HarperCollins Publishers

Executive Editor, Graydon House & HQN Books

US-NY-New York




We are currently seeking an Executive Editor to manage both the Graydon House and HQN imprints out of the NY office. This newly created role will manage a team of 3, and will report to the Editorial Director based in Toronto. The Executive Editor will focus on strategy, acquisition and will continue to foster strong relationships with agents, authors, media and outside suppliers, such as book packagers, and develop new relationships to continue to build a successful and competitive Romance and commercial women’s fiction programs.


Graydon House is a select hardcover and trade paperback imprint dedicated to publishing book club-worthy women’s fiction with strong commercial appeal. Multifaceted, provocative and original, our novels are page-turners that range in tone from lighthearted humor to emotional tearjerker, edgy suspense to historical drama. Graydon House is a boutique destination for both promising new talent and bestselling authors who are looking for an accomplished and attentive publisher that can nurture their talent and build their readership.


HQN Books has redefined romance by publishing the best in mainstream bestseller romance by the finest authors in the field—from rising stars to romance royalty. In 2016, HQN placed 27 titles on bestseller lists (New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly) for a total of 115 weeks, demonstrating that HQN Books offers something for every romance fan, across all formats.


  • Acquires lead-level titles with critical and bestselling potential, and edits manuscripts for publication.
  • Negotiates contracts with agents and or packagers.
  • Expands and nurtures a network of contacts (media, agents, scouts, packagers) to ensure that Graydon House and HQN remain highly competitive and relevant to target audience.
  • On an ongoing basis, acts as spokesperson for the imprints with authors, agents, media and with Sales to communicate through seasonal launch presentations.
  • Develops and recommends for approval the ongoing longer-term publishing strategy of the imprints.
  • Communicates the Graydon House and HQN vision, goals and strategy on a consistent basis to key internal constituents:  North America Marketing and Digital (including PR and Art)
  • Presents titles at various sales meetings.
  • Leads and manages a team of dedicated professionals located in both NYC and Toronto.
  • Shepherds manuscripts through production process and oversees all aspects of the publication process, including working with design to create marketable packages and with the marketing group to develop marketing plans.
  • Works with internal editorial, publicity and marketing staff, as well as packagers, media, scouts and agents, to develop unique, relevant and highly promotable titles. 
  • Works directly with authors, agents, and all in-house departments (including Marketing and Digital, Sales, Public Relations, Overseas, Legal, Art, Production and Finance) in addition, Sales, Overseas and the Publishing Board.
  • Oversees fact sheet, jacket, and catalog copy; reviews marketing material.
  • Conducts and analyzes sales research, with a deep understanding of P&L’s.


  • Minimum 3 years of experience at a senior level in adult fiction publishing
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Acquisition and publication of multiple profitable and/or critically viable projects
  • Excellent negotiation skills and strong presentation skills
  • Established relationships with relevant agents and industry colleagues of women’s fiction, romance and commercial fiction titles
  • Strong understanding and awareness of general marketplace and relevant market segments within industry
  • Experience acquiring and editing commercial fiction, romance and women’s fiction
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels across the organization
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities under pressure
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Established agent, packager and media contacts
  • Demonstrated understanding of adult fiction P&Ls
  • Proficient knowledge of MS Office


HarperCollins Publishers is an equal opportunity employer.


Harlequin is committed to providing accommodations in all parts of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.


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