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Part-Time Publicity Consultant

Bookseller and Influencer Engagement - One Day per Week

Indie Novella is a small press whose books and publishing ethos champion diversity in publishing and writing at grassroots levels. This is a unique opportunity to join a small publishing company as part of a unique Arts Council project seeking to promote diversity in publishing. The role is one day a week for an initial contract of 4 months, ideal for someone with bookselling experience looking to transition into publishing or someone with publishing experience looking to work on an exciting new project.

We are looking for someone to help us build our connections and engagements with bookshops in London and over the UK. At Indie Novella we are huge admirers of independent publishers such as And Other Stories who build connections with booksellers and have booksellers as key influencers recommending and championing their novels. Indie Novella is also a founding member of the Diversity in Publishing Partnership which brings together actors in publishing to champion diverse writers and the role will play a key part in engaging bookshops and other small publishers.

The Bookseller Consultant will work closely with the Executive Director, our editors and our influential authors and be able to travel to our workspace in Newington Green, London at times, and to bookshops across London - though the majority of your time can be working from home.

This role is a fixed contract, which means you will receive £200 for 9 hours a week plus travel expenses, and you will be responsible for completing the full term of the contract.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Building a network of booksellers and influencers who Indie Novella can engage through our books and publishing philosophy

  • Engaging bookshops over email, over the phone and in-person

  • Sharing and promoting publicity materials with booksellers and being confident to explain our projects such as the Diversity in Publishing Partnership

  • Having face to face meetings with booksellers to understand their needs from publishers

  • Assisting with marketing mailings to booksellers, influencers and bloggers

  • Researching influencers for marketing campaigns

This is a one-day a week contract and pays £200 a day as per the Artist Union day rate for project work. The contract will take place for 4 months from August to November.

To apply please send us your CV and short cover letter telling us a bit more about yourself and why you are interested in publicity and assisting Indie Novella engage with bookshops to by 5th July 2023. Interviews and initial inductions will be in person at our workspace in Stoke Newington with flexible working encouraged outside these occasions and bookshop visits.

Way back in April we were extemely fortunate to host authors Abiola Bello, Rebecca Ley, Eithne Nightingale and John McMenemie and hear them speak about the importance of promoting writing at the grass

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