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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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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young was born in Aba, Nigeria, and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. 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 Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or 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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