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Quirk Books – Senior Editor or Editor 

Offered by: Quirk Books
Benefits: Health; Dental; 401k
Duration: Full-time
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Quirk Books is seeking a full-time Senior Editor or Editor to acquire, edit, and manage 8-10 original titles a year in the areas of young adult, middle grade, and children's fiction and non-fiction, with the opportunity to develop in other areas. This role reports to the editorial director.


  • Acquires and/or commissions 8-10 original titles per year, and edits manuscripts for publication.
  • Shepherds manuscripts through the production process and oversees all aspects of the publication process, including working with art/design on book packages, and supplying marketing, publicity, sales, and sub rights with relevant assets.
  • Works directly with authors, agents, and all in-house departments.
  • Negotiates contracts.
  • Generates all title information sheets, catalog copy, jacket copy, and retailer copy.
  • Presents titles at sales launch and sales conference meetings. 
  • Attends relevant departmental and interdepartmental meetings.


  • 5+ years of relevant editorial experience and acquisitions history.
  • Strong awareness of the general marketplace and pop culture trends.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities under pressure.
  • Strong industry contacts.
  • Experience negotiating and reviewing contracts.
  • Proficient knowledge of MS Office and electronic editing.
  • Must be able to work full-time from the Philadelphia office.


Quirk Books is headquartered on a charming cobblestone street in the historic Old City district of Philadelphia. Quirk publishes 25 strikingly unconventional books per year, and every title is a labor of love born out of 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 popular titles include Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar children, The Last Policeman, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Geekerella, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Hope Never Dies, and the Pop Classics series. Quirk’s books are distributed worldwide by Penguin Random House.

Special Instructions: To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to hreditorial (at) No phone calls please.



Quirk Books – Publicity and Marketing Intern (Fall 2018-Spring 2019)


A part-time, paid internship position that allows the candidate to learn about the publicity and marketing process in book publishing through hands-on experience. The internship runs from October 2018 through April 2019 and requires a minimum commitment of 20 hours a week.


  • Publicity Support: Assisting publicists and director of publicity on publicity campaigns, including writing press materials and pulling media lists.
  • Clerical Support: Fulfilling mailings, tracking, and logging publicity clips, sending weekly status reports, filing/copying, and taking minutes during weekly marketing meetings.
  • Content Production: Creating and posting content on Tumblr and Pinterest, photo editing, writing press materials and blog posts, and brainstorming ideas for the Quirk blog.
  • Research: Media contacts, library and retail marketing contacts, and digital marketing.
  • Digital Support: Back-end maintenance of, including uploading and tracking blog posts.


Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Must have good time-management skills and be organized and detail oriented
  • Must be proactive, flexible, and adaptive in a rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and work independently
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Google Docs
  • Knowledge of Canva or Adobe Spark a plus



  • Undergraduate or graduate student, preferably majoring in a relevant subject area
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours a week
  • Previous internship experience in publishing a plus


About Quirk Books:

Quirk Books is headquartered on a quiet cobblestone street in the historic Old City district of Philadelphia. Quirk publishes just twenty-five books per year and every title is a labor of love. Some of our more popular recent titles include the best-selling YA fantasy novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the Edgar Award–winning mystery The Last Policeman, and classroom favorite William Shakespeare’s Star Wars—plus cookbooks, children’s books, art books, gag gifts, pop culture titles, and more. Our books are distributed worldwide by Penguin Random House. Visit for more information.

Location: Philadelphia

To Apply: Please submit cover letter, resume, and one-page writing sample (such as a blog post, press release, or book review) to



ON THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE: Check out our monthly blog series to learn more about our staff!

David Borgenicht, Founder

Moneka Hewlett, Vice President of Sales

Nicole De Jackmo, VPDirector of Publicity and Marketing

John J. McGurk, VP, Digital & Print Production

Rick Chillot, Senior Editor

Katherine McGuireSenior Manager, Licensing & Subsidiary Rights 

Ivy Noelle Weir, Publicist and Marketing Manager

Kelsey Hoffman, Publicist

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