Senior Editor, Simon Element

1230 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, USA Req #165
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

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Simon & Schuster seeks a Senior Editor to acquire and edit practical nonfiction books that inform, empower, and inspire for the Simon Element imprint. The ideal candidate will be an astute and thoughtful editor and will excel at positioning each book to communicate its unique qualities and audience to both our in-house team and the potential consumer. A skilled communicator, this person will monitor the marketplace to identify emerging trends and nurture excellent agent relationships; they will also have a forceful entrepreneurial drive to discover and attract new authors to the imprint. The role will be fully involved in the publishing process through production and the editor will work to make the title succeed after publication.  

Specific responsibilities include:.
1.    Solicit, acquire, and edit 10-12 books annually in the following categories: health, wellness, parenting, relationships, personal transformation, and inspiration.
2.    Collaborate with the art, publicity and marketing teams to package and position books.
3.    Act as the in-house liaison among editorial and the production, design, art, and managing editorial departments, as well as the sales, marketing and publicity teams.
4.    Support other Editors in assessing projects as needed.
5.    Communicate with authors and agents in all phases of the publishing process, from acquisition to publication date.
6.    Effectively represent Editor’s own list as well as the Simon Element imprint to booksellers, foreign publishers, literary organizations, and other out-of-house contacts beyond authors and agents.

 Please apply if you meet the following requirements:

Minimum of 6-10 years of publishing experience in editorial acquisitions for a general trade publisher
Strong editing skills and experience
Established contacts in the agent community
Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
Strong interpersonal skills with the proven ability to negotiate with authors and agents
Proven ability to set priorities under pressure and multi-task effectively
Excellent attention to detail
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Teams, etc




Simon & Schuster US is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet. At Simon & Schuster US, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do. From employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. Simon & Schuster US is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.

The hiring salary range for this position applies to New York City, California, Colorado, Washington state, and most other geographies. Starting pay for the successful applicant depends on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education. The benefits available for this position include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, tuition assistance program and PTO or, if applicable.

Candidates hired for this or any other posted Simon & Schuster role will be employees of Simon & Schuster, LLC, subject to all policies, including the Workplace Privacy Notice, and eligible solely for the benefits plans thereof. 

Other details

  • Job Family Editorial
  • Job Function Content / Editorial / Publishing
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Employment Indicator Regular
  • Min Hiring Rate $85,000.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $90,000.00
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  • 1230 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, USA