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W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. Editor, Countryman Press in New York, New York

Job Descriptions:

The Countryman Press (an imprint of W. W. Norton & Company) is looking for a creative, dynamic editor with experience in the lifestyle category. This new editorial position will focus on expanding our offerings in health and wellness, nutrition-forward cookbooks, gardening, nature, design, and adjacent topics. The ideal candidate has a keen eye for popular category trends and identifying talented stars on social media whose content can translate into book form. Quirky topics and humor can also inform this list. Experience finding and working with writers is required. This is a unique opportunity to work collaboratively within a friendly and supportive environment.

The Countryman Press is a close-knit press with a history of publishing practical and exciting books for everyday life meant to inspire, entertain, and teach. Our current list includes food and drink titles spanning a wide range, with hits such as King Arthur Baking Company’s All-Purpose Baker’s Companion, Matthew Raiford's Bress ‘n’ Nyam, and Sam Zien's Sam the Cooking Guy; outdoor and travel, with respected series including the Explorer’s Guides and 50 Hikes; and lifestyle, with books such as 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste, The Art of Training Your Dog, Wonder Weeks, and Gardentopia. For more information, visit us online at countrymanpress.com.

Essential Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Acquire and edit 15 or more books a year, including both home-grown and agented projects.

  • Work closely with colleagues in other departments, including production, sales, marketing, and design to nurture your books and writers from start to finish—ideally with a long backlist life.

  • Perform the usual duties of an editor, including developing relationships with authors and agents, presenting books at acquisition meetings and sales conferences, writing copy, running P&L’s, preparing manuscripts and so forth.

  • Develop new series, discover new markets, find new ways to acquire books you would want to buy yourself.

  • Take an active role in expanding the editorial vision of Countryman.

Please note - this job description is not designed to cover all activities required of the employee.

Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • 3 to 5 years editorial experience.

  • A proven track record of turning ideas into selling books or articles.

  • Experience and skill writing copy and presenting ideas.

  • Top-notch verbal and written communications skills.

  • Comfort working in a small-company setting where you may be called upon to perform duties outside of your job description.

  • Great time management skills and the ability to multi-task across departments, activities, and projects.

  • Interest in, and knowledge of, Countryman titles.

  • Employment eligibility to work with W. W. Norton & Company in the US is required.

  • Must be able to work full business hours from Norton’s New York City Headquarters. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are temporarily providing employees the option to work remotely.

About Norton:W. W. Norton & Company is the oldest and largest publishing house owned wholly by its employees. W. W. Norton & Company strives to carry out the imperative of its founder to "publish books not for a single season, but for the years." In college publishing, that imperative applies not only to books, but also to an ever-growing list of essential print and digital resources that support teaching and learning. For more information about the Company, visit us online at: http://www.wwnorton.com.

Keyword: Editor

From: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

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