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Book Editor

Overview: Book editors negotiate with established authors to write book manuscripts, under contractual arrangements. They identify book topics, estimate sales potential & book prices. They determine royalties paid to authors, critique manuscripts for acceptance and coordinate print publication.
Duties: They decide what types of writings should be published by the publishing company based on trends and consumers reading preferences. Decide which authors are best qualified for a book.

They negotiate contracts with authors including royalties to be paid to authors based upon estimates of sales of the books to be written. Schedule a plan for critiquing and editing of drafts.

They critique the author's manuscripts and make suggestions for changes. They decide upon artwork as needed and can decide to terminate the project if both are dissatisfied.

When the manuscript is completed, they confer with artists and printers to set a production schedule & number of copies to be printed. They decide upon distribution locations for book sales.

Degree(s): A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment of book editors is expected to decline through 2018 due to the emergence of the Internet as a source of information for consumers and book buyers.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $32,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Most employers prefer to hire book editors with a bachelor's degree in communications, journalism or English and with a broad liberal arts background. For those who deal with technically specialized topics, a background in that field--engineering, business, politics, etc. is essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.