Assistant Editor Description
Position: Assistant Editor (Volunteer Position)
Start Date: TBD
Compensation: Some SCBWI-specific perks given such as discounted or free events, opportunity to meet and interview kid lit professionals, potential to qualify for press badges to non-SCBWI events (such as San Diego Comic Con, Wonder Con, etc.), and bylines for your portfolio/resume.
Time Commitment: Commitment to the position itself is for at least one year. Please see position description for more info on average monthly time commitment.
Description: The assistant editor works closely with the managing editor to curate and develop content and community for the SCBWI California Tri-Regional blog, Kite Tales. The assistant editor may collect content from contributors and/or write content themselves that includes coverage of SCBWI events, contests, and community, industry news, interviews with notable kid lit agents, editors, authors, and illustrators. (Most interviews are done via email.)
The blog mostly runs on a quarterly system — meaning we collect and schedule most of our articles 4 times per year. Any regular feature posts must be turned over to the managing editor the month before the quarter starts — i.e. April 1st begins the 2nd quarter, so you must turn in your content on March. 1st. However, event-, contest-, and interview-dependent articles cannot always follow the quarterly turnover schedule due to their timelines. Managing editor will then give final approval on your edited, proofed, and formatted article, already loaded into WordPress, before publishing to the blog. (Some WordPress training provided.)
If you choose to do the majority of your work the month content is due, it may take up to 10 hours that month. You can also organize your schedule to spread the work out over several months instead. You must communicate with contributors, collect/approve their articles, and/or write at least 4 articles per quarter, so please manage your time accordingly. You may also choose to write more, contribute interviews from kid lit professionals, or find additional content contributors as your interest dictates — to be discussed with managing editor.
Please note: Your level of involvement, past your basic duties, is up to you. You can make this as interesting and as beneficial to your kid lit pursuits (i.e. networking, developing your writing and editing skills, learning social media, etc.) as you want. There is plenty of room for you to contribute new feature ideas and help to build the blog community if you want to use it. These decisions, and your ability to communicate effectively and stay organized, will play a large role in determining how much time you ultimately dedicate to the blog each quarter.
– SCBWI member in good standing.
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
– Strong grammar skills.
– Ability to work autonomously while still functioning well in a team.
– Organized and efficient.
– Knowledge of and access to DropBox, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and basic WordPress required. (Some training provided.)
– Social Media skills, specifically Twitter and Facebook, a plus.
– Previous editorial experience a plus.
– PhotoShop, graphic design, or illustration skills a plus.
Visit losangeles.scbwi.org/volunteer-positions and scroll down to “Current Open Volunteer Positions.” Download and fill out the volunteer application and send it, along with any relevant experience/portfolio links, by SEPTEMBER 20TH to the managing editor.