HarperCollins Publishers

  • Sr. Acquisitions Editor, Zonderkidz

    Job Locations US-MI-Grand Rapids
  • Overview

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    The Zonderkidz team is in search of a senior acquisitions editor who will be responsible for acquisition, editorial, and product development of children’s and teen products (e.g. picture books, juvenile fiction, YA nonfiction, etc.). This individual will work with the publisher 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 work with a broad range of authors including Rick Warren, Sally Lloyd-Jones, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Chrystal Evans Hurst, Linsey Davis, Jess Connolly, and many other leading communicators.


    • Maintain a consistent, timely, and multi-faceted publishing pipeline, in accordance with the Publisher and publishing team strategy and philosophy.
    • Work with agents and authors to acquire approximately 20 titles per year.
    • 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.
    • Present publishing offers to agents and authors and negotiate the key deal points.
    • Maintain and strengthen trust in author/agent relationships.
    • Maintain contact with authors under contract for new titles, monitor their progress toward submission, and determine if the submitted manuscript is acceptable.
    • Provide timely communication with current and potential authors and their agents regarding the status of their proposals and/or future projects and backlist titles.
    • Perform a macro level edit on the manuscript, offering feedback and suggestions to the author on how it can be improved.
    • Work with sales, operations and publisher to ensure acquisitions will meet financial hurdles.
    • Present titles at sales conference.
    • Participate in creative development of titles, descriptive copy, acquisition, editorial and publishing board proposals and proposals to authors.
    • Create ideas for proprietary books and brands.


    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 7-8 years editorial experience with at least 3-5 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 agents is required. Experience creating children’s and teen nonfiction books, preferred.



    • Ability to work collaboratively with authors, vendors, managing and production editors, and marketing in bringing products to a successful launch.
    • Strong communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills
    • Excellent editing skills
    • Strong negotiation skills
    • Ability to prioritize, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines successfully and within budget.
    • Creative, visionary thinker
    • Decisive, well organized, strategic planner
    • 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
    • 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


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