Publishing Intern

Fig Tree Books (, and is looking for an exceptionally intelligent, enthusiastic, literary-minded Publishing Intern to work as a telecommuting independent contractor (for which you will get paid!) for our Westchester County, New York-based company that is focused on publishing high-quality literary fiction (including YA and graphic novels) and memoirs that deal with the American Jewish Experience. The Publishing Intern will work primarily with the Editor-in-Chief, the Media Editor and the Editorial & Publishing Assistant.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Reading and reviewing newly submitted manuscripts;
  • Proofreading acquired manuscripts before they go to print;
  • Drafting feedback emails to authors;
  • Drafting book-club discussion questions for forthcoming titles;
  • Maintaining and expanding the FTB American Jewish Fiction database;
  • Researching and creating spreadsheets to help track relevant happenings/contacts in American Jewish culture;
  • Helping maintain and expand FTB’s online and social media presence;
  • Assisting with other publishing and marketing-related tasks as necessary.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:

  • A solid understanding of the literary landscape, a passion for books, and an interest in publishing as a business;
  • Knowledge of the use of web and social media for book promotion;
  • Impeccable writing skills;
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Comparative Literature, or Jewish Studies;
  • Location in New York City; Westchester County, New York; Fairfield County, Connecticut; or Northern New Jersey.

The Ideal candidate needs to be able to:

  • Work collaboratively and efficiently, especially with third parties;
  • Exercise sound judgment while being highly responsive and active;
  • Be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and organized;
  • Be perpetually willing to learn.

Big plusses: 

  • MFA or Certificate in publishing.
  • Previous publishing experience.

Flexible work schedule.

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