HarperCollins Publishers

Editor, HarperCollins Leadership

Job Locations US-TN-Nashville


HarperCollins Focus

HarperCollins Leadership is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team and highly values diverse backgrounds and insights that fuel our innovation.


Join one of the fastest growing and largest business and leadership publishers! HarperCollins Leadership is a new publishing imprint based in Nashville and part of HarperCollins Publishers, one of the largest global publishers in the world.


The Editor is an integral component of the HCL imprint team and oversees assigned projects from copyedited manuscript through production of the final product.  The Editor will handle substantive edits as assigned, as well as product extensions, marketing materials, and internal documents, as needed. The ideal candidate is someone experienced in developing long-form content in nonfiction/narrative categories for general-market readers.



Technical responsibilities

  • Accurately, efficiently, and economically performs duties required for producing quality books that reflect editorial excellence.
  • Delivers high-quality substantive edits and line edits for approximately 15-20 front list titles per year.
  • Ensures that all assigned manuscripts are printer-ready, including completing final edits, ensuring all errors are addressed, and optimizing manuscripts using html.
  • Reviews changes from freelancers and authors, updating manuscripts appropriately and verifying corrections to manuscripts.
  • Inputs and updates reprint corrections.
  • Provides editorial support for audiobook manuscripts and other potential products or product extensions such as custom editions, e-courses, journals, international editions, trade paper conversions, etc.
  • Delivers editorial support for internal documents related to book proposals, sales conference materials, marketing materials, and other important documents as needed.
  • Facilitates creation of cover copy and catalog copy, writing and proofreading as needed, and assists with the catalog and consumer description process across functions and stakeholders.
  • Is comfortable working with and applying The Chicago Manual of Style standards to titles being edited.

Relationship management

  • Develops excellent working relationships with colleagues, including acquisitions editors, marketing and publicity staff, sales team members, production staff, designers, typesetters, and freelancers.
  • Maintains effective communication with authors, partner organizations, writers, and coworkers.


Project management

  • Manages multiple projects while maintaining high standards of quality and meeting deadlines on tight production schedules.
  • Works closely with Acquisitions Editors for manuscript handoffs, maintaining contact, progress, and updates with AE and Managing Editor on each title project.
  • Collaborates as needed with marketing team members for special projects.
  • Responds to manuscript requests from marketing, publicity, and sales.
  • Attends and contributes to production meetings, as well as various other team meetings, including ed board, editorial, and packaging meetings.
  • Adheres to schedules set by Managing Editors and delivers timely updates on schedule progress
  • Coordinates with the typesetting and design team, managing all copyediting and proofreading, and ensuring timely delivery
  • As needed, communicates with and coordinates to hire freelancers. Oversees budgets for editorial expenses (copyeditors, proofreaders, indexers).
  • Facilitates securing permissions, releases, and endorsements, as needed, and obtains approval for typesetting and interior design, and copyediting.


Knowledge: Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Acrobat, and The Chicago Manual of Style. Basic HTML layout skills desired but not required.


Work Experience:  At least four years long-form editorial experience in the book publishing industry.  Line-editing, copyediting and proofreading experience a must. Proven ability to meet deadlines and prioritize multiple projects.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, or related field.


Industry Knowledge: Keeps up with trends in the publishing industry, familiarity with general trade nonfiction and business/leadership markets.



  • Able to simultaneously manage many projects in various stages of completion
  • Editorial and team-based skills
  • Able to conduct high-quality line edits
  • Use html to optimize manuscripts
  • Detail oriented and eagle-eyed at catching errors
  • Able to learn new systems quickly, such as HarperCollins’s proprietary software for managing manuscripts
  • Collaborative team player

HarperCollins Focus is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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