Freelance Editors and Proofreaders

Kirkus Media

Anywhere Remote only

Freelance (Project/Fixed)

Editing

Feb 2

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Kirkus Editorial is seeking remote freelance editors to support both our Kirkus Direct (direct-to-author) editorial services and our partnerships with traditional publishers. Ideal candidates will be self-motivated individuals with a drive for editorial excellence, a passion for helping authors achieve their goals, and an eagle eye that can spot a dropped period at five hundred yards. We’re looking for organized individuals who can work independently to meet deadlines—a book lover who thrives on exceeding customer expectations.

We seek these ongoing, project-based freelance roles:

  • Production Editors
  • Collaborative/Developmental Editors
  • Copyeditors
  • Proofreaders

Production Editors

Rate: $30/hour

Job Responsibilities

  • Perform quality checks on the work of freelance editors
  • Reconcile author edits in manuscripts
  • Follow a production schedule to manage books from raw manuscript to publish-ready files
  • Copyedit and proofread ancillary book content, such as book covers and promotional text

The ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English literature, creative writing, journalism, communications, or another related field
  • At least 3 years’ professional experience as a book editor
  • Comprehensive working knowledge ofThe Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining high-quality standards
  • Familiarity with current issues surrounding the use of inclusive language
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word (especially the Track Changes function) and other editing software (such as Adobe Acrobat)
  • Ability to pass, to our satisfaction, tests for The Chicago Manual of Style, copyediting, and proofreading

Collaborative/Developmental Editors

Rate: $0.010 per word

Job Responsibilities

  • Focus on big-picture issues like structure, pacing, style, and tone
  • In fiction works, focus on plot, characterization, and dialogue
  • In nonfiction works, focus on thesis, clarity of message, repetition, and reference use
  • Write detailed editorial letters outlining the manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Provide a marked-up manuscript with line editing and commentary throughout
  • Communicate with independent authors in a professional manner to discuss editorial feedback and how to approach future revisions during a one-hour consulting call

The ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English literature, creative writing, journalism, communications, or another related field
  • At least 3 years’ professional experience as a book editorfor one or more of the top publishers in the United States: the Big Five (Penguin Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and HarperCollins); award-winning independent presses, such as Graywolf, Kensington, and Abrams; or otherwise notable publishers, such as Harvard University Press
  • Comprehensive working knowledge ofThe Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining high-quality standards
  • Familiarity with current issues surrounding the use of inclusive language
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word (especially the Track Changes function) and other editing software (such as Adobe Acrobat)
  • Ability to pass, to our satisfaction, tests forThe Chicago Manual of Style, copyediting, and proofreading

Copyeditors

Rate: $0.009 per word

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide edits that focus on the mechanics of language: correcting grammar, punctuation, spelling, and typos
  • Review manuscripts for continuity, timeline, factual accuracy, and consistency
  • Create a detailed editorial letter outlining trends, style rules, and areas of focus from the manuscript

The ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English literature, creative writing, journalism, communications, or another related field
  • At least 3 years’ professional experience as a copyeditorfor one or more of the top publishers in the United States: the Big Five (Penguin Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and HarperCollins); award-winning independent presses, such as Graywolf, Kensington, and Abrams; or otherwise notable publishers, such as Harvard University Press
  • Comprehensive working knowledge ofThe Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining high-quality standards
  • Familiarity with current issues surrounding the use of inclusive language
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word (especially the Track Changes function) and other editing software (such as Adobe Acrobat)
  • Ability to pass, to our satisfaction, tests forThe Chicago Manual of Style, copyediting, and proofreading

Proofreaders

Rate: $0.008 per word

Job Responsibilities

  • Review manuscripts for egregious grammar, spelling, and style mistakes with the intention of producing error-free, print-ready files
  • Create an editorial letter outlining trends, style rules, and areas of focus from the manuscript

The ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English literature, creative writing, journalism, communications, or another related field
  • At least 3 years’ professional experience as a proofreaderfor one or more of the top publishers in the United States: the Big Five (Penguin Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and HarperCollins); award-winning independent presses, such as Graywolf, Kensington, and Abrams; or otherwise notable publishers, such as Harvard University Press
  • Comprehensive working knowledge ofThe Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining high-quality standards
  • Familiarity with current issues surrounding the use of inclusive language
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word (especially the Track Changes function) and other editing software (such as Adobe Acrobat)
  • Ability to pass, to our satisfaction, tests forThe Chicago Manual of Style, copyediting, and proofreading

How to Apply

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