Opportunities at Avalon Travel
Freelancing for Avalon Travel
Avalon Travel, a member of the Perseus Books Group, is looking for experienced, deadline-oriented freelance copy editors to help us produce high-quality travel books.
Freelance copy editors will work closely with Avalon’s in-house editorial staff to maintain an exceptional standard of writing and accuracy in grammar, spelling, and style. Travel books require timeliness—you must be able to meet tight deadlines. All projects are transmitted electronically as Word files, and freelancers should expect to use the Track Changes function to input modifications and queries.
- At least 2 years of professional experience copyediting book-length manuscripts; editorial background in travel reference books is preferred.
- Thorough knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition)
- Well-versed in Microsoft Word and comfortable with Track Changes
- Ability to manage projects with tight schedules
- Familiarity with Word coding and styles
- Proficiency in foreign languages, especially Spanish, French, Italian, or German, is a plus.
To apply, please submit your resume and a brief cover letter via email. A list of completed projects and clients is also helpful. Please type “Freelance Copy Editor—Avalon” in the subject line. If you plan to send your resume as an attachment, please be sure to include your full name in the title of the document (e.g. Jane_Smith_resume.doc). Please note this is not an in-house or a freelance writing position. Our freelancer copyediting rate starts at $20 per hour.
Absolutely no phone calls, please! We really, really, mean that.
Internships with Avalon Travel
Avalon Travel offers internships for qualified candidates in Editorial, Marketing/Publicity, and Cartography. Each internship provides not only a working knowledge of one specific department, but also an overview of a publishing house as a whole.
Avalon Travel has a strong reputations for providing interns with the skills they need to build a career in the competitive field of book publishing. We seek interns who are both hardworking and fun, who welcome the opportunity to take on more significant responsibilities than those typically offered in internship programs.
Internships are offered three times a year: Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall, and may last up to four months.
The Editorial intern provides administrative support to the editorial department as a whole. The Intern, while performing a select number of regular administrative tasks outlined below, may also be asked to learn and perform a variety of functions related to book acquisitions and editing, i.e., proofing, electronic file clean up, reviewing bluelines, checking alts, indexing, research, etc.
The Cartography intern provides map production support to the cartography department. The Intern works closely with the Cartography Manager, editors, and cartographers to prepare maps for layout.
The Publicity & Marketing intern is involved in a variety of publicity-related projects, including writing press releases and galley letters, pitching both traditional and online media, writing copy, and doing web and social media research. The intern will also have opportunities to explore a wide variety of marketing and creative services projects, including an introduction to light design and production duties.