Associate Editor/Editor, YA Nonfiction

Responsible for substantive editorial work on assigned YA nonfiction trade and school/library titles, including working with authors and doing appropriate research, fact checking, and copyediting. Works to ensure assigned titles meet Lerner quality standards, communicating with production designers, designers, and photo researchers as needed, keeping projects on schedule as they move into production.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Substantively edits assigned in-house books. This work includes communicating fully and frequently with authors to get the best possible revisions; doing research, rewriting, fact checking, and copyediting; and finding consultants and fact checkers. Review titles with imprints’ Editorial Directors to make ensure consistency with the overall brands.
  2. Work closely with designers on illustrations, photo selection, and layout. Work with lead editors and designers to review, request changes to, and approve illustrations and photos—internal and covers—for single titles. Communicate during all stages of art with author for feedback.
  3. Executes assigned editorial tasks, including creating indexes, styling manuscripts, applying for CIPs, keywording, researching, fact checking, writing tip sheet copy, and assisting with cross-reads as needed.
  4. Assist editorial department and perform miscellaneous administrative duties in other ways necessary, including copyediting, proofreading tasks, research tasks, and editing titles in other imprints.
  5. Create style sheets (including double-checking terms), generate keywords, index word lists, and create .csv files for single-title nonfiction, trade titles, and school/library titles where appropriate.
  6. Draft cover copy, jacket copy, and tip sheets. Draft marketing copy and flap copy for trade titles.
  7. Stay informed about industry trends, monitor blogs, tweets, and other social networking venues that discuss children’s books, and children’s book authors/illustrators, and the use of digital content in the educational sphere.
  8. Perform special projects or other related business duties assigned by immediate supervisor and/or other management as required.

Experience and Necessary Skills:

  1. Proven research/writing/proofreading skills at various reading levels
  2. Clear, effective, proactive, and timely oral and written communication skills, including ability to exercise tact and assertiveness as appropriate; understanding of the value of communication diplomacy
  3. Self-monitoring and deadline oriented; able to prioritize projects or seek help in prioritizing
  4. Strong interest in children’s book publishing
  5. Organizational skills and attention to detail
  6. Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe InDesign, etc.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree


Please send resumes or any general employment inquires to:
Joyce Hutchinson
Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.
241 First Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
FAX: 612-204-9208


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