1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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2535-13 Book Editor

Evaluates manuscripts of books to determine suitability for publication and supervises final manuscript preparation.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification or at least 5 years relevant experience. This occupation requires high levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications or experience.

Tasks Include:

  • reviews and evaluates manuscripts of novels, biographies, short stories, poems, educational texts and other books
  • advises publishers about potential of material for publication and conditions of publication contracts
  • suggests changes to manuscripts
  • negotiates with authors regarding details of publications such as royalties, publication dates and numbers of copies to be printed
  • organises and coordinates publishing projects to completion
  • briefs and manages authors, illustrators and designers
  • may develop and maintain agreed budgets

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