Associate Editor, Basic Books

Editorial New York, New York

Basic Books is a leading publisher of serious, scholarly nonfiction aimed at a wide audience of general readers, and it is an imprint of the Basic Books Group, a division of Hachette Book Group. We are seeking an Associate Editor to acquire and edit serious nonfiction for Basic Books. This editor may also acquire books for Seal Press, a division of Basic Books, which focuses on feminist non-fiction.
The editor will be responsible for acquiring and publishing approximately 3-5 new hardcover titles per year in fields appropriate to the Basic list, as well as editing manuscripts in a variety of fields acquired by other editors. The successful candidate will have a strong background in working with top experts in a range of fields to communicate specialized ideas to a general.
  • Commissioning and/or acquiring 3-5 books annually.
  • Editing manuscripts for publication.
  • Successfully negotiating deals.
  • Working effectively with authors and agents in all phases of the publishing process, from acquisition through publication date and beyond.
  • Preparing materials such as acquisition memos, profit and loss statements, title fact sheets, catalog and jacket copy, etc.
  • Supervising the production process by acting as the in-house liaison between editorial and the production, design, and managing-editorial departments.
  • Collaborating with the publicity, marketing, and design teams to package and position books.
  • Developing selected backlist reissues.
  • Excellent conceptual and line-editing abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess both the commercial and scholarly potential of proposed books.
  • 3+ years’ editorial or equivalent experience.
  • Broad knowledge of, and interest in, nonfiction subject areas and publishing categories.
  • Contacts among authors, writers, academics, journalists, or 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.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and an appreciation for the ideas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in addition to solid computer skills.
  • Ability to deliver timely, accurate work and demonstrate good follow up and follow through.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team setting.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
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.