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Joseph Pittman Joins Riverdale Avenue Books

RABJoseph Pittman has been brought on as an editorial director at Riverdale Avenue Books. Pittman will work on the list for the publishing house’s new mystery and thriller imprint, Dagger.

In the past, Pittman has held positions at Bantam Books, New American Library, and Alyson Books. Some of the authors he has worked with include Stephen King, Martha Grimes, and Lawrence Block.

Pittman had this statement in the press release: “I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Riverdale Avenue Books.  I have long-admired its independent spirit and fierce loyalty to its authors.  I share that spirit and look forward to publishing many great authors–both new and established–on the Dagger line.  Publishing may be ever-changing, but the desire to work with and discover talented authors remains a constant.”

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Jim Milliot to Lead Publishers Weekly as Michael Coffey Retires

pwlogoEditorial Director Michael Coffey is retiring from Publishers Weekly in June after 26 years with the publication. Jim Milliot, who has been with the company for 21 years, will take the lead at the publication. Milliot and Coffey have served as a co-editorial directors since April 2010, when PWxyz LLC acquired the trade from Reed Business Information.

“Michael Coffey has contributed a valuable editorial viewpoint to Publishers Weekly, and I look forward to continuing to guide the magazine into the future as the tides of book publishing shift and change,” stated Milliot.

Coffey will keep his relationship alive with the publication as a contributing editor. “Working at PW has been a dream job. How lucky to duly report to an office every day where American publishers are sending all their books for you to read. And being part of an industry that has adjusted to and survived the digital revolution has been particularly gratifying,” stated Coffey.

How Much Does a Senior Children’s Book Editor at Random House Earn?

glassdoorWhen you are looking for a new job, one of the daunting tasks can be determining your salary requirements. You want to ask for enough to make the job worth your while, but you don’t want to ask for so much that you are not considered. So how much money do editors make?

Using the anonymous job site Glassdoor, we found that the average salary for a senior children’s book editor at a Random House is $80,500.

These salaries are self-reported by employees and may include editors at different stages in their careers, at different publishing houses and in different locations around the country where salaries might vary.

 

What Are Editors Looking For in 2014?

allitagencyWriters always ponder what type of manuscripts editors want to acquire.

The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency, a London-based organization, posed that question to dozens of different fiction and nonfiction editors from both the UK and the US.

The lists included Simon & Schuster senior editor Michelle Howry, St. Martin’s Press editor Daniela Rapp, and Little Brown & Company editorial director John Parsley.

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Agent Brian DeFiore & Editor Yaniv Soha Featured on Humans of New York

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Humans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton has photographed Yaniv Soha, an editor at St. Martin’s Press, and Brian DeFiore, founder of the DeFiore & Company literary agency.

Stanton shot the picture at Madison Square Park (embedded to the side). The two publishing executives posed with funny hats (provided by Stanton) and copies of the New York Times bestselling Humans of New York book.

In a Facebook comment, Stanton complimented the two men calling them both “great guys and good sports.” He also appreciated that they were “two of the earliest believers in HONY.” We’ve embedded a photo below featuring Stanton with Soha and DeFiore.

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Claiborne Smith Named Editor-in-Chief at Kirkus Media

292681_345737255463749_1546631150_nClaiborne Smith has been named editor-in-chief at Kirkus Media.

The company created to help with the content expansion of the Kirkus Reviews magazine. Smith will continue to fulfill his duties as a features editor. With this new position, he will also manage the editorial team.

Smith had this statement in the press release: “At a time when the publishing industry is making big and small leaps to adapt to many changes, it’s exciting to lead a growing magazine that has been at the heart of publishing since 1933. Kirkus is an organization driven by integrity and a sincere love of books, and I can think of no greater honor than leading this dynamic team of editors and writers.”

Showcase Your Writing Skills At This Literary Pub

OxfordAmericanThe Oxford American is an original. The mag is dedicated to a variety of writing — essays, memoirs, fiction and narrative non-fiction, all focused on the South. It’s also 100 percent freelance written. A “short” piece for the mag runs around 2,000 words, which is especially refreshing in an era when word count seems to be shrinking at an alarming rate.

Every section of the book is open to pitches. As assistant editor Maxwell George says: “We publish compelling narratives artfully rendered. It’s all at once down-home and cosmopolitan, cheeky and cultured, straightforward and cunning, just like the spirit of the South itself.” As for what kind of writing the editors want:

Because Oxford American favors narrative essay, short fiction and long-form journalism, beautifully written content is held at a premium. A new front-of-the-book section called “Points South,” comprised of short, dispatch-themed pieces, runs around 2,000 words. It’s an entryway for a lot of new voices coming into the mag, George adds. Freelancers may be asked to write pieces on spec, and because the OA has a reputation for harvesting great new talent (and some really good stuff from not-so-new talent, too), there’s a chance another publication will purchase its pieces and reprint them elsewhere.

For editors’ contact info and more, read: How To Pitch: Oxford American.

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Freelance Editor Rates To Guide Your Work

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The Editorial Freelancer Association published an invaluable set of Freelance Editor Rates–great intelligence for editors, writers, and publishers trying to negotiate the rapidly evolving writing market.

Above, we’ve embedded an screenshot from the association’s handy editorial rate chart–what do you think about these figures? Explore our free Freelance Editors Directory if you are looking for support. Here’s more from the Editorial Freelancer Association:

Common editorial rates —regardless of whether a project is flat rate or hourly— tend to fall within the ranges indicated below. These should be used only as a rough guideline; rates vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors. The industry standard for a manuscript page, however, is a firm 250 words.

GalleyCat’s Freelance Editor Directory

edit304The publishing industry has changed profoundly over the last few years, with many talented editors working on a freelance basis and many independent authors looking for editorial help.

As a service to the writers and editors in the GalleyCat audience, we are building a free, automatically updated directory where editors can post their services and writers can seek freelance editors.

If you are a freelance editor looking for work, follow this link to add yourself to our free directory. If you are a writer looking for an editor, you can view the directory as a webpage or download the directory as a sortable Excel spreadsheet.

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Publishing Moves at Crown, Ten Speed & Atria

A number of publishing job changes were announced this week.

Sarah Cantin moves up to editor at Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books imprint. She joined the company in 2009 as an editorial assistant.

Some of the authors she has worked with include Charity ShumwayKarin Tanabe, and Karen Brown.

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