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.

Graphic Designer

Manning Publications needs a Graphic Designer to join our team. We've 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 need a Graphic Designer to create engaging and on-brand graphics for a variety of media, but primarily for digital advertising. We're looking for someone who can take direction from written or spoken ideas and convert them seamlessly into images, layouts and other designs. The successful candidate should have an intimate understanding of how marketing campaigns work, especially in the ecommerce arena. We work in a fast-paced environment, so the ideal Graphic Designer will be able to hit the ground running as soon as we conceive of a new project. Your graphics should capture the attention of those who see them and communicate the right message. For this, you need to have a creative flair and a strong ability to translate requirements into design. If you can communicate well and work methodically as part of a team, we'd like to meet you.

What you'll be doing

  • Prepare work and determine requirements by gathering and studying information and materials
  • Conceptualize requirements by designing rough layout of art and copy regarding arrangement, size, type size and style, and related aesthetic concepts
  • Create images, illustrations, logos, other designs and layouts by hand or using design software
  • Obtain approval of concept by submitting rough layouts for approval
  • Test graphics across various media
  • Amend designs after feedback
  • Work with copywriters and marketers to produce final designs
  • Prepare finished assets that adhere to established style guidelines and required technical specifications
  • Manage archives of graphic design assets and materials
  • Maintain technical knowledge with ongoing professional education
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related tasks as needed

Skills and abilities you'll need

  • 3-5 years experience in professional commercial design
  • A portfolio that demonstrates strong graphic design and layout skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Deadline and detail-oriented, with the ability to thrive in a remote work environment
  • Creative and analytical skills
  • Ability to absorb and apply constructive criticism from peers
  • Persistence and resilience (a sense of humor helps)
  • Extensive knowledge of desktop publishing tools and graphic design software (such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Inkscape, GIMP)
  • Working knowledge of CSS3, HTML5 and JavaScript
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Design, Marketing, or a related discipline a plus, but not required
  • Experience working with WordPress templates a plus

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Please send a cover letter and resume (including a link to your portfolio) to jobs@manning.com with Graphic Designer in the subject line. This is a remote work opportunity.

Digital Marketing Manager

Manning Publications needs a Digital Marketing Manager to join our team. We've 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 manager who can lead the promotions of our uniquely valuable products to developers, administrators, and other IT pros around the globe. That's where you come in! You'll be responsible for developing, initiating, creating and overseeing a long-term digital marketing campaign as well as spearheading short-term advertising and marketing solutions. We require a marketer experienced in copywriting, art direction, SEO/analytics, social media and the management of successful campaigns who can expand our brand's reach while increasing brand loyalty and awareness.

We have an active direct email program (powered by Listrak) that drives a large share of our web sales, and we promote in the usual places: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, Google AdWords and more. We run an eCommerce site at manning.com and several WordPress-powered blogs. We utilize third-party tools such as Shopper Approved, ConvertCart, and PostAffiliatePro, and we use Google Analytics to track it all. Our authors wear t-shirts that we print at conferences (which we sometimes sponsor) and they record interviews for podcasts for us. We do special publications for tech companies. And of course, we have traditional distribution partners around the world. All this and more.

In short, we've got a lot of irons in the fire, and we need a marketing manager with the know-how to measure and optimize the effectiveness of our campaigns and who can improve the coherence of all these initiatives to help us grow even further. If you have prior experience in marketing technical products, particularly software products, experience with subscription-based products, or a background in computer science, even better.

Skills and abilities you'll need

  • 5+ years of proven expertise in email marketing, SEO, digital advertising, creative campaign development, content marketing, lead generation, and conversion optimization with website and marketing programs
  • Advanced knowledge of Google Analytics, Tag Manager, AdWords, WordPress and other marketing tools
  • Excellent grasp of social media and website metrics and best practices
  • 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, writing sample, and resume jobs@manning.com with Digital Marketing Manager 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 jobs@manning.com with Acquisitions Editor 2019_01 in the subject line.

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.

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).

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).