Little Bee Books is looking for a Senior Editor for our licensing imprint, Buzzpop. The Senior Editor will work with licensors to acquire and edit titles, manage an editorial staff, and organize, supervise, and participate in the management and development of all submissions for Buzzpop publications. Our Senior Editor will be an experienced, creative, and results-driven leader with a proven acquisition record, excellent editorial skills, and effective written and oral communication skills.
• Oversee the implementation of the licensing editorial strategy, including, but not limited to acquisitions, licensor/agent/author/illustrator relations, P&L’s, marketing and publicity efforts, and production quality control.
• Effectively supervise the licensing editorial team through all aspects of editorial work, including but not limited to, licensor acquisitions, author/illustrator/freelancer/licensor care, contract negotiations, etc.
• Manage title count for the BuzzPop imprint.
• Develop and edit original book ideas.
• Evaluate licensing opportunities.
• Deliver conceptual, structural, and line edits to authors/freelancers and keep the authors/freelancers up to date on schedules, revisions, and related matters.
• Liaise interdepartmentally to ensure that the licensing publishing lists reflect and drive market trends domestically and globally.
• Hire and manage freelance editors and illustrators as and when needed.
• Set and achieve key targets in terms of titles commissioned and profitability.
• Define and oversee the implementation of processes that need to be put in place within the editorial, design, and managing editorial teams.
• Work closely with licensors and authors, communicating supportively about problems and potential solutions for every aspect of editing.
• Edit style, structure, content, and line of acquired titles to make books as strong and saleable as they can be.
• Meet with the art department about ideas, directions, and comparable titles to help guide the process of creating a licensed title.
• Present books for potential acquisition, along with information about competitive or comparable titles, projected sales figures based on comparable sales, and create a profit/loss statement for evaluation.
• Directly negotiate major terms for potential acquisitions (including advance, payout, territories, subrights, options, delivery dates, term). Issue and record contracts to ensure that timely payments are made to all contributors.
• Develop a productive and profitable list of titles that vary across formats, price points, and age ranges.
• Present titles internally and externally at launch and sales meetings.
• Write copy for launch meeting, catalog presentation, audio presentation, and book flap copy that effectively positions book for the sales, marketing, and publicity teams.
• Arrange meetings with licensor’s publicity/marketing teams to discuss plans for individual books, where appropriate to do so.
• Manage and mentor editorial team to encourage growth of editorial talent, by assigning reading and editing tasks and sharing contacts where appropriate.
• Follow contractual terms for each license to ensure company compliance.
• Associate Editor/Editor
• Editorial Assistant
• Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university preferred, or college course work and knowledge gained through equivalent work experience.
• Minimum 5 years of children’s publishing experience.
• Experience with licensed publishing required.
• A proven record of successful, profitable acquisitions over a period of several years, with continuing core strengths in a category or categories that will continue to produce a steady supply of books to publish.
• Excellent negotiation skills and strong presentation skills.
• Strong sense of competitive books in the larger publishing market.
• Ability to work both collaboratively and independently and to be supportive of other team members.
• Established relationships with licensors.
• Widely read in specific area or areas of publishing interest, both in past and present-day books.
• A creative thinker with a strong vision for developing book projects that break new ground and are authentic.
• A self-starter who is willing to pitch in when necessary to get the job done.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
Hours of Work, Location, Salary, and Benefits:
• Tuesdays and Thursdays are in-office and the rest of the week can be worked remotely or in-office.
• Competitive salary
• Health, Dental, Vision, 401K Employer Match, Life Insurance, PTO
• Travel required
About Our Company:
Little Bee Books is looking for a Senior Editor for our licensing imprint, Buzzpop. We are a children's book publisher dedicated to making high-quality, creative, and fun books for busy little bees of all ages. Little Bee Books offers an inspired selection of board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, gift sets, middle grade fiction, graphic novels, and more. Our goal is simple – make great books and have fun doing it. A role at Little Bee Books is an opportunity to be a part of something unique!
About Little Bee Books: Little Bee Books, the company's eponymous imprint, is dedicated to making high-quality, creative, and fun children's books for busy little bees ages 0 through 12, offering an inspired selection of early learning concept books, board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, gift sets, and more. For more information, please visit littlebeebooks.com.
About BuzzPop: BuzzPop, an imprint of Little Bee Books, creates media and licensing books designed to bring the very best of pop culture, favorite brands, and media tie-ins to fans of all ages. With a list including bilingual Disney books, a full line of Mattel titles, and Crayola coloring and activity books, as well as publishing programs featuring boundary-breaking social media influencers such as Meredith Foster and Karina Garcia, BuzzPop is devoted to creating empowering and diverse books for everyone. For more information, please visit buzzpopbooks.com.
About Yellow Jacket: Yellow Jacket, an imprint of Little Bee Books, publishes middle grade and young adult series and standalone titles for ages 8 and up, covering an array of genres including humor, historical fiction, magical realism, coming-of-age stories, graphic novels, and much more. For more information, please visit yellowjacketreads.com.
Little Bee Books is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, alienage, disability, age or perceived age, genetic information, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, partnership status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or any other characteristic protected by law (referred to as "protected status"). This nondiscrimination policy extends to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment as well as the use of all company facilities, participation in all company-sponsored activities, and all employment actions such as promotions, compensation, and benefits.
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