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Associate Editor, Pantheon Books

Penguin Random House, New York, NY

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Duration: Full-Time


Associate Editor, Pantheon Books
Pantheon is seeking an Associate Editor to work directly with the publisher on an esteemed list spanning fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels.
Pantheon was founded in 1942 by Helen and Kurt Wolff and began by publishing literature in translation. In the post-war decades, Pantheon emerged as the premiere home to major works of cultural commentary by such authors as Studs Terkel, Marguerite Duras, and Simone de Beauvoir. Today its star-studded roster of award-winning authors include Wole Soyinka, James Gleick, Margo Jefferson, Ha Jin, Ali Smith, Alexander McCall Smith, Heather Ann Thompson, Charles Yu, Marjane Satrapi, and Art Spiegelman.
Reporting to and working closely with the publisher, the associate editor will provide developmental editing support on the publisher’s titles as well as manage a small list of their own and will liaise with authors and their agents, and relevant departments throughout KDPG, in performing the activities outlined below.
The Role:
* Read and evaluate manuscripts and proposals; recommend projects for acquisition
* Assess potential value of projects, craft P&Ls, draft acquisitions memos
* Work with publisher and writers on developing and finalizing manuscripts, including substantive and line edits
* Manage the lifecycle of the editorial process from acquisition to publication, maintaining an effective relationship with production, managing editorial/copyediting, cover and interior design, and other support departments
* Oversee the preparation of title information sheet, jacket, and catalog copy
* Develop and maintain author and agent contacts
* Tracks manuscripts through all stages of editing, design, and production
* Consult with authors on style, content, and format changes
* Solicit pre-publication blurbs
* Handle special projects as assigned and work collaboratively with the larger team
* Performs other related duties and support functions as needed

The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and deadline-driven with a minimum of 2-3 years of editorial experience and a broad reader with both a literary sensibility and an understanding of the commercial.  Self-motivated and independent, this person will also contribute actively as part of a small and highly collaborative team.
The Essentials:
* A relevant background in managing editorial acquisitions
* A book generalist with a keen eye for both literary and upmarket commercial fiction, non-fiction, and graphics
* Conceptual and line editing experience
* Impeccable proof-reading skills
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills
* Clear and effective presentation abilities
* Goal-oriented team player who can cultivate productive working relationships
* Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
* Ability to work both independently and collaboratively and to be supportive of other team members as well as authors with timely follow-up skills
* Proficiency in creative problem-solving, decision making, time management, and setting priorities with timely follow-up skills

Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program, kindly attach your cover letter and resume in our application system.

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