Book editor and designer -- art reference books (SF or Oakland )
Qualifications are advanced degree, reading ability in one or more European languages and expertise in InDesign.
Must have experience in editing and designing books or similar experience in a museum or academic setting. Send CV to be considered.
You will be responsible for most of the lifecycle of a book project, from manuscript to printer-ready files. Typically, the work will include:
-- Editing a manuscript for spelling, grammar, clarity and consistency. Where the manuscript is a translation from another language, some communication with the translator may be necessary. Editing may be done in Word or InDesign.
-- Scanning images used for illustrations and cleaning them with Photoshop.
-- Book layout and design, using InDesign, including typography, image placement, indexing, and all other content.
-- Book jacket design, using InDesign or Illustrator.
-- Coordinating book production with the printer, including proof inspection.
-- Great attention to detail. Our books are used as authoritative references by art dealers and researchers around the world, who expect them to be as nearly flawless as possible. You should be able to spot typos and inconsistencies better than most people you know, and be willing to reread a book two or three times to assure that you found them all.
-- A thorough knowledge of English grammar, style, and book production convention. You should be familiar with the Chicago Manual of Style, and know when to use it or ignore it.
-- A deep sense of book design and typography. You should be able to recognize good and bad layouts, choose appropriate fonts, and know when to use ligatures, dashes, and the rest of the typographical arsenal.
-- Scanners. You should be able to scan different materials, and use Photoshop for basic image manipulation techniques, such as cropping and color correction.
-- InDesign CS software. You should be thoroughly comfortable with using InDesign. Experience with Quark or PageMaker is good, if you can quickly adapt to InDesign and learn to use any of its features necessary for producing a good-looking document efficiently. You should thoroughly understand different image file formats and their uses, and how to use Photoshop to generate them.
-- General Mac OS experience, especially OS X. You should know how to use file sharing, install fonts, and quickly learn new programs. Good knowledge of Word and Excel is important.
-- Any knowledge of German and/or French will be greatly helpful. Many of our books are translated from these languages, and most contain European names. You should know how to apply German and French capitalization rules, be sensitive to different accented characters, and know how to enter them.
-- Knowledge of art and art history will be very helpful. Most of our books are technical in nature, and require an understanding of different terms relating to subjects such as art techniques.
-- Basic HTML will occasionally be very useful.
- do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers