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Associate Book Designer

As Mayfly Design continues to grow our reach and book design services, we are looking to expand our freelance team. We’re looking for designers who are interested in book design and publishing, and have have experience working in Adobe InDesign as it’s applied to the book design and publishing field. Design work will include everything from long-form publications, creative typography, and modern cover design. If you are a creative designer with strong attention to detail, this might be the perfect opportunity for you. This is an in-person, hourly position with opportunity to learn and grow as you gain experience with our small team.

Mayfly Design has been designing books for publishers and self-published authors for over 15 years. We design book interiors and covers for a wide range of genres and pride ourselves on exceptional design and customer service. Our mission is to celebrate and advance the universal connection and goodwill of storytelling.

Digital Marketing Specialist

Summary: The Digital Marketing Specialist is a key member of a high-energy, fast-paced marketing team working on fully integrated digital marketing campaigns for Lerner Publishing Group. The Digital Marketing Specialist is responsible for managing multiple internal and external marketing projects simultaneously to ensure timely, accurate, and on-budget completion. This position writes, proofreads, edits, and manages communications ranging from email, social media posts, blogs, and other marketing materials for a range of fiction and nonfiction books for children and teens. The Digital Marketing Specialist is involved in all aspects of the marketing process, and applies his/her project management experience and copywriting experience as part of a collaborative team. Projects include product emails, newsletters, discussion guides, digital ads, promotions, web copy, virtual event/tradeshow materials, social media content.

Duties and Responsibilities
1. Day-to-day coordination of and updating of company websites, microsites, landing pages, promotional pages, and sub-sites, in accordance with marketing department strategies and industry best practices.
2. Day-to-day management of marketing automation software to facilitate execution of email programs and campaigns. Manage deployment of email campaigns including development of tests/creative, list management according to established strategies, QA and proofing of product information, campaign deployment, communication with sales and customer service departments regarding campaign details, and data/response tracking.
3. Analyze and report on email campaign, online advertising, and website performance. Identify trends and opportunities for improved open, click through, and conversion rates.
4. Collaboratively work to define and execute online marketing strategies to acquire and retain customers and increase digital engagement.
5. Utilize online website data and research to identify trends, online user behaviors, and segments. Track and report on web effectiveness and trends; create monthly reports for marketing and executive teams that include an analysis of current site activity and future marketing recommendations based on trend data.
6. Monitor competitive online marketing activity, websites, and spending and propose revisions to existing programs and new programs to ensure a leadership position. Provide recommendations on usability and upgrades.
7. Produce compelling, on-brand ideas and content, powerful headlines, benefits-driven copy, and marketing content that drives customer action. Ensure that copy meets Lerner Publishing Group brand standards and requirements (style, voice, tone, etc.) and that written and visual content works hand in hand.
8. Consult, as appropriate, with channel marketing managers, editors, and/or sales staff for each project to understand strategy, clarify messaging, and resolve project content issues.
9. Manage blog and social media presence, tie content marketing planning into email campaigns with the goal of growing readership of blog and email newsletters
10. Work with VP Marketing and other marketing staff to develop and monitor ROI and other benchmarks to evaluate the effectiveness of all of our marketing pieces.
11. Perform other related business duties assigned by the immediate supervisor and/or other management as required.

Experience and Necessary Skills
1. Minimum of two years’ consumer and/or B2B email and online marketing experience is required.
2. Experience with set-up and deployment of online marketing and email campaigns is a must, including link and tracking key building, QA testing of campaign assets and landing page functionality, and email management software.
3. Has demonstrated strong project management skills and is able to manage multiple projects with overlapping deadlines simultaneously, to prioritize and communicate effectively, and to work effectively as part of a team.
4. Strong direct response marketing instincts, including ability to evaluate and propose edits to copywriting and design to improve marketing effectiveness.
5. Exceptional analytical, organizational, written and verbal communication skills.
6. Possesses superior attention to detail as a dedication to excellence is imperative to the position.
7. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, managing deadlines and obtaining necessary approvals.
8. Strong proficiency in Word, Excel, HTML, Canva, Google Analytics and marketing automation and web content management tools.
9. Publishing or education marketing experience a plus.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or related field

Journal Editor

DESCRIPTION:  The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants to oversee the production of Minnesota History, the quarterly magazine of the Minnesota Historical Society. The Journal Editor is responsible for handling or managing all phases of the development, editing, design, production, and distribution of the magazine in print and digital platforms. The position works to ensure the highest quality product in support of good history and of MNHS institutional goals and priorities.

SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Plan, develop, edit, and oversee the production of Minnesota History; 2) Recruit and collaborate with authors and contributors of magazine content; 3) Perform and oversee editorial tasks; 4) Oversee the printing, mailing, and distribution of each issue; 5) Prepare an annual budget and manage expenditures; 6) Innovate new magazine features, content channels and content strategies; and 7) Perform and manage various administrative tasks.


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

Experience working as an editor, historian/researcher, and/or project manager.

Valid driver’s license.

Ability and willingness to travel.


Evaluating scholarly and historical articles with discrimination and discernment based on knowledge of the subject, strength of the research, and editorial quality.

Project management.

Executing the highest levels of manuscript editing (substantive, style, language, etc.).

Multitasking, working effectively under pressure to meet deadlines, prioritizing, and adapting to changing priorities.

Planning and managing budgetary expenses and revenue channels.

Editing digital files and managing files with efficiency and care.

Utilizing software such as Word, Excel, Filemaker Pro, Adobe Acrobat, and others.

Developing and implementing processes to improve workflow and communication.

Thinking imaginatively and problem solving.

Collaborating with diverse groups of people and stakeholders.

Working independently and taking individual initiative while also collaborating effectively and contributing positively in a team environment.

Delivering positive customer service and managing relationships.

Working with a high degree of diplomacy and maintaining confidentiality.


Graduate work in American history or related fields.

Demonstrated knowledge of Minnesota and US history and related disciplines.

Experience with original research and familiarity with relevant research tools and resources. 

Experience with scholarly editing and writing.

Knowledge of print and digital content production, including layout, design, and print and digital production.

Experience with magazine editing and production.

Experience negotiating and reviewing contracts.

Strong interpersonal and human relations skills.

Should you have questions with the application process, email or call MNHS Job Line at 651-259-3181.

Editorial Assistant

Fortress Press seeks an Editorial Assistant to join our team. Reporting to the Editor in Chief, this position is responsible for supporting the success of the Fortress Press imprint by providing support to key publishing processes, creating, or editing high quality, compelling public facing copy, and developing and editing a small list of titles each year.  The role will assist in evaluation of submitted manuscripts for quality and conformity, regularly interact with a wide range of authors, and have significant opportunities for growth and development. The position is an important part of a talented, high-energy team publishing over 100 titles per year.

Desired education:

Graduate degree in theology, religious studies, biblical studies, or related field

Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities:

•  Ability to work effectively and efficiently with broad and diverse network of authors

•  Ability to set and maintain clear, consistent standards for internal and external constituencies

•  Ability to work in a fast-paced environment of change and manage multiple projects simultaneously

•  Ability to judge the quality of written content and make recommendations for further action quickly and clearly

•  Broad knowledge of the Christian tradition and doctrines, biblical traditions, and disciplines germane to higher education in religion

•  Knowledge of and facility with electronic media, including digital publishing / formats appropriate for use in electronic publishing 

•  Ability to communicate in written and verbal forms with precision and accuracy

•  Ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team, especially with acquiring editors

•  Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

•  Ability to travel 1-2 times yearly to represent Fortress Press at conferences or events

 Please include your resume, cover letter, and references with your application. 

Production Editor

Red Line Editorial is looking for a full-time Production Editor to join our staff of print and online publishing professionals.

RLE creates high-quality books for publishers on a variety of subjects. Most of our books are nonfiction titles created for students in grades K-12, but we also work in a number of other genres. We are seeking a Production Editor to assist in editorial and production tasks for publishers and schools.

