This job is ideally suited for a literary agent or publicist who knows the publishing industry well, has experience pitching and closing clients, and is eager for a new challenge with high-reward potential.
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Director of Business Development
SUMMARY: Gotham Ghostwriters, New York’s only full-service writing firm, is seeking an entrepreneurial publishing professional with strong industry relationships to lead and scale up our growing bookwriting practice. This is a rare chance to capitalize on a sure thing -- or as close to it as you’ll get in today’s unsettled publishing world. Our Bookwriters Group is playing in a booming market with no real competition and, best of all, an unbeatable asset: the peerless network of more than 200 accomplished ghostwriters and editors we have built since launching the division two years ago. The reputation we have developed for delivering reliably high-quality service to the diverse universe of authors we work with -– from top CEOs and tech experts to the next generation of thought leaders looking to make a name for themselves -- doesn’t hurt either. All we need now is to find a dynamic, well-connected salesperson and manager who can help us expand that brand, cultivate new sources of business, and take full advantage of our unique capacity to custom-match editorial talent with authorial need. This position is ideally suited for a literary agent or publicist who is already versed in the art of smart content and eager for a new challenge with high-reward potential.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The director of business development (DBD) will work closely with the firm’s president and director of operations to: raise awareness of our Bookwriters Group in general and deepen our connections within the publishing industry in particular, identify and close new business opportunities, and manage relations with clients the DBD brings into the firm.
More specifically, the DBD will be responsible for:
- Formulating and executing long-term business development and marketing strategies
- Meeting with literary agents and publicists, editors at major houses, and other publishing and communications professionals who could be potential sources of business
- Representing the firm at major industry conferences
- Organizing events to increase brand recognition
- Negotiating terms and drafting contracts for clients they bring in
- Serving as the first point of contact for clients under contract
- Overseeing the assignment of writers to their projects
QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires substantial knowledge of the publishing industry and the craft and business of writing; strong people, pitching, and relationship-building skills; and a mix of initiative, creativity, and business savvy.
In addition, the ideal candidate will have:
- A minimum of 3-5 years experience working in a business development capacity at a literary agency, PR firm, or major publishing house
- A wide network of connections throughout the publishing industry
- Excellent writing ability
- Enthusiasm for working in a start-up environment
COMPENSATION: Comparable to a literary agency -- modest base salary plus commissions on all new business the DBD is directly responsible for bringing into the firm. Health insurance provided.
APPLICATIONS: If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org.