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Jobs at Illumicrate

We are looking for people to join the Illumicrate and Cureadosity teams!

Please read this full post carefully before applying:

  • We are looking for THREE (3) new team members, each with a different role as described below.
  • Send a separate application for each role you are interested in.
  • You must be 18+ to apply.
  • We can only accept applications sent to the email address with the relevant subject line as below. Applications sent via any other medium will be discounted.
  • All roles currently available are part-time.
  • Applications close on Sunday, 17 January 2021.
  • Due to the high volume of applications, we will not be able to respond to all candidates.

About Illumicrate and Cureadosity

Illumicrate is the original UK book box subscription. Founded in 2015 as a quarterly subscription, today, Illumicrate has a monthly book box subscription, a monthly book only subscription, and offers special edition boxes, exclusive editions of books, and more, in our shop. We don’t limit ourselves to YA and feature all genres.

The books we feature and sell are unique to us. We work closely with publishers on creating exclusive editions specifically for our monthly boxes. We are also the pioneers of aligning special edition boxes with highly anticipated releases, with The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo being the first of these in 2017.

Cureadosity is the uncomplicated picture book subscription box for 2-6 year olds. We aim to bring your little ones a diverse range of stories and make reading time a fun and enjoyable experience for all. Customers can choose from monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly boxes to suit your family’s needs.

We were born of the need for picture book recommendations, but it was tough to find any outside the big-name authors and popular book series. It was then we realised we wanted to create Cureadosity – a no fuss way for parents and carers to receive books to enjoy with their kids!

As a whole business and team, our core values are quality and inclusivity. Our book choices reflect the world we live in and our customer base; we support marginalised authors (LGBTQ+ and BAME) where possible, and strive to feature UK-based authors as much as possible. We know our customers appreciate our diverse choices.

We are interested in hiring someone who has a genuine passion for books and who aligns with our brand, values and book choices.

 

Job: Bookkeeper

This job is for the role of a bookkeeper, initially for 5-10 hours a week at an hourly rate based on experience (minimum relevant living wage for the area the candidate resides). The role will work on both Illumicrate and Cureadosity. We’re very open to someone coming in with fresh ideas about how we manage our processes. As well as the roles and responsibilities outlined below, you can be as involved with our book selections and project planning as you wish. This role is open to UK residents or those with the right to work in the UK only.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Managing the accounts payable and receivable
  • Handling supplier invoices.  Ensuring all invoices are received and coded to the appropriate project
  • Setting up payments on the bank to be approved by CEO
  • Reconciling bank transactions on a weekly basis
  • Maintaining company ledgers on a regular basis
  • Preparing purchase orders in accordance with requests for goods, and maintaining a tracking schedule
  • Preparing information for VAT returns
  • Providing administrative and clerical support as needed
  • Any other additional bookkeeping duties

Skills and qualifications

  • Experience as a bookkeeper or similar role
  • Knowledge of accounting principles
  • Ability to work with accounting software (Currently using QuickBooks, but may change in future)
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to manage time around other commitments and meet deadlines
  • Interest in the book community

To apply, send us an email cover letter and attached your CV to [email protected]. Use the subject: BOOKKEEPER APPLICATION. Make sure you include:

  • Your full name, location, and a confirmation that you are over 18
  • Your personal social media links (optional)
  • Details of previous bookkeeping experience
  • Your answer to the question: ‘what do you feel you can bring to this role?’

Job: Social Media

This job is for the role of a social media manager, initially for 5-10 hours a week at an hourly rate based on experience (minimum relevant living wage for the area the candidate resides). The role will work on both Illumicrate and Cureadosity. The position will start off small, but our hope is that as we grow, so does your role, and we’re very open to someone coming in with fresh ideas about how we should be engaging with our followers and customers. As well as the roles and responsibilities outlined below, you can be as involved with our book selections and project planning as you wish. This role is open to applications anywhere in the world.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Be responsible for the majority of the day to day posting and engagement on social media channels for Illumicrate and Cureadosity, outside of posting about new products/monthly themes and reveals
  • Oversee the running of Illumicrate monthly readalongs
  • Run, promote and select the winners for Illumicrate photo challenges
  • Create ‘mood board’ stories for each Illumicrate monthly theme and special edition box
  • Design stories for each Illumicrate monthly theme, special edition box, and exclusive book with information & including reveals
  • Create Instagram stories & reels outside of advertising products, with the aim of audience engagement
  • Explore other social media/community avenues & projects
  • Take and edit own photos, if required
  • Customer support, if required
  • Any other additional social media related work, as required

