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Developmental Editor

Company Name: Manning Publications Co
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Location: Shelter Island, New York, United States
Date Posted: 6/20/2014
Posting Expiry Date: 12/31/2014
Pay Rate: $30.00/hr

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Manning Publications Co. seeks a Developmental Editor to work directly with book authors
to create high-quality manuscripts on time. Ideal candidate is a critical thinker who
skillfully identifies and articulates weaknesses in a manuscript's organization and
writing, adopts a coaching/mentoring role with authors, firmly but diplomatically
communicates with authors, works both independently and in a distributed team environment, and reliably meets deadlines.

Candidates must possess passing knowledge of software concepts and technologies (such as mobile application development, responsive design, cloud computing, big data and analytics, and agile and lean development). This is a great position for someone looking for part-time work (15-20 hours a week).

Coach authors on techniques for how to teach difficult or important concepts in their
Identify opportunities for authors to improve organization, presentation, clarity, and
value to the book's intended audience
Continually assess manuscript content at a high level
Manage the book-development process so that authors are completing manuscripts by due dates
Ensure that manuscripts adhere to Manning's writing guidelines
Provide project status and content assessment to publisher, acquisition editor,
development manager and other Manning staff
Contribute to the ongoing assessment and improvement of editorial procedures and standards
Perform occasional tasks related to the marketing of books

[Please note: This position does not include copy editing duties]

General understanding of technical concepts, software development, and current industry
1+ years previous substantive editing experience
Must be available for a minimum of 20 hours per week (primarily during U.S. business
Strong project- and time-management skills
Excellent organization and multitasking skills
Must be proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.), Adobe Acrobat, and other
tools required in an online environment.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; comfortable communicating via email,
Skype, and phone
Must have remote office setup (computer, Internet and email access, reliable phone line)

Previous experience in a book publishing environment

Manning Publication publishes books for technology professionals including programmers,
system administrators, designers, architects, managers and others. We care about the
quality of our books, and we think of our authors as the most valuable part of our
business. We work with our authors to coax out of them the best writing they can produce.

We consult with technical experts on book proposals and manuscripts, and we may use as
many as two dozen reviewers in various stages of preparing a manuscript. The abilities of
each author are nurtured to encourage him or her to write a first-rate book.

Email your resume and two references to with ENGINEERINGMannDE in the subject line. If selected for an interview, be prepared to complete an editing sample.
This is a freelance, telecommute opportunity (no travel).