Senior Editor, Books — Forge

Medium

San Francisco, NY or Remote w/in U.S.

Medium’s mission is to help people deepen their understanding of the world and discover ideas that matter. We are building a place where ideas are judged on the value they provide to readers, not the fleeting attention they can attract for advertisers. We are creating the best place for reading and writing on the internet—a place where today’s smartest writers, thinkers, experts, and storytellers can share big, interesting ideas.

Medium has launched a series of subscription-based publications that exist to serve readers, not advertisers — and we’re looking for a senior editor for books for our personal development publication, Forge.

This editor will have a strong curiosity about the questions people want to answer to make their lives better—at work, at home, and elsewhere. This person is fascinated by the question of what it means to live, work, and be better, and eager to think innovatively about what personal development can be.

This editor will commission and publish book excerpts from the major and emerging expert authors of the day, as well as those publishing with indie or academic publishers whose ideas deserve a broader audience. This person understands how to make a book chapter read like an original article, and how to package it for maximum engagement. This editor will also commission adapted essays and original articles by authors, as well as Q&As with leading thinkers.

This person will be able to separate out actually-useful advice from platitudes and fluff. The right person for this role will also have some experience covering books or a strong interest in learning the publishing industry.

What will you do?

  • Solicit, secure, and edit interesting, definitive conversation-starting book excerpts, adapted essays, author Q&As, and other books coverage
  • Identify and engage emerging authors whose books can command a wider audience
  • Work with staff members and writers on story packaging, including display copy
  • Liaise with design and editorial leadership on the creative execution and packaging of excerpts and commissioned stories
  • Work with editorial team leadership on special projects and monthly themed packages
  • Bring good ideas to work every day

Who are you?

  • You have 4+ years of editing experience in journalism, ideally with some portion of that time covering personal development and/or books
  • You are passionate about helping readers understand and improve their lives
  • You don’t pitch stories based on press releases
  • You are up to date on the publishing world and have sources within the major and indie publishing houses
  • You have a rolodex of book authors who can also contribute original reported pieces or essays
  • You care about words, and can deliver well-edited stories on a deadline
  • You are curious and display excellent taste and judgment
  • You are a display-copy whiz who understands the importance of framing a story for maximum reader engagement
  • You’re comfortable working in a startup environment
  • You like to tackle problems quickly, rather than let them linger
  • You love straightforward and effective communication and easily get your point across
  • You like working on a team and can help improve other people’s ideas through collaboration and brainstorming
  • You believe that good stories can come from anywhere
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