Job opening detail :
Production Editor
posted: Apr. 27, 2021
Offered by:
Catapult/Counterpoint/Soft Skull
Health; Dental; 401K
Full Time
New York, NY
Catapult is seeking a Production Editor to join the collaborative team in its Production Department. We work with a variety of titles from three prestigious imprints: Catapult, Counterpoint, and Soft Skull Press.

Reporting to the Senior Managing Editor, the Production Editor will oversee all aspects of text and cover work for approximately 50–60 titles per year, including nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and reprints.

People of color, disabled people, and LGBTQIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

This role is open to remote applicants, especially in 2021; preferably based in NYC once we return to our offices.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
• Maintains, updates, and manages production schedules, style guides, and freelance roster.
• Keeps books on schedule and error-free under tight deadlines.
• Manages editorial workflow from initial transmittal of manuscripts to the final print releases (hardcover, paperback, and ebook).
• Coordinates regularly with freelancers, editors, and production to see titles through to completion.
• Keeps all concerned parties (editors, authors, freelancers, etc) informed of production schedules and any production issues.
• Acts as the primary point of contact with authors throughout the production process.
• Conducts searches for new freelance copy editors, proofreaders, cold readers, and indexers, and assesses their work to expand Catapult’s stable of freelancers.
• Prepares and styles initial text transmittals for copyediting and typesetting.
•  Designs and typesets interior layouts, and inputs corrections at all stages, using InDesign and Photoshop.
•  Reviews copyediting, proofreading, and indexing jobs to ensure projects meet Catapult’s quality standards: must be able to work with Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat to slug and reconcile copyediting, proofreading, author corrections, and review of all stages of manuscripts, text proofs, and electronic proofs.
• Reviews and collates authors' and proofreaders' edits: this work is done electronically and may include additional copyediting, fact-checking, and following up with queries to the editor/author and notes for the book designer.
• Copyedits, proofreads, and reviews (e.g., slugs) ancillary material, such as front matter, back matter, image quality, image captions, etc.
• Edits, reviews, and routes page proofs through production, giving final approval, and performing final checks before printing.
• Copyedits, proofreads, routes, and approves all stages of cover production, from cover copy to jacket routings to printers’ proofs.
• Performs quality assurance checks on ebooks.
• Helps train interns in copyediting and proofreading.
• Assists Senior Managing Editor and production colleagues as needed.

Essential Qualifications/Requirements:
• Minimum of 3 years' experience in a production editorial environment or equivalent editing and project management experience.
• Proficiency in Adobe Acrobat, MS Word, and other Office products: must be able to work and review all work electronically using the track changes function in MS
• Word and mark-up tools in Adobe Acrobat.
• Familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style and/or Words Into Type.
• Superb copyediting and proofreading skills.
• Proficiency in book design, typesetting, and inputting corrections at all stages.
• Proven track record of prioritizing multiple assignments, working well under pressure, and consistently meeting tight deadlines.
• Ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders across all levels of an organization.
• Emphasis on quality of content, with exceptional attention to detail.
• Familiarity with Google Docs and Google Sheets.
• Familiarity with ebooks.
• Flexibility and capability of rising to a challenge.
• Ability to work autonomously, and at the same time be a key support for the team.
• Self-motivation to be a team player, with strong analytical skills.

Must have strong skills in:
• complex nonfiction titles
• copyediting and proofreading, especially electronically
• collating complex material
• slugging
• typesetting
• communication
• organization (schedules, processes)
• self-motivation/proactive
• teamwork
• working autonomously

Familiarity with project management software, such as Teamwork, Trello, or Asana, is not required but is helpful.
About Our  
Catapult, Counterpoint, and Soft Skull Press have distinct editorial teams but share marketing, publicity, design, and production resources. Our Catapult list offers a space for risk-taking writers from all over the world to collide and be in conversation, bringing you literary fiction and artful narrative nonfiction from voices, emerging and established, that honor the craft of writing and broaden the literary landscape in America and beyond, serving the needs of a diverse and serious literary readership. Counterpoint’s list covers a wide array of genres—fiction (both story collections and novels) and nonfiction (both narrative and subject-driven), all of which collectively focus on current affairs and politics, counterculture, history, the environment, memoir, literary biography, religion, and philosophy. Soft Skull Press publishes books of every genre that engage art, culture, and current events in new and radical ways. All three imprints are committed to publishing diverse voices and literature in translation and have received numerous literary awards. Counterpoint’s main office is in Berkeley, California. Catapult and Soft Skull are based in NYC.
Wah-Ming Chang
1140 Broadway Suite 704 NY NY 10001
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