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Editor- Disney Hyperion/Freedom Fire

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10078531 Location New York, New York, United States Business Consumer Products Games & Publishing Date posted Feb. 06, 2024

Job Summary:

About the Role & Team

As an Editor, you will acquire, edit, and manage the Freedom Fire list of middle grade titles, and acquire for the Disney Hyperion middle grade and young adult list! Working closely with the Senior Editor, the Editorial Director, and author Kwame Mbalia—Freedom Fire’s founder—the Freedom Fire Editor will be involved in talent acquisition and list planning, focused on maintaining creative brand excellence standards for the Freedom Fire line. The editor will have strong relationships with agents and authors and a keen editorial eye with a talent for commercial plotting, world-building, and character development. You will handle 6-10 books annually.

You will report to the Senior Editor- Disney Book Group

This is a Full-Time role.

What You Will Do

Every single day in the Editor role is different! On any one day, you might:

  • Evaluate submissions in the middle grade space for Freedom Fire, and the middle grade and YA space for Disney Hyperion

  • Proactively reach out to agents to identify new talent and request samples and manuscripts

  • Work closely with key talent, Kwame Mbalia, to craft the Freedom Fire list

  • Acquire and edit 6 - 10 titles per year

  • Present titles at sales conferences and launch meetings

  • Develop and maintain a strong list of agents and authors

  • Develop and maintain relationships with entertainment partners within the Walt Disney Company

  • Represent the imprint at industry events, conferences, and during internal/external presentations.

Required Qualifications & Skills

  • 3+ years of experience in editing Middle Grade/ Young Adult fiction properties, with structural and line editing expertise

  • Established relationships with literary agents; negotiation skills; experience in redlining contracts

  • Experience managing books through the editorial/production process

  • Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills

  • Passion for creativity and a proven understanding of plot and character

  • Strong knowledge of the Middle Grade/Young Adult marketplace

  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines

  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently

  • Some travel may be required

Additional Information

Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities, and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at



The hiring range for this position in New York, NY is $64,800 to $89,100 per year. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

About Consumer Products Games & Publishing:

The Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Buena Vista Books, Inc., which is part of a business we call Consumer Products Games & Publishing.

Buena Vista Books, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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