Skills and qualifications

  • Not necessarily looking for people with degrees or professional experience
  • Someone who manages their own social media well and feels confident translating that to our brand
  • Experience building an online community and engagement
  • Ability to manage time around other commitments
  • Member of the book community
  • Experience in Facebook and Instagram marketing beneficial, but not required

To apply, send us an email cover letter and attached your CV to [email protected]. Use the subject: SOCIAL MEDIA APPLICATION. Make sure you include:

  • Your full name, location, and a confirmation that you are over 18
  • Your personal social media links or social media links of other accounts you manage
  • Your answer to the question: ‘what do you feel you can bring to this role?’
  • An example social media post for Illumicrate (Instagram, Facebook Twitter thread)

Job: Customer Support

This job is for the role of customer support, initially for 5-10 hours a week at an hourly rate based on experience (minimum relevant living wage for the area the candidate resides). The role will work on both Illumicrate and Cureadosity. We’re looking for someone who feels confident handling complex customer support issues. As well as the roles and responsibilities outlined below, you can be as involved with our book selections and project planning as you wish. This role is open to UK residents or those with the right to work in the UK only.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Leading on customer service emails
  • Provide customers information on our products and services
  • Resolve any issues accurately and effectively
  • Manage customer support team schedules and coverage
  • Liaising with our shipping and fulfillment providers when necessary

Skills and qualifications

  • Background and experience in customer services, specifically online/remote customer service
  • Ability to manage a small team
  • Ability to manage time around other commitments
  • Patience, empathy and good problem solving
  • Willing to show initiative and have good instincts, because you won’t always know the answer
  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Ability to apply what you know to different scenarios would be very helpful
  • Interest in the book community

To apply, send us an email cover letter and attached your CV to [email protected]. Use the subject: CUSTOMER SERVICE APPLICATION. Make sure you include:

  • Your full name, location, and a confirmation that you are over 18
  • Your personal social media links (optional)
  • Details of previous customer service experience
  • Your answer to the question: ‘what do you feel you can bring to this role?’
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PitchWars Wishlist

PITCHWARS WISHLIST

Welcome, welcome to Kat and Daphne’s wishlist, a.k.a. #TeamVillian’s wishlist! We are looking for YA fantasy manuscripts for PitchWars 2020, so if that’s what you’ve got, keep reading!

If you have any questions, the fastest way to reach us is on Twitter – @KatAliceDunn and @daphlt

Can’t wait to see all your brilliant submissions!

WHAT IS PITCHWARS?

Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each to spend three months revising their manuscript. It ends in February with an Agent Showcase, where agents can read a pitch/first page and can request to read more.

Who We Are

Kat is a fantasy author, whose YA debut DANGEROUS REMEDY came out in 2020. She was a PitchWars YA mentor in 2019.

After two degrees and jobs as a bookseller, nursing assistant and translator for NHK, she settled down to a career as a writer and editor, working in YA and children’s publishing, mental health and government web content.

She’s been editing day in day out for the last 8 years at work, in her master’s programme and working on her own manuscripts with her agent and editor. She wants to share with a mentee everything she’s learnt to make your manuscript shine, and navigate the highs and lows of publishing.

She grew up in London, and has lived in France, Japan and Australia. Back in London now, she lives with too many house plants and a mission to write as many sapphic books as she can fit into her life. Find her on twitter and instagram @KatAliceDunn.

Daphne is the founder and owner of Illumicrate, the UK’s first YA and crossover book subscription box. She’s also Marketing Director for inclusive children’s publisher Knights Of, an event chair, and a 2020 Kitchies judge. Previously, she was an award-winning book blogger from 2011-2018 and a judge for the YA Book Prize and The Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME award. 

While she’s not an author, she’s had plenty of first and second-hand experience in all aspects of publishing. Her day to day job of reading manuscripts for Illumicrate and sitting on judging panels has given her great insight into what makes a story work. She’s looking forward to working with a mentee to pass on everything she knows and shedding some light into the publishing process.

She’s a Chinese-Filipino born and raised in Manila and currently living in London. She can usually be found fangirling over first editions & fictional princes, and recommending books on social media @daphlt @illumicrate.

