HarperCollins Publishers

  • Children's Book Editor

    Job Locations US-TN-Nashville
  • Overview

    Fantastic career opportunity to be an editor for a top-five publisher and work with some of the most influential authors in Christian publishing. The Specialty Division at HarperCollins Christian Publishing is seeking an editor to manage children’s books. Duties include project management of children’s books, both proprietary and author- or ministry-driven, hiring and working with freelance writers, substantive editing, as well as production editing, including managing copyediting, proofreading, collating, style coding, and other editorial processes.


    This editor will have the opportunity to work directly with authors to shape message and tone, as well as work with art directors and designers on design and illustration input. Book formats will include board books, picture books, and children’s devotionals. The Specialty Division at Thomas Nelson publishes Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling, as well as numerous other bestselling authors and titles.


    • Manage multiple book projects while maintaining high standards of quality control and sticking to production schedules.
    • Copyedit, proofread, collate, and route cover copy, catalog copy, cover mechanicals, and other materials related to the editorial process of our books.
    • Collate and check proofs; copyedit and proofread miscellaneous material (e.g., front matter, back matter, indexes) and flap copy, mechanicals, and proofs.
    • Recruit and hire freelance work-for-hire writers, copyeditors, proofreaders, and indexers, and oversee their work.
    • Perform substantive and developmental editorial work on select titles.
    • Maintain provided budgets for editorial expenses (writers, copyeditors, proofreaders, indexers, typesetters), and code and route invoices and SOWs for work performed.
    • Secure permissions, releases, and endorsements as needed.
    • Develop excellent working relationships with authors and other departmental staff.
    • Utilize Excel, MS Word, Word styles tagging, and Harper’s proprietary software; code and update electronic manuscripts for typesetting and design; make changes as needed between passes.
    • Draft back cover copy, catalog copy, and other marketing copy as needed.
    • Maintain keen eye for market trends and voice for marketing/sales-style copy.


    Knowledge: Extensive knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style. Knowledge of Christian authors and publishing.


    Work Experience: 4 years as an editor or 6 years as a professional copyeditor.  Experience creating children’s books, including four-color experience and strong editing and content development skills.


    Education: Bachelor’s degree


    Industry Knowledge: Well versed in Bible stories and various Bible translations.  Working knowledge of popular Christian authors, key Christian ministries, and general Christian culture.



    • Copyediting
    • Proofreading
    • Ability to learn new systems quickly, such as Harper’s proprietary software for editing and design
    • Eagle-eyed at catching errors
    • Good judgment regarding when to make a change and when to move something upline for approval
    • Excellent at spelling and grammar
    • Clear communicator
    • Able to manage multiple projects with a variety of deadlines and complexity simultaneously
    • Proven project management and organizational skills
    • Superior knowledge of English grammar and high proficiency in Chicago Manual of Style
    • Intermediate or higher skill set of Microsoft Office products, especially Excel and Word
    • Works cooperatively and pleasantly within a team

    Additional Skills:

    • Problem-solver who is quick to brainstorm potential solutions to any problem presented
    • Intrinsically motivated and invested in the quality of his/her work
    • Calm and works well under pressure
    • Efficient
    • Neat and organized
    • Good judgment
    • Positive can-do attitude
    • Team player who is willing to step up when needed to help the team achieve overall goals
    • Ability to prioritize, multitask, manage resources across multiple projects, and meet deadlines
    • Ability to anticipate needs, plan ahead, and effectively encourage problem solving
    • Flexible and ready to respond to new opportunities
    • Meticulous attention to detail
    • Ability to work independently
    • Self-motivated, proactive, and highly productive achiever

    HarperCollins is an Equal Opportunity Employer



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