At Pragmatic Bookshelf, we’re very proud of our development editors. It’s a tough job, shepherding technically brilliant authors and helping them channel their experience and wisdom into words. We’re looking for editors who have several years of direct industry experience development editing and project managing technical books, who can help authors put the awesome into their books.
As a development editor, you’ll take book projects from inception to completion. You’ll help the authors find their voice, but still make it a “pragmatic” book—helpful to real developers, working in real jobs. You’ll help the author with content, organization, and flow. You’ll manage projects start-to-finish, scheduling authors, deadlines, and reviewers. We run books like software projects: everything is checked in to a Subversion repository, and all books are written in Markdown or XML markup.
We put our company name on the cover of each book. We put your name on the cover of each book, too. A proud craftsman signs his work, after all.
Why work with us? We’re a well-respected, innovative publisher. We are agile and author-focused, and we care deeply about the topics we publish on. Our editors work from home, and compensation is royalty-based on a 1099 (independent contractor) basis. You set your hours depending on the nature and number of titles you edit.
If you’re ready for the challenge, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and put “Development Editor” in the subject line. Tell us in about 300 words why you’d be a good fit for us. If possible, link to your previous work or writing. We’d love to hear from you.