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Editor, Workman Children's
posted: June 23, 2022
Offered by:
Hachette Book Group
Full Time
New York, NY
Workman Children’s Books has an exciting new opportunity for an editor, working on nonfiction titles for kids ages 0-14. Bringing five or more years of editorial experience to the role, including the ability to manage authors and agents, and edit a complex text with minimal supervision, this role offers the opportunity to be part of a small but versatile and curiously creative team. Reporting to the Executive Editor of Children’s Nonfiction Publishing, the editor will take over titles ranging from board books to illustrated middle grade non-fiction, acquire new projects for a growing list, and develop original book ideas. We’re looking for someone with a solid background in children’s publishing, expertise in editing texts of various lengths, and a strong editorial vision for each project. The ideal candidate should be able to work on projects independently, support Executive Editor on projects as assigned, and be comfortable knowing when to ask for help and presenting issues as they arise. Our offices are wonderfully creative and collaborative, and the ideal candidate will regularly pitch ideas and projects, discuss with Executive Editor, Publisher and Sales, and have authors and agents they routinely get submissions from. They can articulate their taste (verbally and in writing) both in-house and out. They are advocates for their projects from start to finish.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Work with Executive Editor to identify opportunities on the list for new titles across age groups and categories
Manage a list of 8-10 titles per year
Meet with Agents, Authors, Illustrators, and in-house sales, marketing, and editorial staff to both pitch and hear about book ideas and provide feedback
Make deals and negotiate contracts with supervision
Manage intern and assistant on project basis as requested
Independently edit texts for different formats and age groups
Collaborate with design, managing editorial, sales, and other departments as necessary to meet deadlines
Present at in-house meetings including Acquisitions, Launch, Sales Conference and Editorial

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Minimum 5 years’ experience in children’s publishing
A thorough understanding of the overall publishing process and of the children’s book market Editorial expertise in both line editing and conceptual editing
A creative person with excellent oral and written communication skills, self-motivated and able to work independently as necessary, as well as with colleagues across the organization
Excellent attention to detail and proven ability to meet deadlines
Established contacts in the agent community
Proven ability to negotiate with authors and agents
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Outlook

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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