Thursday, December 16, 2004

Dalkey Archive Press

Dalkey archive and John O'Brien are legends in the independent book publishing world. Check out the history of this press. The pay is not much to start, but for someone seeking to learn this is a good opportunity. O'Brien reminded me of the modern giants of independent publishing who were fearless in their desire to publish the greatest works available (of course what they viewed as the greatest works--but that is the point), a wonderful antidote of publishing according to the bottom line...

If you want to know more about this job, or the place where it is located, feel free to ask as I did my grad work there and worked in the same offices for the Center for Contemporary Literature.


Job Openings at Dalkey Archive Press

Assistant Editor:

Duties will include: copy-editing all Dalkey Archive books; editing CONTEXT magazine; editing the book review section of the REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY FICTION; and proofreading all publications, among other things. We are looking for an ambitious person who can thrive in a creative, fast-paced environment and enjoys challenging work.

Marketing Assistant:

Duties will include: writing press releases; working with our UK distributor and publicity outlets and stores in London; contacting U.S. bookstores; and working on the Dalkey Archive website, among other things. We are looking for an ambitious person who can thrive in a creative, fast-paced environment and enjoys challenging work.

Job Location: The Center for Book Culture/Dalkey Archive Press is located at Illinois State University.

Salary: Starting salary for either position is $24,000, with room for advancement.

Start Date: Applications must be received by December 20th and the start date for the position is January 2005.

Preferences: Preference will be given to candidates with bookstore experience and an extensive familiarity with Dalkey Archive Press titles.

To Apply: Send complete résumé with full work history (including dates of employment and salary history), a cover letter explaining your interest in publishing and Dalkey Archive Press, and what in your background would be useful to working here, an unofficial transcript if you have graduated from college within the past 5 years, and two nonfiction (preferably critical) writing samples. Candidates will not be considered without having submitted all of these materials.

Send materials via e-mail or by regular mail to:

John O¹Brien, Publisher
Dalkey Archive Press
ISU Campus Box 8905
Normal, IL 61790-8905


Matt Christie said...

Assume the assistant editor would need to move to Illinois, eh? Oh well. A great resource for libraries, and an admirable service they provide.

Michael said...

Yes, Normal/Bloomington, IL is not the most exciting town (90,000 +) but it is 45 minutes from the University of Illinois, 2 hours from St Louis and 2 hours from Chicago. Plus it is in this strange center of avant garde/high literature operating in the middle of nowhere--appropriate I guess.

Yes, the literary world is in debt to O'Brien's Dalkey Archive... if you enjoy the literary you might check out the associated Context magazine at the same site (started by Curtis White, author of the "middle mind" book).