HarperCollins Publishers

Senior Editor, MIRA Books

Job Locations US-NY-New York




The Senior Editor for MIRA Books is responsible for soliciting, acquiring, and editing manuscripts in genres such as suspense, thriller, historical fiction, and women’s fiction and guiding them through all stages of publication. The Senior Editor is a key representative for the imprint and must work closely with numerous internal departments as well as the author and agent communities.


We celebrate and support the differences that make each of us unique, striving to create a welcoming workplace that ensures everyone has a voice and are able to do their best work. We welcome all applicants, including those who identify with groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the publishing industry including, but not limited to, Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, and members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, and persons with disabilities. Join us and share your story.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Acquires and develops authors in accordance with imprint’s vision. Responsible for implementing author growth plans.
  • Solicits commercial fiction from agents and from new and existing writers; reads and recommends, with the goal of building and maintaining a broad editorial list.
  • Together with the Editorial Director, formulates and executes a distinct and salable vision for the imprint, ensures all content delivers, and develops an understanding of the imprint’s health.
  • Fosters current agent contacts and develops relationships with new agents, recruits new talent and draws competitive talent.
  • Attends various literary/multi-genre writers’ conferences as company representative to make further inroads into the industry.
  • Actively participates with Art and Marketing to create effective packaging.
  • Manages the communication and feedback with the author/agent for the product packaging.
  • Demonstrates direction in innovation, creativity, consumer and competitive insights and nurtures that atmosphere with colleagues.
  • Maintains knowledge of competitive marketplace and publishing trends.
  • Key representative for the imprint and must work closely with numerous internal departments such as Editorial, North American Marketing and Digital, Sales, Publicity, Legal, Art, Production and Finance to ensure effective communication and planning within and across departments.



Specific training or job experience required includes:

  • University degree
  • 5-10 years of experience with a proven track record in finding, acquiring, editing and cultivating commercial fiction properties. Demonstrated ability in recognizing new talent with strong sales potential
  • Excellent editorial skills, from manuscript revision to line editing to copy writing
  • Broad list of agent contacts, with specific emphasis on those in the realm of bestselling commercial fiction
  • Strong contract negotiation skills, along with knowledge of standard publishing contracts and P&Ls


Competencies and skills required to perform this job include:

  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with internal business teams to achieve outstanding business results
  • Strong decision making and judgement skills, strategic mindset with the ability to make difficult choices
  • Results orientation
  • Leading others


What's in It For You?

  • The opportunity to be part of a company on the leading edge of publishing, working with a very talented team and exceptional books
  • Summer Hours from late May to early September
  • Remote work, flexible start/stop times
  • Paid time off days and vacation allotment, starting at three weeks (prorated based on start date)
  • Various virtual social activities to keep you connected
  • Virtual author events and access to discounted books
  • Working with passionate people!


About Harlequin

Harlequin is a leading publisher of commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. We publish more than 100 titles a month that reach audiences globally. Encompassing highly recognizable imprints that span a broad number of genres, we are home to many award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors. Harlequin is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world. Through HarperCollins’s global publishing program, Harlequin titles are published in 17 countries and 16 languages.


Interested, qualified applicants are asked to apply on our website (https://www.harpercollins.com/pages/careers-career-opportunities).


Harlequin is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to equal employment opportunities. Employment decisions are based on job requirements and the skills, knowledge, and experience of the candidate, regardless of any other factors unrelated to job performance. We are also committed to ensuring that the accessibility needs of candidates and employees are considered and accommodated during the recruitment process.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.



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