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Editor - MMAW

Editor – MMAW

 

Do you love stories by and about people from different backgrounds and experiences all over the world? Do your ideas dance between “Everyday People” and “Papi Juice”? Are you happy wandering through Jackson Heights one day and Washington Heights the next? Unsure as to how this relates to the role and your experiences as a whole? Well then read on and see why having a passion for cultural differences and intricate nuances will make this the perfect role for you.

 

Random House Children’s Books is growing and adding an Editor to our Make Me a World imprint team! Reporting to an Executive Editor, and working closely with MMAW founder, Christopher Myers, you will work with Christopher to acquire and edit 4-6 MMAW titles a year and will also have an opportunity to edit select titles for the Knopf list. 

 

WHO WE ARE:

 

Make Me a World is an imprint at Random House Children’s Books with a focus on books by writers from a wide, global range of backgrounds and experiences, curated by acclaimed artist and writer Christopher Myers. Make Me a World is dedicated to exploring the vast possibilities of contemporary childhood. We strive to imagine a universe in which no young person is invisible, in which no kid's story is erased, in which no glass ceiling presses down on the dreams of a child. We make books where the children of today can see themselves and each other.

 

Make Me a World’s first list debuted in Fall 2019 and has already garnered numerous honors and starred reviews.  Publications include Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo; My First Day by Phùng Nguyên Quang and Huynh Kim Liên and Pet by Akwaeke Emezi.  Our authors and illustrators have roots all over the world, including: Sudanese by way of DC, Japanese-American from Hawai’i, African American, and Vietnamese. 

 

 Responsibilities

 

  • Acquire and edit 4-6 MMAW titles a year in conjunction with Christopher Myers, for all ages of children’s literature, including picture book, middle grade, and young adult.
  • Liaise between Christopher Myers and the team at RHCB to find the right projects for the imprint and work closely with our art, marketing, publicity, sales, and subsidiary rights departments throughout the publishing process to bring the books to market. 
  • Collaborate on additional editorial projects for the Knopf team.
  • Develop and maintain author and agent relationships including scouting new talent, negotiating acquisitions, and liaising with authors and agents.
  • Maintain publishing/production schedules and meet deadlines.
  • Participate in editorial meetings and present titles at sales meetings and elsewhere as required.
  • Keep abreast of the field at large (read trade journals and competitors' books; be aware of trends in publishing and children’s media so as to keep list up-to-date with the marketplace’s needs and demands).

 

Requirements

 

  • Demonstrates an interest  in working on BIPOC titles
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment; the Editor will work closely with Christopher Myers to acquire titles and curate the list
  • Previous structural and line-editing experience in children’s book publishing, preferably across Young Adult, middle grade, and picture books
  • Prior knowledge of the children’s marketplace; experience in both picture books and older fiction a plus. 
  • Demonstrates the ability to establish relationships with authors across desired industries, as well as with literary agents
  • Experience in negotiation and managing books through the editorial/production process
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task across several projects concurrently, and demonstrates strong attention to detail and follow-up while ushering books from idea to reality  
  • Strong written, problem-solving and presentation skills

 

If you have a passion for innovation, learning, creativity, and embrace storytelling from a wide range of voices, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

 

Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter with salary expectations.

 

Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Our range of benefits include, but are not limited to, Medical/Prescription drug insurance, Dental, Vision, Health Care/Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, Pre-Tax and Roth 401(k), Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life/AD&D Insurance, Commuter Benefits, Student Loan Repayment Program, Educational Assistance & generous paid time off. 

 

Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world.  In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution.  Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 250 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others.  More information can be found at http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/.
 
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.

 

 

Company: Penguin Random House LLC 

Country: United States of America 

State/Region: New York 

City: New York City 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 165584

Date:  Oct 12, 2021
Location: 

New York City, NY, US, 10019


Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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