Illustration ©2000 Peter Reynolds, from JUDY MOODY, by Megan McDonald
Production Assistant
Candlewick Press seeks a motivated professional to join our talented team as Production Assistant. This role will assist and support the production and manufacturing team as well as oversee the production of Candlewick frontlist versions of Walker-originated titles, and other title formats as assigned. The Assistant will also handle circing, manufacturing, and the distribution of bound galleys, lithos, blads and chapbooks.

Responsibilities include:
- Liaise with London office, traffic and oversee production of Candlewick frontlist versions of Walker-originated titles as assigned.
- Receive, approve and distribute advances for assigned titles.
- Monitor front list schedules for availability of interior files for bound galleys; request cover copy from editors and request first pages from design and/or editorial for bound galleys; circ materials for both covers and interiors for approvals; send to printer and issue purchase orders, approve proofs, receive and review shipment for approval of bound galleys, and distribute.
- Monitor front list schedules for availability of files for litho production of Candlewick-originated picture books as required. - Handle quotes, cost estimates, purchase orders, and delivery.
- Notify and work with design and editorial when a chapbook or blad needs to be created. Handle schedules and quotes and work with Executive Director to select vendor; prepare estimates and handle the advances.
- Maintain up-to-date schedule for sales materials and assist Promotional and Sales Materials Production Associate in coordination of all sales materials needs.
- Support Senior Production Managers and Production Managers by preparing OTR/FTP memos as needed, opening packages and distributing proofs, collating color bar proofs, circulating printer proofs for frontlist titles, and distributing advances.
- Enter invoice instructions for the production team, including reprints.
- Distribute reprint author/illustrator advances copies.
- As time allows, assist production team by issuing quote requests as needed, and generating Excel spreadsheet P&Ls as needed.
- Handle and maintain filing and file storage for the department
- Assist Executive Director on a project basis as assigned.
- Perform other tasks as needed or assigned.

Required Skills and Experience:
- A minimum of 1 year in a book production and print buying environment is strongly preferred -- the ideal candidate will have a basic understanding of print purchasing including estimating, scheduling, prepress, paper, and binding.
- Strong familiarity with Microsoft Office suite is required
- Must be proactive, detail-oriented, and possess excellent organization, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Able to handle multiple projects and tasks simultaneously and efficiently and deal with issues diplomatically and tactfully.
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Production Assistant"
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Assistant Art Director, Walker Books US & Candlewick Entertainment
We seek an Assistant Art Director to be based in New York City. This is a creative position for a skilled, enthusiastic, and versatile designer looking for more responsibility, autonomy, and the chance to help shape two dynamic imprints. It focuses on art direction, design, premedia, and administrative aspects of bookmaking for Walker Books US, a new trade imprint of Candlewick Press, and Candlewick Entertainment, a mass market imprint, working closely with the two Editorial Directors to produce high quality books in a wide variety of styles and formats. As an integral part of both Walker Books US and Candlewick Entertainment, this position is primarily responsible for the art direction, design, and design-budget management--potentially including hiring and managing freelancers--of the two imprints' lists. The combined lists will be made up of approximately 30 projects per year, with the possibility for growth. This includes jacket and interior design, illustrator selection and art direction for Walker Books US and the creation of book programs from TV, film, and app style guides for Candlewick Entertainment. Book formats include but aren't limited to novels, chapter books, graphic novels, picture books, board books, novelty, and readers.

Included Responsibilities:
- To seek out and art direct exciting illustrators for a new, fiction-heavy trade list.
- To design books from concept or acquisitions through print including participation in format discussions, application of licensor style guides, and presentation of covers to internal sales and marketing teams as well as external licensors
- To help create new imprint branding and style
- Convert animation files of various origins into print ready eps or tiff files; innovate ways to do so in streamlined processes; create and organize image libraries
- Work to Candlewick design standards, applying styles and protocols
- Understand and work with various printers specifications, materials, and appropriate formats
- Prepare digital files for printing
- Review color proofs with production managers, paying close attention to reproduction quality
- Monitor market trends and competitor activity

Bachelor of Arts degree, design degree, or equivalent required
Seven to ten years of book design experience
Experience of working in mass market / tv / film tie-in children’s books a plus
Knowledge of animation formats and conversion of those image files to print
Knowledge of color separation and printing methods for both color and black and white processes.
Design portfolio is required.

Required Skills:
Expert Mac user in Adobe Creative Suite including proven Photoshop skills, Adobe Flash, and Adobe Acrobat is essential
Excellent communication, time management and organizational skills.
Work well under pressure and with extremely tight deadlines
Ability to juggle multiple projects from concept through production.
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Assistant Art Director, Walker Books US & Candlewick Entertainment"
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Candlewick Press, seeks an experienced copyeditor/proofreader to work on all titles, from board and picture books to young adult novels, as well as marketing and presentation materials.


- Copyedit and proofread a high volume of books and marketing materials, with a particular focus on Walker Books US titles
- Work closely with editorial services staff, designers, production staff, and editors
- Contribute to and create style guides and help build the brand voice with consistent application of style guide direction
- Provide feedback to freelance copyeditors and proofreaders
- Perform other tasks as needed

Required Experience and Skills

- Minimum of five years of copyediting (both electronic and hard copy) and proofreading experience in trade fiction and picture books
- Experience managing multiple projects and workflow strongly preferred
- A strong command of the Chicago Manual of Style and Words into Type, as well as the ability to respect authors'voices
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to thrive and produce in a fast-paced, deadline driven, environment and to work independently and expeditiously
- Solid proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
- Strong familiarity with typesetting terminology and all aspects of book and page makeup
- Ability to copyedit in Spanish is a big plus
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Copyeditor/Proofreader"
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Candlewick Press offers internships in the fall, spring, and summer according to the needs of various departments. The desired time commitment averages fourteen hours per week up to twelve weeks. An independent publisher, we are a dynamic company that provides excellent opportunities to acquire firsthand knowledge of the publishing industry. We are looking for motivated, conscientious, and dedicated individuals with excellent organizational skills, as well as strong attention to detail, who are very eager to learn about the children's publishing industry and be part of a high-energy, creative team.

When feasible, internships are typically offered in the following departments: Sales, Marketing, Design, Graphic Production, Publishing Technologies, Editorial, and Production. As internships are determined on a need basis, there is a chance a particular department may not host an intern every semester. Candlewick Press' paid internship initiative offers an invaluable opportunity to develop professional skills, learn the ins and outs of the publishing world, and make important contacts within the industry. Internships can be used for college credit if approved by the interns' educational institution. We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) offers grants for diverse candidates. For more information, click here

Application deadlines for spring, summer, and fall semesters are November 5, March 5, and June 5 respectively.
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Internships"
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