About Ethos Books

Ethos Books is an independent publisher of literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Giving voice to emerging and exciting writers from diverse backgrounds, we help foster an environment in which literature and the arts not only survive, but thrive. In short, we nurture the growing literary community in Singapore and throughout the region.

That's why our authors and their ideas come first. By taking a collaborative approach to publishing, we bring each author‘s voice and vision to fruition. We are always open to new ideas: different ways of working and fresh ways of delivering the unparalleled satisfaction only a good book can bring.

Established in 1997, Ethos Books, an imprint of Pagesetters Services Pte Ltd, aims to create books that capture the spirit of a people and reflect the ethos of our changing times.

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Team

MR FONG

For the last 23 years, Fong Hoe Fang has led Pagesetters Services in advertising and communication design work. In 1997 he started the Ethos Books imprint for Pagesetters to give voice to emerging writers and to help foster a lively literary environment. Today, Fong continues his quest to help writers tell compelling social stories.

WAI HAN

Wai Han, a Social Work graduate, helps to edit and produce books with the team. (An irony indeed, considering that she dreaded writing compositions during school days!) She enjoys composing Chinese blessing poems for friends with their names, volunteering through singing Cantonese gospel opera to the elderly, and working on issues of social conscience.

KAH GAY

Working with a young and dynamic crew, KG focuses on making books and supporting an environment for literature, the arts and culture. Top of his wish list: to build the foundation for a regional network of publishers, for the circulation of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Also, to find friends who would want to work on publishing projects to spread environmental consciousness.

Suning

Suning manages submissions and the publishing schedule at Ethos. Primarily an editor for prose, she has worked on a range of genres and does not take for granted the tedium, the trifle, the trust and tenderness that comes with wielding words. She harbours a strange desire to one day engage in "method-editing".

Arin

Arin is an editor at Ethos Books. She is often in awe of the entanglements of human and nonhuman life and lives for genuine, interspecies connections. Most times she is sipping coffee or cuddling with her cat.

Jennifer

Jennifer is our Sales and Distribution Manager and the resident feminist of Ethos Books. You've probably seen or heard her recommending books at our book sales. She strongly believes that meaningful stories can be told without resorting to stereotypes or speaking for (and over) others. That's why she's at Ethos!

Wei Lin

Wei Lin manages marketing and publicity at Ethos Books. A firm believer in the power of moments, she strives to build meaningful connections through storytelling and is passionate about the underrepresented. She also experiments with jazz for her spoilt fat cats.

Ariane

Ariane is our Marketing and Sales Executive. Theatre is her first love, but she believes in literature as the foundation to cultivating a vibrant and empowering arts scene. When not reading or watching a show, she’s a caffeine-fueled monkey. You’re likely to find her dashing about, doing anything other than sitting still.

Benjamin

Benjamin works on commissioned projects and finds quiet contentment in assembling books from their individual components—much like the wondrous satisfaction one feels when biting into a well-constructed burger. He also doubles up as the caretaker for a certain red-eared slider, who realised in him a love for animals he never knew was always there.

Bee Yan

Bee Yan is our Finance & Administration Manager. Her main portfolio is to handle all accounting and financial functions of the company. She also doubles up as HR and payroll Master. She is our go-to for yummy vegetarian places and enjoys nurturing and building rapport with the next generation.

Glen

Glen is an Accounting & Finance graduate that joined Ethos to learn more about the publishing business. His duties include drafting up sales invoices, as well as monitoring the online sales channel of Ethos. He likes learning catchy songs on UltimateGuitar.com, as well as staring out into the white abyss of rain whenever there’s a thunderstorm.

Wen-yi

Wen-yi writes things, reads things, and currently, designs things for Ethos' social media. She will lay down her life for pretty book covers. When not doing any of the above, she can be found attempting to sing multiple parts in showtunes and pining after neighbourhood cats.

Laetitia

Laetitia is a writer and editor currently on the editorial team at Ethos. She believes in the power of literature to ground us in our social, cultural, and political moments. Mostly, she spends her days chasing light—marvelling at how it endures, how it falls on everything.

Pethos

Garden supervisor and occasional model, Pethos spends her days chasing the sun and coming up with puns for Ethos Books. She is working on her debut novel: Baskin' on the Edge.

Join Us / Internships

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Internships applications are currently closed. Our next internship period will be from April 2022 to June 2022. Follow us on social media to be updated on when our next round of internship applications open. (Updated December 2021)

Ethos Books is committed to providing a safe learning experience and avenue into publishing for those who identify as part of a historically underrepresented group in the industry. We welcome and encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities. Please note that applicants need to be based in Singapore.

MARKETING & DESIGN ASSISTANT

Main role:

Promote our brand, books, and authors to readers through both digital and direct engagements.

  1. Conceptualise and execute marketing campaigns for new/existing books and events with the team
  2. Management of our social media channels and content calendar
  3. Design collaterals and promotional materials for books and events
  4. Writing and editing our weekly letter series, Attunement
  5. Conceptualising and pitching to media and collaborators for features and event ideas
  6. Conducting book sales at events
  7. Taking care of Pethos, our terrapin friend

Applicants should preferably have an eye for design, copywriting, and cultural events happening on the ground, with some experience using design software such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro.

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Main role:

Bring utmost care and skill to the manuscripts that pass through the House's hands.

  1. Evaluation of submitted manuscripts and understand their place in our catalogue and the world
  2. Involvement in pre-print processes which include liaison with authors, copyediting, design, layout, proofreading of forthcoming titles
  3. Conceptualise and assist the planning & production of content for our social media channels
  4. Conducting book sales at events
  5. Taking care of Pethos, our terrapin friend

Applicants should preferably have a sensitivity to language, be fastidious, and bear an open, questioning mind. Experience with publishing and design software such as Adobe InDesign and Photoshop will be a bonus we appreciate.

SOUNDS GREAT! HOW DO I APPLY?

Please email your application to Jennifer (she/her) at internships(at)ethosbooks(dot)com(dot)sg. In your email, please:

State in the subject header: Internship Application for Editorial / Marketing intern (delete accordingly)
State in your email the position you are applying for
State your available start and end dates
State your citizenship, so that we can prepare the necessary paperwork to bring you onto our team (Please note that applicants need to be based in Singapore)

Attach your resume, cover letter, and contact details. Please name your file clearly (e.g. John Tan_resume).