National Geographic Books is looking for freelance copy editors and proofreaders to work on book-length projects in our adult and children’s divisions. We offer competitive hourly rates for copyediting and proofreading. Work is to be completed off-site as an independent contractor.
National Geographic Books creates and distributes print and digital works that inspire, entertain, teach, and give readers access to a world of discovery—and possibility. Each year we publish more than 150 new books for adults, families, and children on a wide range of nonfiction subjects, from animals to travel, cartography to history, fun facts to moving stories. National Geographic books are available in 38 languages and more than 60 countries, and in countless bookstores, mass-market outlets, schools, libraries, and specialty retailers throughout the world.
· Copyediting is to be completed in either MS Word (using track changes) or on paper (in page layout), depending on the project. Copy editors are expected to style manuscripts per house style (Chicago 16, M-W 11, NGS House Style Guide) and do basic fact-checking of names/dates/people/places. At times, copy editors may also be required to do light line editing as requested or needed. Copy editors are expected to compile a comprehensive style sheet for each project.
· Proofreading is to be completed on hard copy or via Adobe Acrobat markup, depending on the project. Proofreaders are expected to proofread against manuscript or cold read, depending on the project, using the copy editor’s style sheet as a guideline. Proofreaders are to confirm that all elements from the manuscript have been correctly and consistently typeset and that no material is outstanding. They are also expected to mark any errors that may have occurred in typesetting as well as errors missed by the copy editor.
· For copy editors: At least three years experience as a freelance or in-house copy editor of books, or a combination thereof.
· For proofreaders: At least one year experience as a freelance or in-house proofreader or copy editor of books, or a combination thereof.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat; expert knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style 16; ability to adapt and adjust to variations from Chicago style
Qualified applicants should send a copy of their resume and a short cover letter/e-mail indicating interest in adult and/or children’s books and any topics of particular expertise or interest to Mike O’Connor (email@example.com mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org).