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Flying Pen Press will post any available positions on this page...please check back frequently.

Please feel free to submit your resume for consideration for any future positions by email, snail-mail or fax:

Email your application information to:

jobs@flyingpenpress.

Or mail your application information to:

Talent Search
Flying Pen Press LLC
1660 Niagara St.
Denver, CO 80220 USA

Or fax your application information to:

(303) 375-0499


Flying Pen Press is currently seeking help for various contract positions.

Flying Pen Press is a small publishing company based in Denver, Colorado. The company publishes fiction and nonfiction in a wide variety of genres and topics, primarily in trade paperback and ebook formats (currently, Flying Pen Press does not publish any of the following: poetry, erotica, children's, young adult, Christian, New Age, art books, or textbooks).

Flying Pen Press has about to grow rapidly and expand its acquisition and production capabilities. We are ready to bring on several new publishing professionals. This is an opportunity to start working with a fairly young company that has established itself as a publisher of great books, in a position of higher responsibility than most entry-level jobs. Those hired during this phase of the company's growth will have the ability to help shape and manage the company's mission for years to come.

Flying Pen Press is a virtual company, without a central office. All work is done in home offices via telecommuting. Weekly and quarterly meetings in the Denver area are mandatory, generally scheduled for Monday mornings. Web-conference options are available for attending these meetings.

Because of the nature of the company, all positions within the company, even the publisher's position, are contractor positions. No offer of employment is made or implied. Under the rules of the Internal Revenue Service, contractors are allowed to have other clients, and we are not allowed to dictate how or when the work is to be performed; we may only dictate results. Therefore, Flying Pen Press contractors manage their own time and are not required to "clock in." Within these constraints, Flying Pen Press works as a team of contractors working on various book projects. Team coordination is crucial to our success.

We seek contractors to perform the work of full-time positions. We are able to work with contractors who can only perform the work at part-time levels, often creating shared-work contracts or adjusting compensation accordingly.

We currently seek contractors to perform the work of the following positions:

Writer

Flying Pen Press normally licenses publication rights from freelance authors. However, often the company wishes to produce its own copyrighted material or consign authors to write books according to a specified set of directions or outline.

Project-based or full-time contracts are available. Ghostwriters are also sought. Royalties may be available in addition to standard compensation schedule.

(Writers wishing to submit their manuscript for potential publication should send a query or proposal to the submissions department: Submissions@FlyingPenPress.com.)


Journalist

Flying Pen Press is currently forming a "news book" imprint, for publication of book-length reporting on current news events in a timely manner. Contractor journalists must be able to accept assignments to cover breaking news and prepare chapter-length or book-length reports within two weeks, on rigid deadlines.

Project-based or full-time contracts are available, but contractors must be available to accept immediate assignments as news breaks. Royalties may be available in addition to standard compensation schedule. Travel & expense reimbursements are included when on assignment.


Editor

Flying Pen Press seeks editors who can perform some or all of the following functions:

  • Select books from author submissions for publication, perhaps for a specific Flying Pen Press imprint.
  • Seek out available books for publication before competitors make offers to the authors.
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication as printed and electronic books.
  • Oversee production of audio books.
  • Plan and implement imprint missions.
  • Plan and launch new imprints.
  • Manage writers, copyeditors, and test readers.
  • Negotiate author contracts, in conference with the Publisher.

(Note that copyediting is performed by freelancers and volunteers, usually through crowdsourcing.)

Project-based, full-time or part-time contracts are available.


News Editor

Flying Pen Press seeks an editor to head up the News Book imprint. The News Editor will assign stories to contract journalists, prepare reports for publication as printed and electronic books, and manage journalists. The News Editor will find and contract on-site journalists to cover news stories at remote locations. Development of news bureaus in various cities and a newsroom in the Denver area is expected in the long term.

Only full-time contract is available.


Cover Artist/Cover Designer

Flying Pen Press seeks graphic designers who can perform some or all of the following functions:

  • Design book covers for commercial distribution through the book trade.
  • Create, consign or contract book-cover artwork.
  • Manage freelance artists.
  • Work with Page Designer to plan overall book design.

Book covers must be created in electronic files that meet the standards of the contracted printing presses (generally, PDF).

Project-based, full-time or part-time contracts are available.


Page Designer

Flying Pen Press seeks graphic designers or typesetters who can perform some or all of the following functions:

  • Layout of text and internal book components, formatted as InDesign files.
  • Layout of illustrations, formatted as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator files.
  • Create, consign or contract internal illustrations.
  • Manage freelance illustrators.
  • Work with Cover Designer to plan overall book design

Textblocks must be created in electronic files that meet the standards of the contracted printing presses (generally, PDF).

Project-based, full-time or part-time contracts are available.


Production Manager

Flying Pen Press seeks production managers who can perform some or all of the following functions:

  • Manage book projects and supervise editorial, design, production and publication schedules.
  • Submit files from Cover Designer and Page designer to printing presses.
  • Solicit bids from, and contract with printing presses. Flying Pen Press uses POD technology to print and distribute books worldwide.
  • Oversee quality assurance of printed and electronic books.
  • Identify bottlenecks and potential delays in editorial and design deadlines, and in production and publication schedules. Once identified, suggest and effect solutions.

Only full-time contract is available. Denver location is preferred.


