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Managing Editor, Entertainment

September 7, 2018

Chronicle Books is looking for a Managing Editor to oversee the creation and implementation of publishing schedules for the Entertainment publishing group, ensuring house standards and quality are upheld, and all titles are published in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Working with multiple book teams, the managing editor will have an acute knowledge of the status of each title at any given time and will be responsible for keeping projects on track and offering expertise and problem solving to this end. The managing editor will be responsible for proofreading galleys and proofs, copyediting manuscripts, driving active title management, chasing late deliverables, and monitoring and prioritizing the workflow of 80+ titles per year. The ideal candidate will possess a love of pop culture, humor, and creativity, and have the editorial chops to finesse text-driven titles as well as the ability to think three-dimensionally and work nimbly on innovative gift and stationery formats.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with Editorial, Design, Production, and Marketing departments to ensure timely delivery of quality books and formats with an eye toward meeting sales materials deadlines and other key dates
  • Create, monitor, and troubleshoot schedules
  • Manage project workflow from copyediting of manuscript through proofreading of bluelines and approval of advance copies; including facilitation of licensed titles and rush schedules
  • Proofread galleys, printer proofs, and other materials such as jacket copy and marketing materials, working collaboratively with editorial, design, and production
    Maintain seasonal masterlists and communicate any changes to the house
  • Liaise with publishing director to improve performance of editorial department and track deliverables relating to managing editorial matters
  • Hire and evaluate freelance copyeditors (and proofreaders, as necessary) and oversee freelance costs, workflow, and database
  • Ensure that freelance budgets are met and standards maintained
  • Make editorial style decisions as questions arise in both manuscripts and galleys, maintaining Chronicle Books’ editorial standards
  • Facilitate publishing group meetings, creative meetings, and status meetings, capturing key publishing information and ensuring seasonal schedule dates and editorial concerns are addressed
  • Coordinate creation, review, and distribution of seasonal tipsheets and participate in
    seasonal launch meetings
  • Supervise editorial temps/interns as needed


  • 3+ years managing editorial experience
  • Proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Word
  • Extensive copyediting and proofreading experience
  • Well-versed in Chicago Manual of Style
  • Strong organizational and supervision skills
  • Detail-oriented, deadline-driven, and self-motivated
  • Exceptional communication skills (written and verbal), seamless follow-through, and multiple-title project management
  • Demonstrated experience working with deadlines and the ability to manage several tasks at once, both independently and with a wide variety of people in a team environment

To Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter and salary expectations to and list Managing Editor in the Subject line.