Quill and Quire


Dundurn Press Published: May 6, 2022
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Dundurn Press is looking for a creative, highly organized, and enthusiastic book lover to join our world class sales and marketing team!

What You Will Be Doing

Reporting to the VP of Operations, the Publicist will be responsible for planning and generating media hits and buzz to build interest for our forthcoming titles. You will be working directly with our authors to aid in the publicity process for their books. You are an organized and tenacious person who is proactive and detail oriented who can enthusiastically communicate what makes Dundurn Press’ award winning catalogue of books and eBooks great.


  • Maintain communications and working relationships with our front list and backlist authors
  • Pitch to broadcast, print, and online media in Canada and the US as well as festival organizers
  • Identify opportunities for our titles and authors with media, festivals, events
  • Develop focused media mailing lists
  • Execute publicity campaigns
  • Manage trade and review journal submissions
  • Create and edit press releases, media alerts, and assemble press kit materials
  • Cultivate relationships with media outlets
  • Contribute content to marketing department for trade shows and conferences; organize staffing and author signing schedules.
  • Escort and assist authors with media appearances when necessary
  • Contribute and help coordinate content for Dundurn Press’ social media platforms and newsletters
  • Act as a representative of the company at author events, as well as industry functions as needed

This role is right for you if you are a highly energetic and self-directed person who loves books. You are a creative team player with a proven talent for relationship building with media and reviewers alike. You should also be able to work independently and effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously. You should be able to work occasional evenings and weekends. Some travel may be required in this role. Prior experience with book publicity is considered an asset.

Compensation: Annual salary of $30,000 - 34,000 (commensurate with experience) enrollment in our group benefits program (includes extended health and dental), and opportunities for professional development.  Compensation based on experience.

Work location: Hybrid work opportunity; combination in office and remote work.  FT in office available if preferred.

Qualification Criteria:

  • Post-secondary education
  • Publishing diploma or equivalent publishing experience
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel,
  • Comfort with email marketing
  • An excellent understanding and appreciation for social media including Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, Instagram RSS and other web applications an asset
  • Strong project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with project management tools such as Asana an asset
  • Comfort with cold calling and outreach
  • Drivers License required

Personal Competencies:

  • A team-player with superior communication skills
  • Strong writing and grammar skills
  • Creative, organized, results-driven, responsible, and detail-oriented
  • Positive outlook and high energy
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

Please submit cover letters and resumes to jobs@dundurn.com by May 17, 2022. We encourage you to include a sample of your writing and links to your online platform or portfolio (if applicable).

Dundurn Press is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates and accommodates persons with disabilities. Candidates that are selected for interviews should advise us if they require accommodation.

Please note that at this time Dundurn will be conducting virtual meetings with eligible candidates.

About Dundurn Press 

Established in 1972, Dundurn Press is one of Canada’s largest and leading independent trade publishers. With over 2,300 books in print, Dundurn Press is recognized for producing high quality, award-winning books across multiple genres. We publish books that reflect the world, satisfy curiosity, enlighten, and entertain. We seek to amplify and elevate exceptional Canadian voices to the world, particularly those that have not yet been discovered or have been previously underrepresented in trade publishing. We also aim to make Dundurn Press a home for all readers and writers in our community as we signal a new era for the press by opening a welcoming storefront space in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood. We publish across numerous genres, from literary and genre fiction, to lifestyle, memoir and biography, history and public policy, and middle-grade and teen fiction.

Our books have won and been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Donner Prize, LAMBDA Literary Awards, Crime Writers of Canada Awards, Heritage Toronto Award, Toronto Book Award, Hamilton Literary Award, Forest of Reading Awards, and many others. Recent bestsellers include The Son of the House by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia, Seven by Farzana Doctor, The Great Canadian Bucket List by Robin Esrock, The Wealthy Renter by Alex Avery, Red Wolf by Jennifer Dance, The Sport and Prey of Capitalists by Linda McQuaig, and the Birder Murder Mystery series by Steve Burrows.