Marketing Manager

Flying Pen Press seeks production managers who can perform some or all of the following functions:

  • Plan and manage marketing efforts for Flying Pen Press and for its imprints and titles.
  • Plan and manage author promotions.
  • Create marketing materials for books, preferably as PDF files and timely printings.
  • Maintain the Flying Pen Press proprietary mailing list of booksellers.
  • Represent Flying Pen Press at trade shows.

Project-based, full-time or part-time contracts are available.


Sales Manager

Flying Pen Press seeks contractors or sales agencies to contact bookstores by phone or in physical sales calls to solicit orders for printed books in resale quantities, and to represent Flying Pen Press at trade shows. Flying Pen Press is willing to share catalog production with other publishers.

Compensation is based on commission, plus additional profit sharing for full-time contractors. Full-time or part-time contracts are available.


Finance Manager

Flying Pen Press seeks production managers who can perform some or all of the following functions:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Calculate royalty reports for authors and other book contributors.
  • Calculate profit shares for profit-sharing contractors.
  • Billings and collections.
  • Manage accounts payable.
  • Prepare and analyze printer's reports and sales reports weekly.
  • Prepare and analyze financial reports, and make appropriate suggestions regarding financial decisions.
  • Audit the royalties received from subsidiary rights sales, as necessary, or arrange for said audit by a certified public accountant.

Full-time or part-time contracts are available.


Inventory Manager

Flying Pen Press seeks production managers who can perform some or all of the following functions:

  • Fulfillment of book orders from consumers, retailers, distributors and special groups.
  • Plan and manage inventory levels.
  • Order books from printer to stock inventory when needed.
  • Order drop shipments of books from printer when needed.
  • Process returns from bookstores.
  • Minimize inventory waste or damage.
  • Maintain inventory of shipping supplies.
  • Package and ship book orders.
  • Hire and manage temporary workers during spikes in orders (publication day, sudden demand, marketing pushes, trade shows).

Full-time or part-time contracts are available.


Business Manager/Associate Publisher

Flying Pen Press seeks business managers who can perform some or all of the following functions:

  • Coordinate contractors, staff, authors, printers, trade clients, and other business associates.
  • Executive analysis and planning.
  • Analysis, planning and management of staffing issues.
  • Assist the Publisher as necessary.
  • Manage the company with regard to the company's published mission and philosophy.
  • Manage customer relations and solve customer problems.
  • Evaluate the performance of contractors and staff.

Full-time or part-time contracts are available. Denver location preferred. Established virtual-assistant services will be considered for a telecommuting contract.


Requirements for All Positions

Flying Pen Press is in a stage of growth, following an initial stage of establishing the company as a viable business model. This requires all individuals working for the company have an entrepreneurial spirit, as we will be working together to build a successful company from the ground up. We are looking for individuals that are passionate about publishing, and who will personally embrace the brand.

We are looking for raw talent and an unbreakable spirit to succeed. Experience is not necessary for any position, as we will train, although prior experience and education can be helpful in finding the right people.

It is our policy to conduct trial by fire when bringing on new talent. As such, we seek self-starters and self-trainers. We are happy to take the time to train people how to do even in the highest of executive work, but we need to see the desire to learn and an ability to improvise on deadline.

Flying Pen Press is in the Ideas business. We are constantly seeking new ways to compete in the publishing industry and new types of books to produce. Thus, we expect all contractors to offer innovative ideas and participate in the occasional brainstorming sessions.

Flying Pen Press is a virtual company. All contractors must telecommute via the Internet. We generally use Twitter as our primary communication channel for day-to-day operations. We encourage applicants to have a usable home office with a high-speed internet connection and a smart phone.

Flying Pen Press seeks talent from wherever we may find it, regardless of race, religion, sexuality, gender, politics, heritage or nationality. Because of the nature of our business model, we encourage those who prefer to work from home, who may need a flexible schedule or who do not fit in the pre- conceived concepts of "employee" to apply.


Compensation

Flying Pen Press compensates contractors on a performance-based profit-sharing schedule.

The more that a contractor produces against the published standard of full-time performance, the more shares the contractor is entitled to.

The more profit the company realizes, the more each share is worth.

Profit shares are reported and disbursed January 31 and July 31 of each year. Monthly advances may be available, depending on availability of funds and the availability of accurate profit projections and performance evaluations.

Flying Pen Press reinvests 50% of its operating profits back into the company, to generate growth. The remainder is distributed to profit-sharing contractors.

The profit-sharing contractors are consulted when planning budgets, so that operating costs that can reduce profits can be openly discussed. Flying Pen Press maintains transparent operations and open bookkeeping that may be viewed by any profit-sharing or royalty-earning contractor.

Please note that Flying Pen Press currently earns very little profit. The company has been developing a viable, scalable business model since 2007, and is now ready for the next phase, a phase for growth and earnings. As talented individuals and agencies are contracted to provide skill, labor and insight, earnings are expected to grow rapidly. The projections for Flying Pen Press's growth and profitability will be shared with applicants.

While we hope to offer contractors benefits in the future, we currently do not have the funds available for additional benefits. We provide contractors a 55% discount on any quantity of any of our books, which may be resold or commercially distributed, in addition to the free proof-of-publication copies, review copies and working copies we may provide.


Applicants should submit a printed resume, references, and any portfolio they wish to present.

Email your application information to:

jobs@flyingpenpress.

Or mail your application information to:

Talent Search
Flying Pen Press LLC
1660 Niagara St.
Denver, CO 80220 USA

Or fax your application information to:

(303) 375-0499

All staff and contractors are requird to maintain the confidence of Flying Pen Press and the authors and artists who trust Flying Pen Press with their intellectual property.






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