HarperCollins Publishers

  • Assistant Editor, Bibles

    Job Locations US-TN-Nashville
  • Overview

    The Assistant Editor for the Thomas Nelson Bible and Study Resources team is responsible for independently managing and developing assigned and elected projects under the supervision of the Publisher. These may include new titles, repackaged/repurposed titles, line extensions, print and digital products. The Assistant Editor should work productively in an interdisciplinary team environment and with outside partners, such as authors and freelance proofreaders, but also thrive as an independent self-starter.


    We’re looking for someone who has a desire to create meaningful content; who is willing to learn and grow in an exciting, challenging, creative environment; who is able to manage time wisely and remain flexible; and who above all has a heart for God’s Word and a desire to help people meet with God in the pages of Scripture.


    Essential Responsibilities:


    Editorial and Author Relations

    • Evaluate proposals and manuscripts as assigned 
    • Perform or oversee editorial processes for text, reference, and children’s Bibles, working with outside freelancers to handle copyediting and proofreading tasks, and performing or managing the proofing of the typeset pages
    • Manage the details of numerous complex projects at once, such as setting up appropriate filing systems, creating feature maps, and facilitating the approval of final files.
    • Ensure alignment with house style guides
    • Create contract/addendum/work-for-hire requests 
    • Make phone calls to authors and agents 
    • Work with editors and authors on manuscript deadlines, Advance Marketing/Sales Information (AMSI) due dates, and other project needs as requested
    • Responsible for managing and maintaining excellent author service
    • Review and edit marketing copy as needed. Provide input to marketing copy for ads, selling and promotional materials
    • Willing to represent the Thomas Nelson Bible team at conferences and events


    • Research BISAC codes for all Bible products
    • Research competing/comparable titles
    • Research prospective authors
    • Create sales reports for analysis 

    Project Management & Product Development

    • Support editors with RSuite tasks.
    • Review project list throughout the year, research potential projects, and schedule re-covers and updated editions
    • Assist editors and marketers in creating high-profile publishing offers
    • Revise and update templates and forms as needed
    • Support Publisher in preparation for and presenting at Sales Conference
    • Field questions and handle inquiries when Publisher is unavailable
    • Craft Publication Documents (PDs), PowerPoint presentations, and editorial feedback letters.
    • Actively participate in developing new product proposals, reviewing product proposals to make recommendations for publishing, and analyzing current products
    • Research competition for title, cover, and similar topics
    • Prepare and complete product proposal forms and share updates at publishing boards as needed


    • Assist in author and editorial meetings, including creating agendas 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 Publisher with other duties as needed


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


    Education: Bachelor's degree in English or similar field



    • 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 verbal and written interpersonal skills, with timely communication, especially expressing difficult/sensitive information tactfully; ability to identify team conflict and communication problems
    • Strong project management skills, ability to multitask, works well under pressure   
    • Excellent organizational skills and budget management skills                               
    • Able to prioritize, manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines             
    • Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style
    • Microsoft Office application skills (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

    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
    • Experience and knowledge of Bible, Christian, and General book market
    • Familiarity with multiple versions of the Bible

    HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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