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Position Title:   Book Publicist

Department:  Sales and Marketing

Reporting relationships: Reports to Director of Sales & Marketing

FLSA:  Exempt

Salary: USD 45,000 - 50,000


Job Summary: The primary role of the publicist is to generate exposure for new titles through media—print, radio, TV, and online—and to schedule author events at bookstores, colleges, libraries, outdoor stores, clubs, festivals, and various other venues. We are seeking an experienced and detail-oriented individual who will meet daily deadlines, maintain media and venue relationships, and has enthusiasm for our books and our nonprofit mission.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for the successful implementation of publicity and promotion for 15–20 assigned titles annually, including but not limited to creating and/or coordinating press kits, advance reading copies (ARCs), press releases, book signings, author interviews, author tours, social media events, and more.
  • Prepare and manage publicity budgets related to assigned titles.
  • Actively develop and maintain media contacts, and related media database, across all media formats with routine outreach.
  • Facilitate requests for review copies, the sending of review copies, and targeted follow-up on review copies with all media. Develop creative and on-point press materials including author interview questions, book excerpts, visuals, etc.
  •  Actively develop and maintain venue contacts for author events and promotions. Work closely with authors to develop and finesse their presentations, online platforms, workshops, or similar in support of their given title.
  • Work closely with sales team, marketing personnel, and customer service to coordinate efforts that optimize both media and book events.
  • Encourage and maintain positive author relationships with consistent communications.
  • Travel to meet key media contacts outside of the Puget Sound as necessary, and attend trade shows as requested that benefit publicity operations.
  • Facilitate award submissions for select titles.
  • Provide support for and author communications around key fundraising and/or donor appreciation events.
  • Attend various department, staff, and org-wide meetings as requested.
  • Perform all duties with energy, integrity, and creativity.


  • Education: minimum BA in communications or related field, or equivalent work experience or certification from accredited book publishing programs.
  • Experience: minimum two years’ experience as a publicist with a book publisher or related organization.
  • Knowledge and Skills: exceptional organizational, communication, and people skills. Strong writing skills and ability to develop, create, and manage cohesive publicity campaigns. Aptitude to create and maintain a budget. Clear understanding of current media trends. Ability to work both autonomously and in a fast-paced, collaborative work environment.
  • Software: proficiency with Microsoft Office required. Working knowledge of Cision or similar software-based provider required. Familiarity with Acumen and/or database software a plus. Ability and willingness to learn new software programs and workflow processes.

Working Conditions: This position is based in Seattle, WA, and the successful candidate is expected to have a regular presence in our Seattle offices, with opportunities for a partial remote work schedule of up to two days a week. May include some travel to publishing-related events and conferences. Dogs often present on the premises.

Physical Requirements: Includes extended time periods sitting at computer keyboard.

Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, and paid sick, vacation and holiday time. 401(k) retirement plan available after three months. Additional benefits include:

  • Free Mountaineers family membership
  • Opportunities to advance your outdoor skills with two free Mountaineers courses per year

To Apply: Please submit/upload cover letter and resume to: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6515149/Mountaineers-Books-Publicist

Mountaineers Books is an 100% COVID vaccinated office.

Mountaineers Books, including its two imprints Skipstone and Braided River, is a leading independent publisher of quality outdoor recreation, sustainability, and conservation titles. As a 501(c)(3)-nonprofit, we are committed to supporting the environmental and educational goals of our 110-year-old parent organization, The Mountaineers, by providing expert information on human-powered adventure, sustainable practices at home and on the trail, and preservation of wilderness. Our office culture is friendly and highly collaborative.