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Project Editor | Plural Publishing

The Project Editor (PE) is a critical role in the Editorial department and works closely with the Executive Editor and authors to ensure high-quality manuscripts are received on time and prepped for quick hand-over to the Production team. The PE will ensure that submitted manuscripts and artwork reflect the author agreements and the company’s publishing guidelines. This role serves as primary contact for authors, editors, and contributors throughout the development of the manuscript. The PE continually collaborates closely with Editorial team members, Production, Sales and Marketing, and other stakeholders. The PE also ensures any online ancillary materials are produced on time and to our guidelines, and creates and organized the companion websites.

Primary Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Set project schedules and timelines for deliverables with authors.
  • Communicate manuscript and image guidelines to authors/contributors.
  • Track all manuscripts from assignment through receipt, review, and revisions, if necessary.
  • Ensure adherence to the publishing agreement and authors’ instructions.
  • Check in regularly with authors on status of manuscripts.
  • Negotiate new delivery dates with late authors to mitigate slippage.
  • Review content delivered by authors, editors, and peer reviewers.
  • Coordinate and participate in kickoff and launch meetings with authors.
  • Track all contributor agreements for edited books.
  • Keep author manuscript submission guidelines and other editorial documents up-to-date.
  • Maintain communication with contributors to ensure chapters are received in a timely manner and in accordance with submission guidelines.
  • Oversee the peer review of manuscripts and relay feedback to Executive Editor and authors.
  • Delegate and assign duties and tasks, as necessary, to the Editorial and Marketing Assistant, freelancers, and interns.
  • Verify source of tables, artwork, and information and assist authors with requesting permission to use copyrighted material (as needed or requested).
  • Review manuscripts to ensure consistency in style, voice and tone.
  • Create and maintain companion websites for book projects—design, organize, and upload documents and multimedia content.
  • Monitor expenses to ensure that products are published within budget.
  • Process all check requests and invoices for various payments to authors, copyright holders, vendors, etc.
  • Maintain project status reports on all projects and provide regular updates to Executive Editor.
  • Contribute to the ongoing assessment and improvement of editorial procedures and standards.
  • Write back cover copy with the Executive Editor and authors.
  • Assist Executive Editor with book cover concepts and submit creative briefs to production and graphic designer.
  • Make minor corrections or enhancements to artwork using Photoshop when necessary.
  • Travel and attend professional and other meetings, as needed, to promote Plural, its products, and meet with Plural authors.

DESIRED ATTRIBUTES, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Some publishing experience, preferably within college textbook and/or medical/scientific publishing.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills.
  • Detail-oriented and able to produce accurate, high-quality work.
  • Able to juggle multiple important projects, deadlines, and tasks.
  •  Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Confident, innovative, highly motivated, and team-oriented.
  • Analytical and able to set priorities and problem solve with creativity and sound judgment.
  • Flexible and able to accept cross-functional responsibilities as assigned.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and other typical workplace software.
  • Experience with content management systems (CMS) a plus.
  • Comfortable with learning new technologies and systems.

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email.  No phone calls.

https://www.pluralpublishing.com/about/careers