TouchWood Editions Seeks Editor

TouchWood Editions is one of Western Canada’s leading independent book publishers, based in Victoria, BC. We publish books on food and wine, travel, and gardening, as well as titles of regional and historical interest. Our imprint, Brindle & Glass Publishing, is known for its list of quality literary fiction and non-fiction.

We are seeking an in-house editor to join our team. Ideally you are extremely detailed oriented, passionate about creative problem solving, happy to work both independently and collaboratively, and in possession of excellent communication skills.

This is a full-time position. Please send a cover letter and résumé via email to by Friday, March 27, 2015. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Evaluating manuscripts to determine readiness for editorial process
  • Substantive editing, copy editing, and proofreading of book-length projects according to in-house style guides and The Chicago Manual of Style
  • Fact checking, securing permissions, and applying for CIP data
  • Creating, compiling, and maintaining style sheets for series and individual titles
  • Preparing design-ready manuscripts (using styles, cleaning up formatting, and tagging) and reviewing layout requirements
  • Reading and correcting proofs, negotiating appropriate revisions with authors, incorporating authors’ changes and comments, and ensuring consistency and accuracy throughout
  • Working closely with the production team to maintain a smooth and timely publication schedule
  • Copy editing and proofreading all sales and promotional copy (ads, event posters, catalogue copy, back cover copy, etc.)
  • Fielding submission queries, logging all submissions, and writing and sending out rejection letters


  • In-house editorial experience in the book publishing industry preferred
  • Experience in editing cookbooks an advantage
  • Undergraduate degree in arts or communications
  • Excellent knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Proven ability to work independently and prioritize multiple projects