Careers @ Manning

Manning is an independent publisher of computer books for software developers, engineers, architects, system administrators, managers and all who are professionally involved with the computer business. We also publish for students and young programmers, including occasionally for children. We are an entirely virtual organization based on Shelter Island, New York, with many staff working from far-flung places like Manila and Zagreb.

Marketing Communications Specialist

Manning Publications is a technology-focused publisher that creates high-quality teaching and training books and videos for developers and other technology professionals. The Marketing Communications Specialist is responsible for engaging our technically-minded target readers with relevant promotional content, for developing and executing sales and marketing strategies, and for promoting Manning's highly-respected brand identity to existing and new markets.

In this job, you will write and deliver content for Manning's direct email promotions, social media presence, websites, book covers, and other marketing. This job involves a lot of writing, mostly about technically-oriented books and videos for technically-oriented readers. Success in this position is measured by the ability to quickly and consistently produce relevant communications for each target audience, to improve overall customer engagement, and to increase sales for Manning products. This fast-paced, high-energy job involves frequent task-switching and regular coordination with all Manning departments. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of and curiosity about software development practices and emerging technologies. Experience with database systems, customer management software, and direct mail marketing is highly valued for this position.

PRIMARY DUTIES

  • Write clear and relevant copy for the company website, promotional mailings, and other marketing activities for a target audience of developers and other technology professionals.
  • Ensure brand consistency and writing standards throughout all marketing materials.
  • Effectively manage customer lists, direct mail scheduling, and other email marketing tasks.
  • Play key role in developing and executing Manning's social media strategy designed to engage developers and other technical professionals with Manning's products and message.
  • Develop and implement campaigns to increase direct mail customer lists, social media engagement, and overall sales.
  • Work closely with marketing team and other cross-functional staff.
  • Perform other duties or special projects as required or as assigned.

SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, with ability to write about technical subjects. Excellent writing, grammar and editing skills.
  • Strong knowledge of social media platforms.
  • Possession of both creative and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a virtual/remote environment, and handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self-starter, highly organized, detail oriented and self-disciplined.
  • Strong computer/technical skills.
  • Customer-focused.
  • Knowledge of the technology industry, especially software development and emerging technologies, is a plus.
  • 3 to 5 years of marketing communications or other relevant experience, preferably in a field related to software development.
  • BA or BS Degree, preferably in a related field such as Marketing, Communications, or Computer Science.

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and examples of your previous work to jobs@manning.com with MCS-2016-12-B in the subject line.

Staff Technical Editor

Manning Publications Co. seeks a Staff Technical Editor to work with the Editorial Director, Developmental Editors, and book authors to create high quality manuscripts, on time. Ideal candidates will have a degree in Computer Science or equivalent job experience. Candidates must have good critical thinking skills, writing skills, generally good communication skills, and be willing to work independently in a distributed team environment. This is a great position for someone looking for part time work (20-30 hours a week).

PRIMARY DUTIES

  • Research new software technologies
  • Assist editors with technical questions
  • Assist authors and editors with creating pedagogically sound teaching materials
  • Assess manuscripts for technical accuracy and pedagogical soundness
  • Maintain and enhance training materials for authors and editors

MUST HAVE REQUIREMENTS

  • A degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Must be available for a minimum of 20 hours per week (primarily during U.S. business hours)
  • Strong project and time-management skills
  • Excellent organization and multitasking skills
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.), Adobe Acrobat, and other tools required in an online environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; comfortable communicating via email, Skype, and phone
  • Must have remote office setup (computer, Internet and email access, reliable phone line)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Previous experience in a book publishing environment.

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Email your resume and cover letter to ozha@manning.com with STE-web in the subject line.

In-house Instructor

Got a knack for teaching complex ideas in an accessible manner?

We're hiring an In-house Instructor who will help create instructional videos in various computer subjects. You will work with subject matter experts to help them teach cutting edge technology to software engineers and IT professionals around the world. You should be good at writing code and comfortable in front of the camera. Ideally, you will have at least 1-3 years of experience creating video content. You will also be interacting with Manning students, so experience with social media would be beneficial.

WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING

  • Producing video course material in front of the camera using content provided by a subject matter expert.
  • Provide motivation, context and introductions to a topic while the subject matter expert delivers the technical detail.
  • Helping the subject matter expert find ways to explain complex ideas through images, animations and examples.
  • Addressing student questions in forums, comments, and over social media.
  • Helping an instructor develop exercises to ensure students gain practical knowledge of a subject.
  • Helping to maintain old course material and update it when the subject matter expert may no longer have time.

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

This is a remote working role and the successful applicant will demonstrate an ability to manage their own time and workload while maintaining a high quality output and consistent performance. In return, Manning Publications offers a unique opportunity to work with flexible working hours and remuneration based partly on performance. To register your interest in the role please email the below items to Greg Wild with the following reference in the title: IHI-2016

  • Your resume
  • A short video that explains 'Hello World' in a programming language of your choice.
  • Include in the video a little about why you're interested in working with us at Manning.

Acquisitions Editor

We have an entry level opening for a full-time Acquisitions Editor to acquire quality books and authors in the field of web technologies and related subjects. The ideal applicant will have 1-3 years experience in a similar role and be looking to move to a leading publisher with greater responsibility and flexibility in their day-to-day role. Some experience with computer technologies would be a major asset. Candidates without experience in publishing but who have a background in technology are encouraged to apply as well.

WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING

  • Internet research and reading to stay on top of market developments
  • Contacting potential authors to discuss potential book projects
  • Mentoring potential authors in the preparation of book proposals and book plans
  • Market research in order to find data to back up proposals
  • Presentation and discussion of proposals with the publisher
  • Negotiation of contract terms, royalties and advance payments
  • Overseeing books through to publication
  • Day-to-day contact with other members of the team: editors, marketing, publisher, production
  • Active participation in launch and marketing of books
  • Helping development editors with issues concerning authors, content and schedule
  • Writing the marketing and back cover copy for new titles

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

This is a remote working role and the successful applicant will demonstrate an ability to manage their own time and workload while maintaining a high level of quality output and consistent performance. In return, Manning Publications offers a unique opportunity to work with flexible working hours and remuneration based partly on performance. To register your interest in the role please email a cover letter along with your resume to jobs@manning.com with AE-2016-1 in the subject line.

Developmental Editor

Manning Publications Co. seeks Developmental Editors to work directly with book authors to create high-quality manuscripts on time. Ideal candidates are critical thinkers who skillfully identify and articulate weaknesses in a manuscript's organization and writing, adopt a coaching/mentoring role with authors, firmly but diplomatically communicate with authors, work both independently and in a distributed team environment, and reliably meet deadlines. Candidates must possess passing knowledge of software concepts and technologies (such as mobile application development, responsive design, cloud computing, big data and analytics, and agile and lean development). This is a great position for someone looking for part-time work (15-20 hours a week).

PRIMARY DUTIES

  • Coach authors on techniques for how to teach difficult or important concepts in their manuscript
  • Identify opportunities for authors to improve organization, presentation, clarity, and value to the book's intended audience
  • Continually assess manuscript content at a high level
  • Manage the book-development process so that authors are completing manuscripts by due dates
  • Ensure that manuscripts adhere to Manning's writing guidelines
  • Provide project status and content assessment to publisher, acquisition editor, development manager and other Manning staff
  • Contribute to the ongoing assessment and improvement of editorial procedures and standards
  • Perform occasional tasks related to the marketing of books
Please note: This position does not include copy editing duties

MUST HAVE REQUIREMENTS

  • General understanding of technical concepts, software development, and current industry trends
  • 1+ years previous substantive editing experience
  • Must be available for a minimum of 20 hours per week (primarily during U.S. business hours).
  • Strong project- and time-management skills
  • Excellent organization and multitasking skills
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.), Adobe Acrobat, and other tools required in an online environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; comfortable communicating via email, Skype, and phone
  • Must have remote office setup (computer, Internet and email access, reliable phone line)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Previous experience in a book publishing environment

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Email your resume and two references to recruit@manning.com with job DE-2016-1 in the subject line. If selected for an interview, be prepared to complete an editing sample. This is a freelance, telecommute opportunity (no travel).