Amicus

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    AMICUS READERS

    Amicus Readers provide an inviting variety of nonfiction leveled books for K-2, serving young learners in pursuit of reading skills—just like Amicus pursues the big red ball.

  • Illustrated

    AMICUS ILLUSTRATED

    Amicus Illustrated offers fiction and nonfiction for preschool to grade 6 with highly visual information and stories that students—and our pal Amicus—are after!

  • High Interest

    AMICUS HIGH INTEREST

    Like many students, Amicus likes to pursue what's of interest to him. Amicus High Interest books serve individual interests of those in grades 2-6.

  • Ink

    AMICUS INK

    Amicus Ink features board books, picture books, and paperbacks that encourage young children to explore facts, examine ideas, and imagine new ways of understanding the world.

  • Spot

    SPOT

    Spot books pair key words with engaging images at the beginning, middle, and end—making it fun to read, spot, and learn.

  • Sequence

    SEQUENCE

    Sequence books explain the processes and timelines behind kids' favorite things. Each title connects products and knowledge step-by-step from idea, through creation and discovery, to the end user.

New Jobs at Amicus

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.

Photo Researcher/Book Production Assistant

Do you have a keen eye for excellent photography and an equal attention to detail and organization? If so, you might be just the right person to work for Amicus, a publisher of educational children's books, located in North Mankato, Minn. This person will locate photographs and acquire photo permissions for publication in our books while maintaining superior quality and staying at or below budget, and perform minor production tasks to support book development.

Core Competencies for this position:

  • Manage and track multiple ongoing projects
  • Collaborate with team members to develop books and achieve goals
  • Be flexible and adapt to changing departmental priorities
  • Negotiate pricing
  • Offer creative solutions when roadblocks occur

Skills:

  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Web searching
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)
  • Google Sheets
  • Mac computers
  • Experience with photography or Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.

Part time position, 20–25 hours per week, flexible scheduling, available immediately

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and portfolio via email, with the subject header Photo Researcher/Book Production Assistant, to Rebecca Glaser at info@amicuspublishing.us

Graphic Designer

We have a great opportunity for a creative individual who wants to help develop books. The person filling this full-time graphic designer/production artist position will create cover and interior layouts for hardcover children's books based on established templates and other projects as assigned. Must have exceptional artistic eye for quality photographs and close attention to detail, along with technical skills for Adobe Creative Suite and print production, and the ability to manage multiple projects with attention to deadlines.

Core Competencies for this position:

  • Committment to quality work
  • Receptive to constructive feedback
  • Collaborate with team members to develop books and achieve goals
  • Be flexible and adapt to changing departmental priorities
  • Manage and track multiple ongoing projects

Skills/Experience:

  • Adobe Creative Suite, especially Indesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat
  • Mac computers
  • Prepare print-ready files to technical specifications
  • One to three years' design experience a plus
  • Experience with photography and/or illustration a plus

To apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, and design portfolio via email, with the subject header Graphic Designer / Production Artist, to Rebecca Glaser at info@amicuspublishing.us  Graphic design test will be sent to qualified applicants. 

Publishing Intern

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.

Illustrators—Freelance

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: info@amicuspublishing.us  Due to the volume of recent submissions received, we will only reply if we are interested in your work.

Writers—Freelance

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: info@amicuspublishing.us. 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: submissions@amicuspublishing.us  Response time is typically 3 to 6 months.

Illustrators may send portfolios for consideration to: info@amicuspublishing.us  As we receive many more illustrator submissions than we can use, we will respond only if we are interested in your work.

 

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