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Editor / Sr Editor, Dk

Penguin Random House

New York, NY 07-09-2024
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
Editor/Sr Editor, DK (Open to Remote)

DK is a leading publisher of New York Times bestselling influencer-led books on food and drink, self-help, health and wellness, personal finance, parenting, gardening, crafts and more. As one of the fastest growing imprints in publishing, DK's exciting list includes bestselling authors B. Dylan Hollis, Joshua Weissman, Mercury Stardust, Nick DiGiovanni, Danielle Brown, Tom and Rachel Sullivan and many others. DK is a globally focused imprint of Penguin Random House, the world's largest general trade book publisher.

We are seeking a creative, entrepreneurial editor or senior editor to expand our influencer-led list in prescriptive nonfiction, acquiring and editing 6 to 8 titles per year that have bestseller potential. The ideal candidate will have experience publishing highly commercial books in self-help, health and wellness, and/or personal finance.

Responsibilities include:
• Identify digital creators with significant social media reach and pair them with commercially viable book topics suitable to their platform;
• Evaluate book proposals for their opportunity, originality, and fit with our influencer-led program, evaluating risk, pulling competitive titles, and creating the sales materials necessary to solicit internal support for projects;
• Develop and maintain author and agent relationships (scout new talent, negotiate and liaise with authors and agents);
• Consult with authors on conceptualizing the vision and execution of each book;
• Oversee all editorial aspects of book development, including manuscript development and editing;
• Establish and manage production schedule to meet deadlines;
• Hire editorial freelancers and arrange assignments/briefings to guide their work;
• Liaise with designers to coordinate photography and illustration as needed;
• Collaborate with designers to coordinate the preparation of sales materials, and write online descriptive copy, cover copy, and other marketing copy as required;
• Prepare supplemental material as needed, including title information sheets, early reading samples and other materials as requested for the sales force;
• Present titles at sales meetings and elsewhere as required;
• Coordinate with marketing/PR team on author book announcements and preorder campaigns;
• Keep abreast of emerging influencers in the categories represented on DK's list;
• Participate in editorial meetings;
• Handle special projects as assigned and work collaboratively with the larger team.

Job Requirements:
• 3-6 years of editorial experience in publishing or relevant media;
• Track record of acquiring, developing and publishing high-profile, profitable titles;
• Strong knowledge of the prescriptive nonfiction market;
• Deep network of agents, authors, and publishing freelancers;
• Direct experience taking projects from ideation to publication, with a firm grasp of all aspects of book production (from developmental editing to line editing to proofreading) and a strong record of meeting deadlines;
• Demonstrated ability in managing multiple high-profile, complex books simultaneously;
• Extensive book-team management experience (including designers, photographers, and writer-author collaborations);
• Strong negotiation skills, and written and verbal communication skills, including a polished presentation style;
• Proficiency in creative problem solving, decision making, and time management.

The salary range for the Editor level is $65,000-$68,000; the range at the Sr Editor level is $73,000-$76,000. All positions are currently eligible for annual profit award or bonus, subject to Company results. Kindly include your cover letter and resume in our application system.

About our Company:

We believe in the power of discovery. That's why we create books for everyone that explore ideas and nurture curiosity about the world we live in. From first words to the Big Bang, from the wonders of nature to city adventures, you will find expert knowledge, hours of fun and endless inspiration in the pages of our books.

We are the world's leading illustrated publisher and a member of the Penguin Random House division of Bertelsmann, creating cutting-edge design and stunning visual books for the whole family. We are passionate about inspiring curiosity and bring people to books through their thirst for knowledge. With a global book loving community of over 800 colleagues in the UK, US, Germany, India, China, Spain and Australia, we produce books in over 100 countries and over 60 languages. Find out more on

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-dy02p0-3-238-121-7-42 in your application.

Salary Details
Salary Range: $65,000 to $68,000 Per Year ($ USD)
Company Profile
Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world. In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution.