Editor, Running Press
Running Press, an imprint of The Running Press Group of the Hachette Book Group, is a leading publisher of illustrated books, stationery, and mini kits in the categories of Body, Mind & Spirit, Wellness, Lifestyle, Gift, Food & Drink, Entertainment & Popular Culture, and Licensed Publishing. We are seeking an Editor to join our highly creative and collaborative team to acquire and edit approximately 15 books, decks, and related projects each year.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Identify trends, topics, and formats in Body, Mind & Spirit and adjacent spaces that can be developed into compelling books, decks, and kits.
- Cultivate strong relationships with authors, literary agents, artists, established and emerging experts, and creative communities, with the goal of acquiring projects and developing partnerships for Running Press.
- Evaluate and develop book proposals and pitches, making commercial, creative, and imprint-focused cases for acquisition, including preparing acquisition memos, running profit and loss projections, making offers, and participating in auctions.
- Edit and develop manuscripts, and act as a project manager through all stages of the publishing process.
- Draft descriptive copy that will be used to explain and position projects to marketing, sales, and design colleagues, as well as consumer-facing descriptive copy.
- Actively partner with authors to bring their visions to life, from acquisition through publication.
- Work closely and collaboratively with design, production, production editorial, and freelancers.
- Serve as a public voice for projects, from initial acquisition meetings through sales conference presentations.
- Participate in brainstorming meetings and share ideas for books, decks, and other related products across imprints.
- Serve as an in-house advocate for the views of authors, and a diplomatic representative of the publishing house when communicating with authors and their literary agents.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
The successful candidate will:
- Have a college degree.
- Possess excellent verbal and written communications skills, including comfort speaking publicly.
- Have 5+ years editorial experience in book, magazine, or digital publishing, with experience in four-color illustrated books or other content-rich media spaces preferred.
- Be highly organized, detail-oriented, capable of working independently, and comfortable managing multiple projects simultaneously.
- Have a passion for all aspects of the creative process, including brainstorming, editorial development, and determining a design/physical package
- Demonstrate sensitivity and professionalism when interacting with authors and their literary agents, licensors, and colleagues within Running Press and the Hachette Book Group.
- Be comfortable coordinating team projects that will include designers, writers/authors, manufacturing coordinators, and freelancers.
- Be proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel or other like tools and have a strong understanding of line editing, as well as familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style or other style guides and the illustrated book publishing process.
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 $52,000 - $65,000. 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, 2 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.