James Lorimer & Company is seeking an individual who is passionate about Canadian public policy and social justice issues to join our team to take on responsibility for developing and acquiring our adult list of 10-15 titles annually. The ideal candidate brings a personal interest in key issues and awareness of leading progressive thinkers in the areas of Canadian politics, economics, the environment, and social issues, as well as extensive editorial and acquisition experience.
James Lorimer & Company is an independent Canadian book publisher located in downtown Toronto. We publish engaging and informative books on challenging topics for general readers. We seek out authors who are progressive and left-leaning. We challenge the status quo and look for authors and books that will challenge and disrupt conventional thinking. We want someone for this position who sees the opportunity it offers to make a difference in what Canadians know, and what they think about the major issues of the day.
Key responsibilities of the position are:
- seeking out manuscripts that align with our publishing mandate
- developing ideas for books and identifying and approaching qualified potential authors
- contract negotiations
- working with authors to develop a clear and appealing outline for their topic
- substantive and stylistic editing of manuscripts, and giving effective feedback to authors on drafts
- conducting market research on books in the subjects we publish, and being aware of what is being written and published on these subjects, in Canada and internationally
- presentation at sales conferences and company representative at industry events such as rights fairs
- administrative work related to acquisitions activities
- working with our marketing team to find engaging and effective ways to present our books to the media, and to potential read
To qualify for this position you
- follow the news and the issues of the day
- feel confident in approaching potential authors by phone and in person
- are articulate in written and oral communication
- are organized and able to juggle multiple project simultaneously
- have prior experience in an editorial role in the media or book publishing developing and pitching stories, or in a communications role
- read Canadian non-fiction as a leisure activity
We’re looking for a candidate who is in mid-career, and is looking for an opportunity to play a key role in contributing to public debate and discussion in Canada. Recent books we have published - like Arthur Manuel’s Reconciliation Manifesto, The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, The Age of Increasing Inequality by Lars Osberg, and Getting to Zero by Tony Clarke - illustrate the opportunity this position offers.