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Sales Still Sluggish, Stores Still Closing, But Publisher Jobs Abound

Major U.S. Christian publishers are looking for help. For my Canadian readers, don’t count this out. Just ask Andrew Bronson at IVP, or Don Pape at NavPress. It can be done.

Your bookstore history may serve you well, but remember that brick-and-mortar retail is only one of about six primary channels by which books are distributed. Over the years I’ve had the privilege of sub-contracting my services to three publishing companies in our industry doing everything from warehouse management to royalty administration and marketing. The job I would probably most covet would be acquisitions, searching for the voices worthy of greater platform. For that you need a much broader knowledge than simply having worked a bookstore, but again, you would offer great product familiarity. 

This list is not exhaustive, but one in you might have is your denominational exposure. Being a Lutheran and applying to Augsburg would put you in a better position than a non-Lutheran. Another is any formal training you might have in Children’s ministry that might be useful to a curriculum publisher.

To cross over to “the other side” of the industry and work in product development, marketing, etc., does mean setting aside much of your retail perspective. You’ll discover there’s a massing learning curve.

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  1. July 2, 2015 at 8:30 am

    After I posted this it occurred to me that publishers like Oxford, or University of Toronto Press, would never consider dropping me, even though I buy less than $100 annually.

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