Thursday, September 27, 2012

Short Takes

Garden & Gun magazine interviews the new U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey in their October/November issue. When asked about BEYOND KATRINA, Trethewey says that poetry should confront you.

Starred review in Booklist of Hugh Sheehy's "fresh yet deeply knowing collection," THE INVISIBLES. "A writer of evocative subtlety and uncanny power. . . Sheehy reveals what's hidden in plain sight to clarion effect."

Congratulations to our designers for winning 9 of the 12 awards from the Southeastern Library Association's Southern Books Competition! The complete list of winners is available here.

UGA Press authors John Inscoe and Drew Swanson weigh-in on the proposed closure of the Georgia State Archives. The state secretary recently announced that the archives would be closed to the public except by appointment-only, and the staff would be reduced from ten employees to three.

Some of James Holland's photographs are on display in the new Altamaha exhibit from the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design. The opening of the exhibit also coincides with the opening of the new Circle Gallery. The Athens Banner-Herald reports on the September 20 event. ALTAMAHA co-author and UGA professor Dorinda Dallmeyer is quoted.

THE FAITHS OF THE POSTWAR PRESIDENTS author David L. Holmes on religion and its role in the current presidential campaigns: "Religion has not played a role in it that church historians at one time thought it would." (Observer and Eccentric)

Review of Vincent Carretta's PHILLIS WHEATLEY in the latest issue of the Journal of American History. "[Carretta's] discoveries provide not only new information but also newly broadened avenues for exploring Wheatley's unique development as a writer"

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

In the News: Love, In Theory

One of this year's Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction books is E. J. Levy's LOVE, IN THEORY.

In this funny, brainy, thoroughly engaging debut collection, an award-winning writer looks at romance through the lens of scholarly theories to illuminate love in the information age.

In ten captivating and tender stories, E. J. Levy takes readers through the surprisingly erotic terrain of the intellect, offering a smart and modern take on the age-old theme of love—whether between a man and woman, a man and a man, a woman and a woman, or a mother and a child—drawing readers into tales of passion, adultery, and heartbreak. Incorporating theories from physics to film to philosophy, from Rational Choice to Thorstein Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class, these stories movingly explore the heart and mind—shooting cupid’s arrow toward a target that may never be reached.

Described by Booklist as "engaging," LOVE, IN THEORY has recently received a lot of positive attention. Some of the review highlights are below. 

"[I]indulge with this clever recipe of intelligent romance."--VOX magazine, which also features an interview with Levy 

"I love Levy's writing. . . . She also makes a lot of fabulous observations with a cynicism and honesty I find quite delightful."--A Reader of Fictions blog

"E.J. Levy’s style is very simple but packs a lot of meaning. Her stories taught me so much about writing. . . .  I was expecting literary romance stories, but got something different (and possibly better?). Perhaps there is more universal truth in sadness than in happiness?"--BooksAreTheNewBlack blog 

Interested in attending one of E. J. Levy's LOVE, IN THEORY events? Check out the many readings that are happening this fall.

October 7, 2012
Location: KGB Bar, New York, NY
Time: 7:00pm
Description: Sunday Fiction Series, reading with Nancy Zafris

October 14, 2012
Location: Politics & Prose, Washington, DC
Time: 1:00pm
Description: Release reading and party

October 16, 2012
Location: Waters Matters Series, Randall Davey Audubon Center, Upper Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM
Time: 7:00pm
Description: Sponsored by Amigos Bravos: Friends of the Wild Rivers

October 21, 2012
Location: SOMOS Sunday Salons, Taos, NM
Time: 3:30/4:00pm (tbd)
Description: Readings and conversations 

November 9-10, 2012
Location: Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
Description: Kenyon Review Literary Festival

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Georgia Writers Hall of Fame moves to the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries

Six Press authors will help the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame celebrate its move from the University of Georgia’s Main Library into the newly built Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries on the UGA campus.

Hall of Fame inductees Coleman Barks, David Bottoms, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Terry Kay, and Phillip Lee Williams, in a discussion moderated by Dr. Hugh Ruppersburg, will kick off the celebration to be held Thursday, September 27, at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The Hargrett is now housed in the state-of-the-art Russell Library at 300 S. Hull Street, Athens, GA.

The Georgia Hall of Fame was established in 2000 with the mission of recognizing Georgia writers, their depiction of the state, and their contribution to its culture.

