Associate Editor, Algonquin Books
Algonquin Books is seeking an Associate Editor to support the editorial team as well as build a list of their own, conceiving, acquiring and editing a mix of literary fiction and smart nonfiction. The successful candidate will be creative, engaged in the world at large, and will have passions and connections that they can develop into books for a general readership, impeccable writing and editing skills, and a collaborative spirit suited to working closely with a small, dedicated team based in New York City and Chapel Hill, N.C.
About Algonquin: Founded 40 years ago as an independent publisher of primarily Southern fiction, we are now a literary, award-winning publishing of fiction and nonfiction based in NYC and Chapel Hill, N.C. with a focus on new voices and immersive storytelling. Our front- and backlist authors include Julia Alvarez, Dan Rather, Ross Gay, Tayari Jones, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Gabrielle Zevin, Amy Stewart, Lisa Ko, Thrity Umrigar, Lee Smith, Silas House, Peace Adzo Medie, and many more.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Taking on and seeing through all aspects of projects for other editors, from launching to editing to copywriting to handling paperback.
- Commissioning, acquiring, and editing manuscripts for publication.
- Successfully negotiating deals.
- Working effectively with authors and agents in all phases of the publishing process, from acquisition to through publication date and beyond.
- Working effectively with design and managing editorial to get books into production and beyond.
- Collaborating with the publicity and marketing teams to package and position books.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Excellent conceptual and line-editing abilities.
- Bachelor’s Degree
- 4+ years’ editorial experience.
- Contacts among authors, writers, academics, journalists, or literary agents, or demonstrated ability to develop such contacts.
- A passion for literature and an understanding of publishing and the overall market.
- Ability to work cross-functionally with other groups, companies, and organizations on shared long-term projects.
- An understanding of and an appreciation for the ideas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills in addition to solid computer skills.
- Ability to deliver timely, accurate work and demonstrate excellent follow up and follow through.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team setting.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel & Outlook.
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.
Salary can vary based on a number of factors including skills and experience — 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. Our comprehensive U.S. benefit offerings include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability coverage, 401(k), incentive plan eligibility, educational training opportunities and more.