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Freelance Text Editor - Project Hire

Highlights for Children
United States, Ohio, Columbus
1800 Watermark Dr (Show on map)
February 29, 2024

Freelance Text Editor

Project Hire - Freelance Opportunity

Student Text Editor, Superkids

Zaner-Bloser is seeking an experienced Project Hire-Editor to assist with planning, writing, editing, and coordinating the development of student-facing decodable and uncontrolled literary and informational texts for the Superkids K-2 Reading Program for the next 12+ months. We are looking for an Editor who is passionate about delivering high-quality, engaging grade-level texts to support developing readers, as well as complex read-aloud texts for building knowledge and vocabulary.

Project Specifications

The initial project timeframe is 12+ months.

Time commitment of 40 hours per week at an approximate hourly rate of $35.00 based on experience.

A project hire/freelancer is not employed directly by Zaner-Bloser and is not eligible for company benefits.

You have a deep understanding for

  • Literary and informational text development, specifically for grades K-2.

  • Aligning decodable texts with a phonics scope and sequence.

  • Telling engaging stories and expressing complex ideas using grade-appropriate vocabulary and sentence structure.

  • Using visuals and text together to support children's understanding.

For this project, you will:

  • Plan new and revised texts to align with requirements for readability level (such as Lexiles), decodability, thematic connections, and our standards for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Create detailed writing guidelines for different types of student texts, including decodable and uncontrolled literary and informational texts.

  • Write, review, and revise concepts, outlines, and manuscripts to ensure compliance with text requirements and writing guidelines.

  • Write creative/art specifications to guide illustration.

  • Conduct research and document sources as part of the development process.

  • Coordinate the phases of the book production process.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree with 5+ years of editorial experience in educational publishing for grades K-2.

  • Excellent writing and editing skills, specifically for children's literary and informational texts. Must have experience developing decodable text and working with readability requirements for specific grade levels.

  • Experience coordinating editorial projects and providing guidance for writers.

  • Skilled at conceptualizing the design and layout of children's books.

  • Familiarity with early (K-2) elementary school reading curriculum.

  • Exceptional communication skills with the ability to collaborate cross-functionally on creative projects. Able to give and receive feedback well.

  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines on multiple simultaneous projects.

To Apply

Provide writing samples with resume & cover letter. Note that writing samples of children's texts that candidates have written or edited, as well as decodable texts, are preferred.

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