Hyde Park Campus
567454025 Press Books-Manuscript Editing
About the Unit
The Books Division of the University of Chicago Press, founded in 1892, publishes books for scholars, students, and general readers. Members of the Manuscript Editing Department see to the final copyediting, typesetting preparation, and proofreading of completed book manuscripts, as well as selected editorial aspects of design, production, and marketing.
- The production editor initiates and monitors the work of freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, and indexers for book-length scholarly manuscripts and ensures their use of the professional principles and methods set forth in The Chicago Manual of Style.
For assigned projects, the production editor
- Takes responsibility for all manuscript components (text, tables, notes, reference lists, appendixes, illustration captions, and indexes.)
- Determines the level of copyediting a manuscript requires establishes copyediting schedules.
- Initiates and monitors freelance editors, proofreaders, and indexers and ensures their use of the professional principles and methods set forth in The Chicago Manual of Style.
- Codes and prepares copyedited manuscripts for typesetting (or oversees their coding and preparation.)
- Serves as liaison with authors and other Press staff during editing and proof stages.
- Oversees all stages of proof to bound book.
- Edits, proofreads, and checks catalog and jacket copy and jacket mechanicals and proofs.
- May personally copyedit manuscripts as needed.
- Ability to comprehend academic writing
- Ability to coordinate the work of others, including freelance workers
- Ability to work independently and effectively exercise strong independent judgment
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines
- Strong attention to detail
- Strong problem-solving skills
- Effective organizational skills
- Strong project management skills
- Ability to focus on complex material for lengthy periods each day
- Strong analytical skills
- Strong decision-making skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Strong oral and written communication skills
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
- Bachelor's degree required
- Additional formal editorial training preferred
- Minimum of three years' professional experience copyediting, preferably scholarly books or journals. (Newspaper or journalism experience does not qualify for this position.)
- Minimum of three years' professional experience copyediting manuscripts using Microsoft Word's Track Changes function
- Experience hiring and supervising offsite freelance editorial workers preferred
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
- Excellent command of American English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and syntax
- Demonstrated thorough knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition
- Complete knowledge of standard editing and proofreading marks
- Superior editorial judgment and skills, including the ability to edit using Microsoft Word's Track Changes function
- Proficiency with PC computers
- Familiarity with other style manuals (e.g., MLA, APA) preferred
- Knowledge of at least one foreign language preferred
- Cover Letter
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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