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Assistant Editor, Full Time
Amicus is expanding and has a great opportunity for an entry-level book editor in our North Mankato, Minnesota office. Duties include editing nonfiction children’s books for the school/library market, proofreading, managing book schedules, writing catalog copy, and other duties as assigned. Requires 4-year degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or related field. Experience editing college publications preferred and proven editing skills required. (Editing test will be sent to qualified applicants.) To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and editorial or writing samples via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
Amicus regularly provides internships to local college students, preferably senior English (or related) majors interested in learning the ins and outs of publishing for the school library market. Duties will include editing, proofreading, and general project management tasks related to publishing nonfiction children’s books. (Projects will vary with publishing cycle.) 10-12 hours per week, stipend, college credit available. Must live close enough to come to our North Mankato, Minn., office twice per week. The next available internship is Summer 2018; applications are accepted until filled. To apply, please send hard copy cover letter, resume, and editorial/writing samples to Rebecca Glaser, Amicus Publishing, P.O. Box 1329, Mankato, MN 56002. Editing test required.
Amicus has a need for illustrators for elementary school children’s books—kindergarten through third grade. Projects are on a contract, per-project basis. Artwork needs to be bright, full-color renderings depicting playful and fun scenes. The art will illustrate text that has already been written by an author. Books are generally in a series of six each with 24 pages per book. Experience with illustrating for print helpful. To be considered send cover letter, resume and illustrator portfolio to Rebecca Glaser by email: email@example.com or by mail: Amicus, P.O. Box 1329, Mankato, MN 56002.
For our school library imprints, all work is assigned on a per-project, work-for-hire basis. Writers should browse our catalog and become familiar with our current list to determine whether their skills are a good match for our books. We are currently publishing books for grades K–3. To be considered as a freelance writer, please send cover letter stating background and interests, resume, and two unedited writing samples to Rebecca Glaser by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are kept on file for one year. Due to the volume of recent submissions received, our current response time for submissions is three months.
We do accept manuscript submissions, both agented and un-agented, for our new trade imprint, Amicus Ink. As we expand our list for the retail market, Amicus Ink will consider nonfiction picture books, fiction picture books, and board books with a “child’s-eye view.” Our books must resonate with toddlers, preschoolers, or early readers and those who read with them. Diverse voices and first-time authors and illustrators are welcome!
Whether fiction or nonfiction, writing and illustrations for Amicus Ink may be conceptual, but not esoteric; they may be humorous, uplifting, and a bit fanciful; they may be informative, but not didactic; and above all, we want a good story worth reading! Illustration styles tend toward contemporary, bright and bold graphic design, fresh and appealing to young kids without being too cartoony.
Please send manuscript submissions via email to: email@example.com Response time is typically 3 to 6 months.
Illustrators may send portfolios for consideration to: firstname.lastname@example.org As we receive many more illustrator submissions than we can use, we will respond only if we are interested in your work.