Gift Book Editor

HarperCollins Publishers Inc. - Nashville, TN4.0

Full-timeEstimated: $48,000 - $63,000 a year
Fantastic career opportunity to be an editor for a top-five publisher and work with some of the most influential authors in Christian publishing. The Specialty Division at HarperCollins Christian Publishing is seeking an editor to manage gift books. Duties include project management of gift books, both proprietary and author- or ministry-driven, hiring and working with freelance writers, substantive editing, as well as production editing, including managing copyediting, proofreading, collating, style coding, and other editorial processes.

This editor will have the opportunity to work directly with authors to shape message and tone, as well as work with art directors and designers on design input. Book formats will include two- and four-color devotionals, high-design gift books, and all specialty gift products. The Specialty Division at Thomas Nelson publishes Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling, as well as numerous other bestselling authors and titles.

Manage multiple book projects while maintaining high standards of quality control and sticking to production schedules.
Copyedit, proofread, collate, and route cover copy, catalog copy, cover mechanicals, and other materials related to the editorial process of our books.
Collate and check proofs; copyedit and proofread miscellaneous material (e.g., front matter, back matter, indexes) and flap copy, mechanicals, and proofs.
Recruit and hire freelance work-for-hire writers, copyeditors, proofreaders, and indexers, and oversee their work.
Perform substantive and developmental editorial work on select titles.
Maintain provided budgets for editorial expenses (writers, copyeditors, proofreaders, indexers, typesetters), and code and route invoices and SOWs for work performed.
Secure permissions, releases, and endorsements as needed.
Develop excellent working relationships with authors and other departmental staff.
Utilize Excel, MS Word, Word styles tagging, and Harper’s proprietary software; code and update electronic manuscripts for typesetting and design; make changes as needed between passes.
Draft back cover copy, catalog copy, and other marketing copy as needed.
Maintain keen eye for market trends and voice for marketing/sales-style copy.
Knowledge: Extensive knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style. Knowledge of Christian authors and publishing.

Work Experience: 4 years as an editor or 6 years as a professional copyeditor. Experience creating gift books, including four-color experience, preferred and strong editing and content development skills.

Education: Bachelor’s degree.

Industry Knowledge:
Well versed in Bible stories and various Bible translations.
Working knowledge of popular Christian authors, key Christian ministries, and general Christian culture.

Ability to learn new systems quickly, such as Harper’s proprietary software for editing and design
Eagle-eyed at catching errors
Good judgment regarding when to make a change and when to move something upline for approval
Excellent at spelling and grammar
Clear communicator
Able to manage multiple projects with a variety of deadlines and complexity simultaneously
Proven project management and organizational skills
Superior knowledge of English grammar and high proficiency in Chicago Manual of Style
Intermediate or higher skill set of Microsoft Office products, especially Excel and Word
Works cooperatively and pleasantly within a team
HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer.