Verso Books—the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world—is looking for a full-time senior or associate editor (depending on experience) to work in our office in Brooklyn. He or she will work with Verso and New Left Review’s editors in New York, London and Paris to bring in book proposals across a wide range of subjects—international politics, history, sociology, literature, art, economics and theory—and see them through to publication. The successful candidate would need to be able to acquire books that will have a real political and intellectual impact, and to help Verso reach a substantial readership in both the US and UK. He or she will also play a central role in our effort to stay ahead of changes in the book industry and other media.
Editorial experience would be helpful, but key is a knowledge of Verso’s list and the content of New Left Review, as well as other magazines such as Jacobin and the London Review of Books, an interest in ideas, and an inquiring mind. They will need to show that they are a skilled editor of manuscripts, able to work to deadline on a range of complex projects as part of a dynamic and tightly knit team, and have good ideas for Verso’s list. Salary will be according to experience, with full benefits. We’re happy to consider candidates who have existing commitments for one or two days a week.
Please email your cover letter and resumé to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30th, with the subject line ‘Editor application’, and indicating where you saw this advertisement. Applicants must be available for an in-person interview in May.
Verso’s US office is looking for a full-time Associate or Assistant Production Editor (depending on experience). Applicants must have a keen interest in the finer points of proofreading and copy-editing. Experience of working with books in an editorial capacity is essential, as is a familiarity with publishing style guides. An eye for detail and an ear for a good sentence are a must, and candidates should be comfortable in Verso’s intellectual and political milieux.
Responsibilities will include collating proofs and checking corrections, preparing copy-edited manuscripts for typesetting, and copy-editing and proofreading as needed. In time, the position will entail hiring and overseeing editorial freelancers and independently navigating books through the entirety of the production process. The Associate/Assistant Production Editor will also take part in acquisition meetings and editorial discussions. Verso is offering a competitive entry-level salary and full benefits (health, dental, twenty days’ vacation).
Please email a cover letter and resumé to email@example.com by April 30th, with the subject line ‘Production Editor application’. Applicants must be available for an in-person interview in early May.
UK Financial Accountant - Full Time
Verso Books—the largest independent, radical publisher in the English-speaking world—is looking for a full-time financial accountant for its London office.
You would be responsible for daily bookkeeping, including entering all bills, invoices and payments, as well as importing and reconciling bank and credit card statements (in Xero). In addition you would be responsible for processing our sales and royalty data and payments (in Virtusales’ Biblio). You would also be creating monthly management accounts and be responsible for processing payroll and managing our pension scheme.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years experience, with experience of Xero software preferable. Knowledge of the economics of book publishing would be an advantage and an interest in Verso’s intellectual and political project would also be welcome.
Please send a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Accountant application” in the subject line, by March 4th, 2016.