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Little Bee Books

Publisher

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New York, NY

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CEO, Little Bee Books

MAIN OBJECTIVE
The Publisher will work in partnership with the CEO to create, manage, and grow a well-rounded and successful children’s publishing business. This role will oversee the editorial, design, and managing editorial functions for 3 imprints – Little Bee Books, BuzzPop, and Yellow Jacket. The Publisher will manage a frontlist of approximately 125 titles per year alongside reprints and special sales/custom projects. The Publisher will be responsible for managing the entire editorial, managing editorial, and design processes of the list.

ABOUT US
Little Bee Books is looking for a Publisher for all imprints including Little Bee Books, BuzzPop, and Yellow Jacket. We are a children’s book publisher dedicated to making high-quality, creative, and fun books for busy little bees of all ages. Little Bee Books offers an inspired selection of board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, gift sets, middle grade fiction, graphic novels, and more. Our goal is simple – make great books and have fun doing it. A role at Little Bee Books is an opportunity to be a part of something unique!

About Little Bee Books: Little Bee Books, the company’s eponymous imprint, is dedicated to making high- quality, creative, and fun children’s books for busy little bees ages 0 through 12, offering an inspired selection of early learning concept books, board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, gift sets, and more. For more information, please visit littlebeebooks.com.

About BuzzPop: BuzzPop, an imprint of Little Bee Books, creates media and licensing books designed to bring the very best of pop culture, favorite brands, and media tie-ins to fans of all ages. With a list including bilingual Disney books, a full line of L.O.L. Surprise! titles, and Crayola coloring and activity books, as well as publishing programs featuring boundary-breaking social media influencers such as Meredith Foster and Karina Garcia, BuzzPop is devoted to creating empowering and diverse books for everyone. For more information, please visit buzzpopbooks.com.

About Yellow Jacket: Yellow Jacket, an imprint of Little Bee Books, publishes middle grade and young adult series and standalone titles for ages 8 and up, covering an array of genres including humor, historical fiction, magical realism, coming-of-age stories, graphic novels, and much more. For more information, please visit yellowjacketreads.com.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with the CEO to curate a successful publishing list for 3 seasons every year that accurately fits the needs of the North American market, with outreach into the global market.
  • Create an identity for each imprint through successfully selecting a cohesive publishing list for each season.
  • Effectively manage the editorial content and design, spot key trends, and constantly reassess the editorial strategy to ensure top efficiency and results.
  • Oversee the implementation of the editorial strategy, including, but not limited to acquisitions, agent/author/illustrator relations, P&L’s, marketing and publicity efforts, and production quality control.
  • Guide the day-to-day activity of the editorial, design, and managing editorial teams and work closely with these teams to define requirements and objectives.
  • Conceive, develop, and acquire original titles to each seasonal list.
  • Acquire and publish licenses suitable for our formats and the North American market.
  • Maximize existing relationships with key agencies, illustrators, and authors to ensure the imprints are well positioned to take up exciting new opportunities.
  • Provide a strategic direction to the publishing programs.
  • Bear responsibility for editorial integrity and standards.
    Continuously analyze the competitive environment and consumer trends and publish ahead of the curve.
  • Present titles at sales conference meetings for our distribution partner and any in-house meetings.
  • Lead and participate in the editorial process from acquisitions to sales and marketing for all titles.
  • Liaise closely with the sales, marketing, and publicity to ensure that the lists reflect and drive market trends domestically and globally.
  • Oversee all aspects of the book design process.
  • Hire and manage freelance editors and illustrators as and when needed.
  • Set and achieve key targets in terms of titles commissioned, profitability, and stock management.
  • Define and oversee the implementation of processes that need to be put in place within the editorial, design, and managing editorial teams.

