Careers @ Manning

Manning is an independent publisher of computer books and video courses 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.

Graphics Manager

Manning Publications is seeking a freelance graphics manager to manage our graphics production process for our print and digital content. 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 pride ourselves on creating high-quality content, including effective, accurate, and professional graphics that add value to the pedagogy of our products.

Qualified applicants will have a background that includes extensive experience with hands-on graphics creation/production, in addition to significant project management experience that includes working with freelance vendors and authors.

As this is a remote, freelance position (averaging 30-35 hour/week), there is some flexibility in terms of schedule.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage graphics production workflow to meet schedule commitments
  • Work with authors and development editors to create pedagogically effective graphics, based on rough drawings or textual descriptions
  • Manage freelance vendors with focus on cost, quality, and schedule
  • Communicate proactively and effectively with internal and external stakeholders (authors, development editors, copy editors, production editors, proofreaders, typesetters, and production manager) regarding graphic standards, formatting, scheduling, pricing, color correction, etc.
  • Create/maintain style guidelines for graphics production

Required Qualifications

  • 1-3 years of experience as graphic manager for an established publishing company or large-scale publishing vendor
  • Expert-level proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, especially Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Basic understanding of standard editorial concepts, practices, and procedures
  • Flexibility, creativity, and the ability to communicate well with team members and authors
  • Superior organization and time-management skills
  • Ability to manage tight schedules; our books are time-sensitive and often require a rush schedule
  • Knowledge of different file formats (SVG, EPS, PNG, etc.) and file conversion
  • Intermediate proficiency in MS Excel

Preferred Qualifications

  • Intermediate proficiency in Adobe InDesign
  • 4–6 years of experience as graphics manager, preferably for a book publisher
  • Expertise in image/photo preparation for print products
  • Knowledge of image/photo rights & permissions
  • Knowledge of various freeware graphic software programs (Draw.io, OmniGraffle, etc.)

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Please send a cover letter and a resume to [email protected] with Graphics Manager in the subject line. This is a remote work opportunity.

Applicants without significant experience creating/managing graphics in an established publishing environment need not apply.

Direct Mail Marketing Specialist

Manning Publications is looking for a Direct Mail Marketing Specialist to join our team. Manning is a leading publisher of books and other education products for software developers and other technology professionals. We're looking for an experienced direct mail marketer who can create and manage promotions aimed at developers, administrators, and other IT pros around the globe. That's where you come in!

In this role, you'll be responsible for writing engaging email promotions to describe, position, and sell Manning products, raise brand awareness, and connect customers to various ongoing programs at Manning. The ideal candidate is a tech-savvy marketer experienced in copywriting, direct mail and online advertising, social media, and the analysis and management of successful campaigns, who can expand our brand's reach while increasing brand loyalty and awareness. Prior experience marketing technical products, particularly software products, subscription-based products, and digital learning products is strongly preferred.

Skills and qualifications

  • 2+ years of proven expertise in email marketing, digital advertising, content marketing, lead generation, and copywriting
  • Experience using a direct mail platform such as Listrak, MailChimp, or Constant Contact
  • Familiarity with analytics tools such as Google Analytics, Tag Manager, AdWords, and A/B testing
  • Strong grasp of social media and website metrics and best practices
  • Excellent analytical skills and proficiency in Excel and/or similar software
  • Up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices in online marketing
  • Self-starter able to multi-task and ready to work in a fast-paced, remote environment
  • Excellent writing skills (We want to see samples!)
  • A sense of humor

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Please send a cover letter, a portfolio demonstrating prior successful campaigns you have led, and a resume to [email protected] with Direct Mail Marketing Specialist in the subject line. This is a remote work opportunity.

Acquisitions Editor - Computer Technologies and Tools

Manning Publications, a leader in computer/technical book publishing, has an opening for a full-time Acquisitions Editor. The ideal applicant will have 1-3 years experience in a similar role identifying important technical topics and finding high-quality authors and instructors to create books, videos, online courses, and other training materials. Candidates without experience in publishing but who have a background in technology are encouraged to apply as well.

What you'll be doing

  • Identifying growing trends in technology.
  • Recruiting authors and instructors to create online learning products and books.
  • Mentoring potential authors in the preparation of proposals and plans.
  • Negotiation of contract terms, royalties and advance payments.
  • Day-to-day contact with other members of the team including content editors, marketing, and production.
  • Active participation in launch and marketing.
  • Managing issues concerning authors, content, and schedule.
  • Writing promotional copy.

Skills and abilities you'll need

  • Ability to judge market of technology topics with a proven track record.
  • Experience developing successful online courses is a strong advantage.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of personalities in a diverse community. A Manning Acquisitions Editor must possess the ability to be charming one moment and demanding the next. Conflict resolution and/or mediation skills are a valuable asset.
  • Strong facilitator, especially in the arts of negotiation and persuasion.
  • Ability to negotiate and manage contractual arrangements.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to prioritize challenging workloads with moderate supervision.
  • Knowledge of publishing processes, procedures, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of peer review principles and procedures.
  • Outstanding writing, language, and grammar skills.

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. To register your interest in the role please email a cover letter along with your resume to [email protected] with Acquisitions Editor in the subject line.

Copy Editors and Proofreaders

Manning Publications is seeking freelance copy editors and proofreaders who have a long and successful record of editing and proofing book-length manuscripts, preferably STEM or other technical content. We pride ourselves on the fact that Manning books are carefully developed and edited. Our authors are experts in their respective fields – many of them are also very good writers – but most of them need professional assistance in streamlining their texts and making them as clear and accessible as possible. That's where you come in! If you are detail-oriented and would enjoy working for a company that sets very high standards of excellence, this job may be for you.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Edit book-length technical manuscripts for accuracy in grammar and content.
  • Edit copy to improve clarity and ensure content accessibility for the target audience.
  • Verify terms, sources, and URLs using standard reference resources.
  • Manage communication, schedule, and processing of edits and rounds of proof with author and project manager.

Required Skills

  • 1-3 years of experience as copy editor in book publishing.
  • Expertise with standard editorial concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Basic familiarity with technical and computer terms.
  • Familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.
  • Ability to work with internal style guides and to create project-specific stylesheets as the project requires.
  • Flexibility, creativity, and the ability to communicate well with team members and authors.
  • Ability to work on tight schedules. Our books are time-sensitive and often require a rush schedule.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 4–8 years of professional work experience, preferably for a book publisher.
  • 3–5 years of prior editorial experience in a technical environment.
  • Superior organization and time-management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, yet be self-directed and proactive.
  • Experience editing in MS Word required; experience editing in new authoring tools such as AsciiDoc, Markdown, and XML preferred, but not required as long as you have the willingness to learn.

Applicants without significant experience editing book manuscripts (math, hard science, and/or computer technology) need not apply.

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Please send a cover letter and your resume to [email protected] with Copy Editor/Proofreader in the subject line. This is a freelance, remote work opportunity.

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.
  • Must be available primarily during US business hours.
Please note: This position does not include copy editing duties.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • General understanding of technical concepts, software development, and current industry trends.
  • 1+ years previous substantive editing experience.
  • 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 set up with a reliable computer, Internet and email access, and phone line.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Previous experience in a book publishing environment.

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Email your resume and two references to [email protected] with Developmental Editor in the subject line. If selected for an interview, be prepared to complete an editing sample. This is a freelance, telecommute opportunity (no travel).

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