Kodansha Comics is Seeking a New Editor!

Job description:

Editor – 1-year temp position, in-house

Random House Publisher Services is seeking a talented manga editor to help us publish books on behalf of our client, Kodansha Comics. The candidate should have a strong familiarity with comics and/or manga, excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work independently and with a team, to take initiative, and to multitask on a daily basis. The candidate must also be detail oriented, organized, and able to meet short- and long-term schedules. Experience with Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop is helpful, but not required. You must be able to read Japanese. The contract is for one year and the position has the potential to become permanent.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Hire translators, adapters and freelance editors
  • Edit the manuscript
  • Deliver manuscript and page plan ready to go to production
  • Review proofs
  • Traffic materials to/from licensors and freelancers
  • Clear approvals with Kodansha
  • Set up freelancers in internal database, process invoices
  • Coordinate schedules with the editorial and production staff
  • Issue contracts to freelancers
  • Process invoices
  • Ensures that all deadlines are being met and maintained for 90 books per year
  • Handle queries from freelance/production
  • Assist in new title review and acquisition
  • Write cover copy

EDIT: This position has been filled.

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14 Comments

  1. Kayla
    Posted October 2, 2013 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    Is there a deadline to apply? Do you need a degree? Do you have to be TOTALLY FLUENT in Japanese or just really familiar with it? I hope you don’t mind all my questions!

    • Morgan Hart
      Posted October 2, 2013 at 8:57 am | Permalink

      We’re looking to fill this position pretty soon, so the quicker you get your resume in the better.

      I’m not sure if a college degree is *required*, but you better have something good to make up for it. If you’re not out of school yet, this isn’t the job for you. Come back in a few years. ;)

      We’re looking for someone who can read Japanese easily. All of our editors can read Japanese, so they can edit with both English and Japanese in mind.

      • Kayla
        Posted October 2, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

        Thanks for answering all my questions! I guess not being out of school yet at least gives me time to study my Japanese! *optimistic*

  2. RK
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Do you happen to know to whom we should address the cover letter?

    Thank you so much for your help!

    • Morgan Hart
      Posted October 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

      You can address your cover letter to Dallas Middaugh.

      • RK
        Posted October 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

        Thanks a bunch!

  3. Jennifer
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Hello, I am actually seeking employment as a manga translator and my Japanese language skills are rather advanced. (I can fully translate a 35-page manga chapter in about two hours.) Could you let me know if any positions are available? Thank you very much!

    • Morgan Hart
      Posted October 15, 2013 at 12:48 am | Permalink

      If you are interested in freelancing, please send your resume and samples of your work to the email address above. Mention that you’re interested in freelance translation in the title of your email, please.

  4. Salman
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    how can i submit my manga to your company for publishing whats the mail address and email?

    • Morgan Hart
      Posted October 15, 2013 at 12:47 am | Permalink

      We do not publish original work. We only publish manga that have first been published by Kodansha in Japan.

  5. Amy
    Posted October 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Would letters of recommendation be helpful to include with my resume if I were to apply?

  6. Pet
    Posted February 8, 2014 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Is there an certain age you have to be cause I am under the age of 18

  7. Odell
    Posted February 28, 2014 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    do you hire freelance retoucher/letterer?

  8. Deborah Barbeau
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m not really gonna apply or anything but when I finish college or during I would really hope to be able to work for your company, I really love anime, and I’m working with the learning and how to speak Japanese, to be honest I always wanted to be a manga editor, so, umm, when I move to new York in a couple of years I hope I can fill a spot as an editor ^_^.

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