[CLOSED] We’re Hiring: The Millions Needs a Social Media Editor

The Millions is hiring a paid part-time social media editor. This person will helm our Twitter feed and Facebook page, and help shape the social media presence of the site. This is an exciting opportunity to get in front of a laundry list of influential, brilliant folks in publishing, media, and academia, not to mention the most engaged, avid readers of literary work that you’ll find anywhere.

The job:
We are looking for someone who can spend a minimum of seven hours per week, apportioned any way you see fit. (You will ideally have the flexibility to live tweet a book award ceremony from time to time.) The basic responsibilities are:

Posting to our Twitter account and Facebook page
Curating our “Curiosities” link roundup
Brainstorming with editors about how to get our essays and criticism onto readers’ screens
Looking for and exploring the possibility of leveraging additional social outlets

You are:

A voracious reader with a solid knowledge of contemporary fiction
A culture vulture and up to date on the literary/arts issues of the day
A social media superstar who voluntarily spends a lot of time online
An engaging writer both under and over 280 characters
Very organized, responsive, and able to make the most of your time with not a lot of oversight
Reasonably technologically savvy (experience with Tweetdeck or other social media management tools required; experience with WordPress and email marketing platforms nice to have)

Compensation:
$500 per month. After six months there will be possibility of expanding the position and renegotiating this rate. The Millions has no dedicated office, so this is a remote position and can be done from anywhere in the world.

To apply:
People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Please send the following materials to [email protected]:

A resume
Three sample Curiosities, using the format we use on the site
Twitter account(s) you use; any Facebook pages you’ve had the opportunity to run for schools, publications, companies, etc.; your Tumblr, blog, etc. (Essentially, show us that you have experience using these tools, even if it’s just your own sparsely followed, but very entertaining Twitter account.)

The deadline is Friday, January 18. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Millions Is Joining Publishers Weekly

Today we are making a big announcement about the future of this project: The Millions has been acquired by Publishers Weekly.

The Millions has grown over time into a vibrant and necessary project, and in recent years I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how the project might live beyond my stewardship. In Publishers Weekly, The Millions will gain a partner that is devoted to the site’s mission and we hope will make the site a lasting institution. We at The Millions uniformly believe this is a great outcome for the site and for its writers and readers.

My longtime associate editor, Adam Boretz, who has also been an editor at Publishers Weekly, will become the editor of The Millions. Departing editor Lydia Kiesling will continue to be involved in the site as a staff writer and in various capacities. We expect our writing and editing staff to remain unchanged. I will no longer be formally involved with The Millions and am happy and relieved to pass the site along to such capable hands.

The Millions will remain at themillions.com URL for the forseeable future, and under Publishers Weekly, The Millions will continue the same literary coverage that it is known for while bringing new resources that will allow for the site to try new things.

Thank you for joining me on this journey,

C. Max Magee, Founder, themillions.com

Counting Down to the Second-Half Preview

First, the answer to the question you want answered: When will you publish your second-half preview? The answer: tomorrow! By this time tomorrow, you will be diving into our unparalleled preview encompassing many dozens of the most hotly anticipated titles coming in the next six months.

The preview is a big effort with many people spending many hours to make it happen. And that’s also true of The Millions as a whole.

If you love our two annual previews — if they inform your reading month after month — please consider supporting The Millions today so that there will be many, many previews to come.

The Millions has been around for more than 15 years and has never made a living for anyone, but it has thrived. For a while there, it seemed to thrive almost against all odds. Even as economic realities closed in on other online magazines, The Millions had stayed a couple of steps ahead.

A while back, however, we saw that these realities might soon catch up with us, as we became concerned that The Millions was becoming increasingly reliant on fewer and fewer revenue streams. Like everyone else, we saw that we were at the mercy of the usual suspects: Amazon, Google, Facebook. One small change from any of these giants could send The Millions hurtling to oblivion.

So we decided that we had to try something new: to protect our future, we invited our readers to supports us. Many did, and we are deeply grateful, but we know that many more have not.

Since we launched our membership program in November 2016, the revenue situation has become that much trickier, as changes to the programs we rely on have further eroded the revenue picture and we have scrambled to make up the shortfall. The more we can get our readers to contribute, the more stable our footing will be.

So, for the previews, for The Millions, please consider supporting us today.

It’s a very quick and simple process and we have a number of tiers that should be manageable for any budget. The three main tiers are annual recurring donations. There is also a monthly option.

