HarperCollins Publishers

Acquisitions Editor, Harper Horizon

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


HarperCollins Focus

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


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


Join a big-five publisher and be part of our mission to inspire and change the world.


To read a book is to open our mind to the world of what is possible. Whether learning a new skill, building a community, improving our environment, or having the courage to stand up for our beliefs, great books empower us to be the best version of ourselves. With that in mind, Harper Horizon’s mission it to work with authors who have a great story to tell, advice to give, and a skill to share. We develop content across a broad base of nonfiction subjects, including but not limited to self-help, memoir, cooking, parenting, wellness, and personal finance.


Harper Horizon is a boutique publishing house within the larger HarperCollins organization. We are a small team and select projects that we are passionate about championing through the entire publishing process. Our job begins at the editorial and design stages and continues well after the day of publication, as we build a catalog of books that will remain relevant and essential to our readers for many years to come.


This position is open to an experienced acquisitions editor who will work closely with the publisher to build the Horizon catalog with carefully curated projects that are in keeping with the mission of the imprint. The acquisitions editor is responsible for signing 15-20 titles annually, providing foundational editorial and design direction, negotiating work contracts and maintaining relationships with authors and agents.


  • Solicit, acquire, evaluate, and develop 15-20 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.
  • Spot key trends, and constantly reassess the editorial strategy
  • 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.



  • 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: Knowledge of the book market, leading authors, and existing relationships with agents strongly preferred.   General knowledge of the book creation process preferred.



  • 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 Focus is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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