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OUR VALUES

The Author Incubator exists to reimagine the publishing industry by creating and implementing a publishing model that:

– Produces predictable revenues for publishers –
– Gives authors a fair deal –
– Maximizes the likelihood of positive change for readers –


Our Core Values:

– A servant’s heart is required for success. –
– Discomfort is necessary for growth –
– Results matter most –


We Believe That:

Our most important goal is always to create real change for readers-
The best results come from doing one thing really, really well-
Setting clear boundaries and holding space for success creates discomfort and delivers results.
Authors who seek to effect change can and should leverage their book to make loads of money.


About The Founder

Dr. Angela Lauria

THE AUTHOR INCUBATOR

Dr. Angela E. Lauria is the founder of The Author Incubator™ and creator of the Difference Process™ for writing a book that matters. She is the author of the bestselling book The Difference: 10 Steps to Writing a Book that Matters and The Incubated Author: 10 Steps to Start a Movement with Your Message.

She has helped hundreds of coaches and entrepreneurs write, publish and promote best-selling books and has published books including Michael Buckley’s Help! My Kid Wants to Become a YouTuber, Susan Hyatt’s Create your Own Luck and Elizabeth DiAlto’s UnTame Yourself.

She is the author of The Incubated Author: 10 Steps to Start a Movement with Your Message (Difference Press, 2016), The Difference: 10 Steps To Writing A Book That Matters (Difference Press, 2014) and From Medea to Media: Live Performance as a Vehicle for Social Change (Atropos Press, 2009).

Her clients can be seen everywhere from O Magazine to NBC. Angela has a PhD in Communications from The European Graduate School (EGS) in Saas Fee, Switzerland and holds a coaching certificates from Martha Beck International and The International Institute of Coaching Studies (IICS).

She has spoken before audiences at the events including Archangel Academy, the International Coaching Federation annual event, Which Test Won?, Marketing conference, Blog World, and Lean Start Up DC. In 2011, the IICS named her their Empowerment Coach of the Year.

She lives in at The Author Castle in McLean, Virginia with her husband Paul, her son Jesse and their ebony and ivory colored Castle cats.

CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS

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Finance Manager

Qualified Candidates only, instructions at end of document. If you can’t follow instructions, this is not the job for you.

The Author Incubator is the premier continuing-education provider for non-fiction authors with classes coverings all aspects of writing, publishing, and promoting books. Our company was named the 285th fastest growing private company in America (INC 5000). We were named the 260th Best Privately-owned Businesses in America by Entrepreneur Magazine and our CEO was named by EY as a finalist in their Entrepreneur of the Year competition for 2018. The Author Incubator is 100% privately-owned (single owner) with 22 employees.

Currently, we have an immediate opening for an on-site (not-remote) Finance Manager. The person in this role will assist the Director of Finance and Operations in the accurate recording and presentation of the company’s financial and operational activities to the CEO. This will require an adequate familiarity with basic accounting functions in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The person in this role will also provide support in administrative and human resources functions.

This jack/jill-of-all-trade role is responsible for but not limited to pivotal business functions like Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Bank Reconciliations, Payroll, Journal Entries, Administrative, and Human Resources. If that sounds boring to you, you totally should not apply. If it sounds interesting, tell us what you love about finance in your cover letter. Bonus points for inserting the secret code phrase “Finance is Fun” into your package. 