As a special bonus, all of our members get an exclusive monthly email newsletter in which our illustrious staffers tell us what they’re reading right now. Never be at a loss for what to read next: our newsletter is a deluxe and charming compendium of reading recommendations.

And please note that we have a Sponsor tier on our Support page that allows for contributions at a higher level. This tier is for corporations and institutions as well as for individuals in the books and publishing ecosystem who are thriving. We rely on their support especially.

Thank you.

Welcome, Natalie!

This week Natalie Degraffinried joins The Millions as Web Editor. Natalie is a writer and editor based in Philadelphia. She previously worked in marketing and publicity at Catapult and now freelances for Catapult’s magazine, The Root, and others. She occasionally writes about video games and TV as a professional excuse to nerd out about these things.

We are thrilled to have her aboard!

[CLOSED] The Millions Is Hiring a Web Editor

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

The Millions is hiring a new Web Editor. This is an exciting, paid opportunity to play a key role at The Millions involved in the editing, production, and presentation of our longform pieces. You will help shape the work beloved by a readership that boasts a laundry list of influential, brilliant folks in publishing, media, and academia — not to mention the most engaged, avid readers you’ll find anywhere.

Our deadline is end of day, Monday, May 14.

The gig:

The Millions publishes one to two pieces, five days a week. For each piece, our web editor:

Does a final copy edit/proofread.
Writes headlines (if needed) and selects art and pullquotes.
Formats the piece and inserts links as needed within WordPress.
Inputs bios for Millions contributors.

The web editor will also:

Assist with our popular annual features, e.g. Year in Reading, Previews, etc.
Be a key member of the Millions editorial staff, involved in ideas and strategy.

You are:

A WordPress pro, with experience editing and formatting within WordPress (experience with basic HTML also a plus)
A copy-editing/proofreading pro, with knowledge of AP Style
A reader with a solid knowledge of and love for all things books
Extremely reliable and organized and ready to take on an indispensable role

More details:

The Millions has no dedicated office, so this is a remote position and can be done from anywhere in the world.
The web editor is paid on a per piece basis resulting in a competitive hourly rate.
This is a part-time position that we expect will amount to 5-10 hours per week.

To apply:

Please send the following materials to [email protected] People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Resume
Cover Letter
One or two references who can attest to your WordPress and copy-editing skills.

The Millions Membership Drive: Update

If you follow media news at all, you have probably seen the headlines. Online media organizations are struggling and slashing staff. Facebook is again a primary culprit, with its latest action, yet another overhaul of its newsfeed algorithm, throttling traffic to many online news sources. Where once we had a diversified revenue stream and traffic sourced from many dozens of sites, internet monopolies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google increasingly dominate and smaller sites are at their mercy.

Luckily, a new paradigm has emerged and is gathering momentum. Readers around the world have increasingly arrived at the notion that the way to save the news sources they love is to pay for them. At The Millions, we have seen readers slowly but steadily sign on, and increasingly we’re seeing that our future is as a reader-supported site. The result is a new relationship and a secure future for The Millions.

It’s a thrill to see that so many of you value what we’re doing here. We are grateful that many readers have decided to contribute to The Millions since we launched this effort in 2016.

A very special thank-you goes to our three Sponsors at the $500-per-year level. Our Sponsors have the opportunity to dedicate their support to anything or anyone they wish, and we’ve created an acknowledgment area on the membership page.

If you’ve been at all on the fence about joining, we hope that our new Members newsletter will entice you. The Millions Members now receive an exclusive monthly newsletter in which our venerable staffers let you know what they’re reading right now. It’s a great way to find new books to read.

The amount we’ve raised so far provides us with some helpful breathing room as we look to become less reliant upon the internet giants and control our own destiny. It also helps The Millions produce the big features that are highly valued by readers: Year in Reading and our Most Anticipated list.

If you’d like to learn more, see my anniversary post from November, and here’s our member page if you’ve been thinking about participating but haven’t yet had the chance. And thank you, as always, for reading.

Your Destiny and Ours: How Readers of The Millions Are Changing Our Story

A year ago, I invited readers to join us in supporting The Millions. It was something we’d thought about for years, always hoping to put it off as we supported the site through other means. But in the end it was also a decision made in a hurry, as the editorial staff of The Millions had something like a collective premonition that a major shift was occurring, and reader participation would be essential if The Millions was to survive.