The schedule for the festivities is:

Writers’ Salon and Literary Discussion
10:00 a.m. in Room 285
Ruppersburg will lead a discussion with the above-mentioned Press authors and fellow GWHF inductee Melissa Fay Green, about the history and current state of letters in Georgia.

Exhibition Opening and Tour
11:15 a.m. in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library Galleries
A short video about the hall of fame will be shown and librarians will lead a tour of the collections.

Parking is available in the Tate Center Parking Deck, located at 705 S. Lumpkin Street. Shuttles will be provided between the parking deck and the Library.

Monday, September 24, 2012

ALTAMAHA Exhibit Opening

The Altamaha exhibit opened September 20, 2012 in the new Circle Gallery at UGA's College of Environment and Design. The exhibit features photographs from James Holland and the new book, ALTAMAHA: A RIVER AND ITS KEEPER. The grand opening and dedication featured a reception and book signing.
The exhibit begins with bios of James Holland, Janisse Ray, and Dorinda Dallmeyer.

Visitors enjoying the reception.

Images from the recently published ALTAMAHA book.

The exhibit features photographs, maps, diagrams, and mounted specimen.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Now Hiring: Internship Opportunities Available

The University of Georgia Press, the oldest and largest publisher of scholarly and general-interest books within the state, offers a number of unpaid internships for the spring 2013 semester. The Press, which has a staff of 28 publishing professionals, produces 70-90 new books a year and is located in the Main Library at the University of Georgia.

These positions allow students who are interested in a career in book publishing to learn about scholarly and trade book publishing and to gain valuable on-the-job experience.


The manuscript editorial department seeks interns for approximately 10 hours per week during the spring 2013 semester.

The interns in manuscript editorial will learn the basics about the editorial process as texts accepted for publication move from manuscript to bound book. How do project editors coordinate the work of freelance copy editors and authors to provide a final manuscript to production? What is The Chicago Manual of Style and how do editors use it? What are design elements? How do editors track art, permissions, and other materials on a given project?

Various tasks include:
--editing indexes
--preparing art inventories
--preparing disks for copyediting
--coding manuscripts for design
--proofreading texts

The candidate must be a full-time student at UGA and should have a minimum 3.00 GPA; a working knowledge of Microsoft Word; a thorough understanding of grammar, spelling, and punctuation; an ability to attend to detail; and an interest in publishing. A proofreading test will be required.

If interested, send résumé and cover letter by October 15 to John Joerschke.


The marketing department seeks interns for 10-15 hours per week for the spring 2013 semester.

There are opportunities for interns to work in publicity and web marketing. Experience from these internships can translate well to marketing jobs in other art and entertainment industries. Students may be eligible for credit if they apply early enough and go through the right channels. Amanda E. Sharp (see contact below) can provide details.

Internship details are as follows:

Publicity Intern:
--Will work with the publicity manager to help capture print and online reviews and excerpt key quotes for our database and online sales outlets.
--Will also research niche publicity outlets and carry out specialized publicity mailings for new books, as time and interest allow.

Publishing Data Intern:
--Will help distribute book metadata among the Press’s many trading partners. Metadata includes such elements as a book's title, author, and price. More complex metadata can range from a book’s table of contents to its subject areas. Our trading partners include booksellers (retail and wholesale), libraries, and data collection centers.
--Ideal candidates will be highly organized, detail oriented, and have an interest in databases, cataloging, and online information exchange standards.
--An interest in either a library or publishing career is a plus.

To apply, send résumé and cover letter by October 15 to Amanda E. Sharp.


The design and production department seeks two to three interns for 6-10 hours per week for the spring 2013 semester.

Interns will provide support for all aspects of the production process—as copyedited and coded/styled manuscripts evolve into books in many different formats and as previously published titles are processed for reprinting. Interns will also provide some general clerical support for a staff of four publishing professionals. Candidates must have knowledge of or the ability to quickly learn the following programs within a Mac-based platform and workflow: Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Excel, Filemaker Pro, and Word. The ability to attend to detail is essential.

Interns will have the opportunity to learn:
--illustration program management, from analysis of reproducibility to prepress preparation
--quality-control measures for different stages of proofs and samples
--how to produce cover mechanicals for reprints
--how to make text corrections for reprints
--strategies for researching and requesting reprint permissions
--how to enter and track essential information in Press-wide database

To apply, please send résumé and cover letter by October 15 to Melissa Buchanan.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Short Takes

Q&A with Natalie Chanin in the Wall Street Journal where she mentions the Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook: "The Southern Foodways Alliance did a beautiful community cookbook. I love the stories in it, and the recipes are cookable."

