Acquisitions Editor Job Description

Acquisitions Editor Job Description

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Acquisitions editor provides input to the tailoring of the WHO content management system to accommodate language-specific content and publishing in a user-friendly way.

Acquisitions Editor Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Monitoring format, category trends and sales and customer review data on books
Review submissions from authors and agents identify new authors to contract
Oversee acquisitions and scheduling of Bible product Young Adult titles
Serves as a member of the Kidz Executive Team and participate in discussions regarding acquisitions, titles, specs, covers, on-sale dates
Pursues an active and efficient acquisitions policy for cancer research series through correspondence, meetings/trips, telephone, consultations with advisors, Approximately 20%-30% travel required strong initiative and independent functioning
Maintains continuous cooperation and dialogues with marketing, promotion and production concerning individual projects general questions of mutual interest
Develops guidelines, plans, reporting systems, , to implement publishing plans
Develop deep discipline and market knowledge in Economics to drive product development decisions
Solicits commercial fiction from agents and from new and existing writers
Acquires and develops authors in accordance with imprint’s vision

Acquisitions Editor Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Education for Acquisitions Editor

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the acquisitions editor job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Collage Degree in Publishing, Education, Journalism, English, Humanities, Marketing, Graduate, Writing, Communications, Social Sciences

Skills for Acquisitions Editor

Desired skills for acquisitions editor include:

Highly adaptable and amenable to process and system changes
MS Office and related software tools
Academic research and publishing standards
Electronic book publishing and interest in emerging digital opportunities
Related area
Content management and asset development
Developments
Healthcare and textbook markets
Trends
Word & Excel

Desired experience for acquisitions editor includes:

College degree, a degree in computer science a plus
Responsible for developing and implementing the company’s acquisition and build strategies, contributing innovative ideas in this process
Experience with book acquisition and journal management preferred
Experience with book acquisition preferred
Negotiate contracts for books and book series
A minimum of 4 years of acquisitions experience with a scholarly or trade publisher

