Job opening detail :
posted: Jan. 14, 2020
Offered by:
Pelican Publishing
Health; 401K
Full Time
New Orleans, LA
Arcadia is looking for a highly creative and accomplished individual with passion, vision, and a track record of developing and publishing exceptional books, to lead, build, and shape Pelican Publishing, one of the nation’s leading regional publishers. The Publisher will oversee the strategy, growth, development, and management of Pelican Publishing in a manner that supports the company’s mission and vision with the goal of further building the region’s leading imprint of local books; assuming responsibility for achieving assigned sales, profit, and ROI goals; and supervising the Pelican team, which currently includes six full-time and part-time staff. This is a key role within the company, one with a lot of opportunity to further nurture existing successes, to reshape areas of the business with growth potential, and to move the company forward into new categories and markets.

About Pelican Publishing
Founded in 1926, Pelican Publishing is New Orleans’s leading publisher of books of local and regional interest, with a backlist of 2,500 titles. Categories include children’s books, cookbooks, history, narrative nonfiction, and tourist and architecture guides. The list includes such classic books as Listen, I Say Like This by Chef Leah Chase and the children’s holiday favorite Cajun Night Before Christmas.
Pelican is now owned by Charleston, SC-based Arcadia Publishing.
Like Pelican, Arcadia’s mission is to connect people: with their past, with their communities, and with one another. Arcadia is the home of the iconic sepia-jacketed Images of America series, featuring unique hyper-local histories of countless hometowns across all fifty states, as well as such series as American Palate and Haunted America. Arcadia has a catalog of more than 14,000 local titles and publishes 500 new books of local interest and local history each year. Walter Isaacson, noted historian and author, is an Editor-at-Large and Senior Consultant to Arcadia and is himself not only a New Orleans native but also a professor at Tulane University and Co-Chair of The New Orleans Book Festival. He is available to assist Pelican Publishing as an editor, writer, and advisor.


• Develop and implement the overall publication and republication strategy for the Pelican Books list by networking with local authorities, celebrities, chefs, authors, librarians, and educators to see what opportunities exist for local books.
• Attract and sign new authors and illustrators to the list and aggressively publish into list and market gaps.
• Manage title and division P&Ls and budget targets; oversee existing backlist.
• Review market trends in the history/travel/lifestyle market, as well as in the children's market, in and beyond book publishing for new opportunities.
• Develop and implement series and brand-building strategies in conjunction with the CEO and the Arcadia Executive Team.
• Provide guidance on deal terms, contract negotiation, P&Ls, and editing, as well as create and maintain productive relationships with authors, agents, packagers, and coworkers.
• Where appropriate, represent company at trade shows, industry events, and regional book fairs and festivals.

Minimum 7 years’ experience in book publishing acquiring, developing, and editing, and/or publishing with a record of developing and acquiring innovative book projects and a demonstrated ability to conceive or spark these projects independently, as well as superior negotiation skills and attention to detail and schedules.

Extensive knowledge of book publishing processes and functions (editorial, managing editorial, production, design, copyediting, marketing, and sales) and knowledge of licensing a plus. Must have significant, current contacts (authors, illustrators, packagers, etc.) in the book publishing industry and experience in list management. Must be highly motivated, a self-starter, and results-driven, with the ability to take appropriate steps to achieve goals. This hands-on person must have both macro vision and ability to drive innovation as well as micro focus for implementation.
About Our  
About New Ownership at Pelican and Arcadia:
In May 2018, Arcadia was acquired by a group of investors organized by former Penguin CEO and current Snap (Snapchat) Chairman Michael Lynton; business executive Lili Lynton (who is Michael’s sister); and former Perseus Books Group CEO and current National Book Foundation Chairman David Steinberger. Michael is now Arcadia’s non-executive Chairman and David is Arcadia’s Chief Executive Officer.
A year later, in the spring of 2019, Arcadia bought a majority of Pelican Publishing’s assets from the Nettleton family, which had owned the company for more than forty years.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to
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