Acquisitions Editor, Fairchild Books

New York
Nov 06, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
Ms. Human Resources
Full Time
We seek an experienced, strategic and proactive acquisitions editor with demonstrable commercial acumen and a track record of profitable signings to take our list to the next level. The successful candidate will acquire new titles and manage new editions to meet the goals for the publishing program and reinforce our relationship to the educational community. Duties and responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:

•Develop a strategic plan and acquire new textbook titles for the Higher Education program to pre-agreed annual revenue targets
•Undertake ongoing market research on industry trends affecting curriculum changes to inform the direction of the publishing program
•Solicit and assess proposals and sample chapters for new titles
•Manage peer review process
•Initiate and schedule revisions for new editions
•Present new titles to sales, marketing and editorial teams
•Negotiate contracts with authors
•Manage timetabling of books under contract
•Ensure bibliographical data and content for new titles and new editions is accurate and up-to-date
•Liaise with the Production Department to ensure that books are published to budget and schedule
•Provide information and support to Marketing and Sales Departments for the effective promotion of the list and monitor sales performance to inform publishing strategy
•Guide authors on proposal and manuscript development
•Prepare acquisitions documents for launch meetings and transmittals to internal and external development and production teams
•Establish a schedule with the authors, monitor that schedule and take the necessary steps to keep the author/project on the established schedule and budget
•Follow the course of manuscript development with authors and development editor to resolve any problems affecting the writing/revising process and serve as key member of the project team to ensure that each assigned project stays within the budget and schedule
•Travel to campuses and attend academic conferences in the field/discipline to identify trends in education and prospect for new business.
•Input into art direction for books on list
•Identify new opportunities to develop value-added supplements and ancillaries in multiple formats, and advise production and ancillary editors on the development of supplements and ancillaries

Selection Criteria
•A minimum of three years’ acquisitions, editorial and project management experience in textbook publishing
•Record of profitable signings
•Ability to foster and maintain good working relationships with authors and editors over long project cycles
•Experience of giving clear briefs and working with designers and illustrators

An understanding of how Fashion, Interior Design or a related Visual Arts field/discipline is taught and researched is an advantage but not a requirement, as is experience of digital publishing.

Please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements as an MS Word document to Indicate 'Acquisitions Editor' in your subject line. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls please.

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