Comma is Recruiting! Publicity and Outreach Officer

Job title: Publicity and Outreach Officer

Application deadline: Monday 20 August 2018 (midday)

Interviews: Fri 24 August (flexible)

To start: Early-to-Mid September

Part-time position (3 days a week, 24 hours per week)

Location: Manchester, Northern Quarter/Ancoats

Line manager: Engagement Manager

Starting Salary: £17k-£19k pro rata (depending on experience)

Comma Press, one of the UK's leading independent literary publishers, seeks a Publicity and Outreach Officer to help oversee its marketing and press strategies, as well as deliver aspects of its writer development programme (in particular the National Creative Writing Graduate Fair). The appointee will also work closely with the Engagement Manager, Publishing Manager, and CEO on all aspects of the day-to-day running of the press.

Apply by emailing a CV and covering letter, outlining your suitability to the role, to Ra Page at by Monday 20 August at the latest. Please includePublicity and Outreach Officer' in the email subject heading.

Job Description



-       Working with the Engagement Manager to deliver tailored publicity campaigns for each new title, as well as developing strategies for promoting backlist titles through targeted online marketing.

-       Developing and maintaining contacts and relationships with press (including books editors at major newspapers, radio producers, freelancers and online reviewers).


Digital Engagement

-       Delivering an online content strategy (including newsletters, regular blogs and specially commissioned AV content).

-       Assisting the Engagement Manager in the planning and delivery of Comma’s new podcast series, developing new audiences and distribution networks.

-       Maintaining our websites and social media accounts. 


Writer Development – National Creative Writing Graduate Fair

-       Overseeing the programming and delivery of the NCWGF: liaising with delivery partners (MMU and Manchester Writing School) and all participants (including speakers, agents and authors); managing logistics (travel and accommodation requirements); promoting the fair to potential delegates, sponsors and press; updating the website and social media channels; and ensuring the smooth running of the Fair on the day.

-       ­­Reporting and evaluating the NCWGF, as well as other Writer Development work, such as Comma short story courses (in concert with the Engagement Manager).


Industry Access and Training

-       ­­Building relationships with local schools, colleges and universities to organise a suite of talks promoting careers in publishing (to be delivered by various Comma staff members).

-       Assisting with the organisation of CPD workshops for the Northern Publishers Network (including the Northern Fiction Alliance within that), as well as trade visits to international book fairs.

-       Coordinating an annual IP forum (where TV and film rights are pitched to producers and script developers).


Office Management

-       ­­Monitoring and maintaining office supplies e.g. stationary.

-       ­­Chairing weekly office meetings.

-       ­Convening board meetings and taking minutes.

-       ­Working with interns on the delivery of the above tasks.



Full in-house training will be given for all aspects of the role (including aspects of book-keeping, design, editing and production). We are looking for someone with well-developed communication skills and a high level of proficiency with the English language (for instance, they will often be needed to proof read texts to a high standard of accuracy). You must be able to work both independently and as a part of the Comma team, and have the resourcefulness to research and develop solutions unassisted.



  • An understanding of the way books are promoted through traditional media coverage (press reviews, radio coverage, etc).
  • Some experience in planning, delivering and marketing public events.
  • A familiarity with all major social media platforms and a sense of what constitutes good social media promotion and what constitutes bad.
  • A familiarity with all basic Microsoft Office packages (Word, Excel etc), and basic Google services (e.g. Google Analytics, Google Drive).
  • An interest in contemporary world literature, and particularly the short story.
  • An interest in contemporary world politics and recent history.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, with the ability to work to deadlines.



  • Experience of marketing and publicising events and/or art projects to the general public, including experience of approaching journalists, sub-editors, and/or radio producers to secure media coverage
  • Familiarity with WordPress, MailChimp, Survey Monkey.
  • Familiarity with design and image software (such as Adobe Photoshop, Quark or Indesign).
  • Experience of managing a website and/or social media accounts.