DIRECT REPORTS

  • Editorial Team
  • Design Team
  • Managing Editorial Team

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university preferred, or college course work and knowledge gained through equivalent work experience.
  • Must be extremely detail oriented, with excellent follow through, the ability to handle multiple tasks at once, and meet deadlines efficiently.
  • 10+ years’ experience in children’s editorial.
  • Extensive and intimate knowledge of the North American book publishing industry and the various players in the marketplace.
  • A strong understanding of the US and Canadian markets and a proven track record within these markets.
  • Experience with acquiring and publishing licenses in the North American marketplace.
  • Longstanding relations with agents and authors.
  • Experience with design, managing editorial, and editorial and a desire to learn more to effectively manage the processes and functions within the managing editorial, design, and editorial team.
  • Superior editing skills and the ability to Americanize product by changing format, cover, and content to fit the North American aesthetic.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Competent with managing profitability and budgeting.
  • Highly professional individual with integrity, initiative, and a driving ambition to make a real impact on our business.
  • A go-getter who isn’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty.
  • Someone who can think outside the box and is willing to do what it takes to get the job done successfully.
  • Ready and willing to work in a start-up environment and passionate to put their stamp on a business and create something from the bottom up.
  • Creative and inspiring team leader, with a proactive nature and an ability to communicate at the highest level.
  • A self-starter who is willing to go above and beyond the job description and pitch in wherever necessary to get the job done.
  • Domestic and international travel required.

HOURS OF WORK, LOCATION, SALARY, AND BENEFITS

  • Full-time
  • Temporarily remote and will be based out of our New York City office
  • Competitive salary
  • Health, Dental, Vision, 401K Employer Match, Life Insurance, PTO
  • Domestic and international travel required

TO APPLY

Please apply by sending your resume to careers@littlebeebooks.com and listing the position you are applying for in the subject line. Please be sure to note your salary expectations. We would love to hear more about you and your passion for our company so please feel free to send a letter, video, comic monologue, or whatever best showcases you.

Little Bee Books

National Account Manager, Special Markets

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New York, NY

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VP, Sales

MAIN OBJECTIVE
The National Account Manager, Special Markets is responsible for building and maintaining strong, long-term relationships with special markets buyers while increasing sales, collaborating with the head of sales on developing growth strategies, and regularly reporting on progress.

ABOUT US
Little Bee Books is looking for a National Account Manager, Special Markets for all children’s imprints including Little Bee Books, BuzzPop, and Yellow Jacket. We are a children’s book publisher dedicated to making high-quality, creative, and fun books for busy little bees ages 0 through 16. Little Bee Books offers an inspired selection of early learning concept books, board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, gift sets, and more. Our goal is simple – make great books and have fun doing it. A role at Little Bee Books is an opportunity to be a part of something unique!

*This position is temporarily remote and will be based full-time out of our New York City offices.

Our National Account Manager, Special Markets will be an experienced, results-driven, and successful sales professional who will provide expertise and management for sales primarily across specialty retail and wholesale channels and to a lesser extent within the premium and corporate sales markets. Extensive experience within the book publishing industry as well as strong relationships with buyers are required.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Managing and growing existing accounts across specialty retail, specialty wholesale, premium, and corporate channels in the US and Canada.
  • Growing Little Bee Books’ overall specialty account base by pursuing new business opportunities and adding new accounts within the US and Canada.
  • Working closely with the head of sales on growth strategies and regularly reporting on progress.
  • Developing new sales opportunities for Little Bee Books, BuzzPop, and Yellow Jacket children’s books.
  • Maintaining strong relationships with buyers and collaborating strategically when appropriate.
  • Creating and delivering regular account presentations and handling day-to-day account business.
  • Providing consistent, persistent, and progressing follow-up on new business.
  • Learning and regularly utilizing Little Bee Books’ internal systems for asset management, title data, and sales reporting.
  • Keeping apprised of trends in children’s publishing.
  • Participation in interdepartmental monthly brainstorms on the direction of overall publishing.
  • Collaborating internally with multiple departments to help execute sales and influence future title acquisitions.
  • Managing sales goals and sales operation budgets.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university preferred, or college course work and knowledge gained through equivalent work experience.
  • 3+ years special markets sales experience.
  • Children’s publishing sales experience strongly preferred.
  • Proven record of new business development and revenue growth.
  • Solid foundation of key buying contacts.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset with the ability to self-start and enthusiastically pursue growth.
  • A friendly, courteous, outgoing, and customer service-oriented manner.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Detail oriented with excellent follow through and a positive attitude.
    Ability to work independently, decisively, and productively with minimum supervision.
  • Up to 20% travel required.

