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Project Editor

FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to: Managing Editor
Employment Status: Full-time


Project editors at Chicago Review Press handle all aspects of taking an accepted, developed manuscript to the print-ready stage. Successful project editors are able to liaise with freelance contacts, review copyedits and proofreads, provide materials to typesetters for page layout, and maintain fruitful relationships with authors. Additionally, project editors are expected to be fluent with The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, and able to copyedit and proofread projects to CRP editorial standards. We anticipate project editors will commit to producing the quality, cutting-edge stories CRP is proud to present to the market.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Perform project management of book production process for mid- to high-level titles.
  • Liaise with freelance copy editors, proofreaders, illustrators, page layout designers, indexers, and cover designers.
  • Communicate frequently and thoroughly with authors at each step of the production process.
  • Review all freelance edits and design work.
  • Edit at least 10 percent of each season’s assigned projects in-house, either copyediting or proofreading.
  • Maintain editorial production schedules with accurate and timely dates and estimated completion times for all assigned projects.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. English language or literature is especially apt; any degree requiring extensive writing skills would be considered applicable.
  • Experience editing and writing required.
  • Mastery of the finest points of The Chicago Manual of Style 16 or 17 required.
  • Self-motivated project management is integral to success.
  • Completion of a publishing or editing course is a plus.
  • Physical abilities: This is a largely sedentary role in an office environment. The ability to sit for long periods of time is required.
  • Travel requirements: none

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

How to Apply

Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter and resume to Jessie Jonik at

About the Company

IPG is the original independent distributor of books, ebooks, and audiobooks from publishers around the world, and a top 10 supplier of book content to, Barnes & Noble, independent bookstores, libraries, and specialty markets, in addition to thousands of retailers globally.

Established in 1971, Independent Publishers Group (IPG) was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987. In the fall of 2006, Chicago Review Press, Inc., the parent company of IPG, bought Trafalgar Square Publishing, Inc., the leading North American distributor of UK publishers. Trafalgar Square Publishing was founded in 1973 and as a division of IPG, now distributes products from clients such as Penguin Random House UK, Australia, New Zealand, and China; Allen & Unwin; The History Press UK; Amberley Publishing; HarperCollins UK; Pan Macmillan; and John Blake. IPG acquired International Specialized Book Services (ISBS) a premier distributor of over sixty publishers of academic, scholarly and professional publishers in April of 2018. Continuing its trajectory of growth in August of 2018, IPG acquired Midpoint Trade Books, a full-service book distribution company that was founded in 1996, located in the Flatiron District of New York City, Midpoint’s distribution clients are made up of independent book publishers from across the US, the UK, Australia and Canada.

With consistent growth each year, IPG’s success has come from supporting and encouraging the growth of its client publishers in the United States and worldwide. IPG has a wide reach in the market with its distribution of publishers with academic, Spanish-language, children’s, and general nonfiction and fiction titles.

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