Erewhon Books

Editor

Erewhon Books is an independent speculative fiction publisher with offices in midtown Manhattan, distributed by Workman Publishing / Hachette in the U.S. and the University of Toronto Press in Canada. Erewhon focuses on novel-length works of adult and upper-YA literary speculative fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, horror and other subgenres, and is open to other works of interest to SF&F readers.

Erewhon is seeking to hire a creative and enthusiastic editor of literary speculative fiction to acquire for a boutique list of SF&F books that are high quality, unique within the genre, and commercially successful. An editor is responsible for 8 to 10 titles per year, along with supporting the performance of backlist titles, seeking out and maintaining relationships with authors and agents, negotiating major contract terms, and mentoring junior staff.

Preferred skills and background:

  • At least 2 years experience and demonstrated expertise in and passion for acquiring and editing SF&F or literary fiction novels in the editorial department of a publishing company. 

  • Extensive knowledge of speculative fiction literature and/or literary fiction and those communities, including an established contacts network of authors, agents, and publishing professionals within either or both genres.

  • Exceptional editorial skill and sensibility, with an understanding of how to support authors and other publishing creatives in generating their best possible work

  • Experience taking projects from manuscript to publication in close collaboration with other departments.

  • Experience working with a small team and flexibility and enthusiasm for taking on new tasks outside of defined areas.

  • Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills, attention to detail, and the capacity to multitask, prioritize, meet deadlines, demonstrate good follow-through, and work independently and collaboratively.

Responsibilities:

  • Acquiring works of literary SF, including building relationships with agents, soliciting submissions, and assessing and articulating the publishability of manuscripts, including extensive knowledge of comparative titles, sales estimates, costs, and profitability projections.

  • Developmental and line-editing of acquisitions and project-managing titles through the publication process.

  • Generating cover concepts and shepherding the cover feedback process with authors and other key publishing partners, under the guidance of Erewhon’s Art Director.

  •  Drafting sales copy and reviewing and approving cover copy with publicity, marketing, ad/promo and sales departments to guide and position our books.

  • Attending events and conferences on behalf of the company, including local, national, and international genre/industry/library events and rights conferences.

  • Maintaining professional, responsive communication with publishing partners.

Salary and title will be commensurate with experience. If you can submit a desired salary range, that is helpful, but not required. 

Erewhon Books offers a friendly digital and physical working environment and full benefits including health and dental plans, a retirement plan with employer contribution, a commuter/transit program, and flexible PTO. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all applicants without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, ethnic derivation, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. People from backgrounds and demographics that are traditionally underrepresented in publishing are especially encouraged to apply. This position is remote-friendly, with occasional travel to New York and conferences when that is deemed safe.

To apply, please email jobs (at) erewhonbooks (dot) com. The subject line should contain the text “Erewhon jobs: Editor: ” and then your full name. Paste your cover letter in the body of the email and attach a resume and any other supporting materials as *.PDF, *.DOCX, or *.RTF files.

Along with a cover letter and resume, applicants should include a list of speculative books they have edited. (The list need not be exhaustive—consider including the books or authors most in line with our editorial vision). If someone else acquired any of the titles on your list, please note who.

Contact Information

Sarah Guan, Senior Editor
Editorial
2 West 29th Street
Suite 3S
New York
NY
10001
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