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Editor and critic Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, OBE, is Publishing Director at The Indigo Press. Photographed by Charlie Hopkinson at Rye Books, London.

The Indigo Press, a newly established independent publisher based in London, is looking for “an ambitious Sales and Marketing Manager to establish and nourish the key relationships that will sell our books.” The company has the editor and critic Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, most recently shortlisted for the Brittle Paper Award for Essays/Think Pieces, as its Publishing Director.

The Indigo Press, which will launch its first titles in 2018, is owned by the  MILD group—“a portfolio of book businesses which includes long-established international rights specialists The Marsh Agency, award-winning independent bookshop Dulwich Books, and a successful live events series, including two annual literary festivals”—and is “dedicated to exploring the best in international contemporary thought, across all genres.”

The Indigo Press is founded to focus on writing that is brave, bold and beautiful from the best of today’s minds, tackling today’s most urgent issues. We are inspired by the belief that our readers want their reading adventure to be global as well as local and need a dedicated Sales and Marketing Manager who will ensure that our titles reach those readers, around the world. Our ideal candidate will have a passion for books, independent publishing and sales and will match sound industry experience with a flair for innovation.

This is how they describe their ideal candidate:

You love sales and you love books. You are a great collaborator and innovator. You are organised and forward thinking. You are good with people and with words. You have the drive, imagination and organisational skills to make this role your own.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated passion for sales and will be analytical, with great judgement, creative problem-solving skills, a customer-focused attitude with exceptionally high standards and a focus on detail.

Applications should be sent to Ellah Allfrey at publish@TheIndigoPress.com with the subject header “Sales and Marketing Manager Application.” Here are things expected in the application.

  • Letter of Application (no more than one page of A4) telling us what you would bring to the role, how your experience fits the job description and what additional qualities you have to offer.
  • Your CV (no more two pages of A4), current salary and notice period.

An equal opportunities employer, The Indigo Press values “innovation, teamwork and commitment and all our recruiting decisions will be made based on experience and skills.” They welcome diversity and expect “applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief.”

Applications close on 15 December 2017.

Interviews will be held from 15 January 2018.

Find out more information HERE.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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