Fernwood Employment Opportunity Promotions and Publicity Manager

Employment Opportunity

Promotions and Publicity Manager

Fernwood Publishing

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Fernwood Publishing is an independent Canadian publisher with radically left political views. We seek social transformation through publishing books for general, academic, and scholarly readers. We publish books that acknowledge, confront, and contest all forms of oppression and exploitation. We believe that in publishing books that challenge the status quo and imagine new ways forward, we participate in the struggle for a just, equitable society.

Fernwood has offices in Manitoba and Nova Scotia and is seeking a full-time promotions and publicity manager in our Winnipeg office. The person in this position will work virtually and in person in collaboration with other members of the team.

Fernwood is undergoing some reorganization and we are looking for an innovative, energetic colleague who is excited to be part of the ongoing reshaping of the organization.


Develop and execute marketing and promotions plan

 collaborate with marketing, sales and distribution manager and Fernwood team to develop and execute marketing and promotions plans and associated budget for each title and the overall season

Author relationships and communication

 develop and maintain strong relationships and communication with authors throughout the cycle of their books

 develop and maintain ongoing strong relationships and communication with community, media, industry, and others within Fernwood


 organize, host and publicize book launches, author signings, and other book events (online and in person as circumstances allow)

 provide technical skills for online events (Ecamm, Zoom, YouTube, Facebook Live)

 research opportunities and organize book tables/co-sponsorship for various events and conferences of interest to Fernwood in general and where a Fernwood author may be involved

 research opportunities and make submissions to relevant festivals and conferences

 participate in academic and community conferences, trade shows, professional development sessions, and publishing industry events as necessary

Media Campaigns

 create engaging and effective physical and digital press kits and publicity materials

 build and maintain relationships with mainstream and alternative media (digital and traditional) contacts and develop and maintain media lists

 organize and undertake media pitches to solicit book reviews and author interviews and distribute press kits and review copies of all titles

 organize and orchestrate author interviews

 follow up on all media contacts

 provide weekly media updates to all sales and industry partners and within Fernwood  

Social Media

 develop and maintain a strong online community associated with Fernwood’s radical publishing program utilizing all social media platforms

 use social media to publicize events as well as to share media coverage, author activity, industry news, and relevant political content and activities


 plan advertising campaign and book all ads for books

Sales and Distribution

 participate in sales conferences as required

Book Awards

 plan and manage book award submissions


 participate in regular staff meetings, editorial meetings, and other meetings as necessary

 assistance with grant-writing and project plans as well as other tasks, as needed


You will need:

 passion about the role of publishing in a politics of justice

 excellent communication and organizational skills, attention to detail, and an ability to prioritize competing tasks to meet demanding deadlines

 experience and understanding of book promotion and publicity

 proficiency with Excel, Word, Canva, Acrobat, Google workspace, Mailchimp, social media, and a willingness to learn other applications, such as Ecamm and FileMaker Pro

 self-motivation to manage your own work

 an ability to work collaboratively

Application deadline is January 6, 2022.

The position is full-time and located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We may consider a remote position although we have a strong preference for this position to be located in Manitoba.

The salary is $48,500 and includes a staff benefits package.

Starting date is February 1, 2022.

Please send your cover letter and resumé as a single PDF file to Beverley Rach, Fernwood Publishing, with the subject line “Promotions and Publicity Manager Position.”

Fernwood is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage and actively seek applications from structurally disadvantaged communities. Given that Fernwood encourages and supports professional development of its employees, we will consider applicants who express an interest in broadening their existing promotions and publicity skills through training opportunities relevant to this position.

We thank all applicants for their interest but regret that we are unable to acknowledge receipt of applications. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Posted on December 16th, 2021

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