HarperCollins Publishers

Assistant Editor, Zondervan Books

Job Locations US-MI-Grand Rapids | US-TN-Nashville


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The Zondervan Books Team is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team and highly values diverse backgrounds and insights that fuel our innovation.


Zondervan Books is the preeminent home for Christian writing that builds up God’s people and that persuades and transforms the wider world. We work with a broad range of authors, including Rick Warren, Craig Groeschel, Henry Cloud & John Townsend, Shauna Niequist, and Chrystal Evans Hurst. We are looking for an assistant editor who is a team player with a heart for service and a passion for compelling Christian writing.


Editorial and Author Relations

  • Evaluate proposals and manuscripts as assigned 
  • Craft reader reports, PowerPoint presentations, and editorial feedback letters
  • Manage the catalog copy process and back-ad process, including reviewing, proofing, editing, and routing
  • Work as liaison between Publisher and production department on Publisher’s authors and books
  • Create contract/addendum/Work-for-Hire requests 
  • Make phone calls to authors and agents   
  • Work with acquisitions editors and authors on manuscript deadlines, copy due dates, and other project needs



  • Manage the SEO keyword and BISAC process
  • Research competing/comparable titles 
  • Research prospective authors
  • Create sales reports for analysis


Project Management

  • Support acquisitions editors with RSuite tasks
  • Manage backlist by scheduling and leading annual backlist meetings and subsequent backlist review meetings
  • Review project list throughout the year, research potential projects, and schedule recovers and updated editions
  • Assist acquisitions editors and marketers in creating high-profile publishing offers
  • Create documents in preparation for weekly Second Alignment/Creative Strategy meetings
  • Maintain Pcard and complete monthly statements
  • Revise and update templates and forms as needed
  • Support Zondervan Books Team in preparation for and presenting at Sales Conference
  • Field questions and handle inquiries when Acquisition Editors are unavailable



  • Assist in author and editorial meetings, including creating agendas, handling logistics, 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 Acquisitions Editors with mail and scheduling as needed


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


Education: Bachelor's degree in English or similar field


Industry Knowledge: Familiar with the Christian Writer's Manual of Style



  • 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 interpersonal skills, with timely communication, especially expressing difficult/sensitive information tactfully; ability to identify team conflict and communication problems
  • Ability to quickly learn and use electronic databases and new software applications; maintain awareness of new and emerging technologies

HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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