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.

Administrative Assistant

We are looking for a remote part-time administrative assistant to help with the management of book projects while they are in the manuscript development process. This person will work directly with our Development Manager.

While this is a new position and the specific tasks assigned may evolve over time, all duties will fall within the typical range of an administrative assistant, such as communicating by email, calendaring, and managing files.

Candidate should:

  • Be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • Be extremely detail oriented and highly organized
  • Be a self-starter who takes the initiative to get things done
  • Respond in a timely manner to inquiries and requests
  • Have the ability to learn web-based business tools (Trello, Box, Google Drive, Gitlab)
  • Have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Have the ability to schedule, track, and follow up on tasks that need to be completed
  • Be flexible and adaptive to ever-evolving processes
  • Be available during standard US Eastern business hours
  • Have a sense of humor
  • Be tactful
  • Enjoy helping others

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Email your resume and a cover letter to jobs@manning.com with Administrative Assistant in the subject line. This is a remote work opportunity.

Production Supervisor

Manning Publications seeks an energetic Production Supervisor to manage book production personnel and processes alongside our Production Manager. We’ve got deadlines to meet. You must be a meticulous yet flexible problem-solver who gets things done. This includes all work starting with production review of manuscripts in development, continuing through preparation of graphics, appropriate use of templates, copy editing, proofreading and typesetting, and ending with completed books (including product releases, initial print runs, reprints and updates.) The Production Supervisor will help manage a team of project managers and various editorial subcontractors. The Production Supervisor will collaborate with both internal and external staff, to ensure that relevant project information is shared with all personnel.

PRIMARY DUTIES

Project Management
  • Ensure that project managers complete tasks and deliver projects on time and with high quality
  • Ensure that service providers are well-informed and are meeting obligations
  • Track projects and maintain reports on status, staffing, and desired metrics
  • Maintain Publication Schedule and alert other departments regarding delays or changes to the schedule
  • Monitor manuscripts in development for pipeline planning and to minimize future production issues
  • Coordinate handoff of manuscripts from development to production
  • Supervise book file management, archives, and project setup
Personnel Management
  • Assign project managers to book projects and supervise their progress
  • Assign and manage editorial jobs to other staff as needed
  • Communicate with authors regarding production issues
  • Serve as liaison with external service providers
  • Interview, hire, and train new project managers, copy editors, proofreaders, typesetters, indexers, and graphic artists
  • Research and engage third-party vendors as needed
  • Approve timesheets and invoices for production staff
Administration
  • Printer and Fulfillment Relations
    • Obtain quotes for printing and shipping of books
    • Create and manage print jobs, both initial print runs and reprints, including shipping instructions, errata, and other special needs
    • Communicate regularly with vendors regarding upcoming releases and printing concerns
    • Attend quarterly meeting with printer/fulfillment house and relevant staff
  • Process Management, Documentation and Improvement
    • Meet with Publisher to conduct post mortems and discuss departmental affairs
    • Meet with Production and Development staff to discuss changes to processes
    • Develop and maintain comprehensive Production Checklists
    • Maintain Author Resources, Production Guidelines, Style Guide, Templates etc.
    • Send out Editorial Updates/Flashes to Production staff and Development Editors
    • Evolve processes so as to achieve faster production times, transparency, and effective communication
Special Projects
  • Other projects as required

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 3 years experience in book production management
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to hire/fire, train and supervise people
  • Ability to work effectively in a virtual/remote environment
  • Self-starter, detail oriented and self-disciplined, yet flexible
  • Strong computer/technical skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Email your resume and a cover letter to jobs@manning.com with Production Supervisor in the subject line. This is a remote work opportunity.

Freelance Copy Editors and Proofreaders

Manning Publications is seeking copy editors and proofreaders who have a long and successful record of editing and proofing book-length manuscripts. 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.

This is a freelance, remote position.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Read, review, and edit 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

  • 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

  • 3–5 years of prior editorial experience in a technical environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 4–8 years of professional work experience, preferably for a book publisher.
  • 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.

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Please send a cover letter and your resume to jobs@manning.com with Copy Editor/Proofreader in the subject line.

Digital/Technical Marketer

Do you speak geek? Manning Publications has been teaching technical topics to software professionals for over two decades, and we believe our books and videos are the best in the business. We’re looking for a marketing specialist who can promote our uniquely valuable products to developers, administrators, and other IT pros around the globe.

You'll be responsible for overseeing and improving a complete digital marketing program that includes a very active email list, social media, the manning.com web store, and a network of authors, reviewers, and Manning fans.

We require an experienced marketer who can write interesting and effective copy, engage customers and technical communities on social media, and use Google Analytics and other data to expand our brand, increase loyalty, and meet aggressive sales goals.

Here's what you'll be doing:

  • Write engaging product descriptions and marketing copy that connects to our technical readers
  • Develop and manage email and social media marketing campaigns
  • Use data and research to optimize usability, design, content, and sales
  • Cultivate partnerships with technical communities, software companies, and service providers
  • Introduce to the market two innovative product lines with some unusual features
  • Measure and report on the performance of all digital marketing campaigns
  • Communicate with our management about marketing goals and results
  • Keep the company at the forefront of developments in digital marketing

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5+ years of hands-on, technical experience and proven expertise in SEO, PPC, digital advertising, creative campaign development, email marketing, content marketing, and conversion optimization with website and marketing programs
  • Advanced knowledge of Google Analytics, Tag Manager, Adwords, WordPress and other marketing tools
  • 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. (It gets crazy over here.)
  • Excellent writing skills (We want to see samples!)

  • AND…

  • A sense of humor

Prior experience marketing technical products, particularly software products, is highly preferred.

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Email your resume and a cover letter to jobs@manning.com with Digital/Technical Marketer in the subject line. This is a remote work opportunity.

Video Developmental Editor

Manning Publications Co. seeks Video Developmental Editors to work directly with video course instructors to create high-quality courses. Ideal candidates are critical thinkers who skillfully identify and articulate weaknesses in organization and teaching, adopt a coaching/mentoring role with instructors, firmly but diplomatically communicate with instructors, work both independently and in a distributed team environment, and reliably meet deadlines to produce courses on deadline. 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 position uses the critical thinking skills of a book editor along with the visual teaching skills of a video content producer, and candidates can come from a video or book publishing background, but previous experience in video publishing is preferred. This is a great position for someone looking for part-time work.

PRIMARY DUTIES

  • Coach instructors on techniques for how to teach difficult or important concepts in their video courses
  • Give constructive feedback on video modules regarding setting, instructor appearance, presentation, teaching style, pace, and visuals
  • Identify opportunities for authors to improve organization, presentation, clarity, and value to the course's intended audience
  • Continually assess both script and video content at a high level
  • Iterate on video production process with instructors and other team members
  • Manage the course-development process so that authors are completing video units by due dates
  • Ensure that video courses adhere to Manning's teaching 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 course marketing

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • General understanding of technical concepts, software development, and current industry trends
  • 1+ years previous substantive editing, video presentation experience, or instructional design
  • Must be available for recurring meetings and meetings with instructors or other coworkers (primarily during U.S. business hours)
  • Strong project- and time-management skills
  • Excellent organization and multitasking skills
  • Must be comfortable learning new tools relevant to video. Must be proficient in computer usage and comfortable with using online word processing and storage tools, like Google Docs and Box
  • Must work well in agile, growing environment where processes may change
  • 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 video publishing environment.

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

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

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 Acquisitions Editor 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

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • 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 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).