Publishing Manager-English

Purpose of the Position:


To conceptualize and oversee all editorial aspects of Storymoja’s English language offerings for upper primary and secondary school students. Help Storymoja realize its vision of getting a book in every hand by leading a profitable English publishing unit that produces world-class publications for local and international markets, partners, schools, and events.

Key responsibilities:  

  • the conceptualization and successful implementation of annual strategic plans. Work with various stakeholders to develop ideas/concepts for new publication projects.
  • research and regularly seek customer feedback to feed into the product development strategy.
    and recommend subcontractors for prequalification and help generate/update rate cards.
  • ensure manuscripts are well-edited and prepared for publication, effectively manage editor(s) and subcontractors. Capture key performance indicators in written contracts including:
  • Clear, well-researched customer-centric briefs to which deliverables must adhere
  • Originality, scope, level, and length of the project.
  • Agreed processes (and examples where applicable), timelines, and budgets
  • Substantive editing as per the agreed guidelines.
  • Completeness and organization of the content of the project/s
  • Consistency and clarity, style, readability, and appropriateness of language (no use of profane words).
  • Design briefs to which deliverables must adhere.
  • E-content briefs to which deliverables must adhere
  • Legality (i.e., perform rigorous plagiarism checks to ensure the text will not result in legal suits).
  • Fact-checking, accuracy, and quality control of the project at all stages.
  • Copy-editing and proofreading to minimize/eliminate errors before printing
  • Continuous review and revision of books after printing.
  • Book brand sheets, reviews, and ratings – ensure templates are shared and filled.
  • Adherence to set publishing systems and processes outlined in the manual
    on project briefs agreed in the annual publishing strategy, prepare quarterly/annual departmental work plans and budgets for approval by the immediate supervisor.
  • Solicit high-quality customer-centric manuscripts.
  • Lead the author boarding process while maintaining a balance between established and upcoming authors.
  • Proactively share all the approved publishing-related systems and processes and enforce them within the
  • department.
  • Professionally implement existing projects
  • Manage the training of writers for various projects (as required).
    the key liaison with authors writing for authors writing in English (Grade 5 and above)
    and identify new material for co-publication and liaise with relevant contacts and negotiate rights for local and foreign editions, updates and co-editions, and translation rights.
    yourself with the CBC curriculum designs for upper primary and secondary (when they become available) to obtain KICD approval on most publications.
  • Ensure proper record keeping of critical publishing department items i.e. publications, database of stakeholders e.g. writers, illustrators, teachers, competitors, and industry players.
  • Liaise with other departments to initiate and promote English book launches, writing workshops, and other related events.
  • Monitor competitor activities and publications as well as other interesting projects or offerings and report in the monthly management meeting.
  • Actively engage with various industry stakeholders and keep abreast of developments in the greater reading, books, and publishing sector locally and internationally.
  • Represent Storymoja at KPA and other selected industry associations and initiatives.
  • Run weekly departmental traffic meetings and represent the department at monthly management meetings.
  • Perform any other duties and responsibilities which may be assigned to you by your supervisor and are related to the achievement of Storymoja’s mission and vision.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, publishing, English, or a related field.
  • At least 5 years of publishing experience in a senior role.
  • Excellent communication and comprehension skills, both written and oral, including professional and tactful
  • demeanor in dealing with authors and editors.
  • Experience in copyediting and proofreading (thorough knowledge of English grammar and technical, scientific, and set books writing styles).
  • Superb organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • The ability to handle multiple projects determines priorities and meets deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and both team-oriented and independent work abilities.
  • Flexible approach to project work and creative problem-solving orientation.
  • Excellent analytical, editorial skills, logical, and organizational skills i.e. knowledge and experience of managing multiple components in a Publishing environment
  • Knowledge and experience in the rest of Africa Educational systems is desirable


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About Storymoja Africa

Storymoja is an ethical, small but fast-growing profit-making social enterprise that primarily publishes books for children. Storymoja is probably best known for its annual international festival and the Start-a-Library initiative. Our vision is to ‘Get a book in every hand.’ Our mission is to become a commercially profitable business that stimulates and benefits from a vibrant East African reading and writing culture. Our core values – (POPSIR) – we are passionate, open, path-breaking, smart, value integrity, and are responsive to our staff, customers, partner’s and client’s concerns.