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Production Editor - Kids books

Sourcebooks, LLC. Naperville, IL

  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Sourcebooks, an independent publishing house in Naperville, IL, is creating significant growth because our employees share a belief that books change lives, that hard work and cooperation create momentum, and that new marketplace realities require an entrepreneurial, innovative, and flexible mentality.  If you share these beliefs, come drive innovation and growth with us!

We are adding another Production Editor to our team to fuel our growth

Are you looking for an opportunity to flex your production editor muscles while managing our kids titles? 

Are you a project manager who thrives on managing project details?

Do you enjoy keeping multiple balls in the air at once?

What you will be doing as the production editor:

Manage 75 titles per year, from initial start-up through to final close to printer, including full schedule ownership and task coordination

Coordinate and regulate all phases of the book production process, including copyediting/proofreading, art and proof reviewing and design consistency, hitting benchmark dates or projecting new benchmarks as needed

Collaborate with editorial teams, captaining the exchange of materials and developing and improving processes as to needed to create and maintain efficient production standards

Hire and supervise freelance vendors as required, providing detailed guidance and structured feedback to simultaneously strengthen vendor partnership 

Communicate project details to all relevant parties, including editorial and author, design, manufacturing, sales, and marketing, serving as a true project manager

Manage special projects and additional assignments as assigned by the managing editor

You will be a great candidate if you have/are

3+ years experience in publishing production or educational equivalent, including project management and knowledge of the bookmaking process

Bachelors in English, journalism or other related field

A plus if you have knowledge or experience with kid's book publishing

Flexible enough to switch priorities to take advantage of the biggest opportunities that drive the business toward success

Able to prioritize tasks in a fast-paced, dynamic publishing environment without sacrificing quality for deadline

Communication skills and technical proficiency:  

Superb attention to detail and deadlines

Exceptional written and verbal communication with multiple stakeholders, including office staff and freelancers, and a clear ability to communicate with high-ranking officers and stakeholders

Knowledge of and experience in manuscript styling and tagging

High-level copyediting and proofreading knowledge

Deep familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style

Proficiency with Microsoft Office (including track changes), and Adobe Acrobat (including PDF markup) and other Adobe Creative Suite applications

During COVID, this position will work remotely. After the effects of COVID have subsided, this role will work in person in our Naperville, IL office. This is not a 100% remote position. 

Ready to throw your hat into the ring?  Submit your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to us: 

Sourcebooks, Inc.  is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Sourcebooks, LLC.


Naperville, IL
60563 USA


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