Quirk Books is looking for a creative individual with a passion for pop culture and a strong track record in book design to join our design team. We publish everything from best-selling fiction to lifestyle books to children’s titles—with an emphasis on books that are bold, unprecedented, beautifully designed, fun, and affordable. This is a full-time, in-house position located in Philadelphia.
The Senior Designer will design covers and interior layouts for 8–10 new books per year. The position may be responsible for other design needs as appropriate. This position reports to Quirk Books’ Associate Art Director and works closely with 2 other designers.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Conceive and design covers and interiors for approximately 8–10 books per year.
- Consult with Associate Art Director and Project Editor to evaluate individual project needs.
- Hire and manage freelance artists and photographers to contribute to covers and interior layout.
- Present design directions to Associate Art Director and key company management for feedback and approval.
- Create designs that are appropriate for both physical and digital versions of books.
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience in book design (cover and interior) with an attention to detail and schedules.
- Knowledge of book publishing processes and functions (editorial, managing editorial, production, design, copyediting, marketing, and sales) and excellent intra- and interdepartmental communication and collaboration skills necessary.
- Must demonstrate a strong understanding of design principles and creative problem solving.
- Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite and other critical design software.
- Must be highly motivated, a self-starter, and results-driven and have the ability to take appropriate steps to achieve goals.
- Must be a flexible team player able to take on shifting responsibilities as needs arise.
Quirk Books is headquartered on a charming cobblestone street in the historic Old City district of Philadelphia. Quirk publishes just 25 strikingly unconventional books per year, and every title is a labor of love born out of our passions and obsessions. Always looking to set the next trend, Quirk delivers books and stories that are bold, unprecedented, beautifully designed, and affordable. Some of Quirk’s more popular titles include the best-selling YA series Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the Edgar Award–winning mystery The Last Policeman, fangirl favorite Geekerella, the legendary Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and classroom favorite William Shakespeare’s Star Wars—plus children’s books, pop culture titles, cookbooks, art books, gag gifts, and more. Quirk’s books are distributed worldwide by Penguin Random House and available wherever books are sold.
To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, portfolio link or PDF, and salary expectations to email@example.com.
Publicity and Marketing Fellow (Fall 2018-Spring 2019)
Summary: A part-time, paid fellowship position that allows the candidate to learn about the publicity and marketing process in book publishing through hands-on experience. The fellowship runs from September 2018 through April 2019 and requires a minimum commitment of 20 hours a week.
- Publicity Support: Assisting the publicist and director of publicity on publicity campaigns, including writing press materials and pulling media lists.
- Clerical Support: Fulfilling mailings, tracking, and logging publicity clips, sending weekly status reports, filing/copying, and taking minutes during weekly marketing meetings.
- Content Production: Creating and posting content on Tumblr and Pinterest, photo editing, writing press materials and blog posts, and brainstorming ideas for the Quirk blog.
- Research: Media contacts, library and retail marketing contacts, and digital marketing.
- Digital Support: Back-end maintenance of QuirkBooks.com, including uploading and tracking blog posts.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills
- Must have good time-management skills and be organized and detail oriented
- Must be proactive, flexible, and adaptive in a rapidly changing environment
- Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and work independently
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Google Docs
- Knowledge of Canva or Adobe Spark a plus
- Undergraduate or graduate student, preferably majoring in a relevant subject area
- Must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours a week
- Previous internship experience in publishing a plus
About Quirk Books:
Quirk Books is headquartered on a quiet cobblestone street in the historic Old City district of Philadelphia. Quirk publishes just twenty-five books per year and every title is a labor of love. Some of our more popular recent titles include the best-selling YA fantasy novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the Edgar Award–winning mystery The Last Policeman, and classroom favorite William Shakespeare’s Star Wars—plus cookbooks, children’s books, art books, gag gifts, pop culture titles, and more. Our books are distributed worldwide by Penguin Random House. Visit QuirkBooks.com for more information.
To Apply: Please submit cover letter, resume, and one-page writing sample (such as a blog post, press release, or book review) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by 7/31/18.
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David Borgenicht, Founder
Jason Rekulak, Publisher
Moneka Hewlett, Vice President of Sales
Nicole De Jackmo, Director of Publicity and Marketing
Rick Chillot, Writer and Editor