Senior Editor

New York
Apr 12, 2013
May 12, 2013
Human Resources
Full Time
Position Description: Experienced trade-book senior editor to provide creative and strategic leadership and creative conceptualization, organization, production, and coordination of compelling non-fiction books and bookazines under such imprints as TIME and LIFE.

•Provide creative and strategic senior editorial leadership to assigned brand(s) and to editorial staff working on that brand and on Senior Editor’s staff. Function as senior editorial client liaison as needed.
•Reach out energetically to magazine writers to bring in proposals and manuscripts for books that fit our strategic direction.
•Discover new authors outside the company, network with literary agents, and track emerging trends, all leading to the acquisition of original manuscripts for publication.
•Work with Publishing Director, Editorial Director, Creative Director, Brand Managers, and Book Editors to generate and focus compelling ideas for general-interest non-fiction books and bookazines; spearhead regular brainstorming efforts, encouraging connecting with the marketplace and maximizing commercial potential.
•Work with strategic managers (Editorial Director, Art Directors, Photo Editors, Writers and Reporters) to facilitate scheduling, processes, and quality, and to minimize costs. Manuscripts must deliver on time and within established procedures for given brand. Own the budgeting process for given brands.
•Be the direct reporting manager for journalists on your projects; responsible for hiring permanent and temporary edit staff as needed.
•Recommend, recruit, supervise, and edit freelance writers and other freelance personnel as needed.
•Make assignments to optimize scheduling, maximize as well as build talents, and mentor and train staff.
•Guide creative, content and design development by project staff, as well as guide schedule development and management.
•Provide sole leadership to several personal projects, from concept through published work, including conceiving and proposing compelling books competitive in retail sales markets; creating and managing deadline schedules; researching, writing, and editing text; planning and supervising photography; delivering clean manuscript in a timely manner; and supporting marketing and promotions departments.
•Collaborate frequently with editors, designers, freelancers, photo, production, and other related team members to assure efficient and effective workflow for all.
•Devise plans for key but streamlined approval stages for journalists on your projects. Coordinate with ED on approvals on per project basis. Each individual editor is responsible for the content, quality, and accuracy of their projects, with their manager approving key checkpoints (SEs for their staff, and ED for SEs). Key approval checkpoints are: proposals, initial design plan, design, manuscript, layouts, covers.
•Oral and written communication with brand, consumers and industry as needed.
•Ability to travel periodically to meet with brand and author representatives.

A thorough understanding of the overall publishing process and financial aspects of trade book publishing; minimum 5 years as a trade book editor. Editorial expertise in both line editing and conceptual editing. Prior work in the general nonfiction book genre. Bachelor’s or related degree.?Passionate about the written word. Self-motivated, hands-on, creative individual with exceptional oral and written communication skills. Attentive to details in a deadline-driven environment with the ability to multi-task and prioritize. Strong initiative and judgment. Results-oriented and ability to work well independently as well as in collaborative or team environments. A leader who possesses experience and a style that will create trust and confidence.

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