[Englmajors] Publisher W.W. Norton Hiring
wensel at u.washington.edu
Tue May 8 13:24:00 PDT 2007
W.W. Norton, a name that most English majors know extremely well, is
once again looking to hire one of our new graduates as a college sales
representative. In June 2004 that new graduate was Betsy Twitchell, who
was recently promoted to marketing manager. Here's what Betsy has to
say about her experience with Norton:
"Hello, my name is Betsy Twitchell, I responded to an email much like
this one when I was a graduating English major at the UW in 2004. I got
the job and have been working for WW Norton & Company for the past three
years. Norton is a small, employee-owned publisher of social science,
humanities and science textbooks. There are many advantages to this
position including access to Norton's full list of literature titles and
anthologies! I've also had the opportunity to travel, quite a bit
regionally to Montana, Idaho and Alaska, but nationally as well. I work
from my home office and spend time on college and university campuses
four days a week, so I keep my own hours and don't have to sit behind a
desk all day! This job can be stressful and very hard work during the
academic year, but I have the summer and winter vacations mostly free.
It's also nice to work for a small company where the lines of
communication with management are open"
I had a lot of questions when I applied for this job three years ago.
Here's my contact info in case you do to:
btwitchell at wwnorton.com
Now here's the actual job announcement from Norton. Please read it
carefully so you know what the job entails and how to apply. Good luck!
*College Sales Representative*
W.W. Norton is seeking individuals for the position of Higher Education
Publishing Representative. The position involves meeting with
college/university instructors to promote Norton textbooks, digital
media, software, and other publications for course use. The duties are
wide ranging, but the core of the representative's responsibility is to
study, learn, and understand our publications and to use that knowledge
when selling our books. Virtually all of our employees in the marketing,
editorial, or management areas of Norton's college division launched
their careers from this sales position. Former representatives include
the firm's CEO, the Director and Associate Director of the College
Department, and the College Department's National Sales Manager.
*Requirements:* We look for graduates with rich liberal arts
backgrounds. Concentration in a particular field of study is not as
important as breadth of experience and a firm grasp of the relationships
between various disciplines. Most of our employees majored in the social
sciences or humanities, but students in the natural sciences with broad
interests are encouraged to apply. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is desired.
Independence, self-motivation, intellectual curiosity, strong writing
skills, and physical stamina are essential qualities for this position.
You must be enthusiastic, independent, and persuasive. The position
demands a self-motivated individual willing to travel. Successful
candidates love books and enjoy reading. You should have a wide range of
interests and love to engage in conversation about literature, politics,
philosophy, science, history, and more. Travel experience, familiarity
with standard computer applications (e.g. word processing, spread sheet,
internet), and a genuine interest in the publishing industry are
definite assets. All candidates must be U.S. citizens or in possession
of a valid greencard.
*The Firm:* W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. is the largest independent
publisher in North America wholly owned and operated by its employees.
Founded in 1923, Norton has a distinguished history in academic, trade
(i.e. popular), and professional publishing. Our college division is
best known for its internationally acclaimed anthologies which include
/The Norton Anthology of English Literature/, /The Norton Shakespeare/,
/The Norton Anthology of African American Literature/, and /The Norton
Anthology of Literary Theory and Criticism/ among others. Our success is
not limited to the field of literary studies; we publish rich,
well-respected lists in history, psychology, political science,
economics, and music. In fact, Norton is arguably the most important
publisher of musicology, or music history, titles in the world. In
recent years, the firm has launched important new titles in chemistry,
rhetoric/composition, astronomy, geology, philosophy, biology,
anthropology, and sociology. Concurrent with this development has been a
dramatic expansion in our electronic media offerings. Norton is an
industry leader in the development of Internet and CD-ROM resources for
college course use. Our independence allows us to maintain this focus
and tradition of excellence in a highly competitive publishing environment.
On the trade side, our accomplishments during the past decade have met
with unparalleled critical recognition. Among the numerous awards
accorded to Norton titles were two Pulitzer Prizes (/Guns, Germs, and
Steel/, Jared Diamond and /Embracing Defeat/, John Dower), Britain's
highest honor, The Whitbread Prize (Seamus Heaney's verse translation of
/Beowulf/), and National Book Awards in fiction (/Ship Fever/, Andrea
Barrett), non-fiction (/Embracing Defeat/, John Dower; /Guns, Germs, and
Steel/, Jared Diamond) and poetry (/Garbage/, A. R. Ammons; /Passing
Through/, Stanley Kunitz; /Vice/, Ai). But our trade publishing
accomplishments extend to sales as well as honors, as best-sellers such
as Sebastian Junger's /The Perfect Storm /and Michael Lewis' /Moneyball/
attest. We were also honored to be selected as the publisher for the
9/11 Commission Report.
Norton's employee-owned status and relatively modest size foster a
strong corporate identity and an intimate, collegial atmosphere that is
increasingly distinctive in a merger-ridden publishing industry. An
unusually tight relationship between our trade and college divisions
enables us to develop a wide array of projects with appeal to both
academic and popular audiences.
If you are intellectually curious, thrive on discussing ideas, and have
a knack for persuasion, you should explore this career opportunity at W.
*Washington with travel to Alaska (based in Seattle)*
*Arizona with travel to Central California (based in Phoenix)*
*Utah with travel to Nevada (based in Salt Lake City)*
*San Francisco Bay Area*
*Compensation:* This is a professional, full time, permanent position
with excellent benefits: salary; incentive plan; company leased
automobile; health insurance; profit sharing, pension, and 401K plans.
Business/travel related expenses are reimbursed. Earnings depend on both
salary and an incentive program.
*To Apply:* Please send a cover letter explaining you interest in the
job and qualifications, along with your resume, to Annie Stewart,
Western Regional Manager: astewart at wwnorton.com
<mailto:astewart at wwnorton.com>.
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