Narrative features both an interview with Marcia Aldrich and a review of her new book, COMPANION TO AN UNTOLD STORY. "COMPANION TO AN UNTOLD STORY, winner of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction, is ultimately a meditation on memory and mystery. Released from event sequence, its approach searching but indirect, like poetry, Aldrich’s memoir is compulsively readable and surprisingly moving."

According to ForeWord, COMPANION TO AN UNTOLD STORY is "haunting, fascinating, funny, and intensely mournful. . . a stellar work. . ."

Listen here for Marcia Aldrich's interview on WUNC's "The Story." The piece on COMPANION TO AN UNTOLD STORY begins a little more than halfway through the program.

An enthusiastic review of E. J. Levy's LOVE, IN THEORY appears on the Unabridged Chick blog. The reviewer "loved [the book], in reality, not theory," calling it "marvelously crafted fiction, tight and emotional, pretty and captivating."

Amos Lassen has a heartfelt review of LOVE, IN THEORY over on his blog. "Here is the heart that is aware of itself and what it does and the book is a lesson in love that woos the reader as he turns the pages."

WBHM 90.3 has an interview with THE RISE AND DECLINE OF THE REDNECK RIVIERA author Harvey H. Jackson III on the "Tapestry" program. The interview is available for download here.

"The most striking effect of Idra Novey’s newest collection [EXIT, CIVILIAN] is the collage of voices and emotions she collects so austerely, creating what feels like a very considered mode that reflects the prisons she’s contemplating — ‘critiquing’ seems too simplistic a term."—White Walls / Black Ink

On Land That I Live, Idra Novey answers questions about a couple of her books, including EXIT, CIVILIAN.

The poems’ surreal elements also seem to play a role in escaping a type of mental or perceptual prison. When did you begin to experiment with stepping outside reality in your writing?
When I started writing, I never wrote surrealism, but actually the more I wrote about the things I knew, the more surreal the poems became. The things I cared about intimately, I somehow couldn’t write about them unless I wrote about them as taking place in some sort of invented, imaginary world. That felt truer to me. I think to get at the emotional truth, I needed to get away in some ways from the biographical, straight up, concrete truth. For me, straight realism didn’t allow me to get to the nuances of the emotional reality. I like playing with a world where you don’t know when it’s going to leave reality and when you don’t know when it’s going to go from surreal back to reality. I like that slippery space in between.

The Sun News Network praises O M Brack Jr.'s edition of THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D., saying it "does an excellent job at noting errors in Hawkins’ account, and also at explaining things that were commonplace in the eighteenth century but now known only to experts."

Friday, September 14, 2012

In the News: Altamaha

ALTAMAHA: A RIVER AND ITS KEEPER has been receiving a lot of attention in the news recently because of a couple events that have been happening in the Athens, GA area. A talk given by Janisse Ray and Dorinda Dallmeyer at a Sunday afternoon reading at Avid Bookshop, a locally owned bookstore in Athens, gave community members a chance to connect with activists of the Altamaha River. Community members will get another chance to connect with Dallmeyer and the photographer, James Holland, on September 20th at the upcoming exhibition hosted by the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design at the Circle Gallery on the UGA campus. The exhibition, which will be from 4:30pm - 6:00pm, will celebrate the Altamaha, Georgia's mightiest river, through the photographs of James Holland, who was one of the founders of the Altamaha Riverkeepers in 1999. To read more about the event at Avid and the upcoming event at the Circle Gallery, check out these recent articles: WUGATV, the Red and Black, Georgia Magazine, and the Athens Banner-Herald. Also, if you would like to see inside the book or read more about the book and its authors, go to the book's webpage here, where you can also order a copy for yourself.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

In the News: Nancy Grayson Retiring as Executive Editor of the University of Georgia Press

Nancy Grayson will retire this September from the University of Georgia Press. She has spent 26 years in university press publishing: 20 years with the University of Georgia Press (1986-1993 and 2001-2012) and 6 years with the University Press of Kentucky (1993-1999). During her time at UGA Press, Grayson spent 2 years as project coordinator of The New Georgia Encyclopedia (1999-2001).

