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Associate Rights Director
posted: Oct. 5, 2021
Offered by:
Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.
Health; Dental; 401K; Bonus; Flexible hours
Full Time
New York, NY
Position Profile

An exciting opportunity to build a rights program from the ground up. Responsible for the sale of the following rights: Rights & Co-edition for UK and Commonwealth, Audio, Large Print, Book Club and Serial.

Oversees all aspects of the rights process from pitching to negotiating and processing deals for applicable Adult and Children’s trade books published by Bloomsbury.

Primary Responsibilities

• Selling rights & co-editions in the UK & Commonwealth to an agreed strategy for Adult and Children’s
• Selling Audio, Large Print, Book Club and Serial for the Adult list
• Selling Audio for Children’s
• Initiate and develop business relationships with new and existing customers to grow the rights business
• Liaising with colleagues across Bloomsbury in Editorial (US, UK, Australia, and India), Production, Audio, Marketing and Publicity departments as well as the UK based foreign rights team
• Maintaining Biblio database for submissions, deals and contacts
• Managing and drawing up contracts
• Logging deals and liaising with finance
• Preparing for and attending book fairs: tasks include prepping rights guides, newsletters, collating sales material, follow up
• Helping to forecast and achieve budget for the team


• Significant prior work experience in rights with an emphasis on UK and Commonwealth
• At least 5 years of experience in the publishing industry
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience presenting to high-level audiences
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment
• Good negotiation skills, and a strong sense of initiative and high level of professionalism
• Ability to work on deadline, have keen attention to detail, and demonstrate follow through
• Ability to think strategically and adapt to changing circumstances in a highly collaborative environment
• Proficiency in MS Office Suite

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of duties. The need for flexibility is required and the job holder is expected to carry out any other related duties that are within the employee's skills and abilities whenever reasonably instructed.
About Our  
Established in 1998 and located in midtown Manhattan, Bloomsbury USA is a general interest publisher of adult and children’s books which has become known for both its high-quality fiction and non-fiction for adults and children as well as its extensive Academic publishing from the world’s most recognized experts.

Bloomsbury is the publisher of Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones (National Book Award Fiction Winner), Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (National Book Award Nonfiction Finalist), Dr. Louise Aronson’s Elderhood (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Carol Anderson’s White Rage (NBCC Criticism Winner), Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential; as well as works by award-winning writers Sam Quinones, Edmund White, and Mark Kurlansky and by bestselling writers Mary Pipher, Miriam Toews, Deborah Levy, Samantha Shannon and Elif Shafak.

Bloomsbury Children's Books publishes books for readers of all ages, including Renée Watson’s Piecing Me Together (Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award), Salina Yoon’s My Kite Is Stuck! And Other Stories (Theodore Seuss Geisel Award), Martin W. Sandler’s 1919 (National Book Award), Nick Lake’s In Darkness (Michael L. Printz Award) and Lilliam Rivera’s Never Look Back (Pura Belpré Honor); as well as works by New York Times bestselling authors Brigid Kemmerer and Danielle Paige.

Bloomsbury is also the worldwide publisher of #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, as well as the original publisher of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series in the UK.
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Please note that, due to COVID-19, this position will be working from home until further notice. Candidates must reside in NY, NJ, CT, or PA and be able to commute to Bloomsbury USA’s New York City office full-time when the office re-opens. Flex time available.

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Equal Opportunity Employment:

Bloomsbury Publishing USA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Our company has always followed, and will continue to follow, a policy of providing equal opportunity employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, sex, ethnicity, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.

We welcome and celebrate talent from all backgrounds and believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are crucial elements to our success. We are dedicated to actively and continuously improving our practices to better support all of our employees. For more information about Bloomsbury’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, please see our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Action Plan.
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