HarperCollins Publishers

Editor – Custom (Bibles, Zondervan Academic, Zondervan Reflective, Study Resources)

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


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HarperCollins Christian Publishing, the world’s leading Christian publisher, is seeking an Editor to join our award-winning team. The Custom Editor will participate as a member of the Custom Team staff, working closely with the Zondervan and Thomas Nelson Bible, Zondervan Academic, Zondervan Reflective, and Study Resources publishing teams located in both Nashville and Grand Rapids. In this role the Custom Editor will liaison between publishing, design, production, and sales, creating products that are specifically engineered to fulfill a request placed by a particular account (e.g. particular Ministries, Churches, Christian Book, Target, Walmart, and others). The Custom Editor is responsible for editing and creating exclusive products that drive revenue for the Bible, Zondervan Academic, Zondervan Reflective, and Study Resources publishing teams, including copyediting and project management of assigned titles up to printer-ready files. The Custom Editor’s priority is first and foremost with custom product creation for Bibles, Zondervan Academic, Zondervan Reflective, and Study Resources publishing groups and ensuring budgets are met or exceeded. If time allows, the Custom Editor may also be available to back up and assist the Custom Editors for other product groups.


  • Offer editorial insight in pre-gross margin stage to help inform decision making, planning, and execution on custom products
  • Provide early assessment of editorial/freelance costs to inform gross margin run by Custom Team production staff
  • Meet with publishers on a regular basis to review budget goals, product mix, and brainstorm potential products.
  • Meet with sales reps on a regular basis to discuss retailer needs, bestselling products, and new ideas
  • Identify market trends and felt needs of readers
  • Work with the Publishers to review author contracts for special circumstances related to custom projects
  • Work with Designers to review designs, and ensure timely delivery of interior and packaging files, based on file-to-vendor dates specified by Production Buyer
  • Execute editorial schedules revising as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements, communicating with team members on a weekly basis regarding critical dates
  • Write copy and ensure editorial excellence throughout development of product
  • Build and maintain inter-department relationships and processes for best-practice planning, collaboration, and communication (with Publishing, Production, Contracts, Creative, etc.)
  • Participate in weekly Custom Team production meetings
  • Resolve and/or escalate issues in a timely manner, providing first-response, fast-resolution, results-oriented problem solving with mid-course correction as necessary
  • Monitor product development costs in accordance with approved gross margins, make timely and effective risk and feasibility assessments to stay within budget
  • Perform substantive and developmental editorial work on select titles
  • Maintain custom Bible editorial archive
  • Proofread back ad copy, catalog copy, and other marketing or packaging copy as needed
  • Maintain keen eye for market trends and voice for marketing/sales-style copy



  • Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style is required and the Christian Writer’s Manual of Style is preferred
  • Working knowledge of Bible translations is preferred


Work Experience:

  • At least 3+ years of experience working as an editor for a book publisher is preferred



  • Bachelor’s degree in English or related degree


Industry Knowledge:

  • General knowledge of the publishing industry and of how books are made in all publishing formats
  • Specific knowledge of Christian publishing desirable, specifically Bible publishing is desired, but not required
  • Working knowledge of popular Christian authors, key Christian ministries, and general Christian culture is preferred


  • Outstanding written communication skills
  • Finance or mathematical skills a plus
  • Proven project management and organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proven copyediting and proofreading skills
  • Excellent at spelling and grammar
  • Able to distill numerous pieces of information and communicate key points to others
  • Possess an aptitude for ascertaining and developing creative product packaging options
  • Intermediate skill set of Microsoft Office products, especially Excel

HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an Equal Oportunity Employer 


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