And now for the boring part… YOUR. FUTURE. Primary Activities

• Maintain, record and monitor accounts payable activities and related journal entries
• Maintain, record and monitor accounts receivable activities and related journal entries
• Maintain, record and monitor records of all financial transactions
• Record, classify and summarize financial transactions and events in accordance with accepted accounting principles and financial reporting standards
• Use various software applications, such as spreadsheets, relational databases, statistical packages and graphic packages to assist in assembling, manipulating and/or formatting data for accounting and reporting purposes
• Preparation of payroll and relevant journal entries
• Reconciliation of bank statements
• Research and resolve account reconciling items
• Preparing debt payments and journal entries in month-end and year-end close
• Assist in preparing financial reports such as fixed assets, interest, account, deferred revenue, receivables and payables
• Record financial activities and preparing financial statements for the company
• Assist in preparation and data gathering for the annual budget
• Process payments and properly allocate across multiple systems
• Oversee, recording and track deposits from various sources
• Assist in related human resource processes such as on-boarding and benefits
• Keep accurate records and files in accordance with accounting standards
• Assist in preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports
• Assist in preparation of financial statements and support schedules according to corporate time lines
• Assist in preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual budget execution reports

Requirements 

• Knowledge of and interest in personal development and the experts industry.
• Comfortable talking on the phone with clients and team members several hours a day
• An accounting degree is preferred but not a must, along with experience in Accounts Payable, Reconciliation,
• At least 1 year experience quick-books
• Knowledge of basic bookkeeping required and Payroll.
• Min. 2 – 4 years Bookkeeping experience
• Pride in accuracy and fastidious attention to detail
• Upbeat, organized self-starter able to work in a dynamic environment with limited oversight
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
• Ability to meet deadlines and promptly respond to requests
• Favorably represent the company to customers

Primary Location: Georgetown – Washington DC 20007 (Metro Accessible Foggy Bottom Metro Stop- 8 Blocks GWU and 8 blocks from Georgetown/Free Shuttle/Free Parking Provided). Sweet office with a door and a view plus a rooftop terrace for fresh air and a view of the Potomac and M St.

Hours on-site: Must work onsite during core business hours Monday – Friday 

We will likely get 200+ resumes for this role and we just don’t have time to interview many candidates, so make this stand out if you want a job that will change the entire trajectory of your life. Instructions:

1. Email your cover letter and resume to [email protected] with minimum compensation requirements (no BS). 

2. Include a link to a video on why you will work harder than anyone else should you get this role. The video is optional, but if you choose not to do it, we will probably choose to ignore your resume… I mean unless you include sparklers or some shit.

3. Email subject line should have the secret code phrase in it. If you don’t have the secret code phrase, please do not apply. 

Please note: We are an LGBTQIA-affirming, interfaith-oriented organization that is committed to social justice – including women’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice. We believe Black Lives Matter. We encourage candidates to apply who share these commitments and who have a demonstrated capacity for creating inclusive organizations and working effectively across differences to support the success of an increasingly diverse clientele.

Managing Editor

This position is responsible for making sure our author’s writing process is supported and the quality of the books are the best they can be while still making our tight deadlines.

This role is ideal for someone who LOVES authors and books but also has a keen interest in the world of personal growth and self-development. To succeed you will also need to be extremely well-organized, work well in a self-motivating environment, have an exceptional attention to detail, be task-oriented, be calm and steady while carrying out procedures, and truly care about our authors and the people who will be changed forever by their books.

In this job you will manage up to 40 authors a year from the first word of the first draft until their book is on bookstore selves throughout North America.

Your duties will include:

  • Reviewing the quality of writing-in-process during the manuscript creation phase of the program and touching base with authors as needed
  • Providing writing advice and coaching and advice to authors, as needed, and thumbs-up/confidence that they should proceed, when warranted – all within the parameters of the program
  • Coaching authors for drama reduction as they move through the process
  • Managing specific company writing trainings to authors as needed
  • Escalating issues or problems quickly to the relevant company resources
  • Coordinating contributions to the process by freelancers and other service providers
  • Holding healthy boundaries for authors around The Author Incubator’s process and our goal of getting authors a published book that serves their business and their ideal reader
  • Monitoring authors’ experiences as book go through the print phase
  • Attending monthly live book marketing/publishing events in McLean, VA or Georgetown
  • Other tasks assigned by the senior managing editor, as needed.