“Acquisitions editors are the engines of scholarly publishing, and Nancy is one of the best,” said Lisa Bayer, director of the University of Georgia Press. “Her cultivation of the finest scholarship will continue to enrich the Press, the university, the citizens of the state and the region, and scholars the world over for years to come.”

After receiving her Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Grayson launched her publishing career at UGA Press, where her roles included manuscript editor, acquisitions editor, editor-in-chief, and executive editor. Grayson was editor-in-chief during her time at University Press of Kentucky. At both presses, Grayson consistently sought to publish work that reshaped the thinking in a field, as well as work that appealed to general readers in addition to scholars.

“Nancy was the first person I recruited when I assumed the director position at Georgia over a decade ago, and it was one of the best hiring decisions I've ever made. Nancy quickly acquired an impressive number of important books in history, literary studies, women's studies, and ecocriticism, and she gave the list a global focus by founding a competitive international affairs and security studies series. There is no doubt that Nancy's tenure as executive editor dramatically increased the overall reputation of the Press, and her distinguished career can be measured in the many award-winning and critically acclaimed books that she brought to Georgia,” said Nicole Mitchell, director of the University of Washington Press and former director of UGA Press.

Grayson acquired many successful regional and national trade titles, including Jack London, Photographer; Murder at the MLA; The Lost Boys of Sudan; Harlem; Equiano, the African; Phillis Wheatley; Upheaval in Charleston; Creeker; Bloodroot; Katharine and R. J. Reynolds; and Ossabaw. Below is a list of Grayson’s favorite titles and series.

“Having had the pleasure of working with Nancy Grayson on all but the first of the five books I’ve published with a university press, I’ll certainly miss her as my editor, but I look forward to retaining our friendship during her very well deserved retirement,” said Vincent Carretta, author of Equiano, the African and Phillis Wheatley.

Grayson describes her time as project coordinator of The New Georgia Encyclopedia as a “wonderful, challenging, fun experience. John Inscoe and I thought our way through all the intricacies of creating an infrastructure for the The New Georgia Encyclopedia. It really was one of the most creative and exciting jobs I’ve ever undertaken.”

“Nancy has left a significant mark on both the quality and quantity of the Press’s output over the past decade,” said John Inscoe, editor of The New Georgia Encyclopedia. ”She’s been the driving force behind the creation and expansion of several major series, was a key player in the conception and early evolution of The New Georgia Encyclopedia, and brought numerous top-tier scholars into the fold. On all fronts, she’s leaving some mighty big shoes to fill.”

“I feel enormously grateful to have found university press publishing 26 years ago,” Grayson said. “It has been endlessly stimulating and very, very rewarding. What other career could have provided such varied and interesting work—where no two projects are the same and we’re in daily contact with people who are excited about ideas and genuinely want to further the scholarship in their field? I have truly loved this work and will miss it. Most especially I’ll miss the authors who have become some of my closest friends.”

 Founded in 1938, the UGA Press is the largest book publisher in the state. It has been a member of the Association of American University Presses since 1940. With a full-time staff of 24 publishing professionals, the Press currently publishes 80-85 new books a year and has more than 1,500 titles in print. It has well-established lists in Atlantic World and American history, American literature, African-American studies, southern studies and environmental studies, as well as a growing presence in the fields of geography, urban studies, international affairs and security studies.
For more information, see

Notable Books:
Jeanne Campbell Reesman, Sue S. Hodson & Philip Adam, Jack London, Photographer (UGAP)
Mark Bixler, The Lost Boys of Sudan: An American Story of the Refugee Experience (UGAP)
Vincent Carretta, Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man (UGAP)
Vincent Carretta, Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage (UGAP)
Vincent Carretta, ed., Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century (UPK)
Harlem: The Vision of Morgan and Marvin Smith (UPK)
D.J.H. Jones, Murder at the MLA (UGAP)
Linda Scott DeRozier, Creeker: A Woman’s Journey (UPK)
Joyce Dyer, Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers (UPK)
Anne Emanuel, Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurist of the Civil Rights Revolution (UGAP)
Melissa A. McEuen, Seeing America: Women Photographers Between the Wars (UPK)
William C. Harris, With Charity for All: Lincoln and the Restoration of the Union (UPK; winner of the 1998 Lincoln Prize)
Thomas Hallock & Nancy E. Hoffman, eds., William Bartram, The Search for Nature’s Design: Selected Art, Letters, and Unpublished Writings (UGAP)
Susan Millar Williams & Steven G. Hoffius, Upheaval in Charleston: Earthquake and Murder on the Eve of Jim Crow (UGAP)
Jack Leigh, James Kilgo & Alan Campbell, Ossabaw: Evocations of an Island (UGAP)
Michele Gillespie, Katharine and R. J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South (UGAP)
John C. Inscoe, Writing the South Through the Self: Explorations in Southern Autobiography (UGAP)
Marc Sommers, Stuck: Rwandan Youth and the Struggle for Adulthood (UGAP)
Larry Reynolds, Righteous Violence: Revolution, Slavery, and the American Renaissance (UGAP)
Betty Rizzo, Companions Without Vows: Relationships Among Eighteenth-Century British Women
Calvin C. Johnson Jr., with Greg Hampikian, Exit to Freedom (UGAP)

