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How Metadata Fails Authors

March 9, 2012

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You Too Can Earn $17/hour in Book Publishing!

August 31, 2010

…if you have a university degree AND a publishing certificate, speak English and French and know XML.

This is but one of the challenges of book publishing today: The technical skills required are exploding, but the economics still suck.

I don’t wish to heap ridicule on this particular company: it’s happening everywhere.

Publishing Assistant
Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc./Women’s Press
(Toronto, ON)
Deadline: October 1, 2010

Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc./Women’s Press, one of Canada’s leading independent academic publishing companies, requires a Publishing Assistant for a 20-week contract beginning November 1st. Reporting to the Marketing and Editorial Associate, the Publishing Assistant is responsible for:

• Promoting sales through targeted email campaigns
• Assisting in the dissemination of book data to Indigo, Amazon, and other vendors
• Managing Google Books claims
• Coordinating desk and examination copy mailings
• Assisting in the creation of marketing materials such as press releases, catalogues, and newsletters
• Assisting with the maintenance of the CSPI website
• Promoting CSPI’s social media profile
• Assisting the editorial, production, and permissions departments as required
• Some internal administrative duties

Required skills and experience:

• Recent completion of a post-secondary degree specializing in literature, communications, or a related field
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office software
• Enrolment in and/or completion of a professional publishing certificate is a strong asset
• French language proficiency is an asset
• Experience with XML coding and/or ONIX for books is an asset
• Keen interest in the book publishing industry
• Excellent communication and time management skills
• Related work experience in a field such as publishing, bookselling, communications, or marketing will distinguish a potential candidate, but is not required

This is a paid position with an hourly rate of $17. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to jessica.hale@cspi.org no later than Friday, October 1st. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. CSPI is an equal opportunity employer.

According to Payscale.com you can earn the same amount as an administrative assistant, and $2.40 more per hour as a retail manager.

So much for the value of a university education.

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