Associate Production Editor
Kirkus Editorial, a division of Kirkus Media LLC, is seeking a full-time Associate Production Editor to assist senior staff in the management of a long and varied list of fiction and nonfiction books. We’re looking for an energetic, creative, and tech-savvy editor to help us oversee production schedules, provide quality assessments of full-length manuscripts, communicate with our freelance base, cross many t's, and dot sundry i's.
- Three to five years of related editorial or production-management experience in book publishing. We will consider applicants from small/independent publishers as well as from the digital publishing world, but applicants must understand the editorial process as it applies to full-length books and be familiar with industry conventions and trends.
- Fluency in Chicago Manual of Style. All applicants will be asked to take an editing test to demonstrate their knowledge of common CMoS style conventions.
- A love of technology. Though some of us remember working on paper, those days are long gone. Applicants should be well familiar with Word’s editing features and comfortable reading/creating simple Excel spreadsheets. Kirkus is an innovative company that is constantly working to improve its workflow tools. Our ideal candidate would not only embrace change but also greatly enjoy brainstorming and testing new solutions.
- Some knowledge of book design. At minimum, candidates should understand how kerning, widows/orphans, breaks, and the like affect the reader's experience. Proficiency with Adobe design programs—Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, and InDesign—is a plus (though not a requirement).
The Kirkus name has been associated with editorial excellence for more than eighty years. Virginia Kirkus started Kirkus Reviews magazine in 1933, and today, the “Kirkus star” is featured prominently on book jackets and praise pages. In 2011, Kirkus Media developed its book-editing division to offer unpublished and self-published authors access to the industry’s top editors. Through its website and corporate partnerships, Kirkus Editorial receives a diverse mix of nonfiction and fiction manuscripts.