Acquisitions Editor Examples

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Acquisitions Editor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is hiring for an acquisitions editor. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for acquisitions editor
  • Work with acquisitions team to prepare content for new title launch—metadata, description, author profile, competitive and comparable titles
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills required to work constructively with team members in the US and abroad, diplomatically and professionally with content providers
  • Soliciting submissions from publishers and agents, identifying and evaluating the right projects and pitching to internal acquisition stakeholders
  • Working closely with our internal teams (e.g., Finance, Studio, Marketing, Sales) to guide work from acquisition through publication
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with authors, literary agents, publishers and industry contacts
  • Prepare complete proposal documents for individual projects as appropriate
  • Negotiate contracts with author and appropriate changes to project plan from feedback obtained during external and internal review process
  • Achieve or exceed annual signing targets in relevant area and with appropriate mix of product types/topics/revised and new editions
  • Meet goals set by editorial management for contracts signed, manuscripts transmitted to production, and titles published each year.In first 12 months the Associate Editor is expected to contract at least 10 contracts
  • Conducts market and competitive research in support of and at the direction of editorial management
Qualifications for acquisitions editor
  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field required
  • Experience as an acquisitions editor or related editorial / publishing experience highly desirable
  • For a Senior Editor candidate, experience organically developing a list people manage experience required
  • Travel as necessary to content providers and partners industry trade shows to identify new content and negotiate rights to desired content
  • Minimum of five years of experience acquiring similar book and reference content, preferably with a digital focus
  • Financial management acumen to estimate sales potential and manage profitability
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Acquisitions Editor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for an acquisitions editor. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for acquisitions editor
  • Accountable for the acquisition and development of high-quality discipline-specific content
  • Responsible for creating discipline specific learning tools that will meet customer needs
  • Travel as needed for focus groups, conferences, events, and campus visits to develop market insights and test the market viability of products
  • Work closely with authors, shared editorial assistant, to ensure manuscripts are of high quality, well prepared, and meet scholarly, market, and financial expectations
  • Assist in preparing content for internal or external publication
  • Originate book projects either proactively or in response to inbound book proposals
  • Manage book contracts in cooperation with the Manager of Acquisitions & Development to secure book acquisition
  • Provide developmental editing to strengthen books in their quality, tone, and theological reliability in alignment with LifeWay’s mission and values
  • Bear responsibility for author relationships and author retention
  • Monitor and measure success by quantitative (business) and qualitative (ministry) analysis, and manage internal and external reporting according to set goals
Qualifications for acquisitions editor
  • Must have superb written/verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills, be self-motivating and results driven, be adept at negotiations, and have customer and market focus creative/innovative attitude
  • The ability to travel to conferences/events several times per year
  • Experience as an acquisitions editor or related editorial/publishing experience, ideally in trade publishing
  • Must be willing and able to travel to conferences and events
  • Successful track record of no less than 3 years in a market-facing or equivalent role
  • For a Senior Editor candidate, experience organically developing a list people management experience required
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Acquisitions Editor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of acquisitions editor. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for acquisitions editor
  • Accountable for quantifying marketing contributions toward the ministry area’s revenue goals
  • Facilitate the support of key projects and partnerships across other ministry areas in coordination with external partners
  • Establish priorities and consult with qualified academics to ensure the resulting publishing program reflects Hopkins standing
  • Work with the Editorial Director and the Press Director to develop a strategic editorial plan for growth of the list
  • Keep the Hopkins books at the forefront of these fields and track current research suitable for publication in book form
  • Regularly visit key campuses, attend professional conferences, cultivate relationships with leading researchers, and engage deeply with the relevant literature
  • Establish an active and engaged presence within the community of scholars in this field
  • Contact prospective authors and commission book-length works that will make valuable contributions to existing knowledge
  • Evaluate resulting proposals for professional, trade, and course books, book series, and reference works
  • Present new and proposed book projects to the Press’s staff and its editorial board
Qualifications for acquisitions editor
  • Strong organizational skills (must be able to organize, plan and prioritize own work)
  • College degree, 1+ years acquisitions or relevant marketing / sales experience or work experience in relevant signing area required
  • Bachelor's degree, preference for STEM (neuroscience or related field ideal.)
  • 3+ years experience in scholarly publishing
  • Interest in growing an acquisitions book program with a passion for academic publishing
  • Experience commissioning and publishing Major Reference Works highly preferred
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Acquisitions Editor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of acquisitions editor. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for acquisitions editor
  • Maintain and strengthen trust in author relationships
  • Attend conferences and industry trade shows as needed to access authors, agents and potential projects
  • Help develop and approve back ad/flap copy, catalog and promotional copy
  • Prepare and present own projects to the satisfaction of senior management
  • Responsible for defining, maintaining, and advancing the company's accepted goals in terms of program growth and development within the discipline(s) assigned
  • Meet annual goals set by editorial management for book contracts signed, book manuscripts transmitted to production, and book titles published each year
  • Pursues an active and efficient acquisitions policy in the Engineering subject area through correspondence, required meetings/trips, telephone, consultations with advisors, Approximately 20%-40% travel strong initiative and independent functioning is required in this position
  • Generating new content pipelines or business opportunities that will result in lead generation and editorial submissions, then converting those leads and submissions into acquisitions
  • Leveraging internal and external assets and connections to drive strategic acquisitions
  • Proactively identify and resolve obstacles that may block or reduce our ability to meet financial or strategic goals
Qualifications for acquisitions editor
  • Librarians or Library & Information Studies graduates
  • Archivists or those with experience of working with archival collections
  • Excellent research skills and a track record of using them on complex projects
  • Proficient with standard Microsoft Office software, especially Excel and Powerpoin
  • Experience of participation in key business meetings with customers and partner organisation
  • Experience of, and demonstrable competency with, using online library catalogues
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Acquisitions Editor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for an acquisitions editor. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for acquisitions editor
  • Identifying significant acquisition opportunities and presenting to internal stakeholders for approvals
  • Presenting polished, comprehensive and innovative offers to external parties
  • Identify authors and support them in developing and producing their projects
  • Solicit, read and evaluate book proposals offered by authors/editors, assess their suitability for the list
  • Meet goals set by editorial management such as contracts signed and manuscripts handed over to production
  • Manage the existing lists associated with the assigned subject area, and maintaining profitable relationships with Editorial Board Members, (book series) authors and advisors
  • Negotiate contract terms with authors
  • Remain a point of contact for authors/editors throughout the publication process
  • Manage the back-list, making decisions on publishing potential and new editions of successful titles
  • Identify market potential and developing new products and titles to suit those markets
Qualifications for acquisitions editor
  • Ability to act on own initiative and take a pro-ative approach to work
  • Confident at presenting to audiences, both internal and external
  • Proven ability to understand and prioritise problems and to be resourceful in their resolution
  • Ability to work with a variety of personalities and assert personal influence as needed
  • Strong interest in the humanities
  • Intellectually curious, with good general knowledge of history and culture

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