Working with Spectacle — Marketing & PR department

Demand is one of the most important aspects of getting a book sold. A lot of demand depends on authors, however having a great person in place within the Marketing & PR department to help authors along is one of Spectacle’s top priorities. We are excited to announce we have an opening for a Marketing & PR Director as well as Marketing/PR Interns. Director The position is a potential equity partner position. We want to make sure that we get the right person in the position as well as the company being the right position for the applicant, therefore, the applicant will work in a trial period as an intern. During the trial period, you will learn how our company works, what our vision is for our growth and what our expectations are. We will learn what you are capable of as well as how your creative style and ideas can help the company grow. We are looking for an individual who is committed and hardworking to join our startup organization. The position is part-time, where all partners are working their positions outside of their “day jobs”. This is a remote position done over the internet. We have one weekly meeting done through video conference. Some duties might be: Marketing of the company brands Creating and submitting press releases Creative thinking of how to create demand for products Research and contact bookstores in author locations for book signing Manage PR/Marketing staff (this is a duty of the partnership not intern trial period) Requirements: Must have experience in Marketing/PR. Must have a college degree in some form of Marketing or PR. This position is an important position with the company. We are looking to move forward and get our name out there. We are looking for someone who can think outside of the box in marketing and PR. You must be a self-starter. This is a big requirement for the partnership as the senior partners want a partner who has the ability to complete tasks without the micromanaging. This is the perfect position for someone who has big ideas on a little budget. Interns We are looking for individuals who are excited, hardworking and willing to learn. Interns work along side of our company executive level employees to learn the ins and outs of the publishing industry. This is a remote position done over the internet. We have one weekly meeting done through video conference. Some duties you may be involved in are: Research newspapers, magazines and other media outlets for press release submissions. Help create press releases. Implement author PR schedules. Help authors develop their online presence. Developing and executing marketing plans for various projects. Help develop effective sales programs for...

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Don’t hide from your story

Don’t hide from your story

Why do we always end up having countless untold stories and ideas just sitting around? They are the Post-its littering your desk; the two line word documents floating about your computer; the scribbled remarks in that blue notebook sitting by your bed named “ideas”; or maybe they are 10 line long ideas from your MFA in Creative Writing program. Wherever they are it really doesn’t matter. All that matters is that they are untold stories waiting to be written. So why are they pushed aside? If we have so many stories and ideas, why aren’t we sitting at our desk at 2:00 a.m. typing away? We hide from our stories. In the beginning we are filled with so many ideas but once we decide on one, we get to a point that we just don’t know where to go. Then we all know what happens to that story — it goes into hiding. They build up in our bank of untold stories never to be looked at again. There is always going to be a time in our writing that we get stuck on where to go. That doesn’t mean we stop with the story. This is actually when you push yourself to continue. We are all different in what inspires us but when you hit this point, you need to get yourself past by finding your inspiration. It might be a change in direction of the story, rewriting chapters or just adding new characters to give the story more depth. You have to remember that you’re not going to come out with a bestseller with your first draft. More often than not, first drafts are crap. The characters might lack depth or the relationships might seem superficial. Your first draft will not get your story picked up by a publisher. You will need to revise it and sell your story idea. But it’s important to get it finished. It’s easier to revise your story than to have no story at all. My advice to you is simple: don’t hide from your story. Go riffle through your bank of stories and push yourself to finish your first draft. Who knows, that story you are hiding might be Spectacle Publishing Media Group’s next published novel. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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The Broken Hearts Club?

The romance genre is only for those in the Broken Hearts Club…right? Wrong! Romance is one of the largest and best-selling genres in North America. The stereotype of the typical romance reader has been extremely distorted. You will not find us curled up on the couch, hair stuck in five different directions still in a week old gray sweatpants that used to be white, crying into a book because our own love life is in the pits. We are young adults still in high school trying to understand our own emotions. We are adults who are educated, sometimes with multiple post-educational degrees, just looking for a creative escape from our stressful daily lives. We are women and men (yes we know you are out there, your secret is safe with us). We are full-time workers, stay-at-home parents or just your everyday average Jane or Joe. So where does the stereotype come from? It comes from those who don’t understand the genre. The romance genre is not all about sex, sex and sex. It can be said that it just as hard to make someone fall in love as it is to scare or shock someone. Think about it. We all know what the average person is scared of, right? But what can make someone fall in love? That is a hard question. Writing a best-selling romance novel is more than just writing about: boy meets girl, boy loses girl then gets her back and they live happily ever after. If it were just that easy then every romance novel would be a best-seller. Those who criticize romance believe that every novel has two perfect people who fall in love—end of story. A good romance novel is more than that. A good romance has imperfect characters that are perfect for each other. A writer has to make their characters identifiable with the readers. Who can identify with someone who has everything going for them, never has any problems and has everything handed to them on a silver platter? Readers identify with the characters that have a struggle but work hard at whatever they do. The writer has to focus on who will be reading the novels and what is the perfect romance to them. It could be about two best friends, neighbors or just someone met at the rest stop on the Pennsylvania turnpike. The best thing about the romance genre is that there are numerous sub-genres. As a writer, you can hand pick which sub-genre you would like to write in. Do you like writing about drama—you have suspense romance. Do you like writing about fantasy—you have paranormal romance. The possibilities are endless. My challenge to you is this,...

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