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Senior Editor/Executive Editor

Kensington Publishing Corp.

Location: New York, NY • Hybrid, Open to remote
Duration: Full Time
Salary: $90,000-$110,000
Benefits: Health; Dental; 401K; Bonus; Profit-sharing
Contact: Jackie Dinas
Job: 37870
Special Instructions: To apply, please email Jackie Dinas [jdinas@kensingtonbooks.com] with “Senior Editor/Executive Editor” in the subject line and include a resume and a brief cover letter.
Senior Editor position
Job Summary

Kensington Publishing Corp. is seeking a Senior Editor or and Executive Editor to acquire commercial fiction with a focus on romance and bookclub fiction. The ideal candidate should be a self-starter with excellent communication skills and a strong awareness of the current marketplace as well as emerging trends. This is an opportunity to develop a personal editorial brand on a strong list with a track record of success in a collaborative environment at an independent publisher.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Identify, evaluate, and develop submissions, projects, manuscripts, and proposals with broad market potential.
  • Work closely with authors to develop and edit their work for publication.
  • Collaborate closely with internal teams throughout the publishing process from acquisition to publication including sales, marketing, publicity, art design, copy, etc.
  • Foster a strong commitment to authors and author relationships.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with literary agents.
  • Monitor trend and sales data.
  • Identify categories to explore for growth potential, with an awareness of current trends, especially on social media.
  • Present titles at internal and external meetings.

 

Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of publishing or related experience with a proven track record of acquisition in the categories of romance and commercial contemporary fiction
  • A commitment to publishing books from a diverse range of voices and perspectives
  • Strong editorial and written communication skills
  • Broad list of agent contacts, with specific emphasis on those who represent commercial fiction and romance
  • Strong negotiation skills along with knowledge of standard publishing contracts and P&Ls
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and take initiative.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

This is a Hybrid Position based in NYC or Fully Remote depending on the candidate.

 

About the Company

The salary range for this position is $90,000-$110,000. The quoted salary range represents our good faith estimate as to what our ideal candidates are likely to expect, and we tailor our offers based on the selected candidate's experience, industry knowledge, technical and communication skills, and other factors that may prove relevant during the interview process.

In addition to cash compensation, the company provides a competitive benefits package, including health insurance, dental, vision, 401k, transportation, and other benefits.

Kensington Publishing Corp is an equal opportunity employer. Our company has a policy of providing equal opportunity employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, sex, ethnicity, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic. We welcome and celebrate talent from all backgrounds and believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are crucial elements to our success.

Founded in 1974, Kensington Publishing Corp. is located in New York City and is known as “America’s Independent Publisher.” It remains a multi-generational family business. As the foremost independent commercial publishing house in the United States providing hardcover, trade paperback, mass market, and digital releases, Kensington publishes the books that America wants to read with a range of popular genres such as thrillers, romance, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, science-fiction and fantasy, and non-fiction, as well as true-crime, western, and bookclub fiction titles.

Nonfiction Assistant

Kensington Publishing Corp.

Location: New York, NY • Hybrid, Open to remote
Duration: Full Time
Salary: $45,000-$55,000
Benefits: Health; Dental; 401K; Bonus; Profit-sharing
Contact: Denise Silvestro and Michaela Hamilton
Address: 900 Third Avenue, New York, NY
Job: 37999
Special Instructions: To apply, please email Denise Silvestro and Michaela Hamilton [dsilvestro@kensingtonbooks.com and mhamilton@kensingtonbooks.com] with “Nonfiction Assistant” in the subject line and include a resume and a brief cover letter.
Nonfiction assistant position
Job Summary

This position provides support to the senior nonfiction team and will include both editorial and marketing responsibilities. The ideal candidate should be a self-starter with strong communication skills who is interested in the full publishing process for nonfiction.

 

Responsibilities:

  •  Review and write readers’ reports, evaluating submissions, assessing their quality, relevance, and potential for publication.
  • Assist with research and development for new projects.
  • Assist in creating, inputting, and maintaining title information sheets which includes writing succinct summaries, creating positioning statements, recognizing key selling points, and identifying comparable and competitive titles.
  • Assist in reviewing authors’ delivery of necessary permissions and copyright clearances for art/photos/interviews and previously published material used in our books.
  • Conduct market research and competitive analysis to identify trends and potential opportunities for new publications or editions.
  • Act as liaison with authors and agents.
  • Format manuscripts according to agreed guidelines and standards, ensuring consistency throughout the text.
  • Read manuscripts through a lens of cultural sensitivity.
  • Respond to unsolicited proposals and inquiries.
  • Create and gather materials for sales and marketing and other departments.
  • Assist nonfiction marketing and publicity manager with support including periodic mailings (both digital and physical), social media influencer campaigns, publicity and event opportunities, and spotting opportunities to increase visibility of the Citadel imprint to consumers, the trade, as well as to internal stakeholders.
  • Other administrative duties.

 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in content editing and line editing, familiarity with copy editing and Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to details and deadlines, and ability to prioritize work.
  • Proficient with the MS Office Suites specifically Word and Teams, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Interest in and knowledge of commercial nonfiction, including history, biography, WWII, Holocaust studies, true crime, health, memoir, and pop culture, as well as the commercial fiction genres that Kensington publishes.

This is a Hybrid Position based in NYC or Fully Remote depending on the candidate.

 

About the Company

The salary range for this position is $45,000-$55,000. The quoted salary range represents our good faith estimate as to what our ideal candidates are likely to expect, and we tailor our offers based on the selected candidate's experience, industry knowledge, technical and communication skills, and other factors that may prove relevant during the interview process.

In addition to cash compensation, the company provides a competitive benefits package, including health insurance, dental, vision, 401k, transportation, and other benefits.

Kensington Publishing Corp is an equal opportunity employer. Our company has a policy of providing equal opportunity employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, sex, ethnicity, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic. We welcome and celebrate talent from all backgrounds and believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are crucial elements to our success.

Founded in 1974, Kensington Publishing Corp. is located in New York City and is known as “America’s Independent Publisher.” It remains a multi-generational family business. As the foremost independent commercial publishing house in the United States providing hardcover, trade paperback, mass market, and digital releases, Kensington publishes the books that America wants to read with a range of popular genres such as thrillers, romance, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, science-fiction and fantasy, and non-fiction, as well as true-crime, western, and bookclub fiction titles.

To apply, please email Denise Silvestro and Michaela Hamilton [dsilvestro@kensingtonbooks.com and mhamilton@kensingtonbooks.com] with “Nonfiction Assistant” in the subject line and include a resume and a brief cover letter.