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Publicist/Writer

We seek a creative and energetic, full-time publicist to promote our award-winning titles and authors. Successful candidates will have excellent communication skills, strong knowledge of media (national, regional, print, broadcast, and Web), proficiency using social media networks, and superior writing ability for a variety of platforms. You will write press releases, pitch letters, and assist authors with blog posts, articles, and conference proposals.  Candidate must be able to manage, develop, and guide our authors through the promotional process. The ideal candidate is a committed self-starter who can prioritize and meet tight deadlines and collaborate in a fast-paced environment. Send cover letter with resume, writing samples, and salary requirements to Human Resources, 217 Fifth Avenue N., Ste. 200, Mpls, MN 55401 or humanresources@freespirit.com. EOE.

Required Education and Skills:

  • B.A. degree in Communications, English or other relevant field
  • Minimum of 3 years equivalent work experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Excellent relationship-builder with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in social media as a promotions tool and for relationship-building.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and project management skills.
  • Familiarity with consumer and trade segments of publishing industry.
  • Knowledge of the educational publishing industry a must.
  • Computer software and database experienceCision and NetGalley a plus.
  • Travel required.

Free Spirit Internship Program

Free Spirit Publishing is the leading publisher of learning tools that support young people’s social-emotional health and educational needs. We help children and teens think for themselves, succeed in life, and make a difference in the world. Our publishing house is located in the North Loop Warehouse district in Minneapolis. We publish twenty to twenty-five books annually in the categories of Early Childhood, Bullying & Conflict Resolution, Gifted Education, Character Education & Service Learning, and Teacher Resources & Professional Development.

Free Spirit offers 3 nonpaid focused internships per season:
•    Editorial Internship
•    Sales/Marketing Internship
•    Production/Design Assistant

An internship at Free Spirit will introduce you to all aspects of a small business and educational publishing. It will provide you with the opportunity to work directly with the owner of the company, department directors, and key staff. The Free Spirit internship will give you skills that can transfer to larger publishing houses and careers outside of publishing.

Internship hours are flexible, averaging 15–20 hours per week for a total of approximately 200 hours. At the completion of the internship, interns receive a small stipend. CEU credits may be obtained through the internship.

We accept résumés year round. However, please note in the application which internship season (winter/spring, summer, fall) you are applying for.

To apply for the internship program please send:
•    A cover letter explaining why you’re applying for the internship, along with your preferred start date
•    A résumé outlining your education and work experience
•    A writing sample of 1–5 pages (sales/marketing and editorial intern candidates only)
•    A link to your online portfolio (production/design intern candidates only)

Mail or email materials to Free Spirit Publishing Internship Program, Human Resources, 217 Fifth Avenue North, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55401; humanresources@freespirit.com.


PUBLISHING INTERNSHIP
Title: Editorial Assistant


Position Summary
This publishing internship focuses on editorial work in an entrepreneurial environment and exposes the intern to a range of other areas of publishing at Free Spirit: production, design, marketing, publicity, and sales.

Intern Responsibilities:
•    Read and evaluate submitted proposals
•    Research projects related to acquisitions, editorial, including research of competitive products
•    Send submissions correspondence
•    Administer and compile Advisory Board surveys and correspondence
•    Fact check manuscripts
•    Proofread
•    Participate in editorial, design, and sales/marketing meetings
•    Write product descriptions, website copy, and general correspondence
•    Perform database upkeep
•    Work on special projects
•    Assist members of editorial staff and entire company as needed
•    File, photocopy, and perform other assorted administrative duties
•    Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:
•    Junior or senior enrolled in a B.A. program or recent graduate with a B.A. in English, journalism, education, liberal arts, or related field
•    Excellent writing, communication, organization, and time-management skills
•    Strong computer skills, with experience in Microsoft Word and Excel
•    Ability to act professionally in a professional environment

PUBLISHING INTERNSHIP
Title: Sales/Marketing Assistant


Position Summary
This publishing internship focuses on sales and marketing work in an entrepreneurial environment and exposes the intern to a range of other areas of publishing at Free Spirit: editorial, production, and design.

Intern Responsibilities:
•    Prepare, assemble, pack, and disseminate mailings of new title samples
•    Prepare, print, and assemble sales kits for trade accounts
•    Prepare, assemble, pack, and disseminate catalog mailings
•    Research projects for sales and marketing team
•    Assist in the preparation of marketing plans, advertising pieces, and other events as needed
•    Assist Publicist and Marketing Specialist with social media presence
•    Participate in sales/marketing meetings
•    Write website copy and general correspondence as requested
•    Perform database upkeep for customer databases and online sales tools
•    Work on special projects
•    Assist members of sales and marketing staff and entire company as needed
•    File, photocopy, and perform other assorted administrative duties
•    Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:
•    Junior or senior enrolled in a B.A. program or recent graduate with a B.A. in marketing, business, English, journalism, education, liberal arts, or related field
•    Excellent writing, communication, organization, and time-management skills
•    Strong computer skills, with experience in Microsoft Word and Excel
•    Ability to act professionally in a professional environment

PUBLISHING INTERNSHIP
Title: Production/Design Assistant

Position Summary
This publishing internship focuses on creative/production work in an entrepreneurial environment and exposes the intern to a range of other areas of publishing at Free Spirit: editorial, marketing, publicity, and sales.

Intern Responsibilities:
•    Assist in setting up electronic files for printing
•    Assist with photo research/selection
•    Participate in proof checking and corrections
•    Typeset for backlist reprints and sales and marketing assignments
•    Participate in design meetings
•    Assist in creation and/or updates of book images for image library
•    Participate in interior design and book cover design reviews
•    Work on special projects
•    Assist members of the design staff and entire company as needed
•    File, photocopy, and perform other assorted administrative duties
•    Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:
•    Junior or senior enrolled in a B.F.A. program or recent graduate in graphic design or related field
•    Excellent design, communication, organization, and time-management skills
•    Strong computer skills, with experience in Adobe CS5 a must; MS Word, Quark Express, FileMaker Pro a plus
•    Ability to act professionally in a professional environment