Book Series:
18th Century Novels by Women (UPK)
Southern Women: Their Lives and Times (UGAP)
The New Southern Studies (UGAP)
Studies in Security & International Affairs (UGAP)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

There are many great author events throughout the month of September. Be sure to check them out if you happen to be in the area!

September 13th 

Location: Valdosta State University
1500 North Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31698
Time: 6:00pm
Description: Women and Gender Studies Lecture Series

L: St. Mary's College
St. Mary's City, MD
D: Voices Reading Series

L: Schuler Books & Music
1982 Grand River Avenue
Okemos, MI 48864
T: 7:00pm
D: Reading/Signing

September 14th

L: Village Club
Detroit, Michigan
T: 1:30pm
D: Lecture/Signing

BEAR DOWN, BEAR NORTH by Melinda Moustakis
L: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK
D: Midnight Sun Reading Series

September 18th

L: Grosse Pointe Library
Grosse Pointe War Memorial
32 Lakeshore Rd.
Grosse Pointe, MI
T: 7:30pm
D: Lecture/Signing

September 19th

BEAR DOWN, BEAR NORTH by Melinda Moustakis
L: Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
D: Althea Ward Clark Reading Series for Hodder Fellows at Princeton University

L: Sylacauga B.B. Comer Library
Sylacauga, AL
D: Brown Bag Lunch

September 20th

L: Brooklyn, NY
D: Brooklyn Book Festival

ALTAMAHA by James Holland, Dorinda G. Dallmeyer, and Janisse Ray
L: Owens Library and Circle Gallery
UGA College of Environment and Design
Athens, GA 30602
T: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
D: Exhibit/Reception/Lecture/Signing

September 23rd

EXIT, CIVILIAN by Idra Novey
L: Brooklyn, NY
D: Brooklyn Book Festival

September 24th

THE CRACKERS by Tim Darnell 
L: Georgia Center for the Book
Decatur Library Auditorium
Decatur, GA
T: 7:15pm
D: Lecture/Signing

September 25th

L: Schuler Books & Music
1982 Grand River Ave.
Okemos, MI 48864
T: 7:00pm
D: Reading/Signing

September 27th

EXIT, CIVILIAN by Idra Novey
L: Community Bookstore
143 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
T: 7:00pm
D: Reading

September 29th

RUIN NATION by Megan Kate Nelson
L: National Heritage Museum
33 Marrett Rd.
Lexington, MA 02421
D: Lecture

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Winners Announced for the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award

Congratulations to Tom Kealey and Jacquelin Gorman, this year's winners of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction! The competition, now approaching its 30th anniversary, has long been a celebrated route to publication for literary short fiction collections; previous winners include writers such as Ha Jin and Antonya Nelson.

Kealey’s collection THIEVES I’VE KNOWN and Gorman's collection THE VIEWING ROOM will be published by the University of Georgia Press and will be available in Fall 2013.

Tom Kealey’s fiction and nonfiction have been published in The Best American NonRequired Reading, Glimmer TrainStory QuarterlyPrairie Schooner, Poets & Writers, Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review and many other places.  He is also the author of The Creative Writing MFA Handbook. Kealey's stories have won awards with the Joseph Henry Jackson Award from the San Francisco Foundation and the Glimmer Train Fiction Awards. Kealey was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and he is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford where he teaches fiction, screenwriting, and creative nonfiction. Kealey received his MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award. He is an enthusiastic volunteer at 826 Valencia.

