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The Editor acquires, develops and edits non-fiction illustrated trade books from manuscript to bound book. The Editor is responsible for supporting and building the adult trade list, with a focus on popular science and nature, pop culture, light reference, and lifestyle.

Essential Functions

• Acquires, develops, and edits titles from manuscript to bound book, including project management and research, and developmental and line editing.
• Presents projects at weekly Acquisitions meetings; creates project plans and profit/loss reports that consider unit costs, marketing and publicity, design/illustration fees, and editorial development.
• Works with managing editorial to determine and track schedules; finds and contacts freelance personnel to assist with projects as necessary.
• Remains current in subject areas, anticipates category trends in related fields, tracks sales in subject areas.
• Cultivates and maintains author/agent/co-edition/packager relationships.
• Creates well-developed book proposals, including coherent book concept, analysis of competition, overall vision, and profitability projections.
• Initiates and negotiates author/agent/co-edition/packager contracts and prepares contract request packages.
• Presents titles at sales launch conferences.
• Prepares creative briefs, estimate requests, and profit-loss reports.
• Partners with art and production departments in planning creative implementation of book projects.
• Reviews and helps develop catalog and marketing copy.
• Maintains and tracks projects in title management database.
• Ensures successful and timely publication of books.


• 4-year college degree or equivalent work experience.
• Minimum 5 years of experience in acquiring and developing non-fiction illustrated books.
• Proven ability to cultivate and maintain working relationships both internally and externally.
• Excellent writing skills, extreme attention to detail.
• Ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously.
• Strong project management and organizational skills.
• Proficiency with Photoshop, Microsoft Word, and Excel as well as Internet research.
• Knowledge of the book development process.
• Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced, highly collaborative, deadline-driven environment.


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