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19 May 2021

Part-Time Production Editor

Dave Valencia / Girl Friday Productions – Posted by DaveV Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Description

Who We Are: Girl Friday Productions is a women-owned and -founded book production and publishing firm committed to high-quality creative and transformative client relationships since 2006. Our team partners with publishers and companies looking for distinctive editorial production and design services, and supports serious self-publishers with top-shelf book publishing and launch plans tailored for the indie direct-to-reader market. In 2021, we launched three publishing imprints, meant to fuse the benefits of traditional publishing with the creator-centered power of independent publishing. We are a close group headquartered in Seattle and scattered across the country, fueled by our love of storytelling and a belief that the publishing industry should reflect a greater diversity of voices and experiences. We aim to be an active part of that change.

 

Who You Are: You’re a confident, detail-oriented project manager with background in editorial and an appetite for tackling diverse book formats and all genres. You enjoy the challenge of shepherding a manuscript through all stages of editorial production, creating well-thought-out production schedules, and meeting milestones for the creation of books ranging from simple pours to complex illustrated passes. Working both independently and as part of a team on different types of projects, you are an excellent communicator with an innate understanding of who needs to know what and when. You take a lot of ownership in your work and have strong points of view, and you project that confidence from the starting gate when interfacing with authors and clients. Your copyediting is flawless, and you know how to do effective quality checks on the work of other editors. You’re curious and open to learning new POVs and best practices, and you actively seek them out. You’re excited about the idea of bringing your skills to a small, women-owned and -led company that is poised to spearhead a monumental shift in the book publishing industry. And, at the end of the day, you love a good book just as much as we do.

 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Manage editorial production for multiple simultaneous book projects from different client types from kickoff to publication, designing intelligent schedules, monitoring progress against milestones to deliver the work on time, and keeping P&Ls updated and within budget
  • Cultivate relationships with diverse clients including publishers, authors, and organizations, in a confident, respectful, high-touch manner appropriate to and reflective of their relationship with GFP and their publishing goals
  • Identify and hire on project teams consisting of fact checkers, copyeditors, proofreaders, sensitivity readers, and indexers from Girl Friday’s vetted pool
  • Oversee the deliverables from all editorial resource partners to make sure it meets GFP’s high quality standards as well as the client’s vision, and give feedback to editorial partners as necessary
  • Identify key learnings and suggest improvements to our process with thorough postmortems of each project
  • Stay abreast of editorial trends and process changes to be able to provide the most up-to-date and efficient project management, and share findings with the production team

 

Qualifications:

  • 2+ years editorial book experience, as well as author management
  • Professionalism, diplomacy, and a natural ability to project expertise when consulting
  • Excellent people skills; ability to build rapport and an effective working relationship with a very diverse range of clients
  • Strong communication skills—both internally and externally, written and verbal. As an editorial agency, it’s crucial that our communications are error free.
  • Strong organization skills with attention to detail and excellent follow-through
  • Superlative time management skills; ability to prioritize and meet multiple deadlines
  • Self-directed and able to work independently, while being comfortable collaborating with a cross-functional team
  • Desire to work in a dynamic growth environment with a high degree of autonomy
  • Commitment to being a great team member, e.g. to listening, to appreciating different styles, and to supporting the group
  • Proficiency with Chicago Manual of Style
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel; experience with SharePoint and Dropbox a plus. Working knowledge of Asana and Harvest is beneficial but not required.

 

Girl Friday Productions is a vibrant, progressive book-production company in business since 2006. Our company was founded by working mothers who believe all people do their best work when flexibility and balance are provided in abundance and without judgement.

 

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary and benefit plans
  • Healthcare including medical/dental/vision insurance
  • 401K with match
  • Paid holidays
  • Maternity/paternity leave
  • Annual staff retreat
  • Flexible hours and location
  • A tight-knit team with very low turnover

 

Job Type: Part time with the potential for full time

Job Location: Remote for duration of pandemic. Following that, flexible/remote ongoing, or from Seattle, WA HQ office location. Will consider remote candidates in other states willing to work PST hours.

Required education: Bachelor’s or equivalent.

Hiring timeline: Ideal start date is June 7, 2021.

 

Girl Friday Productions is an equal opportunity employer. We also believe that the future of publishing must address inequities that have long faced people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. We strongly encourage applications from members of these communities.

How to Apply

To be considered, please submit your resume and a cover letter to dave@girlfridayproductions.com by 5/24, EOD. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applicants, we can’t respond personally to all submissions. Interviewee selections will be made that week.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Part-Time. Job Tags: editing, project manager, and publishing.

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