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|Job Title:||Acquisitions Editor|
|Reports to:||Acquisitions Manager|
|Location:||Remote/Hybrid in Oakland, CA 94609|
|Posted:||September 25, 2023|
The New Harbinger Acquisitions Editor (AE) is responsible for identifying, prospecting, acquiring, and developing approximately 15 viable books and products that will succeed in our niche of evidence-based mental health for New Harbinger and its imprints, including developing new books, repurposed books using existing content, and digital products such as online learning courses. This involves constantly generating and actively pursuing new book content and format ideas using in-house data and following developments and trends in related fields. The job involves skillfully crafting and presenting book pitches that display marketing savvy and knowledge of how the book fits in the marketplace. The Acquisitions Editor also serves as primary contact for the author. You’ll work directly with authors to contract, manage the schedule of, and, in tandem with the Editorial department, developmentally edit each book you acquire.
The ideal candidate is a creative, curious, innovative thinker and self-starter who works well autonomously and within a team environment. You are highly skilled at writing and editing and have a deep interest in psychology with a boundless curiosity about the publishing process. You are independently driven to complete tasks, but responsive to direction and guidance from supervisor and team. Your ability to maintain clear boundaries and professional, diplomatic communication allows you to support authors, agents, and New Harbinger Publications at every stage of the publication process. You have honed project and time management skills—you know how to move from idea to project at a quick and consistent pace without analysis paralysis. You are adept at handling multiple tasks and projects at varying stages of development. You are a creative problem-solver who’s comfortable learning by doing. You are confident in group settings, including in engaging with new authors and routinely proposing new books to your colleagues at New Harbinger Publications. In this role, you have the opportunity to shape the direction of the self-help publishing community and marketplace.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Efficiently identify, acquire, and develop the required number of innovative and profitable new titles per year within the publisher’s niche
- Identify and pursue new authors and spot trends in the publishing industry, behavioral sciences, clinical psychology (including evidence-based therapies such as CBT, ACT, DBT, and mindfulness-based therapies), and general self-help
- Conduct ongoing research and review of market trends affecting self-help psychology, including displaying knowledge of competitive titles in our category
- Routinely and skillfully pitch proposed titles to NHP’s Publication Committee
- Skillfully negotiate contracts with authors and agents
- Act as author liaison, balancing author requests with the publisher’s goals
- Work collaboratively with the Editorial department to develop content to match book concept
- Manage all relevant details of the book project from contract to publication, displaying ability to work on multiple projects at varying stages of development
- Develop initial marketing copy for Sales and Marketing teams
- Cultivate collaborative and professional relationships with authors, agents, industry organizations, and NHP colleagues
- Travel to national conferences a few times a year to network, conduct research, and prospect new authors
- Analyze and make inferences from data in various databases to determine new books to pursue
- Maintain an active wish list of viable projects to pursue based on market research
The qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to excel in this role.
Education and Experience
- Minimum three years’ experience as an Acquisitions Editor in the nonfiction market or related role
- BA in English, Communications, Journalism, Psychology or related field
- Genuine interest in psychology and demonstrated ability to read and understand scientific research and methodology
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
- Demonstrated developmental editing skills
- Strong presentation skills
Project Management Abilities
- Creative thinker
- Self-directed while taking direction and guidance from supervisor and team
- Strong organizational and time management skills and attention to detail
- Skillful problem-solving, negotiation, and presentation skills
- Competitive, results-oriented, driven approach to your work
- Ability to manage projects in parallel, pivot with time-sensitive situations, and handle essential workload
- Comfortable negotiating contracts with authors and agents
- Ability to review and make inferences from data in various databases and programs (NPD Bookscan, Microsoft’s Power Business Intelligence dashboard, Excel, etc.)
- Mastery of Microsoft Office Suite
- Ability to navigate industry-related platforms such as Amazon, Bookscan and in-house databases and use data gathered to inform new acquisitions
- Comfort with product databases and contact management systems (Acumen, Firebrand’s Title Management)
Work Environment and Physical Demands
This position is remote-hybrid based in Oakland, CA, or offsite remote inside the 48 contiguous states. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. If you have a disability, let’s discuss the accommodations that we may be able to provide.
To Apply for this Position
New Harbinger is committed to creating a diverse work environment. New Harbinger believes that the publishing industry and field of psychology should center more BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ voices and we encourage people with these identities to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We offer an excellent working environment and great benefits including health, dental, vision, paid time off, matching 401k, profit sharing, and more! The compensation for this full-time position begins at $65,000 annually.
Please email your cover letter and resume to HR@newharbinger.com, with “Acquisitions Editor” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please describe how you see yourself contributing to New Harbinger’s mission, the perceived needs of our audience, what types of books you could see yourself acquiring for us, and what specifically interests you about joining the Acquisitions team at New Harbinger. No phone calls please. No recruiters.