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Working As A Production Editor

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $44,453

    Average Salary

What Does A Production Editor Do At MacMillan

* Work as production editor on approximately forty new titles per year, plus paperback and other format conversions, where necessary.
* Keep books on schedule while juggling multiple projects at once.
* Hire freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, and indexers, and supervise and review their work.
* Prepare both paper and electronic manuscripts for design and typesetting.
* Review at all stages to ensure revisions have been made correctly.
* Monitor schedules and keep editors, managing editor, designers, and production managers updated on title status, working with them to resolve issues should they arise.
* Copyedit and proofread jacket/cover copy, indexes, and other material, including a variety of advertising and promotional material.
* Maintain consistent style within each work

What Does A Production Editor Do At Wolters Kluwer

* Manages and coordinates the preparation and tracking of all journal content for successful and timely distribution to print, online, and mobile device publication.
* Manages the editing and proof process, including copyediting, as necessary.
* Responsible for the quality of all content deliverables, managing the posting of article prepub, data supplements and online journal and supplemental digital content.
* Manage production schedule of iPad publication, including file delivery/management to vendors, full file QC, functionality testing, and advertising review
* Manage iPad support with advertising coordinators/sales, ad file testing and placement in apps
* Manage iPad video and multi-media submissions, QC and compression as needed
* Primary day-to-day communication with authors and editorial offices.
* Responsible for strict adherence to schedules.
* Manage and monitor production schedules, including advertising deadlines.
* Communicate status of content at all stages through delivery of content to print and posting of publish ahead of print content online, posting final content to electronic journal platform, and iPad app deliverables.
* Confirm that all material (manuscript and art) is complete, accurate, and meets our quality expectations.
* Manage the editing and coding of manuscript, including managing the proof correction process.
* Interact with and manage internal and external customers (publishers, editors, authors, societies) and vendors.
* Primary liaison with editor and editorial offices.
* Primary contact with the author for journals edited in-house.
* Resolve issues quickly and keep production process moving.
* Maintain and monitor additions to standard template designs for existing or new journal and product designs.
* Ensure all changes or additions adhere to the Content Organization guidelines and keep production process moving.
* Identify the need for face-to-face customer meetings including the planning and participation in the meetings.
* Manage the coding/posting of data supplements and static pages to journal web sites
* Monitor page budgets, alterations and other production costs, and additional cost-saving initiatives.
* Coordinates preflighting of ads and provides feedback to advertisers for file correction
* Responsible for performing quality review of print and IPad issue
* Responsible for tracking receipt of and manage processing and quality of ads
* Manage advertising placement instructions; clarify contradictory orders
* Organize insertion orders
* Participates in training and rollout of new initiatives and procedures.
* Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor

What Does A Production Editor Do At Penguin Random House LLC

* Overseeing the copy production of approximately thirty titles per year from initial text transmittal to final release to printers.
* Working on and reviewing all phases of print and digital text.
* Copyediting and proofreading book covers through all stages of production.
* Hiring and overseeing the work of freelance copyeditors and proofreaders.
* Coordinating schedules with freelancers and editors.
* Communicating with the Editorial, Managing Editorial, Production, and Design departments to see titles through to completion.
* Handling text, cover, and eBook corrections for backlist reprints and repackages

What Does A Production Editor Do At Scholastic

* Maintain all production schedules, ensuring that the target dates are accurate and communicating deadlines to the Senior Production Director, Design, Editorial, and manufacturing departments.
* Copyedit and proofread materials (short jobs) in-house
* Work closely with creative, editorial and manufacturing on all aspects of production
* Coordinate the various electronic databases and servers locations that house our reprint, barcode, and electronic copyediting information; manage all necessary IT maintenance.
* Oversee the freelance copyediting staff (both inhouse and out of house) by hiring, training, supervising their schedules, priorities and quality of work.
* Checks and routes materials in all stages of production
* Update and maintain the production status agenda for all titles managed, reviewing weekly to make sure all info is entered clearly and correctly, troubleshooting any issues with entry or coding
* Superior copyediting and proofreading skills and meticulous attention to details is required.
* Excellent knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation.
* Familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style.
* Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining high standards of quality and juggling multiple projects.
* Excellent computer skills, especially adept at Track Changes and electronics copyediting.
* Highly motivated, focused and energetic individual is needed.
* years experience in production coordination
* Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, a leading provider of core literacy curriculum and professional services, and a producer of educational and entertaining children's media.
* The Company creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning programs for pre
* K to grade 12, classroom magazines and other products and services that support children's learning both in school and at home.
* With operations in 14 international offices and exports to 165 countries, Scholastic makes quality, affordable books available to all children around the world through school-based book clubs and book fairs, classroom collections, school and public libraries, retail and online.
* True to its mission of 97 years to encourage the personal and intellectual growth of all children beginning with literacy, the Company has earned a reputation as a trusted partner to educators and families.
* Learn more at www.scholastic.com at http://www.scholastic.com/ .
* Some benefits that we offer:
* vested of 401(k) Retirement Plan after 5 years employment
* Up to 1M worth of supplemental Life Insurance
* Tuition Reimbursement
* Purchase Scholastic stock at a 15% discount
* Thank you for your consideration in choosing Scholastic

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How To Become A Production Editor

A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English, combined with previous writing and proofreading experience, is typically required to be an editor.


Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English. They also prefer candidates with mass- or cross-media experience.

