We are looking for a creative individual with a passion for pop culture, a keen eye for new talent and a track record of acquiring innovative books to lead the Quirk Books editorial team. We publish everything from bestselling fiction to lifestyle books to children’s titles—with an emphasis on books that are bold, unprecedented, beautifully designed, fun, and affordable. The position is located in Philadelphia.
The Editorial Director will oversee the strategy, growth, development, and management of Quirk Books’ list in a manner that supports the company’s mission and vision; shares responsibility for achieving assigned sales, profit, and ROI goals; and supervises and mentors editorial and creative department staff. This is a key role within the company, one with a lot of opportunity to further nurture existing successes, to reshape areas of the business with growth potential, and to move the company forward into new categories and markets. This position reports to Quirk Books’ President/Publisher and will head up a team of 5 staff members.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Provide acquisitions leadership by developing and implementing the overall publication strategy for the Quirk Books list (roughly 25 titles per year, a mix of original and agented books); oversee backlist and paperback planning; attract and sign new and proven authors and illustrators to the list; and aggressively publish into list and market gaps.
• Personally acquire, develop and edit 8–12 top-tier titles per year, as well as manage title and imprint P&Ls and budget targets.
• Seek new and innovative approaches to traditional publishing categories. Review market trends beyond book publishing while keeping an eye on notable category measurements.
• Develop and implement series and brand-building strategies in conjunction with President/Publisher and the marketing department.
• Supervise and mentor editorial staff and provide guidance on deal terms, contract negotiation, P&Ls, and editing, as well as creating and maintaining productive relationships with authors, agents, packagers, and coworkers.
• Where appropriate, represent company at trade shows and industry events (may include domestic travel and an annual trip to London, Frankfurt, and the Bologna Book Fair).
Minimum 10 years’ experience in book publishing acquiring, developing, and editing, with a record of acquiring innovative books from agents or authors (and a demonstrated ability to conceive or spark these projects independently); superior negotiation skills and attention to detail and schedules. Knowledge of licensing a plus; extensive knowledge of book publishing processes and functions (editorial, managing editorial, production, design, copyediting, marketing, and sales) and excellent intra- and inter-departmental communication and collaboration skills necessary. Must have significant, current contacts (authors, illustrators, agents, etc.) in the book publishing industry and experience in list management and supervising staff. Must be highly motivated, a self-starter, and results-driven, with the ability to take appropriate steps to achieve goals. This hands-on person must have both the macro vision and ability to drive innovation, as well as a micro focus for implementation.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT OUR COMPANY:
Quirk Books is headquartered on a charming cobblestone street in the historic Old City district of Philadelphia. Quirk publishes just 25 strikingly unconventional books per year, and every title is a labor of love born out of our passions and obsessions. Always looking to set the next trend, Quirk delivers books and stories that are bold, unprecedented, beautifully designed, and affordable. Some of Quirk’s more popular titles include the best-selling YA series Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the Edgar Award–winning mystery The Last Policeman, fangirl favorite Geekerella, the legendary Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and classroom favorite William Shakespeare’s Star Wars—plus children’s books, pop culture titles, cookbooks, art books, gag gifts, and more. Quirk’s books are distributed worldwide by Penguin Random House and available wherever books are sold.
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David Borgenicht, Founder
Jason Rekulak, Publisher
Moneka Hewlett, Vice President of Sales
Nicole De Jackmo, Director of Publicity and Marketing
Rick Chillot, Writer and Editor