Position Description
Press Johns Hopkins University Press
Marketing and Sales
Publicist - JHU Press Books Division


General Description

The publicist seeks media coverage for Johns Hopkins University Press books by devising and implementing publicity campaigns for about 50 trade and scholarly books per year, including lead titles. The position reports to the Publicity Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works with publicity manager, marketing colleagues, editors, and authors to gain a complete understanding of assigned books, to plan and execute appropriate publicity campaigns, and to coordinate those efforts with the promotion efforts of other colleagues.
  • Participate in launch and positioning meetings to help shape Press list and promotional ideas.
  • Works closely with authors to gain their support of, and participation in, publicity efforts.
  • Develops press releases, pitch letters, and supplemental publicity material.
  • Researches media and assembles targeted press lists.
  • Ensures timely and appropriate distribution of all press materials, including galleys, digital galleys, proofs, and finished books.
  • Through emails and phone calls, follows up with book review editors, radio and TV producers, bloggers, and journalists who may be interested in covering books in reviews, interviews, news articles, or feature stories.
  • Reviews subsidiary rights requests related to forthcoming book coverage and responds according to Press guidelines.
  • Schedules interviews and other book-related events and coordinates author travel.
  • Sustains an informed dialogue with members of the media (print, broadcast. and online) about new and upcoming titles of likely interest.
  • Facilitates duplication/distribution of page proofs, bound galleys, and bound books.
  • Disseminates news of major forthcoming coverage to authors, colleagues, and to the sales team, as well as to key independent bookstores. Selects excerpts from reviews and enters them into press-wide database for timely use in promotion.
  • Helps supervise student workers.
  • Develops and disseminates social media content, including solicited posts from authors, excerpts, upcoming exhibits and events. Disseminates blog posts. reviews, prizes, awards, and news pertaining to the Press via social media.
  • Occasionally called on to represent the Press at annual meetings of academic and professional associations, domestic sales conferences, and seasonal publicity calls.



Bachelor's degree required. At least two years of work experience, preferably in a publicity, publishing, or news environment.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience dealing with the public and/or other demanding constituents.
  • Experience and facility with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, social media.
  • Top-notch organizational skills
  • Ability to handle competing demands from various sources.


Additional Information:

Preference will be given to candidate with strong writing skills and familiarity and/or experience with databases (especially Filemaker Pro).

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