Our Wishlist

Here are some of the things we would LOVE to see in your YA fantasy manuscript:

  • Enemies to lovers
  • Myth retellings
  • Non-Western inspired fantasy worlds – please please please!
  • Bi love triangles
  • Unlikable/villainous/morally grey female characters
  • Gothic vibes
  • Villain redemption arcs
  • Romance with ANGST
  • Dark academia
  • Anti-villains
  • ‘oh crap we have to get married for plot reasons but we HATE each other’
  • Where the setting is part of the plot/reveal
  • Necromancy and flirting with the dead/undead boundaries
  • Found families
  • School settings (teach them magic, or war, or how to be an assassin)
  • Relationships that straddle the friends/enemies axis
  • Himbos
  • Deals with the devil
  • College age (18+)
  • Epistolary/different format books
  • Mistaken/hidden identity

Things we aren’t the right mentor team for

  • Contemporary or pure sci-fi or historical. We are only looking for fantasy this year, although if you have a fantasy with some sci-fi elements that’s ok
  • Pure romance plots. We love a good OTP or romantic subplot in SFF, but if you’re interested in romance specifically as a genre, we’re not experienced enough in that sort of story telling to help.
  • Circuses.
  • Paranormal
  • Dystopia
  • Magical realism
  • Pirates
  • Mermaids
  • Witches
  • Fae
  • Horror – gothic/creepy mood is fine, but not full on out of my skin scary horror please
  • Stories set predominantly in the woods/outdoors/nature settings
  • Fantasy quests – unless you are a marginalised writer who hasn’t had the opportunity to explore this trope

Favourite Books

  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
  • The Poppy War by R.F Kuang
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  • Vicious & Vengeful by VE Schwab
  • Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 
  • The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
  • This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
  • Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
  • These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  • The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
  • The Princess and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Favourite Media

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • The Untamed
  • Crimson Peak
  • Sailormoon (especially the Seiya/Usagi arc)
  • Fandom!Draco
  • Fushigi Yuugi
  • The Mummy
  • The Company of Wolves
  • Lore Olympus
  • The Princess Bride
  • Ten Things I Hate About You
  • Mulan (the original animated one)

 

Who We’re Looking For

Someone ready to work hard. We’re not trying to scare you, but doing heavy edits is extremely hard work!

Books are big, unwieldy beasts and doing ambitious work on them is not for the faint hearted – especially on a tight deadline. We’ll be here to offer heaps of support, both practical and emotional, but ultimately you’re going to be the one doing the work so please make sure you’re really ready to make a commitment. 

We’re particularly interested in working with writers from outside of North America (especially marginalised writers from the UK – we need to do something about that awful 1% statistic). But please don’t feel like you have to disclose anything you’re not comfortable talking about when submitting. Of course, we’re still definitely open to writers from North America as well.

Content Warnings

We’re happy to accept books with ‘dark’ or ‘heavy’ themes, but please put a content warning in your submission for sexual abuse, assault or rape. 

How we work

We want to spend the majority of our time looking at big picture changes. This means really digging into your characters and plot and pulling them apart to understand how they all work together. Depending on what we agree together, this could involve a complete rewrite, or major structural changes if that’s what the book needs. 

We will send you a formal edit letter outlining what we think isn’t working, and probably with some suggestions for what you could do differently. We can then talk this through over Skype, email or DMs, whatever you prefer. Suggestions will only ever be that – suggestions. We may find it easier to explain what we think isn’t working by illustrating with an example of something that we think *could* work – that doesn’t mean we are right, or that that’s what you should do! We will only ever include things like that in the hope it might spark ideas for you. 

We might also mark up your manuscript if we notice anything in particular that’s confusing, or doesn’t work for us – but in general we won’t do a major line edit with you unless this is something you’re specifically concerned about.

You can see an example of Kat’s editorial comments on the Pitch Wars blog from 2019.

Thank you!

Thank you for reading through our wishlist. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment here, or you can reach us on twitter @KatAliceDunn and @daphlt.

You can view the same wishlist and leave a comment on Kat’s website as well.

Good luck!

 


 

Pitch Wars 2020 Young Adult Mentors’ Wish Lists

You can get back to the full list of mentors’ wish lists through the blog hop link, or you can use the list of links to other YA mentors’ wish lists below.

Pitch Wars 2020 Young Adult Mentors’ Wish Lists


    Click here to view all Pitch Wars 2020 Mentors’ Wish Lists

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    June 2019 Theme: For Book Lovers

    The theme for June is FOR BOOK LOVERS! Yes, that’s our tagline. We’ve been wanting to do a celebratory book lover box for ages, and we are so excited to get the chance to bring you one. And since this is a book lovers’ box, we will be including not just one, but TWO books!

    Our first book is a beautiful story about the complexity of modern teenage life, with wonderfully realistic, flawed characters you will love. It’s a book about family, unexpected love, and fighting for what’s right. This hardback will have exclusive sprayed edges and come with a signed bookplate.

