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Executive Editor -- Fiction
posted: Mar. 14, 2023
Offered by:
Kevin Anderson & Associates
Competitive Plus Incentives
Health; Dental; 401K; Bonus; Flexible hours
Full Time
New York, NY
Enjoy the fun, creative, and meaningful work that drew you to a career in publishing, but without the corporate politics, unnecessary meetings, red tape, or daily commute. join the fast-growing team of former acquisitions editors at KAA and spend your working hours actually editing books and working with authors.

The role of executive editor will focus exclusively on hands-on creative work with authors, agents, and publishers, including building books from the ground up and evaluating and editing full-length manuscripts and pitch materials. Along with big titles with major publishers, you will also have an opportunity to help writers typically shut out by traditional publishing.

The ideal candidate will have experience with multiple genres, though we are most interested in an editor with a strong background in sci-fi and/or fantasy.

This role also includes cultivating and nurturing potential and existing client relationships with agents, publishers, editors, and authors. Considerable sales commission bonuses will be granted for bringing in any business related to our firm's services.

As a member of the management team, the executive editor will be a key contributor to the ongoing development of the company, including keeping the team informed about market trends and offering insight into potential growth opportunities.

Salary range $90k-$140K, commensurate with experience.

* Develop, nurture, and maintain new and ongoing relationships with authors, agents, publishers, and other industry professionals
* Assess pitch materials and provide critical review and analysis
* Determine which editors, publishers, and agents would be ideally suited for our clients' projects
* Develop/oversee and/or edit pitch materials on behalf of our clients
* Contribute to senior management initiatives to grow and improve our firm's service offerings and growth strategy
* Review, edit, and evaluate book concepts and full-length manuscripts; provide feedback and revisions to authors/writers/ghostwriters
* Participate in and lead publishing strategy and book-planning sessions with clients and writers
* Maintain up-to-date records of all projects in the appropriate systems
* Maintain extensive knowledge of current market trends, especially within core categories

* Bachelor's degree
* Must have 10+ years combined experience as an senior/executive editor, literary agent, publisher, or other closely related position at a publisher
* Established relationships with agents, publishers, and industry professionals
* Strong understanding and awareness of the general marketplace and relevant market segments within the publishing industry
* Extensive industry knowledge of both the publishing process and market trends

* Excellent conversation and presentation skills, with an ability to quickly establish rapport and react effectively in dynamic, fluid, customer-facing situations
* Self-motivated, hands-on, and creative with exceptional oral, written, presentation, and negotiation skills
* Ability to understand and quickly acquire in-depth knowledge of services offered, carefully analyze customer needs, and present solutions
* Persuasive and goal-oriented
* Highly creative and resourceful in recognizing and developing client opportunities
* Self-motivated and committed team player who enjoys a fast-paced and results-oriented work environment
* Ability to work both independently and with a team
* Ability to exhibit patience and enthusiasm in all client situations
* Proven ability to identify and cultivate new authors and identify bestseller potential
* Attention to details in a deadline-driven environment with the ability to multitask and prioritize.
* Strong initiative and judgment
* Strong computer and research skills, with proficiency in MS Word
About Our  
Kevin Anderson & Associates is a fast-growing and industry-leading book ghostwriting, editing, and publishing consultation firm located in Manhattan with offices in Nashville, LA, and London. Our dynamic staff is composed primarily of former Big-5 acquisitions editors and New York Times bestselling authors, ghostwriters, and editors. Our services are customized to the needs of each client and have produced numerous bestselling books. Our clients include literary agents, traditional and hybrid publishing houses, celebrities, notable figures in politics and business, and a wide variety of first-time authors. We work closely with publishers and agents, providing reliable and well-managed ghostwriting and book-doctoring services. We occupy a unique role within the publishing industry as we bring together authors, publishers, agents, marketers, publicists, designers, and other industry professionals in the unified goal to produce a successful and powerful book.

Learn more about our firm at
Molly Riggs
1115 Broadway, Fl 10
New York, NY 10010
Please submit your application to with "Executive Editor Applicant" as the subject line. Please include each of the following:

1. Cover Letter
2. Resume/CV
3. Salary Requirements

Please do not call about this position. Applicants who call our office without a referral will be disqualified. Due to the volume of applications, we cannot respond to each and every applicant. We will respond if we're interested in pursuing your candidacy further.

KAA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of gender, sex, race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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