HarperCollins Publishers

  • Acquisitions Editor

    Job Locations US-MI-Grand Rapids
  • Overview

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    As an Acquisitions Editor for Juvenile and Young Adult products, you’ll work closely with authors, agents, and strategic partners to create innovative and excellent books for readers ages 12 and up. This editorial position is a high-profile role with many project management and relationship-building opportunities. You’ll work with expert in-house design, production, sales, and marketing staff to successfully develop and launch unique, age-appropriate titles. The Acquisitions Editor is responsible for attaining revenue for assigned categories, setting strategy for author acquisitions and retention, project managing, having an editor’s eye for good literature, and macro-editing manuscripts. This person will work with other staff members located in the Grand Rapids and Nashville offices. The Acquisitions Editor’s priority is first and foremost in overseeing up to 50 new front list products per year ranging in subject matter.


    Essential Responsibilities:


    The Acquisitions Editor may be assigned any and/or all of the following responsibilities for a particular title. In some cases, they will do the work themselves, in others they will work with the Senior Managing Editor, Managing Editor, or Editorial Coordinator to assign resources including freelance vendors. But in all cases the project will be the responsibility of the Acquisitions Editor with accountability and collaboration with the appropriate Senior Editor for each project.


    1. Assist the Publisher to ensure front-list product list supports year-over-year growth both in revenue and EBITDA.
    2. Review submissions from authors and agents as well as identify new authors to contract.
    3. Develop and maintain strong relationships with authors, agents, and partner organizations.
    4. Acquire new product via work with authors, agents, outside partners or proprietary development.
    5. Develop new book concepts on trend for the current marketplace.
    6. Strive to produce the macro edit on the first draft of any manuscript and ensure editorial excellence.
    7. Communicate and collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
    8. Meet or beat deadlines set by the Senior Managing Editor.
    9. Maintain low expenses, meeting or beating the budgeted amount allowed in a financial profit and loss statement per product.
    10. Coordinate with the art department to select illustrators for a project or photographs to complete a project, secure any author approvals, and make sure art enhances salability of the book.
    11. Oversee cover direction and participates in cover, titling, and meta data meetings.
    12. Present titles to the Kids Executive Team and Sales Publishing Board for approval and support.
    13. Complete and submit Proposal Documents to Managing Editor and work closely with her to ensure financial targets are meeting benchmarks.
    14. Complete and submit applicable Contract Request Forms to the Senior Managing Editor in a timely manner.
    15. Write and prepare proposals for presentation to agents and/or authors with the intention of acquiring their support on a project.
    16. Collaborate with the Zondervan or Blink marketing team to coordinate plans and bring product to market in a timely manner.
    17. Review financials for each title and write Deal Point Memos to secure acquisitions.
    18. Report dates completed on assigned tasks in a timely manner to Zondervan Project Server database.
    19. Serves as a member of the Kids Executive Team and participate in discussions regarding acquisitions, titles, specs, covers, on-sale dates, etc.
    20. Is available to supervise or mentor student interns or new editors as needed.


    Knowledge: Ability to discern quality of a strong middle-grade and teen product both visually and editorially.


    Work Experience: Minimum of 5 years’ editorial experience with at least 3 years of acquisitions and development experience, strongly preferred. At least three years working directly with authors required.


    Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communications, or similar area


    Industry Knowledge: Working knowledge of the publishing industry and marketplace preferably in the 0-18 space



    • Proven editorial skills in shaping excellent written text
    • Able to work well collaboratively within a team to lead concepting of material and spearhead the development of resources

    • Time management skills

    • Capable of meeting deadlines and following schedules

    • Competent computer software skills

    HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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