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Senior Book Designer
This is a creative position focusing on design, premedia, and administrative aspects of bookmaking for Candlewick Entertainment, a mass market imprint, working closely with the Group Editorial Director in producing high quality, character driven, and branded children's books from various media. As an integral part of Candlewick Entertainment, this position is primarily responsible for design of the bulk of the imprint's list of 12-15 projects per season including the creation of book programs from TV, film, and app style guides; media conversion; and some art direction of original art. Book formats include but aren't limited to picture books, board books, novelty, readers and chapter books.

* To design books from concept through print including participation in format discussions, application of licensor style guides, and presentation of branded covers to internal sales and marketing teams as well as external licensors
* Convert animation files of various origins into print ready eps or tiff files; innovate ways to do so in streamlined processes; create and organize image libraries
* Work to Candlewick design standards, applying styles and protocols
* Understand and work with various printers specifications, materials, and appropriate formats
* Prepare digital files for printing
* Review color proofs with production managers, paying close attention to reproduction quality
* Monitor market trends and competitor activity
* Perform other tasks as needed

Bachelor of Arts degree, design degree, or equivalent required
Experience of working in mass market / tv / film tie-in children's books a plus
Knowledge of animation formats and conversion of those image files to print
Knowledge of color separation and printing methods for both color and black and white processes.
Design portfolio is required.

Expert Mac user in Adobe Creative Suite including proven Photoshop skills, Adobe Flash, and Adobe Acrobat is essential
Excellent communication, time management and organizational skills.
Work well under pressure and with extremely tight deadlines
Ability to juggle multiple projects from concept through production.

If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please include samples of your work in PDF format along with your application.
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Senior Book Designer"
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Metadata Coordinator
Candlewick Press seeks a meticulous professional to join our team as a Metadata Coordinator responsible for ensuring title data integrity across all Candlewick systems as well as some of our partners and accounts. The Metadata Coordinator will pay particular attention to data such as book taglines and summaries; keywords; excerpts and chapter samples; author and illustrator biographies; images; videos; reviews and awards. This role will be tasked with ensuring content exists for all of our titles, as well as those of our imprints, and that it is accurate, complete, and current in all of our systems. . Importantly, the role will also be tasked with optimizing the metadata for online search and consumer sales

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:
- Create the initial import of metadata for each season into our distributor's system and maintain the accuracy and completeness of that data for all titles.

- Help with all data projects related to ONIX title data feeds in coordination with our Business Analysis and Reporting Manager.

- Monitor and work within the following systems: Biblio,, MyHouse, Edelweiss, and NetGalley. In addition, review, monitor and work to optimize the data as it appears on our partner/customer sites -- in particular Amazon, B&N, and Indiebound. Work with the sales team to identify opportunities to change/improve metadata to capitalize on potential sales opportunities.

- Identify opportunities to improve our processes, as well as develop new ones.

- Liaise with our sister companies and our imprint partners in order to make sure we have covers, copy, etc. for all of their titles in a timely manner.

- Work closely with Editorial, Editorial Services, Inventory, IT, Finance, and Commercial Operations/Marketing Services.

- Required Skills and Experience:
Excellent communication skills and confidence when working with data management systems, as well as good technical, analysis, and strong Excel skills (pivot tables, lookup functions, etc.) to work with data efficiently are required.

The ideal candidate will be:
- Extremely organized
- Detail oriented and meticulous
- Able to work to a schedule and help others do so, if necessary
- Proactive in their approach to their work as well as with problem solving
- Capable of balancing priorities
- Able to work with people across multiple departments
- Comfortable working within different software systems and understand the concept of data structures, data field mapping and other typical information system structures
- Experienced in publishing, online search and consumer marketing
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Metadata Coordinator"
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Candlewick Press offers internships in the fall, spring, and summer according to the needs of various departments. The desired time commitment averages fourteen hours per week up to twelve weeks. An independent publisher, we are a dynamic company that provides excellent opportunities to acquire firsthand knowledge of the publishing industry. We are looking for motivated, conscientious, and dedicated individuals with excellent organizational skills, as well as strong attention to detail, who are very eager to learn about the children's publishing industry and be part of a high-energy, creative team.

When feasible, internships are typically offered in the following departments: Sales, Marketing, Design, Graphic Production, Publishing Technologies, Editorial, and Production. As internships are determined on a need basis, there is a chance a particular department may not host an intern every semester. Candlewick Press' paid internship initiative offers an invaluable opportunity to develop professional skills, learn the ins and outs of the publishing world, and make important contacts within the industry. Internships can be used for college credit if approved by the interns' educational institution. We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) offers grants for diverse candidates. For more information, click here

Application deadlines for spring, summer, and fall semesters are November 5, March 5, and June 5 respectively.
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Internships"
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