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Leapfrog Press

English Department
277 Fenton Hall
State University of
New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 673-3125
Fax: (716) 673-4661

Managing Editor Lisa Graziano typically takes on three interns per semester for editing. In her words, "I'd love to have someone who has skills with e-newsletter systems and likes to tinker online with such things, as well as someone who really wants to read, and read, and read manuscripts." See internship descriptions below.


Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

Rachel Beneway and Leo Frank

April 2015

2015 interns Leapfrog Press

two English interns (Rachel and Leo) spent a weekend working the Leapfrog Press table at the book fair.


Leapfrog Press Internships available for fall and spring semester

Contact: Lisa Graziano,

Leapfrog Press, LLC • Fredonia, NY • 508-274-2710 •

A complete application consists of:

  • Cover letter indicating your experiences for the particular internship for which you’re applying
  • Resume
  • Two letters of reference, at least one academic. If the other is not academic, it should be from an employer. Everything can be sent via email.

NOW ACCEPTING applications for Spring 2015. Students will be notified before the end of the semester.

There are three areas of focus, with much overlap. Interns must be able to commit 3-5 hours of time two days a week between the hours of 10 and 3, as well as independent time if necessary to bring the total to 10 hours per week

Manuscript review and editing

  • Editorial work is also varied and runs from manuscript review to final book printing. Depending on interests, an intern will be trained as a manuscript reviewer and/or as a manuscript editor/proofreader.
  • Review of query letters and manuscript samples.
  • Contest manuscript review: read and categorize entire manuscripts while our annual contest is running (winter/spring). Approximately 500 book-length manuscripts are submitted during the Leapfrog Fiction Contest, including both adult literary fiction and children’s (middle grade and YA) fiction. Intern will be trained using anonymous samples from past contests.
  • Manuscript editing—editing for grammar, punctuation, and typos. Includes editing of manuscripts just accepted, and proofreading of typeset manuscripts that are ready for printing. Knowledge of track changes in Word and/or commenting in full version of Adobe Acrobat is needed.
  • Writing study questions for literary titles, descriptions for the academic market, back cover text, and press kits, among other documents. Often involves working with an author via email.
  • All interns have the opportunity to learn about how to run a small press and the entire book production process, including manuscript review, inside design (typesetting), cover design, creation of back cover text, publicity and marketing plans, book printing, galley mailing, and author book signings.

Marketing and Publicity

  • Marketing is a key part of publishing. It begins more than a year before a book’s publication date and can continue for years after that. Publicity is the focus before publication date. There is a large range of tasks for interns. Some are listed below.
  • Writing reading group/course guides for books—involves reading the book, researching the topic (for nonfiction), and interviewing the author.
  • Designing book trailers—involves creating a script and choosing images/video clips. Depending in intern’s skills, can include actual creation of the video trailer.
  • Writing press kits for upcoming books.
  • Writing pitches to review media, bookstores, libraries, and radio shows for book reviews/author events/book purchase/author interviews.
  • Compiling lists from online searches—Literary blogs, regional libraries, etc.
  • Author interviews for newsletter, press kits, readers guides.
  • e-Newsletter production, e-postcard creation.
  • Phone pitches to bookstores for author events.
  • Help with review copy mailings.

Literary journal Crossborder

  • Identify and draft letters/emails to writers of experimental fiction who we admire, asking them to submit stories
  • Publicize Crossborder online in various writer’s forums
  • Contact similar literary journals and propose link exchange, and print ads/announcements within the journal
  • Maintain Wordpress blog for Crossborder; this involves frequent posting to the blog on a variety of topics, which the intern could decide on; email interviews of authors; important deadlines; etc.
  •  Look into other avenues of Web presence; blogs where guest authors can post, for exampleLeapfrog Press

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