HarperCollins Publishers

Acquisitions Editor, HCCP Gift

Job Locations US-TN-Nashville


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The Gift Division is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team and highly values diverse backgrounds and insights that fuel our innovation.


HarperCollins Christian Publishing’s gift divisions are industry leaders in inspirational gift book products. Our successes include publishing key authors and brands such as Sarah Young, Max Lucado, David Jeremiah, Charles Stanley, Sadie Robertson, Emily Ley, and many others. We publish meaningful high-design books such as two-color devotionals, seasonal gift books, traditional gift books, and four-color lifestyle books.


This key role solicits, acquires, evaluates, and does the developmental edit for 15 new titles annually in the aforementioned publishing areas. You will be joining a fast-paced team that is excited to grow our imprints into expanding markets. 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 developmentally edit 15 new titles annually consistent with multifaceted 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 and ed boards.
  • Acquire with an understanding of the Christian 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 perform the above duties accurately, efficiently, and economically, resulting in beautiful books that reflect editorial excellence.
  • Expert market knowledge, proven ability to maintain strong relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Immersed in cultural, inspirational, and entertainment spaces.
  • Expertise in Chicago Manual of Style. A strong grasp of proper English, grammar, and an eagle-eye for errors. Editing experience, including substantive editing, editorial project management, and speaking into aesthetics and design. Thorough knowledge of the book editorial process required. Familiarity with the Bible and Christian doctrine required.


Work Experience: Minimum 3–5 years’ editorial experience or other relevant publishing experience, required. Acquisitions or agenting experience strongly preferred. Experience in specialty or two- and four-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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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