    Our second book follows two teens born on the same day, both of whom have difficult choices ahead of them. Beautifully and heart-wrenchingly written, this is an unconventional love story, 18 years in the making. This paperback will have stunning rainbow sprayed edges and come with a signed bookplate.

    All the items in the box are useful items perfect for any book lover. Nothing will be fandom specific; it will only include gorgeously designed, practical things that all book lovers need in their lives. We’re thrilled to reveal the first item will be the first in a set of two metal bookends (the second one will be in our July box), designed by the talented Fable & Black. We love it so much and can’t wait for you to receive it!

    Subscriptions and single purchase options for this box will open on 2 May.

    Graphic by the ever talented Chatty Nora.

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    April 2019 Theme: Your Majesty

    Our April 2019 theme is Your Majesty! The featured book is the brilliant start of a new Chinese-inspired epic fantasy. In a court full of politics and intrigue, family secrets, and a murder mystery at its heart, how will a new queen know who to trust? This book is beautifully brutal and will keep you guessing until the very end. The hardback book will have an exclusive cover, sprayed edges and come with a signed bookplate from the author!

    This box is perfect for fans of the Throne of Glass, The Wicked King, Game of Thrones and Three Dark Crowns. Yes, we are throwing a LOT of your favourite royals in the mix. We are supremely proud of the items we’ve designed for this box, it’s some of the most unique we’ve featured so far. We are dying to reveal suppliers for this box, because it will blow your mind.

    We also want to announce that this box will feature the first in a series of a new collectible item, featuring the artwork of the incredible Monolime. It’s been a pleasure working with her on this. It’s not a paper item, cards, or prints. It’s a really fun and unique item that’s multi-purpose and that’s all you’ll get out of us at the moment!

    Remember, we have 3 and 6 month prepaid subscription plans to save you money going forward. Plus, here’s a small hint for May: ?.

    Theme graphic by the talented @chattynora.

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    March 2019 Theme: Adventure Awaits

    Our March 2019 theme is Adventure Awaits! The featured book is the start of a brilliant space fantasy series inspired by Arthurian legend. It features an amazing diverse cast, lots of witty banter and a quest for the ages. We thoroughly loved this book and we know you’ll love it too! The book will have an exclusive cover, sprayed edges and be signed by the authors!

    This box is perfect for fans of the Lord of the Rings, The Raven Boys, The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice & Virtue and the Mistborn series (The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages). We’ve included some really beautifully designed and useful items – even if you haven’t read these books we still think you’re going to love the items.

    We are also thrilled to announce that our next 3 books all have exclusive covers and sprayed edges! In addition, we have 3 and 6 month prepaid subscription plans to save you money going forward. We are so excited to take this monthly, and rest assured the quality of our boxes will remain the same, even at the new lower price!

    Theme graphic by the talented @chattynora.

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    February 2019 Theme: Gods & Monsters

    Our February 2019 theme is Gods & Monsters! This box is so close to our heart. It features a fantasy standalone adventure about what you’ll do to save the family you choose. Between gods and humans, who are really the monsters? The book will have an exclusive cover, sprayed edges and be signed by the UK-based author.

    This box is perfect for fans of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight, Dreams of Gods and Monsters), Strange the Dreamer, Monsters of Verity series (This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet), Girls of Paper and Fire, fictional gods and other mythical creatures. We’ve included some really unique, useful items and the authors of the featured fandoms have had input!

    Our other HUGE NEWS is that from March onwards, Illumicrate will become a monthly subscription on our new website! We’ll have more info about it going out to subscribers in 2019. We already have some amazing books and themes planned, and we are buzzing with excitement!

    Theme graphic by the talented @chattynora.

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    November 2018 Theme: Clever Ruse

    Our theme for November is Clever Ruse! Our featured book is a wonderfully-written, Japan inspired fantasy standalone, about a girl who hides who she is to win the highest prize in the kingdom. Our copy will be an exclusive cover hardback with sprayed edges!

    I absolutely fell in love with this book when I first read it that I was devastated to find it didn’t have a UK publisher. I was determined to have it in our anniversary box, so (nevertheless), I persisted and eventually the book found a brilliant UK home. Needless to say, I’m so thankful it all worked out!

    We are triply excited about this as it is our 3rd anniversary box and we will be bringing you some exceptionally wonderful and unique items. The items will be inspired by The Night Circus, Caraval, Warcross, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Mulan. Plus, the Throne of Glass-inspired item we promised earlier this year. If you’re not a fan of these particular books/films, I think you’ll still love these items!

    Theme graphic by the talented @aenteereads.