Acquire, develop, edit, and assist in the publication of titles for Nation Books, one of the country’s leading progressive imprints. The editor will be responsible for quality and success in the marketplace, and will take the lead in forming a diverse and politically-engaged identity for the list.
Nation Books authors include Jeremy Scahill, Chris Hedges, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Nomi Prins, Ralph Nader, Frances Moore Lappe, Van Jones, Charles Bowden and Simon Kuper.
Current categories acquired by this position include current events and politics, sociology, history, sport, international relations, popular economics, narrative nonfiction, and urban studies. While the successful candidate may also bring his or her own areas of interest and expertise to the job, the core concerns of the imprint are the explorations of wealth and poverty, power and conflict, and social justice.
Nation Books is a joint publishing venture between The Nation Institute and the Perseus Books Group. The successful candidate will act as the lead editor on the Nation Books list, will report directly to the Executive Director of The Nation Institute and work in close coordination with the Publisher of Nation Books at the Perseus Books Group.
The Executive Editor will be located in the offices of The Nation Institute which also houses a successful investigative journalism program, funds journalism fellowships, and runs an internship program and social justice prizes.
The Executive Editor will have direct responsibility for acquiring, editing and developing an average of ten to twelve books (both hardcover and paperback original) per year. This includes hands-on involvement in the design, marketing, and publicity of each title, as well as acting as liaison with both authors and agents. The Executive Editor will be helped in his or her position by the Associate Editor.
Specific qualifications and experience include:
•Minimum of 6 years of trade-book experience;
•Excellent agent contacts and list of successfully published authors;
•Ability to generate and develop book ideas with prospective authors;
•Ability to work with diverse individuals in-house and in the larger publishing community;
•Intricate knowledge and interest in the political and social issues of the day.
KEY COMPETENCIES AND CHARACTERISTICS
The successful candidate must bring intellectual, professional, and personal values that complement The Nation Institute’s mission. Certain characteristics will be vital:
•Market savvy: The ability to see overall trends in the marketplace, and to move quickly to capitalize on opportunities.
•Mature confidence: Able to handle challenging tasks in a calm, thoughtful, and proactive manner.
•Professional stature: Will bring stability and presence in representing the Nation Books list to a variety of constituencies.
•Self-motivation and drive: The Nation Books list is produced by a small, dedicated, inventive team; you must energize and lead by example.
About Nation Books
Founded in 2000, Nation Books has become a leading voice in American independent publishing. The imprint’s mission is to produce authoritative books that break new ground and shed light on current social and political issues. We publish established authors who are leaders in their area of expertise, and endeavor to cultivate a new generation of emerging and talented writers. With each of our books we aim to positively affect cultural and political discourse. Learn more at www.nationbooks.org.
About The Nation Institute
A nonprofit media center, The Nation Institute is dedicated to strengthening the independent press and advancing social justice and civil rights. Our dynamic range of programs includes a bestselling book publishing imprint, Nation Books; our award-winning Investigative Fund, which supports groundbreaking investigative journalism; the widely read and syndicated website TomDispatch; the Victor S. Navasky Internship Program at The Nation magazine; and Journalism Fellowships that fund 26 high-profile reporters every year.