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senior editor highlights trade books

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Highlights for Children

Honesdale, PA

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Highlights is looking for a passionate, experienced, creative, and innovative

Editor of childrens books

to join the trade book team in Honesdale, PA. Acquiring both fiction and nonfiction for picture books age, middle grade, and young teen readers, this editor will have the opportunity to help shape the publishing program for Highlights and will be joining the company in an exciting time of growth. We are looking for someone with excellent taste, good contacts, a proven track record of acquisitions and successful book publishing, a creative approach to developing books, and a wide knowledge of the childrens publishing landscape. There is tremendous opportunity for growth in this position. And theres the chance to work at a small, happy publishing company where authors and illustrators are treated with care and respect, where new talent is nurtured, and where innovative ideas are welcomed. We believe that children are the worlds most important people and through smart, strategic publishing we create books that inspire, delight, and inform.

Responsibilities include:

Acquiring and publishing 12-16 new books per year.

Assuming sole responsibility for all editorial aspects of book development, including manuscript development and editing; identifying and acquiring illustrators when appropriate; copywriting including jacket, catalog, and other marketing copy as required.

Maintaining schedules and collaborating with design, production, and marketing departments to meet scheduling requirements.

Mentoring and supervising an Assistant Editor and an Editorial Assistant.

Collaborating with Editorial Director on list building and ensuring future growth of Highlights trade books.

Working with Editorial Director in developing a publishing strategy for Highlights trade books.

Maintaining knowledge of current trends in childrens book publishing and what books other childrens book publishers are publishing.

Establishing and nurturing relationships with key librarians and other industry experts.

Collaborating with marketing staff and authors on helping promote published books.


7 years in a related role

Expert editing skills

Excellent communication skills

Knowledge of childrens book industry

Successful track record in acquisition and publishing of trade childrens books

Excellent skills in the Microsoft Office Suite with ability to learn our existing software

Excellent organizational skills

Supervisory skills in managing freelancers and in-house staff

Self-motivated and able to manage a large workload in a fast-paced environment

Highlights is a dynamic organization focused on delivering excellence in all facets of our business. We offer a positive environment and competitive compensation and benefits. EOE

Position is located in Honesdale, PA.

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For more than 60 years, "Highlights for Children" has left an indelible imprint on the hearts and minds of tens of millions of children. It has improved reading skills; it has helped define and develop values like honesty, thoughtfulness and tolerance; and it has entertained and enlightened. Without question, "Highlights for Children" has been one of the most remarkable stories in the history of American publishing. While educators, analysts and business people may debate the various reasons behind the periodical's success, all the children know is that they like it. Highlights is dedicated to helping children grow in basic skills and knowledge, in creativeness, in ability to think and reason, in sensitivity to others, in high ideals and worthy ways of living -- for children are the world's most important people.

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