Job opening detail :
posted: Jan. 13, 2022
Offered by:
Haymarket Books
Full Time
Chicago or remote
Haymarket Books is seeking an experienced editor who has a deep affinity with our radical nonfiction list, relationships with writers in the social movements we aim to publish in support of, and a track record of editing high-quality longform writing on social justice.

Haymarket Books is celebrating its 20th anniversary publishing “Books for Changing the World” and has been honored to publish writers such as Naomi Klein, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Angela Y. Davis, Arundhati Roy, Marc Lamont Hill, Rebecca Solnit, Mahogany L. Browne, Mariame Kaba, Eve L. Ewing, and Astra Taylor, among many others. We are fiercely dedicated to our authors as writers, thinkers, and activists, which informs our approach throughout the entire publishing process.

Our publishing mission is centered around supporting and amplifying movements for social change, especially those related to antiracism, anticapitalism, intersectionality, socialism, and internationalism.

The ideal candidate will primarily acquire and edit nonfiction titles, particularly those having to do with racial capitalism and abolition, feminism, labor, and social movements, with a special emphasis on works by emerging writers and writers of color. While our list is not primarily academic, many of our titles bridge activist and scholarly writing. The candidate will possess impeccable editorial skills and excellent written and verbal communications skills.

Our editorial team participates in a highly collaborative environment and takes a hands-on approach to working with authors.

The editor will:
• Collaborate with our editorial team to read and evaluate proposals and manuscripts for possible acquisition
• Acquire and develop new projects, and assume responsibility for books already under contract
• Solicit readers’ reports and manage contracting to support the acquisition process
• Work closely with authors to substantively edit their proposals and manuscripts
• Develop early title information materials, including catalog and jacket copy, pre-publication blurbs, and author questionnaires
• Support authors throughout the lifecycle of their book, from acquisition through publication and beyond, alongside colleagues in production, editorial, marketing and publicity, and other relevant departments
• Work collaboratively to help strengthen and improve the organization of our editorial board, contribute ideas to improving the workflow of the editorial department, and play a part in assessing and updating the division of labor within the board.

• Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of Haymarket’s project of connecting activists, critical scholars, and general readers with the radical ideas they need in their struggles to change the world
• 3+ years in editorial, acquisitions, or a related field
• Exceptional developmental and line editing skills, including thorough knowledge of CMoS
• Proven track record of working directly with authors to craft and shape their writing
• An ability to manage deadlines and work both collaboratively and independently

To apply: Send the following materials in PDF format to with “Editor application” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until February 4, 2022. No phone calls, please.

• Cover letter expressing your interest in and qualifications for this position
• Resume
• Optional but recommended: List of works you have edited and/or a sample of developmental or line work you have done

Location: We prefer a candidate who can work in our Chicago office as of mid-2022, but will consider remote applicants

Start date: Winter/Spring 2022

Benefits: 100% of health/dental/vision insurance covered, 4 weeks paid vacation plus 16 holidays, 12 weeks paid parental leave
Salary range: $50,000 - $57,000 depending on experience

We are committed to furthering racial and economic justice in our city and in our industry. We will prioritize applications from members of historically oppressed and marginalized groups and strive to foster a working culture in which new hires feel supported and valued.
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