Senior Editor, SMP Relevant Educational Qualifications Job2 months ago - Other categories - New York City - 136 views
Our Sr. Editor, SMP will acquire and edit lead titles, significantly profitable fiction and nonfiction books, adult and young adult, especially Own Voices in these areas.
What you'll do:
- Build and develop relationships with literary agents, celebrity managers, foreign scouts, and subsidiary rights directors who are selling books
- Read proposals and manuscripts for books, meet with prospective authors, and initiate ideas for books which authors can be commissioned to write; pitch ideas to authors
- Present books for potential acquisition to the editorial board, along with information about competitive or comparable titles, projected sales figures based on information about previous/other books by a given author or in a given category, and create a profit/loss statement for the board to evaluate
- Directly negotiate major terms for potential acquisitions (including advance, payout, territories, subrights, options, delivery dates)
- Develop a productive and profitable list of titles that might focus in a few areas of particular strength, and that consistently includes numerous books that can be designated and published as major lead titles for a wide readership in hardcover and/or paperback
- Read and evaluate submissions for colleagues
- Edit style, structure, content, and line of acquired titles to make books as strong and saleable as they can be
- Work closely with authors on the editing process, communicating supportively about problems and potential solutions for every aspect of editing
- Where needed, provide guidance for authors about writing new or different books in order to improve their sales
- Present to the sales department a list of books at launch meetings three times each year
- Meet with the art department and the publishers about ideas, directions, and comparable titles to help guide the process of creating a jacket; communicate jacket ideas and directions to author and agent and negotiate issues between author/agent and art/publisher.
- Write copy for launch meeting, catalog presentation, audio presentation, and book flap copy that effectively positions book and author for the sales, marketing, and publicity teams
- Solicit advance quotes from other writers, experts, leaders, booksellers, and influential people on behalf of books, where necessary to help establish quality or enhance sales potential
- Arrange meetings with authors and publicity/marketing teams to discuss plans for individual books, where appropriate to do so
- Supply marketing and publicity teams with author questionnaires and other information useful in promoting and publicizing a given book
- Pay attention to what other publishers do to promote and market similar titles and share ideas that have worked for others with in-house team
- Manage and mentor assistant to encourage growth of editorial talent, by assigning reading and editing tasks and sharing contacts where appropriate.
What you'll bring:
- Widely read in specific area or areas of publishing interest, both in past and present day books
- Strong communication skills with authors, agents, booksellers, and others in the publishing industry
- Ability to work with other publishing departments and understanding what they need to do their jobs in an effective and timely way: sales, marketing, publicity, subsidiary rights, finance, production, and art
- Strong writing skills for launch copy, flap copy, audio copy, catalog copy, and other writing that will help position and communicate the virtues of a given book
- Strong sense of competitive books in the larger publishing market, connections in the industry to help acquire information and knowledge that might be useful, and ability to learn about numbers (sales, pricing, advances paid for books, and other information) that are relevant to decision-making and profitability.
- A proven record of successful, significantly profitable acquisitions over a period of several years, with continuing core strengths in a category or categories that will continue to produce a steady supply of books to publish.
- A proven record of working productively and supportively with colleagues in all departments.
Macmillan Publishers is a global trade book publishing company with prominent imprints around the world, publishing a broad range of award-winning books for children and adults in all categories and formats. Macmillan Publishers is committed to our authors, our employees, and to the environment.
U.S. publishers include Celadon Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Flatiron Books, Henry Holt & Company, Macmillan Audio, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Picador, St. Martin's Press and Tor Books. In the UK, Australia, India, and South Africa, Macmillan publishes under the Pan Macmillan name. The German company, Holtzbrinck Deutsche Buchverlage, includes among its imprints S. Fischer, Kiepenheuer and Witsch, Rowohlt, and Droemer Knaur.
Macmillan Publishers is a part of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a large family-owned media group of companies headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are actively seeking job applicants who reflect a broad representation of differences, including race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, neurodiversity, age, family status, economic background and status, geographical background and status, and perspective. We believe that the best companies reflect the incredible diversity in viewpoints, backgrounds, and identities of the world in their staffs, and are committed to inclusive hiring across departments and levels. The successful candidate for this position will be an employee of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC.