantial portion of the 200 trade, academic 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 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 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 (including book sales), 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.

Required Skills:

The ideal candidate would have at least 2-3 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.

 

Manuscript Workflow Assistant

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MANUSCRIPT WORKFLOW ASSISTANT, MIT Press-Editorial, Design, and Production (EDP), to assist EDP manager and contribute to MIT Press book workflow.  Responsibilities include performing castoffs for books to be typeset internally; reviewing and marking up first pages for design and editorial elements; reviewing proofs for compliance with existing design specs and reviewing proofs to ensure that no elements have degraded or dropped out in final stages; assisting with entering corrections (using Adobe InDesign) and preparing XML files for composition; providing quality control for imports and distributions as assigned; checking edits entered for author-prepared manuscripts; checking author-prepared pages for conformance with Press composition and pagination requirements; performing eXtyles activation, post-processing, and other eXtyles tasks as assigned; monitoring the editorial table; serving as second reader for jacket proofs; maintaining the AllBooks database; assisting with preparations for launch meetings; handling Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Process data applications; coordinating transmittals between Editorial, DIG, and Design departments and routing them to the appropriate recipient; monitoring book schedules in AllBooks and Alfresco tasks to make sure transmittals are issued according to the schedule; and performing editorial tasks or supervising freelance editors for a number of assigned manuscripts.

Required Skills:

A minimum of three years’ directly related publishing experience; thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word and experience with Adobe InDesign; exceptional eye for detail; and the ability to exercise judgment in conferring with others during all stages of work. Familiarity with XML and general technical expertise are highly valued. Experience with workflow and/or content management tools a plus, as is an appreciation for book design and typography and an interest in the publishing process.  Bachelor’s degree preferred.

 

The MIT Press, a major publisher of scholarly books and journals, seeks a new member of its Digital Initiatives Group. As part of the XML publishing workflow team, this member will participate in the development, evaluation, testing, and deployment of new digital products for both the Books and Journals divisions of the Press. Daily tasks include preparation and distribution of PDF and ePub files and associated metadata to ebook vendors; upkeep of the bibliographic and distribution databases; assisting in the maintenance of technology vendor relationships; evaluation of backlist files for their suitability in both print and electronic publishing programs; and preparing and organizing files for production and archiving.

The Digital Production Assistant also provides general administrative and digital product support to the department.

Skills:

Required: Experience working in a cross-platform, electronic production environment; working knowledge of HTML/XML standards and practices, particularly in the publishing sector; proficiency with Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office.

Preferred: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. ePub file creation and Adobe Creative Suite experience. Knowledge of Drupal a strong plus.

- See more at: http://www.aaupnet.org/resources/jobs-list/details/3/8219#sthash.gfbSBY1S.dpuf

The MIT Press, a major publisher of scholarly books and journals, seeks a new member of its Digital Initiatives Group. As part of the XML publishing workflow team, this member will participate in the development, evaluation, testing, and deployment of new digital products for both the Books and Journals divisions of the Press. Daily tasks include preparation and distribution of PDF and ePub files and associated metadata to ebook vendors; upkeep of the bibliographic and distribution databases; assisting in the maintenance of technology vendor relationships; evaluation of backlist files for their suitability in both print and electronic publishing programs; and preparing and organizing files for production and archiving.

The Digital Production Assistant also provides general administrative and digital product support to the department.

Skills:

Required: Experience working in a cross-platform, electronic production environment; working knowledge of HTML/XML standards and practices, particularly in the publishing sector; proficiency with Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office.

Preferred: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. ePub file creation and Adobe Creative Suite experience. Knowledge of Drupal a strong plus.

- See more at: http://www.aaupnet.org/resources/jobs-list/details/3/8219#sthash.gfbSBY1S.dpuf

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