Project Editor (PE)
Plural Publishing, Inc. is a small and growing company that produces leading academic and professional publications in the fields of speech-language pathology, audiology, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, singing, and special education. We publish 50+ books a year and employ a dedicated and committed team of professionals who take great pride in our authors and our publications. We are looking for a Project Editor to join the team and help us continue to deliver the very best in publishing. This is a full-time position in our Kearny Mesa office, and reports to the Executive Editor. This is very much a hands-on environment and the candidate must be an organized, can-do person, open to all challenges and tasks and will do all that is possible to meet deadlines. We work with prestigious academic and professional authors and accordingly expect our team to have solid written and verbal skills.
The Project Editor (PE) is a critical role in the Editorial department and works closely with the Executive Editor and authors to ensure high-quality manuscripts are received on time and prepped for quick hand-over to the Production team. The PE will ensure that submitted manuscripts and artwork reflect the author agreements and the company’s publishing guidelines. This role serves as primary contact for authors, editors and contributors throughout the development of the manuscript. The PE continually collaborates closely with Production, Sales and Marketing, and other stakeholders.
The PE also ensures any online ancillary materials are produced on time and to our style guidelines.
The PE also delegates and assigns duties and tasks, as necessary, to the editorial assistant, freelancers, and interns.
Primary Activities and Responsibilities:
- Set project schedules and timelines for deliverables with authors.
- Communicate manuscript and image guidelines to authors/contributors.
- Track all manuscripts from assignment through receipt, review, and revisions, if necessary.
- Ensure adherence to the publishing agreement and authors' instructions.
- Negotiate new delivery dates with late authors to mitigate slippage.
- Review content delivered by authors, editors, and peer reviewers.
- Coordinate and participate in book launch meetings with authors.
- Track all contributor agreements for edited books.
- Keep author manuscript submission guidelines up-to-date.
- Maintain communication with contributors to ensure chapters are received in a timely manner and in accordance with submission guidelines.
- Oversee the peer review of manuscripts and relay feedback to authors.
- Verify source of tables, artwork, and information and assist authors with requesting permission to use copyrighted material (as needed or requested).
- Process all check requests and invoices for various payments to authors, copyright holders, vendors, etc.
- Maintain project status reports on all projects and provide regular updates to Executive Editor.
- Contribute to the ongoing assessment and improvement of editorial procedures and standards.
- Write book descriptions with authors for back covers and sales/marketing efforts.
- Develop book cover concepts and submit creative briefs to cover designer.
- Travel to conferences as needed.
Desired Attributes, Skills, and Experience:
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
- Some publishing experience, preferably within college textbook and/or medical/scientific publishing.
- Outstanding organizational and time management skills. Able to juggle multiple important projects, deadlines, and tasks.
- Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
- Strong project management skills.
- Confident, innovative, highly motivated, and team-oriented.
- Analytical and able to set priorities and problem solve with creativity and sound judgment.
- Flexible and able to accept cross-functional responsibilities as assigned.
- High proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Knowledge of Photoshop preferred.
- Although this role does not involve managing direct reports, some supervisory experience is a plus.
Reporting to the Executive Editor, the Acquisitions Editor (AE) is responsible for acquiring new academic textbooks and professional titles, and developing strategic publishing plans for revisions of profitable titles. The AE builds strong relationships with established and up-and-coming authors, prestigious advisers, reviewers, and scholarly/professional associations in order to publish timely, high-quality publications that meet the needs of our markets.
The AE works closely with the Executive Editor, Project Editor, and authors to ensure manuscripts are delivered on time to achieve the company’s annual revenue goals.
- Research and define annual and long-term strategic goals for in our established publishing areas and identify new subject areas for growth.
- Develop new works and revisions. Meet Editorial/Marketing expectations, contractual terms, and deadlines.
- Develop dynamic and ongoing relationships with authors, editors, key advisers, and reviewers through consistent communications via e-mail, phone, and in person at conferences.
- Evaluate, review, and pitch new book proposals.
- Prepare, negotiate, and finalize contracts.
- Educate prospective authors on the company’s publishing processes and timelines.
- Keep abreast of the competition and relevant market and publishing trends.
- Act as primary contact/liaison between the author and Production and Marketing teams. Coordinate marketing and sales activities between the publisher and author.
- Educate Sales and Marketing on new products and partner with them to develop strategic promotional plans.
- Transmit thorough author and product information to the Project Editor so he/she can successfully work with the authors through the manuscript development process.
- Identify and develop distribution opportunities or other mutually beneficial relationships with companies, scholarly/professional associations, etc.
- Lead “launch” meetings with authors after manuscript has been transmitted to Production team.
- Manage conflict should it arise and ensure that the Exutive Editor and other appropriate departments are engaged in reaching solutions.
- Contribute to the ongoing assessment and improvement of Editorial procedures and standards.
- Travel to and attend professional and other meetings, as requested, to recruit authors and promote Plural’s mission, strengths, and products.
- Prepare reports on projects being pursued, in development, or recently published.
- Assist the Executive Editor with strategic planning.
- Delegate projects and tasks to the Editorial Assistant and interns as needed.
- Act as mentor to junior Editorial staff.
Desired Attributes, Skills, and Experience:
- Minimum of a Bachelor's degree
- A minimum of five years of related academic and/or professional publishing experience
- Excellent written and verbal skills
- Confident with sound judgment on priorities
- Persuasion skills, power of assertion, negotiation skills
- Self-motivated, detailed oriented, well organized
- Ability to work under pressure with several time-sensitive projects at once
- High proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and other typical workplace software
To apply for either position, please email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
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