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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 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 Nnaemekaram is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Giles Foden. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories and is working on a 600-page novel. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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