Jackie Gorman has lived in Los Angeles for the last thirty years. Her life has revolved around the medical field in many ways—as a health care lawyer, a hospital chaplain, and as a living kidney donor. She is now a mental health activist, training volunteers to speak to families whose loved ones are hospitalized in psychiatric centers and crisis centers. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and published a memoir about her family, The Seeing Glass, fifteen years ago. One story in the winning collection appeared previously in Slake Magazine. She has a law degree from UCLA School of Law and an MFA in Fiction from Spalding University in Louisville.

The runners up in this year's competition are Donna Miscolta of Seattle, WA and Dinah Cox of Stillwater, OK. Additional finalists for the award are Bridgette Shade of Pittsburgh, PA; Ashlee Adams Crews of Durham, NC; Jacob Appel of Scarsdale, NY; Dave Madden of Tuscaloosa, AL; Leesa Cross-Smith of Louisville, KY; Laura Ezell of Northport, AL; Justin Kramon of Philadelphia, PA; E.G. Silverman of Skillman, NJ; Mary Specht of Abilene, TX; Nathan Oates of Brooklyn, NY; Ronald Gauthier of Atlanta, GA; Steve Street of Buffalo, NY; Joanna Campbell; Polly Buckingham of Medical Lake, WA; Brittany Newmark of Columbus, OH; Dallas Woodburn of Ventura, CA; Michele Ruby of Louisville, KY; Katherine Zlabek of Cincinnati, OH; Jenn Scott of Oakland, CA; Gregory Wolos of Alplaus, NY; Robert Yune; Matthew Salesses; Heather Sappenfield of Vail, CO; Charles Green of Ithaca, NY; Lucas Southworth of Tuscaloosa, AL; Katherine Conner of New Orleans, LA; Dwight Holing of Orinda, CA; Kate Kostelnik of Lincoln, NE; Robin McLean of Bristol, NH; Erica Plouffe Lazure of Exeter, NH; Luke Rolfes of Platte City, MO; Jessica Breheny; Lynette D’Amico of Dorchester, MA; Jacob White of Stowe, VT; and Jon Corcoran of Brooklyn, NY.

Congratulations to all for creating compelling short fiction. The award-winning books selected in last year's competition, LOVE, IN THEORY by E.J. Levy ("Sad, funny, and always wise, Levy’s stories reveal truths about how we love and lose, trust and betray") and THE INVISIBLES by Hugh Sheehy ("A little violence goes a long way and the lurking fear at the heart of these stories elevates them beyond the merely promising to reveal a wicked new talent"), will release in September and October, respectively.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Now Hiring: Assistant Director for Marketing and Sales

The University of Georgia Press seeks a smart and savvy marketing professional to lead the marketing department and to manage the sales program. The Assistant Director for Marketing and Sales is responsible for directing all marketing and sales programs for the University of Georgia Press, including advertising; exhibits; direct marketing; awards; publicity; and sales. A key member of the executive team, the assistant director for marketing and sales participates in organizational decision making, including publishing strategies, goal-setting, strategic planning, fundraising and development, and other work. This position also performs all sales management duties for the Press, including conducting semiannual sales conference, calling on national accounts, and working closely with the Press’s distribution center. The Assistant Director reports to the Director of the University of Georgia Press and manages a staff of five along with student interns.

Since its founding in 1938, the primary mission of the University of Georgia Press has been to support and enhance the University’s place as a major research institution by publishing both outstanding works of scholarship by writers throughout the world and books of interest to general readers. The Press has been a member of the Association of American University Presses since 1940 and is the largest book publisher in the state. With a full-time staff of 24 publishing professionals, the Press currently publishes 80-85 new books a year and has over 1,500 titles in print. The Press is also a founding partner of the New Georgia Encyclopedia, the state’s award-winning, online only, multimedia reference work on the people, places, events, and institutions of Georgia.

Required Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree and at least five (5) years of professional work experience in book marketing with a scholarly or trade publisher. Demonstrated ability to successfully negotiate contracts. Demonstrated ability to use databases. Knowledge of sales reporting and analysis. Proven managerial and leadership skills. Ability to manage multiple, deadline-driven projects simultaneously. Skills in financial management. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads).

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with Filemaker Pro and Cats Pajamas fulfillment system preferred. Experience with on-site distribution center preferred. Experience in regional trade publishing is preferred.

The full description of duties and application instructions is available here.

The University of Georgia values diversity in its faculty, students, and staff and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented minority candidates. The University of Georgia is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.