Job opening detail :
Senior Editor - Illustrated Non-Fiction
posted: Jan. 9, 2020
Offered by:
Lonely Planet
Health; Dental; 401K
Full Time
New York, NY
The Senior Editor will assist the Associate Publisher (based in London) with the development and delivery of Lonely Planet’s Illustrated Non-fiction and Reference lists for publication globally. This includes gift, general reference, stationery and illustrated books, and excludes guidebooks and children’s books.

Responsibilities include acquisitions, editing and project management – our Editors see a book all the way through from ideation and budgeting, through acquisitions and commissioning, to editing and getting the final product print-ready. This means budgeting and commissioning all content (text, images, illustrations and maps), as well as performing the day-to-day project management required to deliver a book – on time and on budget – from creation of the business case through product design, commissioning, production, pre-press and post production.

This role has special responsibility for ensuring that the Illustrated Non-fiction list meets the needs of the North American market, advising the rest of the team, which is based in London. It will also be tasked with producing bespoke US products and covers as needed, so great ideas, creativity and an understanding of book design are important.

Please note that our small team is split between New York City and London, so the development of close working relations as part of a virtual team will be a key skill.

Key Result Areas:

Publishing Strategy

Input and feedback on development of Illustrated Non-fiction and Reference lists for global publication
Help steer the global list to better meet the needs of the North American market
Where needed, develop US editions of international titles to maximise sales
Develop awareness of US traveler and publishing trends and a detailed knowledge of competitor products
Assist Associate Publisher with preparation of pitch documents, business case and product brief
Educate the London team as to needs and trends in the US market


Prepare writer, design, cover, image/illustration and caption briefs as needed
Work with Production Editor to ensure printing needs are booked and budgeted correctly
Negotiate contracts, commission and brief resources (writers, designers, illustrators, editors, packagers)
Liaise regularly with freelance resources throughout production to ensure quality
Review manuscript, images and layout to ensure they meet the brief
Conduct image research as needed
Prepare content for sales materials (catalogues, blads & sales kits)
Provide all cover copy including appropriate promotional quotes
Manage all rights issues relating to individual titles, images, text and trademarks etc
Ensure the timely delivery of all books to schedule
Ensure costs are accurately captured and tracked

Product Delivery

Provide input and feedback on project plan timelines and resource requirements
Monitor and maintain the project (timelines, resources, product specifications)
Provide the Associate Publisher with visibility over costs and any variances to budget as they arise
Ensure the timely delivery of all production and prepress activities to schedule
Work closely with Sales and Marketing colleagues to maximise sales of each title
Maintain/oversee the upkeep of all files to required standards of file management

Teamwork & Communication

Work as part of the LP community to create a positive, tolerant and harmonious work environment
Be honest, approachable and responsive to the resolution of work-related matters
Deal with all staff in a helpful, courteous and respectful manner
Communicate ideas which may improve the efficiency, performance or standards of your department and be open to the consideration of new ideas
Actively participate in the giving and receiving of constructive feedback to ensure understanding and open team relationships

Policies & Procedures

Actively ensure that the workplace is kept free from harassment, bullying behaviour and discrimination through thoughtful behaviour and leading by example
Work in accordance with Lonely Planet policy and procedural guidelines
Comply with all Occupational Health & Safety guidelines, reporting any potential risks
Follow safe work practices for self and others.

Key Skills / Experience / Knowledge / Qualifications / Attributes:


Passion for travel
Significant editorial experience
Strong product development experience
Knowledge of publishing and printing industry processes & technologies
In-depth knowledge of book production processes from concept to publication
Ability to manage multiple projects, on schedule, to budget, with minimal supervision
Strong problem-solving and negotiation skills
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Flexible and consultative, yet deadline oriented, with a demonstrated ability to work under pressure


Tertiary qualifications
A demonstrated understanding and application of project management skills
Familiarity with Adobe production software
Experience of trade publishing in the US
Experience sourcing and managing freelance editors and designers

Application Close date: 10 January 2020

What’s in it for you?
This is an exceptional opportunity to work for a growing team in a globally loved brand in a truly global company, with offices in the UK, US, Australia, Ireland, China, & India. You will also receive 3 weeks of vacation, a competitive salary based on your experience and region, 401K, and great medical coverage.

I’m In!
Please ensure you submit a cover letter detailing your salary expectations along with your CV telling us why you’d like to join our team.

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At Lonely Planet we live to travel. Everything we do is designed to inspire and enable travellers to get out there, connect with the world and have great experiences. Across all areas of Lonely Planet, we look for talented people who share our passion.
Katherine Davis
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