Associate Editor - PublicAffairs

Editorial New York, New York

PublicAffairs, a nonfiction imprint of the Basic Books Group, a division of Hachette Book Group, is looking for a dynamic, creative and collaborative Associate Editor for its Business Books program. The Associate Editor will be responsible for editing  and supervising manuscripts acquired by other editors, and will also assist two executive editors. There is room for the ideal candidate to create and build their own list, and will be expected to acquire 2-4 books per year. The candidate should have some awareness of business media, and an interest in pursuing projects outside the traditional agent acquisition model.
We welcome candidates who bring diverse areas of experience and expertise to the imprint, and a commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.  
  • Assist an Executive Editor in preparing materials such as acquisition memos, profit and loss statements, title fact sheets, manuscript transmittals, jacket copy, etc.
  • Build and maintain relationships with authors and agents to acquire and develop new projects.
  • Acquire 2-4 books annually
  • Read and report on manuscripts, proposals and books submitted for publication.
  • Edit manuscripts and manage books through the copyediting, design, and production process.
  • Serve as advocate for authors’ titles; work with contracts, publicity, design, sales, and marketing to create a cohesive publishing effort.
  • 3+ years’ editorial experience.
  • Broad knowledge of the business books market and the other publishing categories in which PublicAffairs publishes.
  • Contacts among authors, writers, academics, journalists, literary agents, or demonstrated ability to develop such contacts.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with other groups, companies, and organizations on shared long-term projects.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to deliver timely, accurate work.
How to Apply: To be considered, please submit both a resume AND a cover letter. We ask for a cover letter so that we can understand how your skills or experience can apply to our open role.  
As a leading book publisher, we believe that including and representing diverse voices in all aspects of our business is fundamental to what we do. Our publishing programs must reflect the broad range of backgrounds, experiences, political views and ideas that shape our society and publish books for all readers.    
Hachette Book Group provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
The compensation range for this position is $59,000 - $62,000. Salary can vary based on a number of factors including skills, experience, and location — talk with your recruiter to learn more. There may be times that you will be required (or requested) to work overtime due to the nature of your role or exceptional workload issues or special projects.
The following benefits are offered by the company: medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life, short-term and long-term disability, accidental death and dismemberment, critical illness, hospital indemnity, long-term care, health and dependent care FSA, commuter benefit plan, employee assistance program, tuition reimbursement, travel assistance, 401(k), discretionary bonus program, PTO (15 vacation days, 3 personal days, 10 holidays and generous sick leave) and group discounts on auto and home insurance and legal services. Eligibility requirements apply to some benefits and may depend on your job classification, hours worked and length of employment. Benefits are subject to change and may be subject to specific elections, plan, or program terms.