Work from Home : Editor, Algonquin Books


Looking for a creative, experienced, entrepreneurial, and collegial editor to develop and acquire books, as well as handle some existing projects, for Algonquin Books in New York, an independent publisher devoted to award-winning and bestselling narrative nonfiction and fiction and the discovery of new voices. This person will report to the Publisher/Editorial Director and work closely with a small editorial team. Algonquin, with staff in both Chapel Hill, NC, and NYC, is an imprint of Workman Publishing, Inc.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Edit approximately 5-7 titles a year, with an emphasis on nonfiction
  • Read and evaluate submissions
  • Be idea-driven, pursuing projects not just via agents but also developing original books from the ground up
  • Manage a P&L and agent negotiations
  • Take on projects or initiatives as assigned by the publisher/editorial director
  • Help drive backlist development
  • Write and oversee tip sheets, endorsements, and jacket and other copy for your books
  • Work with all relevant departments, production, design, sales and marketing, as an advocate and troubleshooter for your books
  • Take an active role in presenting and championing the books, and in collaborating with the marketing and publicity team
  • Assist in achieving imprint profit goals

Experience and skills desired:

  • Minimum five years book publishing experience
  • Passion for and curiosity about all aspects of the publishing business and its future
  • A love for and commitment to independent publishing
  • Excellent conceptual and line-editing abilities
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Must be resourceful, proactive, and organized
  • Must be results driven, with an ability to juggle multiple projects, manage deadlines, and demonstrate follow-through
  • Strong relationships within the publishing industry
  • Strong engagement with the outside world of culture and trends
  • An ability to play nicely with others on a small team and to build relationships internally, across the Algonquin and Workman staff

Please send your resume and a cover letter to We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.

This position is work from home for now, to be adjusted as circumstances allow

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