Project Editor

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The Project Editor maintains responsibility for a list of assigned titles, and assists in all other projects as deemed necessary. The Project Editor maintains key relationships with Managing Editors, Acquisitions Editors, Art Directors/Designers, Production Managers, and managing editorial colleagues.

Essential Functions

• Manages 35 to 50+ titles per year through the editorial and design process, from manuscript and art transmittal through production, in various book categories, including narrative and highly illustrated nonfiction titles.
• Maintains project workflow to ensure timely delivery of books, including updating Title Management. For rush or complex titles, works with the team to adjust schedules as needed. Reports status to managing editors and attends regular status meetings. Communicates with colleagues throughout the book cycle; responds to questions and alerts team members to potential problems in a timely manner.
• Hires and supervises freelance copy editors, proofreaders, and indexers for assigned books, and takes responsibility for their work.
• Communicates with acquiring editors and/or authors in a professional manner to make sure that all editorial queries have been resolved. Ensures all changes and corrections at each phase have been clearly indicated and collated, and are accurately implemented. Confirms that copyright page information is accurate.
• Prepares sample design and layout packages; specifies and enters manuscript design style codes; checks that design elements are implemented appropriately.
• Copyedits jacket/cover copy, proofreads cover layouts, and checks proofs.
• Checks prepress pages, printer’s color proofs, and ozalids (PDF proofs).
• Does online research and other fact checking as needed.


• 3–5 years book publishing experience, including significant experience seeing manuscripts from editorial to manufacture in an editorial or production editorial department or role.
• 4 year college degree
• General computer literacy; proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat; familiarity with electronic editing with tracking.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Superior command of grammar, usage, syntax; keen sense of language. Familiarity with printed and electronic reference materials, including The Chicago Manual of Style. Can assess the authority of a source, particularly online.
• Proven copyediting and proofreading skills. Familiar with electronic work flow and standards of page layout and book making.
• Well organized and attentive to details. Proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize, and be flexible. Good problem-solving skills.
• Ability to work within a fast-paced, deadline driven environment and be a team player.


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