If you are interested in this role, here’s what we SPECIFICALLY need from you:

  1. You love self-help books! You must be a reader and there must be at least one non-fiction book that had a major impact on your life.
  2. You’re TOTALLY comfortable with editing and supporting authors during the writing process.
  3. You’re a self-starter. This is a small organization that does a GREAT deal of business. There are AWESOME systems in place, but you’ll be figuring some things out on your own.
  4. You have a deep capacity to work with people across the full breadth of group identities we serve.

If you meet all of that criteria, HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO NEXT…

Send your application with the following information to [email protected]

  1. Tell us how you will fit in THIS job specifically. We know what’s a fit for us and we want to know if this is a fit for YOU. We will NOT be calling you to clarify whether or not you’re a fit. SELL US on why we would be lucky to have you on the team.
  2. Specifically share the (at least one) non-fiction book that has changed your life and what specific action you took because of that book.
  3. Tell us your EXACT income expectations (hourly or salary is fine). In this job, it’s important that you are VERY precise in your communications, and this is one way you will demonstrate your ability to be specific and to follow directions. Being vague in this area just sets up a concern that you’re not going to be able to ask for what you really want later if you come on board. Our philosophy is if it’s not a win-win for us both, then there’s no deal.
  4. We’re glad to see your resume, so please do attach it, but note that without an accompanying document (letter, rant, attachment, video, podcast, series of tweets) addressing the above information requests, your resume will not be reviewed.


Author Success Specialist

You are smart. You are capable. AND YOU LOVE BOOKS!

Let’s face it, you have a lot to offer an employer. And you aren’t willing to deal with dumb coworkers, crappy cubicles or having your talent waste away working for someone else on something you don’t care that much about. You know you deserve to be treated with respect and that your age or whatever other identifying characteristic you have should not impact the opportunity you are given.

The Author Incubator helps experts build businesses by writing, publishing and promoting non-fiction books. Our company was named by INC Magazine as the 285th fastest growing private company in America and our bad*$$ female CEO was just named by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top 10 most inspiring entrepreneurs. We are a fast growing company based out of a castle with a crazy-gorgeous view of the Potomac River getting ready to add a Georgetown location to our event locations.

The Author Success Specialist is in a unique, author-facing role at The Author Incubator. Reporting to the Program Director, the incumbent must be well-organized, have an exceptional attention to detail, be customer-oriented and truly care about personal growth, self-help, and spiritual development to thrive. If you don’t know what a life coach is yet, this job probably isn’t for you.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Welcoming new program members which includes adding them to all necessary tools and keeping client lists up to date.
  • Management of mentorship client benefit support including processing all program benefit requests
  • Management of the on-boarding process for all new authors and mentorship clients
  • Answering customer service and logistical questions for authors in transformation and mentorship clients
  • Collecting and tracking RSVPs to The Author’s Way LIVE and Red Carpet Launch events
  • Management of all communication to authors and mentorship clients regarding all live events
  • Manage gifts and ongoing correspondence for authors in transformation
  • Moderate three weekly calls
  • Assist with mailing welcome gifts and ongoing correspondence with authors-in-transform.
  • Other tasks assigned by the Program Manager, as needed.

If you are interested in this role, here’s what we SPECIFICALLY need from you..

  1. You Must Love Self-Help Books! You must be a reader and there must be at least one non-fiction book that had a major impact on your life to serve in this role.
  2. Be a self-starter. This is a small organization that does a GREAT deal of business. There are AWESOME systems in place but you’ll be figuring a bit out on your own.
  3. Be TOTALLY comfortable with simple internet-based programs. Familiarity with Pages or Word, Numbers of Excel, Keynote or Powerpoint, Google (even google apps), online databases, simple html editing of pages, etc. Also have an above-average grasp of Social Media (facebook, twitter, the like – PLEASE know what these are if applying )
  4. Be FREE to work about one weekend a month. We do 10 live events a year and you’ll be required

OK – the COOL thing is that this is a pretty laid-back job where you get to interact with a lot of cool people. The WORK part of it is that sometimes there are DEADLINES and CRUNCHES and the schedule is intense then more laid back.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO NEXT.
Just to set your expectation, the last time we posted a job we received over 300 applications within 24 hours and called TWO people back. We hired one of them immediately. So we will NOT be responding to all applications. There’s no second chance – your response IS your impression!

