Senior Editor - Illustrated Non-fiction

New York, United States Full-time

At Lonely Planet we live to travel. Everything we do is designed to inspire and enable travelers to get out there, connect with the world and have great experiences. Across all areas of Lonely Planet, we look for talented people who share our passion.


Position Overview:


The Senior Editor will assist the Associate Publisher (based in London) with the development and delivery of Lonely Planet’s Illustrated Non-fiction and Reference lists for publication globally. This includes gift, general reference, stationery and illustrated books, and excludes guidebooks.


This role has special responsibility for ensuring that the Illustrated Non-fiction list meets the needs of the North American market, advising the rest of the team, which is based in London. It will also be tasked with producing bespoke US products and covers as needed.

The role is responsible for budgeting and commissioning all content (text, images, illustrations and maps). They will perform the day-to-day project management required to deliver a book – on time and on budget – from creation of the business case through product design, commissioning, production, pre-press and post production.


They will work with Sales and Marketing colleagues in the UK, US and Australia to ensure the successful creation and execution of sales and marketing strategies. And they will ensure their content meets the needs of the wider business.


Please note that we are expanding our London team by setting up a small team in New York City. As half the Illustrated Non-fiction team is based in London, the development of close working relations as part of a virtual team will be a key skill.


Key Result Areas:


Publishing Strategy

  • Input and feedback on development of Illustrated Non-fiction and Reference lists for global publication
  • Help steer the global list to better meet the needs of the North American market
  • Where needed, develop US editions of international titles to maximise sales
  • Develop awareness of US traveler and publishing trends and a detailed knowledge of competitor products
  • Assist Associate Publisher with preparation of pitch documents, business case and product brief
  • Educate the London team as to needs and trends in the US market



  • Prepare writer, design, cover, image/illustration and caption briefs as needed
  • Work with Production Editor to ensure printing needs are booked and budgeted correctly
  • Negotiate contracts, commission and brief resources (writers, designers, illustrators, editors, packagers)
  • Liaise regularly with freelance resources throughout production to ensure quality
  • Review manuscript, images and layout to ensure they meet the brief
  • Conduct image research as needed
  • Prepare content for sales materials (catalogues, blads & sales kits)
  • Provide all cover copy including appropriate promotional quotes
  • Manage all rights issues relating to individual titles, images, text and trademarks etc
  • Ensure the timely delivery of all books to schedule
  • Ensure costs are accurately captured and tracked


Product Delivery

  • Provide input and feedback on project plan timelines and resource requirements
  • Monitor and maintain the project (timelines, resources, product specifications)
  • Provide the Associate Publisher with visibility over costs and any variances to budget as they arise
  • Ensure the timely delivery of all production and prepress activities to schedule
  • Work closely with Sales and Marketing colleagues to maximise sales of each title
  • Maintain/oversee the upkeep of all files to required standards of file management


Teamwork & Communication

  • Work as part of the LP community to create a positive, tolerant and harmonious work environment
  • Be honest, approachable and responsive to the resolution of work-related matters
  • Deal with all staff in a helpful, courteous and respectful manner
  • Communicate ideas which may improve the efficiency, performance or standards of your department and be open to the consideration of new ideas
  • Actively participate in the giving and receiving of constructive feedback to ensure understanding and open team relationships


Policies & Procedures

  • Actively ensure that the workplace is kept free from harassment, bullying behaviour and discrimination through thoughtful behaviour and leading by example
  • Work in accordance with Lonely Planet policy and procedural guidelines
  • Comply with all Occupational Health & Safety guidelines, reporting any potential risks
  • Follow safe work practices for self and others.


Key Skills / Experience / Knowledge / Qualifications / Attributes:



  • Passion for travel
  • Significant editorial experience
  • Strong product development experience
  • Knowledge of publishing and printing industry processes & technologies
  • In-depth knowledge of book production processes from concept to publication
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, on schedule, to budget, with minimal supervision
  • Strong problem-solving and negotiation skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Flexible and consultative, yet deadline oriented, with a demonstrated ability to work under pressure



  • Tertiary qualifications
  • A demonstrated understanding and application of project management skills
  • Familiarity with Adobe production software
  • Experience of trade publishing in the US


What’s in it for you? 

This is an exceptional opportunity to work for a growing team in a globally loved brand in a truly global company, with offices in the UK, US, Australia, Ireland, China & India. You will also receive 3 weeks of vacation, a competitive salary based on your experience and region, 401K and great medical coverage.

I’m In!

Please ensure you submit a cover letter detailing your salary expectations along with your CV telling us why you’d like to join our team.

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