Those with other backgrounds who can show strong writing skills also may find jobs as editors. Editors who deal with specific subject matter may need previous related work experience. For example, fashion editors may need expertise in fashion that they gain through formal training or work experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many editors start off as editorial assistants, writers, or reporters.

Those who are particularly skilled at identifying good stories, recognizing writing talent, and interacting with writers may be interested in editing jobs. 

Other Experience

Editors also can gain experience by working on high school and college newspapers, and for magazines, radio and television stations, advertising and publishing companies, or nonprofit organizations. Magazines and newspapers also have internships for students. For example, the American Society of Magazine Editors offers a Magazine Internship Program to qualified full-time students in their junior or senior year of college. Interns may write stories, conduct research and interviews, and gain general publishing experience.

The ability to use computers is necessary for editors to stay in touch with writers and other editors and to work on the increasingly important digital media or online side of a publication. Familiarity with electronic publishing, graphics, Web design, and multimedia production is also important, because more content is being offered online.


Some editors hold management positions and must make decisions related to running a business. For them, advancement generally means moving up to publications with larger circulation or greater prestige. Copy editors may move into original writing or substantive editing positions, or become freelancers.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Editors must be creative, curious, and knowledgeable in a broad range of topics. Some editors must regularly come up with interesting story ideas and attention-grabbing headlines.

Detail oriented. One of an editor’s main tasks is to make sure that material is error free and matches the style of a publication.

Good judgment. Editors must decide if certain stories are ethical or if there is enough evidence to report them.

Interpersonal skills. In working with writers, editors must have tact and the ability to guide and encourage them in their work.

Writing skills. Editors must ensure that all written content has correct grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Editors must be able to write clearly and logically.

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Production Editor Career Paths

Production Editor
Managing Editor Project Manager Program Manager
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Project Manager Senior Manager
Client Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Proofreader Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Marketing Manager Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Product Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Senior Graphic Designer Art Director
Creative Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Director Marketing Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Proofreader Writer And Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Senior Writer Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Media Director
Digital Media Director
7 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Producer Digital Producer
Digital Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Media Specialist Media Manager
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Quality Control Manager
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Editor Technical Writer Business Analyst
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Senior Writer Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Editor Marketing Manager Regional Sales Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Art Director Freelance Designer
Senior Graphic Designer
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Coordinator Program Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Production Editor Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Chinese

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Mandarin

  • Cantonese

  • Greek

  • Malay

  • Arabic

  • Vietnamese

  • Romanian

  • Hindi

  • Korean

  • Hungarian

  • Finnish

  • Carrier

  • Croatian

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Real Production Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Production Editor Zealot Productions Inc. New York, NY Jul 01, 2012 $85,000
Graphic Artist/Post-Production Editor Paydirt Pictures LLC Beverly Hills, CA Jan 02, 2012 $75,000
Graphic Artist/Post-Production Editor The Sweet Shop Films, LLC West Hollywood, CA Sep 15, 2014 $75,000
Graphic Artist/Post-Production Editor The Sweet Shop Films, LLC West Hollywood, CA Oct 01, 2014 $75,000
Graphic Artist/Post-Production Editor Paydirt Pictures LLC Beverly Hills, CA Jan 01, 2014 $75,000
Production Editor Venture 3D Culver City, CA Oct 01, 2014 $69,000
Supervising Editor Video Production Rill Films Berkeley, CA Aug 01, 2010 $62,610
Production Editor Seven Stories Press, Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2011 $62,193
Production Editor Zealot Productions, Inc. New York, NY Aug 01, 2010 $60,000
Production Editor, Claremont Review of Books The Claremont Institute Claremont, CA May 15, 2012 $55,000
Assistant Production Editor International Peace Institute New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $51,500
Production Editor Mundo Hispanico Atlanta, GA Apr 21, 2009 $50,000
Production Editor Baral Inc. Coral Springs, FL Sep 29, 2013 $47,396
Production Editor Baral Inc. Coral Springs, FL Oct 01, 2010 $47,396
Production Editor Artnet Worldwide Corporation New York, NY Jun 09, 2016 $46,800
Film Production/Editing Specialist Wink, Inc. Jackson, WY Oct 01, 2009 $45,344
Post Production Editor Zero Point Zero Production, Inc. New York, NY May 24, 2014 $44,000
Multimedia Production Editor World Traditional Taekwondo Union Little Rock, AR Oct 01, 2012 $43,784
Production Editor Day O Productions, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 20, 2010 $41,740
Production Editor On Air Promotions LLC Miami, FL Sep 29, 2010 $41,740
Science Writer/Production Editor The Wildlife Society, Inc. Bethesda, MD Feb 01, 2010 $41,300
Associate Digital Production Editor Open Road Integrated Media Inc. New York, NY Sep 10, 2014 $40,352
Materials Production Editor Cinetic Rights Management LLC New York, NY Sep 21, 2013 $39,945
Production Editor Artnet Worldwide Corporation New York, NY Sep 05, 2013 $39,945

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Top Skills for A Production Editor


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Top Production Editor Skills

  1. Editorial Offices
  2. Production Department
  3. Layout
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Serve as the primary publishing contact for authors, editorial offices, publishers, and suppliers.
  • Worked with Art Department and Production Department to transform the magazine from traditional production methods to complete digital technology.
  • Create original illustrations used for conference book covers, as well as format and layout of the book contents.
  • Work in all aspects of video production.
  • Tested software applications for printers, Updated company website for corrections on author name, address, keywords, and abstracts.

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