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Requisition Number 17-0782
Post Date 11/22/2017
Title Production Editor
Organization Name Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
City New York
State NY
Description
Macmillan is a group of media companies in the United States held by Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, based in Stuttgart, Germany, which publishes a wide range of books, magazines, and digital products for the consumer and education markets. Our American publishers include Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Henry Holt & Company, W.H. Freeman and Worth Publishers, Bedford/St. Martin’s, Picador, Roaring Brook Press, St. Martin’s Press, Tor Books, Hayden McNeil, Macmillan Children’s Group, Macmillan Audio and Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to reflecting a broad representation of differences --race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, age, family status, economic background and status, geographical background and status, and perspective — in our workplace. The successful candidate for this position will be an employee of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC.
Requirements
Position Description:

The production editor oversees approximately forty fiction and nonfiction titles per year, including graphic novels, complex illustrated titles, picture books, novelty books, and middle grade and YA novels. Manages the production editorial process by assigning copyediting of manuscripts and proofreading and indexing of page proofs. Checks for quality assurance of text, illustrations and photos, and jackets/covers at all stages from manuscript to finished books.

Major Responsibilities:

• Work as production editor on approximately forty new titles per year, plus paperback and other format conversions, where necessary. Keep books on schedule while juggling multiple projects at once.
• Hire freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, and indexers, and supervise and review their work.
• Prepare both paper and electronic manuscripts for design and typesetting.
• Review at all stages to ensure revisions have been made correctly.
• Monitor schedules and keep editors, managing editor, designers, and production managers updated on title status, working with them to resolve issues should they arise.
• Copyedit and proofread jacket/cover copy, indexes, and other material, including a variety of advertising and promotional material.
• Maintain consistent style within each work.

Required Skills / Knowledge:

• Excellent copyediting and proofreading skills, including experience with electronic copyediting.
• Strong knowledge of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
• Familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style.
• Meticulous attention to detail.
• Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining high standards of quality and juggling multiple projects at once.
• Strong computer skills, including familiarity with Track Changes and electronic copyediting.

Experience Needed:

• Must have at least two years of experience as a production editor at another trade publisher, ideally with children’s book experience. Experience with graphic novel and novelty formats a plus.

Educational Background Required:

• Bachelor’s degree
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