Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Job opening: Rob’s Canadian editor

by Rob - April 28th, 2009.
Filed under: Publishing.

Laura Shin, my wonderful editor at Penguin Canada, has moved on to greener pastures. Penguin is now looking for her replacement: a genre-fiction editor who can, among other things, specifically handle science fiction. Note: the deadline for applications is this Thursday.

Commissioning Editor
Penguin Group (Canada)

Location: Toronto, ON

Deadline for applicants: April 30, 2009

Date posted: April 20, 2009

Job description: Penguin Group (Canada) has an exciting permanent opportunity for a Commissioning Editor. This position will be located at the Penguin, Yonge & Eglinton office.

Job Summary:
Responsible for acquiring and developing new titles for the Canadian publishing program. The editor will be acquiring books in the following areas: crime, thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction, horror, fantasy, science fiction, and women’s commercial fiction. He/she will work closely with the Rights and Contracts, Production, Marketing and Publicity, and Sales departments.

Major Responsibilities:

  • reviewing submissions from agents and individual authors;
  • commissioning books from writers already on our list and those not yet on our list;
  • presenting proposals to the editorial board;
  • working with production and marketing personnel to ensure that acquired titles meet profit and sales targets;
  • working with authors to ensure quality and timeliness of manuscripts;
  • seeing projects through the editorial, production, and marketing phases of the publishing process.
  • Should acquire a minimum of 12 books per year;
  • Should manage the publication of approximately 15 titles per year.


  • Strong academic background (preferably a Master’s degree in a humanities subject); university degree or equivalent required.
  • Several years of experience in publishing, specifically working in Editorial.
  • Proven track record of acquiring and editing books in the assigned areas of specialization.

Interested parties are invited to submit a resume and cover letter to:

Paula Hunter, Human Resources Consultant
Pearson Canada
26 Prince Andrew Place
Don Mills, Ontario, M3C 2T8
Fax: (416) 447-0598

Applications will be received until April 30, 2009.

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