SUMMARY: Gotham Ghostwriters, the nation’s premier ghostwriting agency, is seeking an entrepreneurial editorial professional with a keen nose for great stories, talent, and opportunities to lead our Creative Writing practice.
We added a dedicated Creative Writing service in mid-2019 in response to the growing number of fiction clients who were coming to our agency unsolicited, looking for a professional writer or editor to capture their vision on the page and help produce the next Divergent, The Martian, or Fifty Shades of Grey. Since then, we have worked with a wide range of aspiring novelists and screenwriters, guiding them through the editorial and publishing/production journey.
To help us build on this foundation, we are looking for a dynamic, well-connected relationship-builder and manager who can help us expand our brand, cultivate new sources of clients, and take full advantage of our unique capacity to custom-match editorial talent with authorial need. This position is ideally suited for a literary agent or business-savvy editor who is already versed in the art of collaborative storytelling, well-connected in the industry, and eager for a new challenge with high-reward potential.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Creative Writing Director (CWD) will work closely with the agency’s CEO to: raise awareness of our Creative Writing Group in general and deepen our relationships within the fiction side of the publishing industry in particular; identify and close new business opportunities; and oversee the matchmaking process for new clients in their practice area.
More specifically, the CWD will be responsible for:
• Formulating and executing long-term business development and marketing strategies
• Meeting with literary agents and publicists, editors at major houses, and other publishing and communications professionals who could be potential sources of business
• Representing the agency at major industry conferences
• Organizing events to increase brand recognition
• Negotiating terms and drafting contracts for clients in their practice area
• Serving as the first point of contact for clients under contract
• Supervising the assignment of writers to projects
QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires substantial knowledge of the fiction side of the publishing industry and the craft and business of writing; strong people, pitching, and relationship-building skills; and a mix of initiative, creativity, and business savvy.
In addition, the ideal candidate will have:
• 5 to 10 years experience working in a business/client-facing capacity at a literary agency, major publishing house, or a related business
• A solid network of connections within the publishing industry
• Excellent writing ability
• Enthusiasm for working in a start-up environment
COMPENSATION: Comparable to a literary agency — base salary plus commissions on all new business the MD is directly responsible for bringing into the firm, as well as bonuses tied to company performance. Health insurance provided.
APPLICATIONS: If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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