Associate Product Planning Editor

Summary:This position is responsible for editing School/Library and classroom product, from substantive editing to proofing, with a 75%-85% editorial title load. Works with designers, production designers, and photo researchers to ensure on-time delivery of content. Works with product planning team to research, propose, and maintain an effective paperback/classroom planning strategy. Uses category expertise in classroom and school/library to assist seasonal list planning.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Substantively edits assigned books. Work includes communicating fully and frequently with authors to get the best possible revisions; research, rewriting, fact checking, and copyediting; create indexes and other content to structured files for digital and print delivery; compile photo wish lists and supply to photo research timely; and find consultants.

  • Monitor assigned books’ schedules throughout the editing process to ensure books go to production on time.

  • Work with designers to review, request changes to, and approve photos and illustrations.

  • When appropriate, communicate with production designers on book’s content and vision. Supply all needed front and back matter and review layouts and captions timely. When appropriate, supply original caption content.

  • Offer critical feedback on book proposals, crossreads, etc. as needed.

  • Draft cover copy and flap copy for other editors’ titles as well as own.

  • Product Planning:

  • Work with product planning team and others such as packaged product team to help develop, present, and execute effective S/L and classroom product plans.

  • Develop and maintain category expertise in core markets, including classroom and paperback channels.

  • Keep abreast of the curriculum, school/library, and digital markets in all relevant areas, as well as trends, publishing programs, awards, and starred reviews among the competition, including cultivating relationships with educational personnel.

  • Execute outreach to customers and sales reps for feedback on seasonal lists.

  • Participate in other relevant events for product planning.

  • Perform other related business duties assigned by immediate supervisor and/or other management as required, including market and curricular research.

  • Experience and Necessary Skills:

  • 1-3 years experience in publishing

  • Classroom/education experience

  • Demonstrated editorial skills

  • Strong project management skills and experience

  • Clear, effective, and timely verbal and written communication

  • Extremely strong organizational skills; deadline oriented; self-monitoring

  • Education: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent


    Please send resumes or any general employment inquires to:

    Joyce Hutchinson
    Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.
    1251 Washington Ave N
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    FAX: 612-204-9208


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