Telephone Sales Representative-Boston based

    • Boston, MA


The Sales Representative will be responsible for selling Hachette Book Group and Client publisher titles to a national telephone sales territory of independent bookstores and wholesale accounts.


  • Will present and sell new and backlist titles during sales appointments which require preparation and follow-up. Sales appointments will be via phone with limited in-person calls, as needed.
  • Manage relationships with established accounts and develop new accounts.
  • Advance the profile of HBG and select clients’ lists through store promotions, galley distribution, and enthusiastic selling.
  • Keep accounts informed about changes to the list, special offers and publicity, assist accounts with promotions and coop advertising, and other efforts to provide excellent service to booksellers.
  • Responsible for achieving individual and company budget goals and increasing territory net sales.
    Responsible for sales estimates on specific titles, sales analysis, and sales reporting.
  • Generate regular feedback on titles, sales, and promotions.
    Will act on behalf of accounts with other internal departments, such as Marketing, Publicity, Customer Financial Services, etc., while maintaining company policies.
  • Collaborate with field and phone sales colleagues on projects as needed.
  • Will attend meetings live and via web-ex, as needed.
  • Manage order processing and operational issues around stock, orders, and shipment


  • 3 years of trade publishing and/or sales experience preferred, but candidate with experience in similar industries will be considered.
  • Candidate must have excellent communication skills (both oral and written) and an excellent telephone manner, with a passion for talking about books.
  • Must have strong organizational skills, be able to work well in a fast-paced environment and be able to work independently.
  • Customer care, professionalism, willingness to see all issues through, and attention to detail are essential.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to participate as a team member in a small department.
  • Comfortable with limited car and air travel
  • Enthusiasm for books and pre-publication reading a must.
  • PC skills using Microsoft Word and Excel required.  Familiarity with Edelweiss preferred
  • Position is office-based in Hachette’s Boston office.

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