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Editorial Assistant

Posted: July 18, 2014

Duties and Responsibilities:

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

Position is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

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 childrens 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 childrens books, proofreading or copyediting preferred.
  • Excellent reading skills.
  • Enthusiasm for childrens 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.

Salary/Hours:  Full-time entry level salary position

Qualified candidates please send cover letter including salary requirements and resume to jobs@mediasourceinc.com or fax to 614-873-7620.


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 (designer/webmaster) 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 12 hours per week. Longer hours are considered on a case-by-case basis for students who need them for school credit.

All Horn Book internships are unpaid. 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 Cynthia K. Ritter (critter at hbook.com) or sent to her at The Horn Book, Inc., 56 Roland Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02129.

Deadlines:
Spring term internships: November 15
Summer term internships: April 15
Fall term internships: July 15


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 Magazine very rarely hires freelance reviewers but The Horn Book Guide has occasional openings and does accept applications from experienced writers. Cover letter, resume, and relevant writing samples should be sent to The Horn Book, Inc., 56 Roland Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02129.


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 on hard copy or disk, mail to The Horn Book, Inc., 56 Roland Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02129. Submissions may also be sent via email to magazine at hbook.com.

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