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Organization: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Date Posted: 6/19/2017
City: Grand Rapids
Location: Michigan
Country: United States
Primary Category: Editorial
Type of Position: Full-Time

Description & Details

The Custom Editor will be a member of the Custom Team whose members are located in the Grand Rapids and Nashville offices. The Custom Editor will work closely with publishers who oversee Zondervan Trade Nonfiction, Zonderkidz, CARR, and Curriculum. The Custom Editor is the liaison between publishing, design, production, and sales, creating products that are specifically engineered to fulfill a request placed by a particular account (e.g. Barnes and Noble, Hobby Lobby, Lifeway Christian Stores, etc.). The Custom Editor is responsible for copyediting and general oversight of assigned titles up to printer-ready files.  The Custom Editor’s priority is first and foremost with custom product creation. If time allows the Custom Editor may also be available to Zonderkidz and Blink Acquisitions Editors for special assignments such as manuscript review, product development, etc.



Essential Responsibilities:

  • Offer editorial insight in pre-gross margin stage to help inform decision making, planning, and execution on custom products
  • Provide early assessment of editorial/freelance costs to inform gross margin run by Custom Team
  • Review author contracts for special circumstances related to custom projects. Negotiate with authors and agents/seek approval in situations where royalty concessions are requested by Custom Team
  • Work with illustrators, review designs, and ensure timely delivery of interior and packaging files, based on FTV dates specified by Production Buyer
  • Execute editorial schedules revising as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements, communicating with team members on a weekly basis regarding critical dates
  • Write copy and ensure editorial excellence throughout development of product
  • Build and maintain service-department relationships* and processes for best-practice planning, collaboration, and communication (*Custom Team, Production, Contracts, Creative, etc.)
  • Participate fully in weekly Custom Team production rounds meetings
  • Resolve and/or escalate issues in a timely manner, providing first-response, fast-resolution, results-oriented problem solving with mid-course correction as necessary
  • Monitor product development costs in accordance with signed gross margin, and make timely and effective risk and feasibility assessments keeping the budget on track
  • Perform substantive and developmental editorial work on select titles
  • Proofread back ad copy, catalog copy, and other marketing or packaging copy as needed



  • Familiarity with the Christian Writer’s Manual of Style and the Chicago Manual of Style

 Work Experience:

  • At least 4 or 5 years of experience working as an editor for a book publisher.


  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism and/or Business Administration

 Industry Knowledge:

  • General knowledge of the publishing industry and of how books are made in all publishing formats.
  • Specific knowledge of Christian publishing is desirable, but not required.


  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Finance or mathematical skills a plus
  • Proven project management and organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proven spelling and proofreading skills
  • Above average knowledge of English grammar
  • Able to distill numerous pieces of information and communicate key points to others
  • Possess an aptitude for ascertaining and developing creative product packaging options
  • Intermediate skill set of Microsoft Office products, especially Excel

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