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Job posting at Freehand Books


Job Posting at Freehand Books

Freehand Books, owned and operated by Broadview Press Inc., is looking for a highly motivated and experienced individual with strong communication and organizational skills to fill a one-year parental leave contract to cover the position of Managing Editor. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating production, publicity, and marketing for all Freehand titles, as well as the administrative duties of the press. Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating production schedules and costings, liaising with freelancers and designers, and ensuring that high-quality books and ebooks are delivered on time and on budget
  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive marketing plan for each title
  • Working closely with our sales representation to communicate effectively with booksellers; presenting at bi-annual sales conferences
  • Working closely with our distributor and managing bibliographic data for our titles
  • Organizing book launches, readings, festival appearances, and other promotional events; producing promotional material associated with each title
  • Coordinating national review mailings and securing media coverage for our titles
  • Updating and maintaining our website and social media accounts
  • Sitting on the Freehand editorial board and reading manuscripts selected by the submissions coordinator
  • Consulting on and contributing to annual budgets and grant applications
  • Proofreading and copyediting work may be required


  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in English, Book Publishing, or a related field
  • An eye for detail and the ability to multi-task
  • Experience in and/or a thorough understanding of the day-to-day operations of a book publishing business would be strong assets
  • Experience with Word, Excel, Photoshop and InDesign are strong assets
  • Excellent English-language writing and communications skills

The position is full-time for one year, beginning in mid-June 2015, and is located in Calgary, Alberta.

This position is a contract one, and the salary range is $35,000 to $40,000 a year, plus benefits, depending on qualifications and experience. If you are interested in engaging and challenging work in a creative and supportive environment, please submit your resume and a covering letter on or before May 4 to:

Kelsey Attard
Managing Editor, Freehand Books
515, 815 1st St SW
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 1N3
[email protected]

The covering letter should address in detail your interest and experience in the area of literary publishing. Both paper and electronic submissions (as properly formatted Word or PDF attachments) will be accepted. No phone calls or in-person visits, please.

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