HarperCollins Publishers

  • Assistant Editor

    Job Locations US-MI-Grand Rapids
  • Overview

    The Zondervan Trade Books Team seeks to discover, develop, and publish Christian content for readers in search of real faith for a real world. We work with a broad range of authors, including Rick Warren, Ann Voskamp, Henry Cloud & John Townsend, Shauna Niequist and Chrystal Evans Hurst. We are looking for an assistant editor who is a team player and who has a heart for service and a passion for compelling content.


    Essential Responsibilities:


    Editorial and Author Relations

    • Evaluate proposals and manuscripts as assigned 
    • Craft Publication Documents (PDs), PowerPoint presentations, and editorial feedback letters
    • Manage the catalog copy process and back-ad process, including reviewing, proofing, editing, and routing
    • Create contract/addendum/Work-for-Hire requests 
    • Make phone calls to authors and agents 
    • Work with acquisitions editors and authors on manuscript deadlines, Advanced Marketing Information (AMI) due dates, and other project needs
    • Represent Trade Team at one writers conference a year



    • Manage the SEO keyword and BISAC process
    • Research competing/comparable titles 
    • Research prospective authors
    • Create sales reports for analysis



    Project Management

    • Support acquisitions editors with RSuite tasks
    • Manage backlist by scheduling and leading annual backlist meetings and subsequent backlist review meetings
    • Review project list throughout the year, research potential projects, and schedule recovers and updated editions
    • Assist acquisitions editors and marketers in creating high-profile publishing offers
    • Create documents in preparation for weekly Second Alignment/Creative Strategy meetings
    • Maintain Pcard and complete monthly statements
    • Revise and update templates and forms as needed
    • Support Trade Books Team in preparation for and presenting at Sales Conference
    • Field questions and handle inquiries when Acquisition Editors are unavailable



    • Assist in author and editorial meetings, including creating agendas, handling logistics, and taking notes
    • Write rejection letters, manuscript acceptance letters, and introduction and inquiry correspondence, and manage freelancer communications
    • Find new ways to streamline paper and information flow 

    • Assist Acquisitions Editors with mail and scheduling as needed


    Knowledge/Work Experience: 1-3 years’ experience in publishing


    Education: Bachelor's degree in English or similar field


    Industry Knowledge: Familiar with the Christian Writer's Manual of Style



    • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a strong command of the English language
    • Ability to anticipate needs, plan ahead, and effectively encourage planning ahead
    • Proven organizational skills, with ability to prioritize and manage a wide variety of tasks and resources across multiple projects and meet deadlines
    • Ability to professionally and cordially interact with authors and agents
    • Ability to distill numerous pieces of information and communicate key points to others
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, with timely communication, especially expressing difficult/sensitive information tactfully; ability to identify team conflict and communication problems
    • Ability to quickly learn and use electronic databases and new software applications; maintain awareness of new and emerging technologies

    Additional Skills:

    • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
    • Detail oriented
    • Able to work on both long-term and short-term projects
    • Team player
    • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and problem solve
    • Ability to relate to and empathize with others
    • Flexible and ready to respond to new opportunities

    HarperCollins is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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