I’m glad we did. We can now see a path whereby our readers might one day insulate us from the forces being unleashed by massive companies. But we aren’t there yet.

Today, we are again asking our readers to support the site, not because we are in dire straits but because we believe it is time for you and us to take our destiny into our own hands as much as is possible. Please visit our Membership page, sign up now, and become a part of our story. It’s a very quick and simple process, and we have a number of tiers that should be manageable for any budget. The three main tiers are annual recurring donations. There is also a monthly option.

We are also excited to announce that members now receive an exclusive monthly newsletter in which our venerable staffers let you know what they’re reading right now. It’s a great way to find new books to read!

The Millions is a unique place. Over the last nearly 14 years, we have helped launch many great writers, and we have improved the reading lives of many thousands. We have helped countless books, small and large, find their audiences.

The Millions is also home to curious, thoughtful, sometimes long and untimely pieces that might not find a home elsewhere but that are important to our readers.

We have various costs as well. Aside from fees for hosting and other services, we pay our staff writers. We also have a paid editorial staff. None of our staff is full time, but we believe that paying them is an essential part of the project. They are the beating heart of The Millions. As founder and publisher, I forwent payment in 2017 and will likely do so again in 2018.

On the other side of the ledger, 2017 was a very complicated year. Amazon, long our largest source of revenue, sharply cut the fees it pays to members of its program. Facebook, once a large source of traffic, increasingly narrowed its algorithm to deliver traffic to us and sites like us in dribs and drabs. Twitter, with an increasingly algorithmic timeline, is headed in the same direction.

The bottom line is that we see a path forward but we need you to join us on that path. As I wrote when announcing our recent redesign: I am now quite certain that the ONLY way that The Millions will be here five years from now is if our readers support us.

Rather than ask for your support at some future moment, when The Millions is under duress, it has become clear to us that it makes much more sense to ask for your support now, when we are doing well, producing great work, and hopeful about our big plans for the future.

Finally, you will see that we offer what we call the Sponsor tier for corporations and institutions as well as for individuals in the books and publishing ecosystem who are thriving. We know that The Millions is important to the literary ecosystem, and this tier is for members of that ecosystem – corporate or individual – who have the means to ensure a future for small but essential places like The Millions.

We were very lucky to have two Sponsors at that level in 2016. Having more Sponsors in 2017 would go a long way. Learn more here.

And thank you to ALL of our Members over the last year. You helped make The Millions possible in 2017. We hope you’ll decided to renew your Membership again this year.

The Millions Has a New Look!

Welcome to the new look of themillions.com! This is our first top-to-bottom redesign since way back in 2009 (has it been that long?) A redesign is always a big risk – change is hard for you and for us – but we recognized that as The Millions has evolved over the last eight years, there were things we wanted the site to convey that it wasn’t conveying.

The redesign is going to do two things:

First, it’s going to better showcase our excellent, longform pieces that we publish daily.

You’ll see that our article pages (like this one) are far freer of distractions. The articles are also better showcased on the front page, and – as before – you will always be able to find our most recent pieces at the top. Right now, items from our Curiosities link blog are in the main stream, and we are analyzing how well that flow works.

Second, it’s going to make it easier for you to find new books to read.

We know that Millions readers often visit the site when they want to know what books are being talked about and when they are looking for a book recommendation. With that in mind, we now have a new section called “Find Books“. It will collect Lists, Prizes, our Top Ten and other ideas for what to read next, in addition to a little serendipity (my last reload of the page suggested Ann Packer, Ocean Vuong and Alice McDermott – I’m intrigued!). Next time you need a new book to read, go right there and find one fast!

What I love about this section is that it takes all the best ways to find a new book and puts them in one place.

Want to see what your smart fellow readers are reading? Check out the Top 10 or Year in Reading.

Want to see which books are getting a lot of buzz? Check out Prizes and our Previews and New Releases.

Want to see a deep dive before you dive in? Read our excellent Reviews.

Want something random? Check out our Lists or go crazy and click on Surprise Me!

Please let us know what you think or if you encounter anything that appears not to be working as it should. (And remember that you can also get all of our content via RSS, Facebook, and Twitter if you’d rather.)

Also and very important: We would not have had the confidence to undertake a time-consuming and costly redesign without our members. So a THANK YOU to them.

