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Senior Editor - Ecco

HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY USA

Salary: $75,000-$90,000

Duration: Full Time

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Editor to join our Ecco imprint! This position will report to the VP, Publisher, with a focus on fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction.

Ecco was founded as an independent press in 1971 by Daniel Halpern and has been part of HarperCollins since 1999.

We are an author-centric imprint with a progressive spirit, and our mission is to publish a select list of eclectic, diverse, and forward-thinking books. Ecco’s approach is unique: we combine the resources of a major publishing house with the heart and history of an independent press. We are a devoted and nimble team working collaboratively to offer a sophisticated, tailored approach that is unrivaled in the industry. At Ecco, we provide authors the space they need to write their best work, and then publish that work to its greatest potential.

Ecco is home to both legendary authors and new talents, and our titles include top literary and commercial fiction, science and nature, biography, politics, poetry, cookbooks, memoir, literature in translation, and rediscovered classics. Our authors have won numerous prizes and awards, including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and many others. For over 50 years, Ecco books have forged lasting relationships with readers.


  • Acquires lead-level titles with critical and bestselling potential, and edits manuscripts for publication.
  • Shepherds manuscripts through production process and oversees all aspects of the publication process, including working with design to create marketable packages and with the marketing group to develop marketing plans.
  • Works directly with authors, agents, and all in-house departments.
  • Oversees fact sheet, jacket, and catalog copy; reviews marketing material.
  • Conducts and analyzes sales research, with a deep understanding of p&ls.
  • Presents titles at various sales meetings.
  • Negotiates contracts with agents.
  • Shares supervision of an assistant.


  • Minimum 5+ years of relevant editorial experience
  • Acquisition and publication of multiple profitable and/or critically viable projects
  • Excellent negotiation skills and strong presentation skills
  • Established relationships with relevant agents and industry colleagues
  • Extensive experience reviewing contracts
  • Strong understanding and awareness of general marketplace and relevant market segments within industry
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels across the organization
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities under pressure
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient knowledge of MS Office

HarperCollins Publishers is a company full of people who are passionate about books. When you apply for a position, we want to know why you want to work here, and why you are interested in the job. That’s why cover letters are strongly preferred.

The salary range for this position is $75,000-$90,000. We recognize that attracting the best talent is key to our strategy and success as a company. As a result, we aim for flexibility in structuring competitive compensation offers to ensure we are able to attract the best candidates. The quoted salary range represents our good faith estimate as to what our ideal candidates are likely to expect, and we tailor our offers within the range based on the selected candidate's experience, industry knowledge, technical and communication skills, and other factors that may prove relevant during the interview process.

In addition to cash compensation, the company provides a comprehensive and highly competitive benefits package, with a variety of physical health, retirement and savings, caregiving, emotional wellbeing, transportation, and other benefits, including "elective" benefits employees may select to best fit the needs and personal situations of our diverse workforce.

Please note that HarperCollins Publishers does not accept resumes from agencies unless our Human Resources department has authorized in writing a specific agency to submit resumes for a specific position. Therefore, if an agency submits a resume without Human Resources’ prior written approval to do so, the individual identified on that resume will not be considered a candidate presented by your company.

HarperCollins Publishers is an equal opportunity employer.

About HarperCollins Publishers

HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 17 countries. With 200 years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 16 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at corporate.HC.com.


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