We hire experienced freelance copy editors to edit nonfiction titles in the scholarly/academic, professional, and reference fields. Must be proficient with the Chicago Manual of Style and able to edit using Microsoft® Word’s track changes function.
We also employ freelance proofreaders and indexers.
If interested, please complete the form on this page and provide a brief summary of your experience in the “Message” section. Qualified applicants will be sent test materials.
New Freelance Position: Freelance Designers
We are looking for book designers with the ability to interpret our clients’ needs while working with our Production team. Designers should have experience in a variety of book markets, particularly the K-8 market, and be able to work from conceptualization to page layout.
Full-time Employment Opportunities
Supervising Editor, Literacy and Humanities
If you are the rare find in the editorial world who is equally at home creating engaging content and ensuring multiple editorial projects run smoothly, we want to meet you.
We’re looking for a Supervising Editor, Literacy and Humanities to join our content development team. This growth-oriented position extends the capabilities of Westchester’s successful editorial group. The Supervising Editor role primarily entails overseeing multiple editorial projects independently, with duties that include:
- Serving as the lead editor on assigned projects;
- Ensuring project guidelines and expectations are clearly defined;
- Ensuring projects are staffed appropriately according to client quality and budget expectations;
- Managing internal and external resources;
- Overseeing quality control processes to ensure that content meets client expectations;
- Tracking projects against budget and schedule;
- Working with management and clients to identify and solve project issues;
- Writing on projects, as needed.
In addition to acting as the primary editor on assigned projects, this role may also serve as an editorial resource on projects under the direction of our Editorial Project Director.
The ideal candidate for this role will:
- Have 5 years or more experience working within educational publishing, with 2-3 years in a lead editor role;
- Be well-versed in ELA and Social Studies content development and state standards;
- Have a demonstrated ability to manage projects to budget, quality, and schedule expectations;
- Have a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other departments, including design, art, production, and project management;
- Have a growth-oriented mindset that will allow the successful candidate to develop into new roles as the organization evolves.
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to: WPS_applicants@westchesterk12pubsvcs.com. Please include “Supervising Editor, Literacy and Humanities” in the subject line of your email.
K-12 Production Manager
If well-functioning workflows and production processes bring you a smile of satisfaction, and you geek out over new releases of InDesign, you’ll make a great addition to our team.
We’re looking for a K-12 Production Manager to oversee our growing K-12 production team. The role builds on Westchester’s successful publishing processes, adapting and catering these processes to the K-12 environment. The role entails:
- Overseeing all aspects of print production, from initial file set-up to quality control to client delivery and file archiving;
- Managing teams of layout and proofreading resources, either as the project lead or through appointing a lead, to meet client and internal schedule, budget, and quality expectations;
- Managing resources shared across all aspects of Westchester page production as well as dedicated K-12 production resources;
- Designing and implementing new processes that leverage the best of Westchester’s existing workflows, while tailoring the processes to the K-12 sphere;
- Reporting project schedules and financials, as well as potential issues and solutions to project and executive management.
The ideal candidate will:
- Be skilled with print specs, PDFs, preflighting and working with publishers;
- Have expertise in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, with experience in InDesign/InCopy workflows and integrations and familiarity with print-to-digital conversions;
- Have 5-8 years in print production, with 2-3 years of experience in a lead or management role;
- Have experience managing complex production workflows for supplemental and basal K-12 publishers;
- Have experience building and managing teams of onsite and offsite resources, including overseas resources;
- Demonstrate experience and proficiency in developing, implementing, and managing robust and efficient quality control processes;
- Foster partnership relationships with other departments, including project management, editorial, art, and design;
- Have experience creating and managing production and proofreading schedules and budgets, and experience working with the Project Manager on full-service jobs to incorporate production tasks into overall schedule.
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to: WPS_applicants@westchesterk12pubsvcs.com. Please include “K-12 Production Manager” in the subject line of your email.
Business Development Manager
Westchester Publishing Services is growing and we are seeking a Business Development Manager in our Sales and Marketing department to help address the tremendous level of interest in our editorial and production offerings. Headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut, Westchester is a well-respected provider of pre-press and editorial services to clients in the book and journals publishing industries. Unlike our competitors, Westchester is a U.S. employee-owned company dedicated solely to these services. Many of the world’s top publishers rely on Westchester as their primary partner for pre-press services.
- Pulling prospect lists from Salesforce CRM system and selecting potential prospects for marketing campaigns
- Individually engaging with prospects as well as deploying targeted marketing emails using available collateral from our Marketing team
- Collaborating with our Marketing team on messaging about services
- Prospect qualification, including emailing and calling potential partners to learn more about their needs
- Working with prospects to define and review initial workflow and project requirements
- Participate with sales staff and management on sales calls and client visits, to learn more about how the company’s services fit into our potential client’s workflows
- Manage a pool of existing and potential accounts
- Assemble proposals and review pricing requests with staff
- Handle revenue-impacting post-sales queries with key accounts
- Experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, and CRM or database systems
- Solid writing and basic copyediting skills
- An understanding of social media
- Ability to communicate effectively with customers via phone and in person in a client-focused manner
- The ability to apply sales methodology to a territory to prioritize key accounts and opportunities
- Sales forecasting abilities to ensure that management is up to date and able to assist as needed with opportunities
- An understanding of the publishing industry and its operations is preferred
This position reports to the Director of Business Development and will focus on bringing on new clients and growing some existing accounts. Travel within the New York metro area, as well as periodic trips around the country, are required.
The ideal candidate will also have a college degree with a minimum of two years of corporate sales experience, preferably with exposure to the publishing, printing, or media industries, who is willing to research accounts, consultatively discuss a prospect’s needs face-to-face and by phone, and manage and grow the accounts they bring on board.
Job Type: Full-time
- Corporate sales: 2 years
- Publishing, printing or media industry sales: 2 years
We are seeking an experienced Production Editor to handle all phases of book production from manuscript to final files for our client publishers, mainly in the scholarly monograph and academic trade fields. At least 2 years production editorial experience and a solid knowledge of editorial style, especially with Chicago Manual of Style, excellent proofreading skills (including correct posting of changes), and ability to work with manuscript files and tracked changes in Word are required. The candidate must be detail oriented, able to prioritize work to meet schedules, and able to maintain very accurate records on multiple projects at once.
While our preference is to hire an in-house staff member, we will entertain offsite employment applications from production editors with a specific background in academic publishing and at least 5 years of related production editorial experience.