Fernwood is an independent Canadian publisher focusing on social change and social justice issues through publishing books of non-fiction and fiction for general public, academic and scholarly readers. We publish books that acknowledge, confront and contest all forms of oppression and exploitation. We believe that in publishing books that challenge the status quo and imagine new ways forward we participate in the creation of a more socially just world.
The acquisitions/development editor is responsible for both recruiting authors and managing manuscripts/book projects through to production. Along with other acquisitions/development editors and our marketing and promotions people, the A&D editor will assist in planning and achieving Fernwood’s overall editorial publishing goals and mandate.
Acquisitions involves working in our editorial group to identify any gaps in our publishing program and to determine plans to fill them. Recruiting authors and book projects will occur through developing and maintaining relationships with potential and current authors and the social justice and social change community, in both in post-secondary education and among activists and political actors. This aspect of the work will require some travel mainly, but not only, within Canada to universities, to conferences and other events.
Development involves assessing book proposals and, for those proposals that are accepted by our editorial group, working with authors to develop their manuscripts through to production. In particular, manuscript development requires arranging and assessing external reviews and undertaking structural and specific editing with authors.
The acquisitions/development editor will also be involved in other editorial and administrative tasks at Fernwood including writing grant applications, attending local events and other tasks as needed.
The person for this position will have a graduate degree in the social sciences or humanities. Experience in publishing or in related work is essential. Demonstrated commitment to social justice and social change activity is necessary, as well as the ability to work independently and as part of the Fernwood collective. We encourage and are actively seeking applications from Indigenous communities. Taking training and experience into account, the salary will fit into the wage structure at
Fernwood and includes health benefits. The start date is as soon as possible but no later than November 1. The position is located in Winnipeg.
Please send your resume and cover letter to: Wayne Antony, Fernwood Publishing, 748 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3G 0X3, or to firstname.lastname@example.org.