Random House is hiring a manga editor to work in their Kodansha imprint/joint venture. It’s a pretty senior position for the right person who knows manga and speaks Japanese. Here’s the scoop: (Image from BAKUMON.)
Editor (manga) – Random House Publisher Services
Random House U.S.A, NEW YORK, New YorkID: 225276
Random House Publisher Services is seeking a talented manga editor to help us publish 80-90 titles per year on behalf of our client, Kodansha Comics. The candidate should have a strong familiarity with comics and/or manga, excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work independently and with a team, take initiative, and multitask on a daily basis.
Duties and responsibilities include:
•Hire translators, adaptors and freelance editors
•Edit the manuscript
•Deliver manuscript and page plan ready to go to production
•Traffic materials to/from licensors and freelancers
•Clear approvals with Kodansha
•Set up freelancers in internal database, process invoices
•Coordinate schedules with the editorial and production staff
•Issue contracts to freelancers
•Ensures that all deadlines are being met and maintained for 90 books per year
•Handle queries from freelance/production
•Assist in new title review and acquisition
•Write cover copy
The candidate also must be able to read Japanese.
As well as being detail oriented, organized, and able to meet short- and long-term schedules. Experience with Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop is helpful, but not required.<
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