Many Kinds of Editors
Acquisitions Editors: Responsible for soliciting, evaluating, purchasing and editing manuscripts.
Assistant Editor, Associate Editor, Associate Department: Can be anything from a secretary to a copy editor or acquisitions reader.
Book Packager: A person or organization that provides publishing services such as design and production to large publishers.
Consulting Editor: Usually a freelance editor hired to offer advice and expertise. Occasionally oversees a project, although sometimes this title is honorary.
Contributing Editor: Someone who writes regularly for a publication.
Copy Editor: Reads through manuscript, word-by-word, making changes and corrections (also called fine line editing).
Department Editor: A person in charge of the editorial content of one department, genre, series or section.
Editor: A generic term, involved in the editorial function.
Editor-at-Large: A staff editor who handles a variety of tasks and wears different hats; may work from home.
Editor-in-Chief: Someone in charge of the entire editing department, or entire line, area or imprint at a book-publishing house.
Editorial Assistant: Usually an editor’s assistant and duties may range from that of a secretary to actual editing and reading.
Editorial Board Member: A group that selects books for publication and determines policy.
Executive Editor: Ambiguous, may also mean Editor-in-Chief.
Freelance Editor: Hired as a contractor or on a project-by-project basis, outsourced (works privately out of the office, generally).
Managing Editor: Oversees the daily operations of a department; more of an office overseer.
Production Editor: In charge of the physical production of a publication; timelines.
Project Editor: Supervises a particular project or line.
Proofreader: Reads typeset manuscripts for errors in spelling, typos, grammar, etc.
Publisher/CEO: The person in charge of everything at a publishing firm.
Reader: Screens unsolicited manuscripts.
Senior Editor: Usually an acquisition editor with decision-making power, long-timer.
Supervising Editor: Ambiguous, synonym for project editor.