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Editor – Wildfowl Carving Magazine & Rug Hooking Magazine

Job Summary

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, acquire, and edit content for Rug Hooking and Wildfowl Carving Magazine’s print books and magazines. This includes, but is not limited to: assigning freelance content, writing and editing articles, and securing signed contracts from all contributors.
  • Coordinate with authors, freelance writers, and photographers as necessary to negotiate article fees, develop story concepts and plan ahead for future magazine issues and books. 
  • Manage layout of all books and magazines by working closely with the graphic design department to facilitate, edit, and approve print layout and cover design. 
  • Approve final layouts for books and magazines once uploaded to the printer’s website.  
  • Work with marketing and sales to coordinate advertising for books and magazines, making sure there are no blank pages or missing advertisements from any magazine issues or books. 
  • Research and develop ways to grow Rug Hooking and Wildfowl Carving Magazine’s book club members and magazine subscribers. This includes identifying new advertising leads, conceptualizing new marketing incentives, and being on top of any relevant industry-related trends.  
  • Run our annual online carving and rug hooking competitions each year. This includes updating website copy as needed,  securing new judges to rate entries, selecting top winners, and coordinating with carvers/rug hookers to get materials necessary to feature them in upcoming magazine issues, and books for both properties.
  • Write original and engaging Editor notes for each magazine issue.  
  • Prepare and organize monthly book club newsletter materials for current book club members. 
  • Maintain Rug Hooking and Wildfowl Carving Magazine’s social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as needed. 
  • Travel to select events in the carving and rug hooking communities, as required, as the spokesperson for Wildfowl Carving Magazine and Rug Hooking magazine.

Qualifications

  • BA or MA in journalism or English or similar field.
  • Prior experience in print publishing, including books and magazines 
  • Minimum 5 years of print book and/or print magazine experience required
  • Strong writing, editing, research, communication, and time management skills.
  • Detail oriented with the ability to meet deadlines effectively and multitask.
  • Excellent writing and editing abilities; ability to write engaging and entertaining articles.
  • Experience with online content management systems, webinars and/or video content is a plus.

About Wildfowl Carving Magazine & Book Club 

Wildfowl Carving Magazine is published by Ampry Publishing LLC – a leader in building multi-platform brands that inform, inspire, and engage consumer audiences. Wildfowl Carving Magazine is dedicated to the art of decoy and decorative bird carving. Published quarterly since its spring 1985 issue, the magazine is available by subscription and in some book stores. Wildfowl Carving Magazine also has a subscription-based book club, which publishes 3 books per year, with topics ranging from step-by-step carving demonstrations to beautiful bird reference guides.

About Rug Hooking magazine & Book Club
Rug Hooking magazine is published 5 times per year and is available in select book and craft stores, and by subscription. Our goal is to provide high-quality articles and photographs about the art and craft of rug hooking, and how-to articles on techniques and projects. Whether a reader’s interests lie in traditional patterns, primitive styles, or original designs, Rug Hooking provides how-to articles on planning, dyeing, shading, and hooking. Instructional articles are complemented by features on such topics as hooked stair runners, clothing, wall hangings, decorations, and more, all beautifully illustrated with page after page of color photography. Rug Hooking magazine also has a subscription-based book club, which publishes 4 books per year, with topics ranging from Gene Shepherd’s comprehensive dyeing guides, to books on primitive rugs and easy punch needle projects. 

To apply for this position, please send a resume, salary expectations, cover letter, and writing samples to career.prime@primecp.com. The subject line must read: RH/WFC Editor 2024 – Position 2198

Northbrook, IL (Chicago) is our corporate office although post pandemic most staff work from home and live all over the world.  All positions can work in our office full-time, part-time, or work from home. We have full-time employees who have worked remotely since 2008.

If you have special needs and require assistance call us at (847) 205-9375.

This is a full-time position with full benefits, including medical, dental, life, vision, 401K, short term disability, and long term disability. Competitive salaries and bonus packages. Salary range is $45,000 – $65,000 depending on experience.

Pre-Employment background check required. EOE/M/F/D/V

Ampry Publishing Acquires Stackpole Magazines

Northbrook, IL – Today, Ampry Publishing completed the acquisition of Stackpole Magazines. Stackpole was established in 1930. Ampry Publishing now owns two print magazines, related book clubs, and an annual event. The magazines are Rug Hooking Magazine and Wildfowl Carving Magazine. Stackpole was acquired by Ampry Publishing, LLC, which will operate as a sister company to Prime Publishing, LLC.

Joining Ampry from Stackpole will be select staff, who will continue to work in Pennsylvania. Debra Smith will continue as Editor of Rug Hooking Magazine, and Tom Huntington will continue as Editor of Wildfowl Carving Magazine. Debra and Tom will continue to create great content, while marketing and advertising sales will be handled out of our offices In Northbrook.

Over the next few months, we will create a free content website for each magazine, along with an associated email newsletter. In 2017, we plan to introduce best-in-class tablet editions for both publications.

Ampry Publishing Acquires Stackpole Magazines

Northbrook, IL – Today, Ampry Publishing completed the acquisition of Stackpole Magazines. Stackpole was established in 1930. Ampry Publishing now owns two print magazines, related book clubs, and an annual event. The magazines are Rug Hooking Magazine and Wildfowl Carving Magazine. Stackpole was acquired by Ampry Publishing, LLC, which will operate as a sister company to Prime Publishing, LLC.

Joining Ampry from Stackpole will be select staff, who will continue to work in Pennsylvania. Debra Smith will continue as Editor of Rug Hooking Magazine, and Tom Huntington will continue as Editor of Wildfowl Carving Magazine. Debra and Tom will continue to create great content, while marketing and advertising sales will be handled out of our offices In Northbrook.

Over the next few months, we will create a free content website for each magazine, along with an associated email newsletter. In 2017, we plan to introduce best-in-class tablet editions for both publications.