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Date: Dec 6, 2017

Location: Indianapolis, IN, US, 46250

Status: Open Position

Company: Penguin Random House LLC 

Requisition ID: 13542 


DK, a publisher of award-winning, illustrated reference, video game guides, children’s and life style trade books is seeking an Americanization Editor to adapt and Americanize nonfiction adult and children’s books originated in the UK or other sister company locations, to ensure that the language, punctuation, and content are fully applicable to the US market and that US sales are maximized.


Responsibilities and duties include:


  • Hires and/or supervises freelance Americanizers and consultants/technical editors, managing contracts, schedules, fonts, budgets, invoices, and work quality.
  • Researches and hires foreword writers, consulting with agents and contract management.
  • Researches book topics and competing titles; provides developmental feedback on book contents lists to ensure books cover the topics that American readers will seek
  • Keeps files organized, runs proprietary QC app, and fixes or flags technical errors; transfers files between self or freelancers and UK or Delhi production department.
  • Reviews book photography and comments on changes needed for US audience, or facilitates review of consultant.
  • Performs Americanization edits on books and marketing materials directly in InDesign files or by marking up PDFs depending on project needs; incorporates technical changes from consultants; fixes and tracks proofreading errors
  • Flexibly meets deadlines and notifies Executive Managing Editor and Executive Editor of schedule delays on either end
  • Reviews and Americanizes book cover copy, and confirms specifications (price, ISBN, etc.).
  • Performs other related projects or duties as assigned or required by division


Requirements include:

  • Use of MAC platform
  • Knowledge of MS Office, Excel; Adobe InDesign, Acrobat; FontExplorer; FTP programs
  • Strong organization skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Interest in and exposure to cultural and linguistic differences among English-speaking countries
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple functions concurrently
  • 4-year degree in English, journalism, linguistics, editing, or related field
  • 3 years copyediting or proofreading experience
  • 1 year development editing or acquisitions experience



DK is the bestselling publisher of highly visual, photographic non-fiction for adults and children. Our aim is to inform, enrich and entertain readers of all ages through beautifully designed content. Publishers of the Eyewitness series for children, the award-winning Eyewitness Travel Guides and the creators of the online homework help website DKfindout!. DK is part of Penguin Random House and is also the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot's Guides series, Prima Games, video gaming publishers, as well as the award-winning travel publisher, Rough Guides.


Penguin Random House values the array of talents and perspectives that a diverse workforce brings. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.


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