HarperCollins Publishers

Acquisitions Editor, Harper Celebrate

Job Locations US-TN-Nashville | US-Remote


Preference is to fill this position in Nashville, TN but we are also open to qualified candidates that are located outside the Nashville area.


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


Harper Celebrate is a new imprint of HarperCollins Focus specializing in striking and uplifting gift books, such as daily inspirational readers, lifestyle, design, hospitality, photo-driven memoirs and essays, poetry, seasonal, and felt-need driven books.  Our mission is to provide books to celebrate the people, occasions, interests, and gifts in your life.


You will be joining a team that is excited to grow this imprint from scratch so if you have an affinity for teamwork, collaboration, entrepreneurship, growing relationships, creativity, and inspiring those around you, we’d love to hear from you!


  • Solicit, acquire, evaluate, and develop 15 new titles and authors annually—consistent with multi-faceted publishing strategy and financial goals.
  • Leverage market research, social media and retailer insights, and other data to find relevant felt needs, market trends, competitive analysis, topics, and authors that can excel in the marketplace.
  • Build and grow extensive agent, author, and corporate relationships.
  • Write persuasive proposals and presentations to pitch editorial and sales and sell them on the vision for the project.
  • Present approved publishing offers to agents and authors.
  • Understanding of a macro level edit and ability to offer feedback and suggestions to the author toward improvement.
  • Proactively participate in regular acquisitions conversations, editorial meetings, and pub boards.
  • Acquire with general understanding of the inspirational market and reader.
  • Monitor author progress toward submission and determine if the submitted manuscript is acceptable.
  • Provide timely, well-crafted communication with current and potential authors and their agents regarding the status of their proposals and/or future projects and backlist titles.
  • Participate in creative development of titles, descriptive copy, metadata to optimize search engine discovery, and covers for books acquired.
  • Work with sales, operations, and publisher to ensure acquisitions will meet financial vision.
  • Present titles at sales conference.
  • Create ideas for proprietary books and brands.



  • Ability to accurately, efficiently, and economically perform the above duties, resulting in beautiful books that reflect editorial excellence.
  • Expert market knowledge, proven ability to maintain strong relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Deeply immersed in cultural, inspirational, and entertainment spaces.
  • Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style.


Work Experience: Minimum 3-5 years’ editorial experience or other relevant publishing experience, required.  Acquisitions or agenting experience strongly preferred.  Experience in specialty or 2/4-color publishing preferred.


Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, Writing, Journalism, Publishing, or equivalent degree required.


Industry Knowledge: Working knowledge of the book market, leading authors, and agents, strongly preferred.   General knowledge of the book creation process.



  • Ability to work collaboratively with authors, vendors, managing and production editors, and marketing in bringing products to a successful launch.
  • Ability to sell and present an idea and vision
  • Ability to develop concepts independently, informed by market trends
  • Ability to turn data and research into creative product ideas
  • Excellent editing, proofreading and communication skills; ability to work with authors in developing content.
  • Intrinsically motivated
  • Confronts obstacles with strategic persistence
  • Confident in negotiations
  • Ability to juggle multiple assignments at any given time and meet deadlines successfully and within budget.
  • Decisive, well organized, strategic planner
  • Relationship builder, networking ability
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced, evolving industry and environment
  • Must be able to travel as needed


HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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