HarperCollins Publishers

  • Acquisitions Editor

    Job Locations US-NY-New York | US-TN-Nashville
  • Overview

    HarperCollins Leadership offers integrated, values-based development experiences through books, e-courses, podcasts, and web-based tools to help emerging and established leaders learn and apply the principles in order to activate the leadership potential inherent in every individual.  HarperCollins leadership operates out of Nashville, TN and is part of HarperCollins, a subsidiary of News Corp.


    The Acquisitions Editor position acquires and develops book projects for the division, working with the author (or writer) to ensure that the completed manuscript meets accepted editorial standards in terms of content, scope, development of the subject, organization, and accuracy. He/she makes formal presentations at key meetings (such as Pub Board and Sales Conference); interfaces with sales and marketing and provides information as needed; and with the Publisher develops and manages relationships with key authors and literary agents. Day-to-day responsibilities include analyzing market trends, pursuing new authors and book projects, evaluating book proposals submitted by literary agents, presenting and costing new projects, negotiating major deal points for new projects, substantively editing manuscripts, and serving as internal champion for projects acquired. Responsible for business and leadership content categories that inspire (such as executive bios and corporate success stories) and build insights and skills (such as best practice training and development in specific business disciplines).


    • Author Acquisition: develops productive relationships with literary agents; actively pursues, receives, and reviews book proposals from them on an ongoing basis; identifies and pursues potential author targets; creates book concepts for target authors as needed; makes initial contacts and sets meetings; prepares proposals and makes presentations at Ed Board and Pub Board meetings; manages APL approval process for his/her projects; negotiates major deal points and works with contracts team to develop long-form contract.
    • Author Retention: works closely with the authors, focusing on editorial issues but also serving as liaison for other issues, such as sales or marketing related issues; develops productive relationships with authors for whom he/she is responsible; as necessary, creates book concepts for current authors; prepares for and attends planning meetings with major authors.
    • Product Development: participates in Titling meetings to achieve final, approved copy by Sales Conference; participates in catalog process on an approved schedule for Sales Conference; coordinates approval of front cover copy and cover design by authors as needed; edits back cover copy and flap copy as needed; makes product presentations at Sales Conference.
    • Schedule Management: oversees on-time delivery of acquired and substantively edited manuscripts to assigned editor; works with authors to ensure (1) manuscript receipt according to contractual due dates and (2) efficient editorial processing from substantive development stage to copy edit.
    • Developmental Editing: provides initial feedback and direction on proposal; provides feedback and direction on first chapter completed; provides substantive editing and feedback on first draft; reviews final draft; delivers final manuscript and editorial direction to assigned editor. All of these steps are done for acquired and assigned projects.
    • Publisher Support: prepares notes from meetings with authors and agents for Publisher; meets regularly with Publisher to review relationship management and business metrics on acquired projects; responds to Publisher’s requests; reviews proposals and follows up on leads from Publisher.

    • Travel: represents Company and imprint at industry conferences; attends consumer conferences where potential author relationships can be developed; meets with literary agents, potential authors, and current authors as needed to develop good opportunities and relationships.


    Knowledge: Solid market knowledge, proven leadership ability, proven success in acquisitions, proven ability to maintain strong relationships with internal and external constituencies. Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style is strongly preferred.


    Work Experience: Minimum of 5 years’ editorial experience with at least 3 years of acquisitions and development experience.


    Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, journalism, or related field.


    General and/or Industry Knowledge: Knowledge of book publishing market— key competitors, authors, and agencies; some familiarity with online learning and e-course trends preferred. Knowledge and experience working in the business/leadership development product space strongly preferred.



    • Proven editorial skills in shaping excellent written text
    • Well organized and able to manage multiple tasks/priorities.
    • Superior time management skills.
    • Strong negotiation and public speaking capabilities.
    • Able to work with authors to develop excellent content.
    • Able to work with others in a team environment.
    • Relationship builder, networking ability.
    • Manuscript management experience.
    • Diplomatic and collaborative.
    • Must be able to work in a fast-paced, evolving industry and environment.
    • Creative and analytical.
    • Capable of meeting deadlines and following schedules.
    • Good interpersonal skills.

    Additional Requirements:

    • Remains calm under pressur
    • Communicates effectively and tactfully
    • Strong relationship management with internal and external contacts
    • Decisive
    • Strategic planner

    HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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