Job opening detail :
Senior or Executive Editor
posted: June 1, 2021
Offered by:
Astra House
Health; 401K
Full Time
New York, NY
Astra House is seeking to hire a Senior or Executive Editor with a proven acquisition record for high-quality literary fiction and non-fiction, and who has strong relationships with agents and authors, to join our small editorial team. The ideal candidate will have a global outlook, strong acquisitions record, excellent editorial skills, effective written and oral communication skills and a proven commitment to the values outlined in Astra House’s mission statement. They will be self-motivated and independent but also contribute positively as part of a small team where all ideas and innovations are highly valued and supported through implementation. Knowledge of a second or third language is a plus.

Responsibilities include, but aren’t limited to:

* Acquiring an excellent but focused list of titles per year, in the spirit of Astra House’s mission statement
* Maintaining, nurturing and developing strong relationships with authors, agents and foreign publishers; attracting new talent as well as commissioning book projects independently
* Highly skilled and detail-oriented editing and project management for all stages of book production, including collaborating with Production, Managing Editorial, Design, and other departments in creating unique, tailored positioning and packaging
* Thinking like a publisher for each book, including writing strategic marketing copy such as tip sheets, flap copy, etc. and working closely with Publicity, Marketing and Sales through publication and beyond.

What we’re looking for:

* A passionate editor with a deep knowledge of publishing and a track record of acquiring and creating books that earn critical acclaim, challenge the established narrative and broaden our understanding of the world
* A creative thinker with a strong vision for developing book projects that break new ground, are authentic and singular
* A college degree and eight or more years of experience acquiring and editing adult trade books across a wide range of genres and formats
* Excellent written and oral communication skills
* Ability to work both collaboratively and independently and to be supportive of other team members as well as authors
* Please include a resume, cover letter, and a list of select, relevant edited projects

This position reports to: Editorial Director, Astra House
About Our  
About Astra House:
Astra House is dedicated to publishing authors across genres and from around the world. We value works that are authentic, ask new questions, present counter-narratives and original thinking, challenge our assumptions, and broaden and deepen our understanding of the world. Our mission is to advocate for authors who experience their subject deeply and personally, and who have a strong point of view; writers who represent multifaceted expressions of intellectual thought and personal experience, and who can introduce readers to new perspectives about their everyday lives as well as the lives of others.

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About Astra Publishing House:
Headquartered in New York City, Astra Publishing House consists of Astra House and the award-winning children’s imprints mineditionUS, Boyds Mills Press, Calkins Creek, Kane Press, and Wordsong.

All candidates must have the right to work and live in the United States.

Application instructions:
All candidates interested in applying should email a resume, cover letter, and a list of select, relevant edited projects to

Astra Publishing House is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, national origin, or citizenship.
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