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We are searching for a full-time Production Editor to work in our Chicago, Illinois office. We are currently working a hybrid schedule: 2 days in the office, 3 days working remotely. To be considered for this exciting career opportunity, all qualified candidates must submit a cover letter, salary requirements and resume.

 

The Production Editor will work directly with the Editor-in-Chief and a small team (internal and external) to develop children’s books. This position includes multi-faceted levels of responsibility from managing team workflow to editing responsibilities. Experience writing juvenile non-fiction, children’s educational development, and copywriting is a plus. Experience with Biblio, eBooks, and Audio books is helpful.

 

Production duties & responsibilities:

● Create and troubleshoot full Biblio production and editorial process as Sequoia Biblio superuser. This includes generating project spec, creating new project entries, and managing the publishing schedule. Manages project flow for each assigned project. Meets deadlines and production requirements as set by the Editor-in-Chief.

● Assign and supervise metadata work to freelance

● Proofread and copy edit all titles, including trade, S&L print, digital, and audiobook.

● Create and develop trade and S&L titles and bonus content.

● Set editorial standards and advise freelance proofreaders and editors

● Create department-wide style guide

● Work with book packagers to develop new S&L titles

● Assign and track ISBNs for trade and S&L

● Create and standardize metadata, upload to Biblio, configure to feed out to ONIX

● Be part of company-wide Metadata Team to standardize metadata best practices

● Support S&L Sales Director and E-Book Specialist

● Write book descriptions for S&L titles

● Coordinate and manage Lexile leveling; submit all S&L titles for Lexile levels

● Coordinate and manage Library of Congress numbers, including CIP/Dewey cataloging. All S&L titles to be submitted.

● Create and manage pagination for S&L and trade titles

● Develop and assist with social media content, create graphics and descriptions as needed

● Works closely with the Product Integrity/Manufacturing team to ensure safety standards are current, verify project numbers, barcodes, titles, safety and FCC requirements at each stage.

● Works closely with the Marketing team to help support and promote our titles, including the annual catalog.

● Begins all routes from initial steps to receipt of advances and ensures that materials efficiently move through the department.

● Works closely with members of the creative team to monitor progress of projects and identify potential problems and solutions. Proactively reprioritizes as needed.

● Acts as liaison between creative and other departments such as sales, manufacturing, and inventory. Act as core member of Biblio team with IT and Publishing, meet 2x/week+ to create workflows, determine Biblio best practices, and fix company-wide issues.

● Create presentations for sales conferences 2x / year, including developing product ideas, formats, and topics.

 

Editor duties & responsibilities

● Collaborates with a creative team (internal and external) to produce content for each assigned project.

● Prepares for each assigned project by researching book format, and competitive titles.

● Assigns and edits, or writes, manuscripts. Writes front and back cover copy, packaging copy, and Amazon copy. Works closely with designers to craft projects.

● Works with the Director to direct freelance artists as needed.

● Assigns and contracts freelance writers.

● Incorporates in-house revisions at each development stage, making sure that all elements of the project (text, art, audio) are consistent and work together for each format, meeting house standards.

● Works with the Ebook and Audio team to make sure each project is on schedule.

● Creates sales materials (sell sheets, TIP sheets, etc.) for each assigned project.

● Learns and implements house style, copy edits/proofreads other Editors’ projects, makes/checks reprint revisions.

 

Overall responsibilities

● Meticulous attention to detail.

● Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

● Ability to build and maintain strong relationships, collaborate, influence, negotiate, and persuade.

● Performs additional duties as assigned by the Director; these may include new product development.

● Ability to complete complex tasks and projects quickly with minimal supervision and react with appropriate urgency to situations that require a quick turnaround.

● Demonstrated ability to identify, analyze, and solve problems, and work to prevent similar ones in the future.

● Proactive approach

● Positive, can-do attitude and strong work ethic.

● Possess strong analytical skills.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

● 4-year college degree in related field

● 3+ years of editorial experience, related field preferred

● Proficiency in Biblio a plus

● Proficient in Excel, PPT, and G Suite

● Highly organized and detail-oriented

Phoenix International Publications is looking for a long-term freelance publishing assistant to enter and maintain metadata and production specifications for all backlist titles into our new title management system (BIBLIO).

This position requires a detail-oriented individual with excellent process and project management skills who will interact effectively with the Publishing, IT, Operations, Manufacturing, and Sales departments. Additionally, this position requires an adept problem solver with strong interpersonal skills who is able to work with internal contacts at higher levels.

  • Gather and enter production specifications and metadata for all backlist titles.
  • Review data for deficiencies or errors, gather and enter correct data as needed
  • Run reports and check output
  • Assist the Publishing Coordinator and Publishing Operations Director as needed.

Requirements

  • Ability to work autonomously, prioritize a demanding workload, set and meet deadlines, and adjust priorities as necessary
  • Excellent organizational, project management, and time-management skills
  • Ability to adapt to change and work across different subject areas and projects as required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Work demonstrates high levels of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Knowledge and understanding of publishing functions and processes. Children’s publishing experience/an understanding of children’s content and formats is a plus.
  • Proficiency with Google Suite. Familiarity with Biblio and ONIX a plus. Past experience in basic databases preferred.

Position Location: This position can be fully remote or hybrid in our Chicago office.

Please submit resume and salary expectations to:  openjobs@pikidsmedia.com