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2 Sep 2021

Full-Time Manager, Copyediting Services

Harlequin Enterprises ULC – Posted by Harpercollins Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Job Description

Company: Harlequin Enterprises ULC
Date: September 2, 2021
Job Title: Manager, Copyediting Services
Department: Copyediting, Creative Operations
Reporting To: Global Managing Editor
Status: Regular Full Time
Location: 22 Adelaide Street West, Toronto (currently working remotely but will need to commute to the office when it reopens)

We celebrate and support the differences that make each of us unique, striving to create a welcoming workplace that ensures everyone has a voice and are able to do their best work. We welcome all applicants, including those who identify with groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the publishing industry including, but not limited to, Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, and members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, and persons with disabilities. Join us, and share your story.

Job Summary:
In this role, you will be responsible for ensuring that all North American manuscripts and ancillary documents are efficiently tracked, monitored and copyedited according to schedules, according to Harlequin’s standards for consistency and accuracy, and meeting legal requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. NA Copyediting Execution: Manages the TO in-house copy editors and North American freelance copyediting activity. Evaluates the quality of work and experience of potential freelance copy editors to choose which copy editors to acquire. Appraises the work of both full-time and freelance copy editors according to Harlequin’s standards. Offers guidance, support or recommendations on copyediting queries and acts as a liaison between NY/TO Editorial, Production, Art, Sales and Marketing. Establishes freelance rates and approves invoices accordingly. [25%]
2. Copyediting Trafficking and Review: Assigns, monitors and approves the copyediting of manuscripts, prelim pages, sales and marketing material by in-house copy editors and freelance copy editors according to schedules. Records and tracks manuscripts at each stage of the copyediting process to ensure timely completion. Examines and evaluates work to ensure standards and house style are applied appropriately and completed within scheduled timeframe. [25%]
3. Team Leadership: Develop effective human resources within NA Copyediting team to meet current and future departmental and corporate objectives through succession planning, recruitment and selection, coaching and supervision. [20%]
4. Freelance Copyediting Management: Oversee NA copyediting freelance activity, including acquiring freelancers, assigning tasks, monitoring work, and providing feedback and guidelines to freelancers to ensure they meet the Copyediting department’s objectives. Forecast and monitor NA Copyediting freelance budget. Provide reports as needed. [20%]
5. House Style Management: Develops and maintains NA policies and procedural guidelines for copyediting manuscripts and ancillary material. Maintains the house style guide. Changes and institutes instructions regarding style, spelling, grammar and language as they apply to copyediting text and ancillary material. Approves editorial and style changes to text. Reviews the circumstances and authorizes revisions to text as required. [10%]

Specific training or job experience required includes:
• College diploma/University degree or equivalent experience
• At least 5 years working experience in a publishing house, in an editorial capacity with exposure to the book production process
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Skilled in relationship building

What’s in It For You?
• The opportunity to be part of a company on the leading edge of publishing, working with a very talented team and exceptional books
• Remote work, flexible start/stop times
• Paid time off days and vacation allotment, starting at three weeks
• Flexible benefit plans to fit your needs and pension matching
• Various virtual social activities to keep you connected – we love trivia!
• Virtual author events and access to discounted books
• Working with passionate people!

About HarperCollins Canada and Harlequin
Harlequin is a leading publisher of commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. We publish more than 100 titles a month that reach audiences globally. Encompassing highly recognizable imprints that span a broad number of genres, we are home to many award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors. Harlequin is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world. Through HarperCollins’s global publishing program, Harlequin titles are published in 17 countries and 16 languages.

Known worldwide for the quality of its list, HarperCollins Canada is the proud home of many bestselling and award-winning authors, including Esi Edugyan, Heather O’Neill, and Lawrence Hill. It is our vision to publish the best books of our generation and to work with authors over the length and breadth of their careers. Our authors are at the centre of everything we do. In addition to the Canadian publishing program, HarperCollins Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing, and publicity of HarperCollins titles from around the globe.

How to Apply

External applicants are asked to apply on our website ( by September 16, 2021. HarperCollins Canada and Harlequin are Equal Opportunity Employers committed to equal employment opportunities. Employment decisions are based on job requirements and the skills, knowledge, and experience of the candidate, regardless of any other factors unrelated to job performance. We are also committed to ensuring that the accessibility needs of candidates and employees are considered and accommodated during the recruitment process. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Types: Full-Time.

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