Careers at The Pragmatic Programmers

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For nearly 20 years, The Pragmatic Programmers — home of The Pragmatic Bookshelf — has published award-winning and highly-acclaimed books on a range of software development and engineering management topics.

Professional software developers love our books, because they’re practical and hands-on. Managers love our books, because they’re filled with actionable advice for solving real-world problems.

When you join the Bookshelf team, you’ll not only be helping software developers do their best possible work, you’ll also have a direct hand in shaping how the tech industry evaluates and learns about new technologies. You’ll have a role in creating the products and services we’ll all be using in the not-so-distant future.

Check out our current openings below, and apply today:


Developmental Editor

Freelance/Contract Position, Starting Immediately

As a developmental editor with the Bookshelf, you'll be the primary reader, advocate, and guide for your authors. You'll be a sounding board, and you'll be the voice of expertise. Together, you and your authors will create 50- to 350+-page books across a range of programming and engineering management topics.

Because each book and each author is unique, your responsibilities will vary from project to project. But, in general, you’ll be expected to:

  • Help authors navigate issues like pacing, audience, and narrative as you produce content that’s conducive to learning.

  • Motivate and support authors dealing with writer’s block, self-doubt, and other common hurdles when writing.

  • Help authors write in a way that’s consistent with the PragProg voice and style.

  • Guide authors through our editorial process.

  • Be your author’s advocate and front-line resource for any and all issues that come up throughout the project.

If it sounds like a tall order, don’t worry — you won’t be in it alone.

From our Author’s Guide and wikis to our Google groups, Managing Editor, Author Relations Coordinator, production team and the rest of the staff, you’ll have a lot of support.

For this role, you don’t have to be a programmer yourself, but having a strong background in developing non-fiction content is a must, and any experience with technical content and instructional materials will greatly help.

Likewise, while we prefer candidates who have experience developing books, a portfolio of journal-length articles will also be plenty to showcase your abilities.

This position is 100% remote and open to applicants from around the globe.

If you're ready to introduce yourself, please email your application to jobs@pragprog.com, using the subject, "Developmental Editor."

Along with your CV, please include a cover letter that explains why you're interested in this position, why you believe you'd be a good fit, and where we can see samples of previous developmental editing projects you've worked on.

Copyeditor/Proofreader

Freelance/Contract Position, Starting Immediately

As a copyeditor/proofreader with the Bookshelf, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your craft to technical content ranging from short-format articles and blog posts for the web to full-length paperbacks and everything else in between.

For this role, you don’t have to be a programmer yourself, but having a strong background in copyediting and proofreading non-fiction content is a must.

For the most part, we follow the rules set out in the latest edition of the CMOS, but we’ll also supply you with word lists and an in-house style guide that outlines any deviations.

While we prefer candidates who have experience editing books and journal-length articles, please don’t hesitate to apply if you only have experience with one or the other.

This position is 100% remote and open to applicants from around the globe.

If you're ready to introduce yourself, please email your application to jobs@pragprog.com, using the subject, "Copyditor/Proofreader."

Please include your CV along with a cover letter that explains why you're interested in this position, why you believe you'd be a good fit, and where we can see samples of previous copyediting/proofreading projects you've worked on.

Publicist

Freelance/Contract, Part-Time or Full-Time Position, Starting Immediately

Do you love talking with people and building relationships? Are you passionate about books, authors, and/or technology? Do you enjoy being an advocate for and champion of other people and the work they’re doing? If so, then we’ve got a great opportunity for you.

As a publicist with the Pragmatic Programmers, you’ll have a chance to talk with and talk about many of the people on the forefront of technology. You’ll help strengthen our existing relationships with industry media outlets and build new connections. You’ll connect with and promote our authors and their work on social media, our website, and in our newsletters. And you’ll write and submit press releases for general media consumption.

While you don’t have to be a programmer yourself for this role, having a background in promoting non-fiction content and a strong tech vocabulary will definitely help. Additionally, while we’ll put you in touch with our own partners, having industry contacts and connections of your own is a plus.

This position is 100% remote and is open to applicants from around the globe for contract work. Applicants seeking part- or full-time employment should be located within in the United States.

If you're ready to introduce yourself, please email your application to jobs@pragprog.com, using the subject, "Publicist."

Please include your CV along with a cover letter that explains why you're interested in this position and why you believe you'd be a good fit.

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