I will write more in depth about our membership program in the coming weeks, but I want to get a pitch in here too, and I hope that you will consider joining. 2017 has been an especially difficult year for sites like The Millions as the big companies that we rely on for revenue-generating opportunities have increasingly squeezed independent sites. Josh Marshall was not wrong when he wrote recently that we are in the middle of a digital media crash. The Millions is feeling that intensely right now.

I am now quite certain that the ONLY way that The Millions will be here five years from now is if our readers support us. If we can get to a place where we are covering our annual budget with recurring annual donations from readers, we will never again have to worry about the whims of Google, Facebook, and Amazon again.

In order to make supporting us more attractive to you, we have recently rolled out an email newsletter that is just for members. In this monthly newsletter, our venerable staffers tell us what books they’re reading right now – it’s a very cool look into the reading lives of some of my most favorite writers. Please consider joining.

The newsletter also includes special updates and sneak peeks. Our Members heard about this redesign in our newsletter first.

Finally, a big thank you to our designers and developers at The Present Group, who were patient and thorough and inventive throughout.

[CLOSED] Help Wanted: The Millions is Looking for an Intern

This position has been closed.

The Millions seeks an extremely part-time intern or interns to help out around the virtual office with a couple of specific tasks. This is an exciting opportunity to get to know the literary internet and engage with a readership that boasts a laundry list of influential, brilliant folks in publishing, media, and academia — not to mention the most engaged, avid readers you’ll find anywhere.

The gig:

We are looking for someone who can help us with a few specific things for 1-2 hours per week:

Maintaining our (already extant) prize calendar and writing very short paid prize posts (i.e., announcements of shortlists and winners of major literary prizes), averaging two posts per month
Working with our social media editor to schedule gems from The Millions’ extensive back catalog and populate an archive of social media posts
Scheduling a handful of weekend “Curiosities” and Tweets

You are:

A voracious reader with a solid knowledge of contemporary fiction
A culture vulture and up to date on the literary/arts issues of the day
An engaging writer both under and over 140 characters
Very organized, responsive, and able to make the most of your time with not a lot of oversight

More details:

The Millions has no dedicated office, so this is a remote position and can be done from anywhere in the world.
The internship does not come with a stipend. However, prize posts are paid, and you will have the opportunity to pitch and write pieces for the site and be paid as a staff writer.

To apply:

Please send the following materials to [email protected]. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Resume
Three sample Curiosities.
Twitter account(s) you use; any Facebook pages you’ve had the opportunity to run; your Tumblr, blog, etc. (Essentially, show us that you have experience using these tools, even if it’s just your own sparsely followed, but very entertaining Twitter account.)

The deadline is Tuesday, August 22.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Image credit: Flickr, brizzlebornandbred

Counting Down to the Second-Half Preview

First, the answer to the question you want answered: When will you publish your second-half preview? The answer: tomorrow! By this time tomorrow, you will be diving into our unparalleled preview encompassing dozens of the most hotly anticipated titles coming in the next six months.

The preview is a big effort with many people spending many hours to make it happen. And that’s also true of The Millions as a whole.

If you love our two annual previews — if they inform your reading month after month — please consider supporting The Millions today so that there will be many, many previews to come.

The Millions has been around for more than 14 years and has never made a living for anyone, but it has thrived. For a while there, it seemed to thrive almost against all odds. Even as economic realities closed in on other online magazines, The Millions had stayed a couple of steps ahead.

Last fall, however, we saw that these realities might soon catch up with us, as we became concerned that The Millions was becoming increasingly reliant on fewer and fewer revenue streams. Like everyone else, we saw that we were at the mercy of the usual suspects: Amazon, Google, Facebook. One small change from any of these giants could send The Millions hurtling to oblivion.

So we decided that we had to try something new: to protect our future, we invited our readers to supports us. Many did, and we are deeply grateful, but we know that many more have not.

Since we wrote in November 2016, the revenue situation has become that much trickier, as changes to the programs we rely on have further eroded the revenue picture and we have scrambled to make up the shortfall. The more we can get our readers to contribute, the more stable our footing will be.

So, for the previews, for The Millions, please consider supporting us today.

It’s a very quick and simple process and we have a number of tiers that should be manageable for any budget. The three main tiers are annual recurring donations. There is also a monthly option.

And please note that we have a Sponsor tier on our Support page that allows for contributions at a higher level. This tier is for corporations and institutions as well as for individuals in the books and publishing ecosystem who are thriving. We rely on their support especially.

Thank you.