Copy Editor

Northwestern Publishing House

About Northwestern Publishing House:

The mission of Northwestern Publishing House is to deliver biblically sound, Christ-centered resources within the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and beyond. We have fulfilled this mission for nearly 125 years. While publishing is much different today than when we first began, our ministry of serving others with the good news of salvation remains. God has blessed NPH with dedicated and gifted servants who daily carry out his work. We are deeply thankful for the people who have been instrumental in our ministry in years past and who play a role today.

To God be the glory!

Position Details

Copy Editor
Southeast Wisconsin
Waukesha, WI

General Responsibilities:

Northwestern Publishing House (NPH) is a publisher of Christian books and resources. The Copy Editor plays a critical role in NPH’s success by ensuring materials effectively communicate and are free of errors. Specifically, the Copy Editor performs copyediting and proofreading of books, e-books, periodicals, and marketing to ensure they conform to the high standards and style guide of Northwestern Publishing House.


Copyedit and proofread books, e-books, music, periodicals, reprints, advertising, and other projects as assigned:

  • Correct projects for spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and house style. 
  • Develop detailed and specific style sheets and proofreader checklists for books and other products. 
  • Indicate copyediting and proofreading corrections on projects. 
  • Query unclear or incorrect passages from assigned projects to the appropriate person. 
  • Enter copyediting corrections to the electronic files of projects. 
  • Check layout and corrections throughout the process. 
  • After layout, mark corrections on hard copy of the projects. 
  • Create Scripture and subject indexes for appropriate projects. 
  • Provide feedback for proofreaders of books and other projects.


Work with project teams to facilitate timely and professional publications:

  • Contribute ideas at advertising and product concepting meetings. 
  • Effectively collaborate with Editorial, Marketing, Copy Editing, Design Services, and Print Buying areas. 
  • Check printer proofs, color proofs, and digital proofs. 
  • Check e-books before being loaded onto Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 
  • Check Meditations smart phone app before new content is released. 
  • Assist with maintaining the NPH Style Guide.

Use your skills and knowledge to share God’s Word by connecting people with meaningful Christian books and resources. In this important role you will be responsible for impacting Northwestern Publishing House’s ministry through the copyediting and proofreading of manuscripts for our quality publications and related marketing projects.

It takes hard work, a proactive approach, and the ability to interact well with others to be successful in any position. Here are some additional experiences and skills that we are looking for to ensure success in the role of Copy Editor at Northwestern Publishing House:

  • Demonstrated skills in spelling, grammar, and punctuation 
  • Strong organization and time management skills 
  • Attentive eye for detail 
  • Solid Microsoft Word skills 
  • Experience in copyediting or proofreading preferred 
  • Experience in book indexing preferred 

While we are a relatively small organization, you will need to enjoy working independently and thrive on multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment. Work schedule is flexible around core business hours.

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