We Need Editors
~ Editors in the tradition of the bygone days of children’s publishing.
~ Editors who have a heart for a good story, an eye for detail and a personal style that sees the value in building lasting relationships with authors.
~ Editors who are driven to improve ~ characters and storylines, while never losing sight of the reader experience of the storytelling.
~ Editors who have a passion to create stories that today’s children will want to read to their grandchildren decades from now.
~ Editors who dream of playing a pivotal role in something that will redefine literacy forever.
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If this sounds like you… and you have grown weary of:
- accelerated publishing cycles
- developing “customized content”
- directives to monetize content
- job duties changing and expanding monthly
- cross-platform digital environments hijacking good storytelling
...Please consider becoming an IBW Editor.
Here are some FAQs:
Q: Would I be working on an established series or a new series?
A: Yes, both are possibilities. Also, we need IBW Boot Camp Editors to help bring on writers and train them in the IBW storytelling format. And, we need Editors-at-Large to work on fast and furious projects. [Return to question list.]
Q: Are IBW series ongoing or a limited number of titles?
A: We have both. Typically, to launch a series, we have a predetermined number of titles. If the series is well-received, additional titles will be added. If a series expands, the editor’s compensation would as well. (Think of it as a raise for a job well done!) [Return to question list.]
Q: What kind of series do you produce — fiction or nonfiction?
A: Both. We have also used the IBW storytelling format to create a nonfiction-fiction genre. [Return to question list.]
Q: Am I responsible for finding series authors or have they already been assigned?
A: IBW Boot Camp Graduates are the resource for all IBW series. We believe an editor should be involved in the selection of authors. After all, the editor must work with them. An editor should have some input on the decision-making. [Return to question list.]
Q: Can I bring on authors I have worked with previously?
A: Yes, you may recommend your former authors. They must attend IBW Boot Camp. Once they are graduates, you may select them for your projects. [Return to question list.]
Q: Would I be teaching new authors how to write for the IBW?
A: Yes. All new editors will teach a round of IBW Boot Camp. Writers retell public domain stories to be able to focus solely on learning the IBW format without the distractions of plot, character development, etc. Similarly, an Editor working with Boot Camp writers can direct the majority of their attention to teaching IBW storytelling. By working with those who are only learning the IBW, you will gain valuable working experience at crafting good visual storytelling. This experience will make you a great IBW series editor. [Return to question list.]
Q: How many writers would I be working with at a time?
A: This would be discussed at the time, as it can vary. For example, we have a minimum Boot Camp attendee number. But, in the event you wish to bring along your former authors into your stable for IBW projects, this number could vary. [Return to question list.]
Q: What sort of turn-around time are you looking for on an IBW Boot Camp?
A: Typical Boot Camp runs 4 weeks. [Return to question list.]
Q: Will the editor be compensated for IBW Boot Camp work?
A: Yes. All editor positions, including IBW Boot Camp, are royalty-sharing. In addition, series editors receive royalty plus IP equity profit-sharing, including such as licensing, animation features and foreign distribution. [Return to question list.]
Q: Since IBW titles include other elements in addition to text, are there any other IBW departments I’d be working with, such as animation or marketing?
A: Yes, but not as many people/processes as you might think. In digital products, almost every step requires people with expertise in one thing or another! We do not expect you to know all things about all things! Only to be an editor with an amazing sense for the IBW storytelling format. (Yes, and all that grammar kind of stuff, too!)
We have a streamlined, pass-and-punt kind of program in place. Rather than a beginning-to-end process, think of your responsibilities as more of passing-off your work to another to carry-on. Even the occasional punt down the field! But, as editor, you will still have a voice (your much-valued opinions) in almost all processes to the final product. [Return to question list.]
Q: Do your series already have bibles with writing specs, character backgrounds, etc. or is that something the series editor develops?
A: Again, both. Some ongoing series need editors. Those have fully established bibles, etc. Some are in varying stages of concept development and, as such, are more open to an editor’s direction. Some series are curriculum-based and align with STEM and Core standards. We also have several reading readiness and literacy series which adhere to best practices guidelines. [Return to question list.]
Q: How much freedom do I have as a series editor both on established and new series, e.g. developing new characters, new themes, new series direction?
A: We value the creativity of IBW editors. We listen and sincerely consider your ideas, advice and suggestions. If you want to be a creative force, you will enjoy working with IBW. [Return to question list.]
Q: What if a series author doesn’t work out? (e.g. misses deadlines, can’t get writing style of characters/series, etc.)
A: We appreciate that despite your best efforts, sometimes things do not work out. You would bring the specifics of the situation to your managing editor. [Return to question list.]