HarperCollins Publishers

  • Editor

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
  • Overview



    Reporting to the Executive Editor, the Editor will be responsible for soliciting, acquiring and developing authors/books for the Graydon House and HQN imprints within the Harlequin trade division, as well as working with the editorial team and with marketing to develop the publishing strategy for this program. Graydon House is a commercial fiction imprint targeted at readers who are looking for book club-worthy women’s fiction.  HQN Books is devoted to mainstream bestselling romance by the finest authors in the field.


    Editorial Quality:

    • Works with authors and agents to solicit and acquire manuscripts with the correct editorial fit for the publishing strategy.
    • Reads submissions (solicited and unsolicited where applicable), responds to authors/agents, presents projects at acquisition meetings and to the sales department, negotiates contracts and monitors payments to authors.
    • Manages and develops the respective author base to elicit the highest quality of writing.
    • Performs all editorial functions when appropriate, including reading and evaluating proposals, providing revisions to authors, and line editing. Oversees copy editing and author approval/ alterations.  Acts as liaison with production department to meet all deadlines.
    • Stays current with competitive marketplace, both print and digital, and trends.
    • Demonstrates and strives for continued innovation, creativity, consumer and competitive insights.
    • Provides administrative and clerical support as necessary.
    • Provides assistance to the team as needed to support imprint strategy and growth.

    Product Packaging:

    • Provides editorial input into cover design to ensure key selling features are reflected in the book package. Works with the Marketing and Art team on design recommendations.
    • Writes catalog, jacket, and marketing copy and manages all metadata associated with titles and authors.

    Author/Agent Management:

    • Maintains key authors under contract and develops new authors by providing mentoring and guidance with respect to career direction.
    • Maintains positive relationships with agents.
    • Represents the program/company at both internal and external conferences and with the media.


    • An undergraduate degree, with a minimum 5 years of progressive editorial and acquisitions experience in book publishing
    • Strong communication and editorial skills
    • Experience finding, editing and cultivating key authors
    • Demonstrates project management, planning and organizing skills, team work and collaboration, leadership, and initiative as well as a drive for results
    • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills who can follow through on deadlines
    • Established contacts within the agent community
    • Strong contract negotiation skills
    • Passion for books
    • High level of creativity/innovation, functional/technical knowledge
    • Solid understanding of the digital market


    HarperCollins Publishers is a company full of people who are passionate about books. When you apply for a position, we want to know why you want to work here, and why you are interested in the job. That’s why cover letters are strongly preferred.


    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.


    Harlequin is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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