If you love books, enjoy working as part of a collaborative team, and want to help create friendly educational children's books, we want to hear from you! The following positions are currently open.
Amicus occasionally 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. 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 please send a letter of interest and an online or PDF portfolio to Rebecca Glaser by email: firstname.lastname@example.org Due to the volume of recent submissions received, we will only reply if we are interested in your work.
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: email@example.com. 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.
Manuscript and Illustrator Submissions
We do accept manuscript submissions, both agented and un-agented, for our new retail 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Response time is typically 3 to 6 months.
Illustrators may send portfolios for consideration to: email@example.com As we receive many more illustrator submissions than we can use, we will respond only if we are interested in your work.