Here’s what we are looking for (see, this really CAN be easy!)

Reply with the following information:

  1. Tell us how you will fit in THIS job! We know what’s a fit for us and we want to know if this is a fit for you. We will NOT be calling you to clarify whether or not you’re a fit. SELL US on why we would be lucky to have you on the team.
  2. Tell us your EXACT income expectations (hourly or salary is fine). You’ll be working closely with our CEO and when you do, it’s important to that you are VERY precise in your communications so this is one way you will demonstrate your ability to be specific and to follow directions. Being vague in this area just sets up a concern that you’re not going to be able to ask for what you really want later if you come on board. Our philosophy is if it’s not a win-win, then there’s no deal.
  3. Specifically share the at least 1 non-fiction book that has changed your life and how.
  4. We’re glad to see your resume, so please do attach it, but note that without an accompanying document (letter, rant, attachment, video, podcast, series of tweets) addressing the above, your resume will not be reviewed.

IF YOU’VE READ THIS FAR!!!!
…how awesome are you?!

Congratulations – you’re possibly a fit for this pretty cool, politics-free job in the DMV, working with famous authors, in a castle.

Just reading a job posting this long is an accomplishment!

We love what we do and we are excited to meet the person who is going to help us manage some things going forward.

Send your application to [email protected]

Please note: We are an LGBTQIA-affirming, interfaith-oriented organization that is committed to social justice – including women’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice. We believe Black Lives Matter. We encourage candidates to apply who share these commitments and who have a demonstrated capacity for creating inclusive organizations and working effectively across differences to support the success of an increasingly diverse clientele.


Proofreader

Our Proofreaders work in a fast-paced environment. They provide excellent quality control while being mindful that time is of the essence. Reports directly to the Managing Editor.

Responsibilities may include:

      • Reading e-book manuscripts to make sure there are no spelling, grammatical or typographical errors.
      • Performing proofreading services within 72 hours of receipt.
      • Coordinating with Managing Editors and Staff via Basecamp (a project management tool).

Send your application to [email protected]

Why Work With Us?

You’ll get to go to work every day knowing that you are helping to impact millions of lives around the globe. Be on the forefront of the publishing industry – where your creativity and passion are valued and expected.

FLEXIBILITY

You will not be “clocking in and out” when you work for The Author Incubator. We believe in taking personal responsibility for managing your own time, workload and results. Most of our positions are remote, meaning that you get to work from whatever location suits you. Some of our positions may require visiting The Author Castle on a more regular basis. But come on – who doesn’t want to visit a castle in one of the nicest locations in the Washington DC area?

GROWTH

You will be challenged here. We take risks and pivot quickly rather than waiting to put out less risky plans. That means you get the opportunity to make big things happen and really shine. We are growing so fast that your opportunities are only limited by your imagination.

WORK WITH DRIVEN, SMART PEOPLE

Everyone who works here could probably be making as much or more money doing something else. But, we all choose to be here. We leave our egos out of it and work toward the same end goal. We are committed to not being unhappy as individuals or as an organization.

LEARN

Our CEO was just named by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top 10 most inspiring entrepreneurs to watch in 2017. Beyond just developing your job skills, you will be getting paid to observe and learn about a variety of industries ranging from publishing to marketing to setting up a successful coaching business.

FOCUS ON ACTION

This is a work place where you will get to create. We love big new ideas, but nothing exists until its live. We believe in making things live as quickly as possible, then working to improve. We have a strong focus on being decisive and remembering that no decision is irreversible.

HELP HEAL THE WORLD

Our clients are the foremost experts in their industries. They are impacting the lives of millions by sharing their message. Be a part of the team that is creating change and healing the world, one reader at a time.

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Apply now to write your book.