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Editorial Assistant

The Horn Book Guide provides comprehensive coverage of the world of children’s books. Published twice annually, each issue gives a review and a numerical rating for every hardcover children’s book published in the United States during the previous publishing season.

We are currently seeking a full-time Editorial Assistant to assist in all aspects of preparing The Horn Book Guide, opening packages, entering bibliographic data, entering and processing reviews for print and digital publication.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Organizing and tracking more than 4,000 children’s and young adult titles reviewed each year.
  • Mailing review copies to 60+ reviewers, ensuring reviews and review copies are received in a timely fashion.
  • Fact checking.
  • Communicating with publishers and reviewers.

Required Qualifications:

  • College degree preferred.
  • Coursework and/or background in children’s books, proofreading or copyediting preferred.
  • Excellent reading skills.
  • Enthusiasm for children’s literature is required.
  • Must be able to work well with others as well as independently under moderate supervision.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize are essential.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and record-keeping skills are required.
  • Typing and data entry experience necessary.
  • Ability to learn a variety of content and database management programs.

Applicants must submit a resume to Tara Marallo in Human Resources (tmarallo [at] juniorlibraryguild.com) no later than May 3, 2017.


Internships

Interns perform a variety of duties, most of which are clerical in nature. During the internship, interns are encouraged to explore the extensive collection of children’s books in the office and ask many questions. Involvement with the production of Horn Book publications and the accessibility of the Horn Book staff provide an exceptional educational opportunity for those with a specific interest in children’s literature.

Editorial interns posted with The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide assist with managing incoming books, distributing books to reviewers, shelving books in the office collection, filing reviews, maintaining the Horn Book Guide database, occasional light typing and proofreading, mailing out complimentary issues, reading and critiquing books under consideration for review, and fact-checking articles and reviews.

A design internship is also available and involves assisting Lolly Robinson (Creative Director) with design and scanning for the Horn Book Magazine, Horn Book Guide, newsletter, and website. Prior experience with Photoshop and InDesign are useful, but not essential.

The Horn Book, Inc. offers internships for the spring, summer, and fall terms. Hours may vary according to the needs of the intern and Horn Book staff, but are generally approximately 10 hours per week. Longer hours are considered on a case-by-case basis for students who need them for school credit.

Applicants should have a strong interest in children’s literature and should review at least one recent issue of The Horn Book Magazine before applying. Cover letter and resume should be e-mailed to Shoshana Flax (sflax at hbook.com).

Deadlines:
Spring term internships: November 1
Summer term internships: April 1
Fall term internships: July 1


Bloggers

If you are a teacher and would like to write for Lolly’s Classroom, our blog about using trade books for children in educational settings, please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Lolly Robinson (lrobinson at hbook.com).


Freelance reviewers

The Horn Book Inc. considers applications from potential book reviewers. Candidates should have thorough knowledge of youth literature, ideally with specific subject or genre expertise, and professional experience working with children and books, along with excellent writing skills. The Horn Book is committed to equal opportunity and diversity in employment. Cover letter, resume, and relevant writing samples should be emailed to: magazine at hbook.com or mailed to: The Horn Book, Inc., 300 The Fenway, Palace Road Building, Suite P-311, Boston, MA 02115.


Freelance writers

Potential contributors are advised to have a solid familiarity with The Horn Book Magazine before submitting manuscripts. Articles submitted should be of a critical nature on some aspect of children’s literature and should be no longer than 2000 words in length. Please allow four months for a decision on acceptance. Payment is received upon publication. The magazine does not publish fiction, nor does it publish work by children. To submit an article please email: magazine at hbook.com with the subject line “Submission.” You may also mail your submission to The Horn Book, Inc., 300 The Fenway, Palace Road Building, Suite P-311, Boston, MA 02115.

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