HarperCollins Publishers

  • Acquisitions Editor, Tommy Nelson

    Job Locations US-TN-Nashville
    Category
    Editorial
  • Overview

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    Tommy Nelson works with great authors such as Max Lucado, Sarah Young, Kathie Lee Gifford, Sadie Robertson, Amy Parker and on top brands such as Precious Moments. And we want you to help us acquire great authors to complete our amazing roster. The acquisitions editor must research trends, know the process of book publishing, and understand the children’s market. Books to acquire will be from 0-adult in all formats, such as board books, picture books, juvenile fiction, YA nonfiction, etc.  The acquisitions editor is responsible to strategize and manage title plans for product categories to ensure the publishing group produces the budgeted amount of product to meet annual fiscal goals. We publish with a research and financial based mindset and the acquisitions editor must strategize and manage title plans to ensure the publishing group produces the budgeted amount of product in a timeline to meet annual fiscal goals.

    Responsibilities

    • Maintain a consistent and multi-faceted publishing pipeline, in accordance with the Publisher and publishing team strategy and philosophy.
    • Proactively participate in regular editorial meetings and pub boards.
    • Identify market trends and felt needs of readers.
    • Actively acquire new titles and authors—consistent with publishing strategy and financial goals.
    • Maintain and strengthen trust in author relationships.
    • Provide timely communication with current and potential authors and their agents regarding the status of their proposals and/or future projects and backlist titles.
    • Negotiate with publisher to determine financial benchmarks for each product.
    • Present titles at sales conference.
    • Participate in creative development of titles, descriptive copy, and covers for books acquired.

    Qualifications

    Knowledge: Ability to accurately, efficiently, and economically perform the above duties, producing quality books that reflect editorial excellence and support the HCCP mission statement.

     

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

     

    Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, Writing, Journalism, Publishing, or equivalent degree required

     

    Industry Knowledge: Working knowledge of the trade book market, leading authors and publishers is required. Experience creating children’s and teen nonfiction books, preferred.

     

    Skills:

    • Strong communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills
    • Excellent editing skills
    • Strong negotiation skills
    • Ability to juggle multiple assignments at any given time
    • Creative, visionary thinker
    • Decisive, well organized, strategic planner
    • Relationship builder, networking ability
    • Manuscript management experience
    • Able to pay attention to details
    • Diplomatic and collaborative
    • Must be able to work in a fast-paced, evolving industry and environment
    • Innovation, relational and creativity skills are crucial for success
    • Must be able to travel as needed
    • Time management skills
    • Well organized and able to manage multiple tasks/priorities
    • Creative, analytical, capable of meeting deadlines and following schedules
    • Good interpersonal skills
    • Team player
    • Confident
    • Self-starter
    • Works well under pressure
    • High integrity and discernment

    Additional Skills:

    • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with a diverse group of people both internally and externally. 
    • The ability to be flexible and prioritize various projects going on at once.
    • Strategic. 
    • Motivational. 
    • Persistent. 
    • Self-assured. 
    • Enjoys challenges.

    HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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