Our Production Editor will fill an essential role on our staff. Duties will include:
–Book production using established templates and styles
–Book layout using Adobe InDesign with an InCopy workflow, including text formatting and image placement
–Input changes into InDesign files from marked-up PDFs
–Manipulate and color-correct images and graphics using Photoshop and Illustrator
–Create charts, maps, or other graphical elements as assigned
–Create marketing images as requested
–Cross-check page turns
–Developmental editing and project management of assigned manuscripts, with oversight from other editors
–Coordinate and communicate with authors, vendors, and clients on assigned projects
–Perform editorial tasks including photo research, proofreading, fact-checking, index creation

The ideal candidate has the following qualifications:
–BA in English, journalism, mass communication, or similar; degrees in other humanities fields, such as history, will also be considered
–Strong computer skills, including Adobe InDesign experience
–Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite
–Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition and MLA
–Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
–Ability to work independently and in a team environment
–Excellent oral and written communication skills
–Flexibility, creativity, and the ability to adapt based on client requests

We offer a competitive starting salary, benefits including a company-paid health insurance plan and 401K for full-time employees, a casual work environment focused on cooperation, and the ability to grow both in your career and with the company.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and layout samples to No phone calls, please.

Location: A mix of remote work and working onsite in our Mendota Heights office

Compensation: low- to mid-30Ks, DOQ, plus benefits

Developmental Editors

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press is seeking two Developmental Editors to join our team!  These are fulltime positions with excellent benefits. Both require some in-person work; a portion may be worked remotely, according to WHS remote work guidelines.

Since its beginnings in 1855, the Wisconsin Historical Society Press has served the mission of the Wisconsin Historical Society to collect, preserve, and share the stories of the Midwest. Located in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, in the heart of the University of Wisconsin campus, the Press is a leading publisher of trade and educational books on Midwest history and culture. The Press publishes 10–12 new books per year, along with the quarterly Wisconsin Magazine of History, and is known for the quality and beauty of its publications.

Developmental Editors are responsible for the skilled editorial development and editorial project management of Society Press publications, including books and Wisconsin Magazine of History articles. Core tasks include revising and editing manuscripts to ensure they meet Press goals and standards for historical accuracy, readability, consistency, and cultural sensitivity; developing the illustration package for assigned projects and obtaining images and permissions; transmitting completed project materials to Production on time and as planned; guiding authors and other content partners through the editorial and production phases of assigned projects; contributing to marketing plans and drafting and reviewing promotional copy for assigned books; and establishing and maintaining editorial schedules and records.

MBPR/PEN Happy Hour

August 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Professional Editors Network and the Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable are coming together for another joint happy hour! Whether you’re working in-house or freelance or are just interested in the…  Read More

Art Director, Broadleaf Books

We are seeking an experienced Art Director for Broadleaf Books. This role will be part of a creative, fast-paced design group, providing high-quality books for our diverse list of adult trade titles. The Art Director will help lead the creative vision for Broadleaf Books and inspire the designers they work with.

This position is responsible for guiding the work of freelance designers, including soliciting bids, managing contracts, ensuring projects stay on schedule, meet quality and budget needs. This position will facilitate communication during covers review meetings with internal and external clients.  In-house design work will include trade book cover design, ARCs, marketing assets, reviewing proofs, and providing advice for production and manufacturing when requested. 

Our ideal candidate will be:

Creative and collaborative: Work with editorial, marketing, and sales teams to understand creative intent and help guide design work
Detail-oriented: Someone who loves to dig into each project to make sure everything is thought out and harmonious
A clear communicator and great listener who can both give and respond thoughtfully to feedback
An insightful problem solver, troubleshooting when challenges to quality, cost, or schedule arise
Self-driven and organized: Managing multiple projects with limited supervision to ensure that all projects are completed within schedule, budget, and quality standards—escalating risks when appropriate
A collegial team member with a positive attitude 

Desired education and experience:

B.A. in Graphic Design or related field with 7–10 years of experience
Minimum of 3 years’ experience directing freelance design work
A background in publishing and trade book design is preferred
Strong understanding of typography hierarchy and layout design
Proficiency on a Mac with Adobe Create Suite and Microsoft Office programs
Experience working with project management software
In-depth technical print knowledge 

Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Expert skills in Adobe Creative Suite software, with strong emphasis in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
Proven ability to deliver timely, high-quality work, and demonstrate strong follow-up on projects
Manages a high volume of titles with a meticulous attention to detail and strong organizational skills
Manages production timelines, vendor relationships, quality, and cost during the design phase
Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to lead meetings with confidence
Awareness of evolving trends in trade publishing, book design, and book manufacturing
Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative environment, while managing multiple priorities successfully

Please include your resume, cover letter, references, and portfolio samples with your application.