HOURS OF WORK, LOCATION, SALARY, AND BENEFITS

  • Full-time
  • Temporarily remote and will be based out of our New York City Office
  • Competitive salary
  • Health, Dental, Vision, 401K Employer Match, Life Insurance, PTO

TO APPLY

Please apply by sending your resume to careers@littlebeebooks.com and listing the position you are applying for in the subject line. Please be sure to note your salary expectations. We would love to hear more about you and your passion for our company so please feel free to send a letter, video, comic monologue, or whatever best showcases you.

Little Bee Books

Associate Production Manager

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New York, NY

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Senior Production Manager, Little Bee Books

MAIN OBJECTIVE
The Associate Production Manager will manage workflow between various internal departments and printers to produce board books, novelty books, picture books, activity books, nonfiction books, middle grade fiction, licensed books, reprints, and specialty/international/proprietary formats across all three imprints.

ABOUT US
Little Bee Books is looking for an Associate Production Manager for all imprints including Little Bee Books, BuzzPop, and Yellow Jacket. We are a children’s book publisher dedicated to making high-quality, creative, and fun books for busy little bees of all ages. Little Bee Books offers an inspired selection of board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, gift sets, middle grade fiction, graphic novels, and more. Our goal is simple – make great books and have fun doing it. A role at Little Bee Books is an opportunity to be a part of something unique!

About Little Bee Books: Little Bee Books, the company’s eponymous imprint, is dedicated to making high- quality, creative, and fun children’s books for busy little bees ages 0 through 12, offering an inspired selection of early learning concept books, board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, gift sets, and more. For more information, please visit littlebeebooks.com.

About BuzzPop: BuzzPop, an imprint of Little Bee Books, creates media and licensing books designed to bring the very best of pop culture, favorite brands, and media tie-ins to fans of all ages. With a list including bilingual Disney books, a full line of L.O.L. Surprise! titles, and Crayola coloring and activity books, as well as publishing programs featuring boundary-breaking social media influencers such as Meredith Foster and Karina Garcia, BuzzPop is devoted to creating empowering and diverse books for everyone. For more information, please visit buzzpopbooks.com.

About Yellow Jacket: Yellow Jacket, an imprint of Little Bee Books, publishes middle grade and young adult series and standalone titles for ages 8 and up, covering an array of genres including humor, historical fiction, magical realism, coming-of-age stories, graphic novels, and much more. For more information, please visit yellowjacketreads.com.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for all facets of production for a variety of book formats including, but not limited to, hardcover, paperback, 1-color, 4-color, licensed, and novelty products.
  • Source quotes from domestic and foreign vendors and supply timely and accurate pricing internally
  • Manage purchasing, preflighting, proof routing, and quality assurance of sales materials, reprints, co-editions, proprietary, and initial printings.
  • Create and release final purchase orders and validate and process final invoices.
  • Partner with other departments and outside vendors to ensure all production deadlines are met.
  • Coordinate inventory initial print run solicitation process.
  • Communicate with freight forwarder and warehouse to make sure deliveries arrive as scheduled.
  • Create and maintain schedules and status reports.
  • Manage and stay current with CPSIA and all other safety testing requirement for print books.
  • Comply with financial and other company accounting/fiscal practices.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university preferred, or college course work and knowledge gained through equivalent work experience.
  • 5+ years progressively responsible production experience.
  • Direct experience overseeing book production processes in a dynamic, fast paced environment.
  • Experience with evaluating, negotiating, and placing work at domestic and foreign vendors.
  • Ability to turn loosely defined requirements into initiatives with a measurable outcome and a proven track record of successful project execution.
  • Experience operating workflow management systems.
  • Ability to solve difficult and complex issues.
  • Solid people and team management experience and the ability to establish and maintain productive relationships across a range of functional, professional, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent critical, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong experience managing vendor performance and relationships.

HOURS OF WORK, LOCATION, SALARY, AND BENEFITS

  • Full-time
  • Temporarily remote and will be based out of our New York City Office
  • Competitive salary
  • Health, Dental, Vision, 401K Employer Match, Life Insurance, PTO

TO APPLY
Please apply by sending your resume to careers@littlebeebooks.com and listing the position you are applying for in the subject line. Please be sure to note your salary expectations. We would love to hear more about you and your passion for our company so please feel free to send a letter, video, comic monologue, or whatever best showcases you.