Job opening detail :
Editor, Running Press
posted: Oct. 14, 2021
Offered by:
Hachette Book Group
Full Time
Philadelphia, PA
Running Press, an imprint of Perseus Books, a Hachette Book Group company, is a leading publisher of illustrated books, stationery, and mini kits in the categories of Licensed Publishing, Pop Culture, Entertainment, Humor, Body Mind & Spirit, Food & Drink, Lifestyle, and Gift. We are seeking an Editor to join our highly creative and collaborative team to acquire and edit approximately 15 books and related products each year for the adult market, with a special focus in entertainment, humor, and sports. This position will be based in Philadelphia, PA.


Identify entertainment properties, fan communities, market trends, and formats that can be developed into compelling books and products.
Cultivate strong relationships with authors, licensors, literary agents, subject experts, and other creative communities with the goal of acquiring books and introducing partnership opportunities for Running Press.
Evaluate book proposals and develop pitches, making commercial, creative, and imprint-focused cases for acquisition.
Brainstorm and develop projects based on pop culture brands and lifestyle trends, with a vision for creating products that connect with fan communities.
Work with licensors to craft concepts and guide projects through all stages of approvals.
Edit and develop manuscripts, and act as a project manager through all stages of the publishing process.
Actively partner with authors to bring their visions to life, from acquisition through publication.
Work closely and collaboratively with design, production, production editorial, and freelancers.
Serve as a public voice for projects, from initial acquisition meetings through sales conference presentations.
Serve as an in-house advocate for the views of authors and licensors, and a diplomatic representative of the publishing house when communicating with authors, agents, and licensors.
Draft descriptive copy that will be used to explain and position books to the sales and marketing departments, as well as write consumer-facing descriptive copy.


The successful candidate will:
Have a college degree.
Possess excellent verbal and written communications skills, including comfort speaking publicly.
Have 5+ years editorial experience in book, licensing, magazine, or digital publishing, with experience in four-color illustrated books or other content-rich media spaces preferred.
Be highly organized, detail-oriented, and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously.
Have a passion for all aspects of the creative process, including brainstorming, editorial development, and determining a design/physical package.
Demonstrate sensitivity and professionalism when interacting with authors and their literary agents, licensors, and colleagues within Running Press and Hachette.
Be comfortable coordinating team projects that will include designers, writers/authors, and freelancers.
Be proficient in Word, Outlook, Teams, PowerPoint, and Excel or other like tools, and have a strong understanding of line editing, and familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style or other style guides

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 will vary based on a number of factors including skills and experience — talk with your recruiter to learn more. Our comprehensive U.S. benefit offerings include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, LTD, 401(k), and more.
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