HarperCollins Publishers

  • Acquisitions Editor

    Job Locations US-MI-Grand Rapids
  • Overview

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    Seeking a creative and astute individual to acquire books for Zondervan Reflective, one of the newest trade imprints of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Written for serious readers and thought leaders by some of today’s leading voices, Zondervan Reflective books challenge the status quo, ask the tough questions, promote deep thinking, and lead readers to action. The primary focus of acquisitions will be trade books in the faith and culture category of Zondervan Reflective, with additional titles possible in the areas of leadership and ministry, as well as some academic titles.


    • Maintain awareness of consumer needs and develop a strategy to acquire thoughtful trade titles by developing author and agent contacts, networking and attendance at select conferences, and ongoing review of books, journals, blogs, and periodicals in print and online.
    • Work with agents and authors to acquire approximately 14-16 titles per year. Approximately 80% will be for the Zondervan Reflective imprint and 20% in systematic and historical theology, philosophy, and related disciplines for the Zondervan Academic imprint. AEs are also encouraged to acquire new titles outside their primary areas of focus as opportunities and personal contacts/relationships present themselves.
    • Attend and participate actively in bi-monthly meetings to discuss new book ideas, present and review new titles in pub board meetings, and present new titles to the sales team.
    • Present publishing offers to agents and authors and negotiate the key deal points.
    • Maintain contact with authors under contract for new titles, monitor their progress toward submission, and determine if the submitted manuscript is acceptable.
    • Perform a macro level edit on the manuscript, offering feedback and suggestions to the author on how it can be improved.
    • Participate in production rounds with the Senior Managing Editor to maintain up-to-date scheduling of books and projects, and participate in cover, title, and marketing planning meetings led by Marketing.
    • Present new title announcements three times a year at the HCCP Sales Conferences.


    Knowledge and Work Experience:

    • Minimum 3-5 years’ editorial experience and/or proofreading or other relevant publishing experience, required. Acquisitions experience, preferred.
    • Book publishing experience preferred, especially front list acquisitions of thoughtful Christian trade books for serious readers and Christian leaders.
    • Familiarity with faith and culture issues including apologetics, current social issues, and biblical and theological topics of interest to Christian readers. Should also have some awareness of current leadership, church ministry, and academic trends, especially in theological studies.
    • Proven ability to evaluate proposals, conceive new product ideas, interact fruitfully with authors and agents, and substantively edit content for publication.


    • An undergraduate degree plus a seminary degree or its equivalent.
    • A ThM, ThD, or PhD in historical or systematic theology would be a real plus, but not a requirement.


    Industry Knowledge:

    • Conversant with American evangelicalism and Christian books published in the areas of primary responsibility.
    • Sensitivity to theological issues; an appreciation for historic Christian orthodoxy and/or evangelical orthodoxy.


    • Basic computer and software skills such as PCs/laptops, Microsoft Outlook, spreadsheets, and the ability to learn the publisher’s software systems.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with authors, vendors, managing and production editors, and marketing in bringing products to a successful launch.
    • Ability to evaluate and conceive worthwhile product ideas.
    • Ability to articulate in writing and speech a convincing case for new products; includes making publications board and sales conference presentations
    • Ability to understand the needs and concerns of the core readers of the imprints, particularly active Christians, lay leaders, and thoughtful readers, but also students, professors, and pastors.
    • Ability to prioritize, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines successfully and within budget.

    HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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