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.
- 5 positions at IVP in Chicago area
- 8 positions at David C. Cook, mostly Colorado Springs, 2 in Tennessee
- 5 positions at Christianity Today magazine in Chicago area
- 3 positions at Strang Book Group in Florida
- 2 sales and marketing positions at Abingdon in Nashville, plus about 12 other jobs
- 3 marketing/proofreading/graphic positions at Tyndale, plus warehouse and IT jobs
- 4 positions at Baker Books in Grand Rapids, mostly in the Academic publishing division
- 12 positions at Zondervan in Grand Rapids, mostly in marketing
- 20 positions at Thomas Nelson, mostly NYC and Nashville, may overlap some on previous link
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.