Acquiring Editor

Jan 08, 2014
Feb 07, 2014
Ms. Hiring Manager
Full Time
Quarry Books, an imprint of Quayside Publishing Group, is seeking an Acquiring Editor responsible for acquiring and developing 15-20 titles a year in the areas of art, crafts, food, beauty, health and lifestyle. The Acquiring Editor works closely with the publisher, editorial director, authors, copyeditors, project managers, illustrators and designers to define, develop, and execute the books and ancillary products from concept through marketing strategy. The Acquiring Editor supports the effort to create a cohesive, high-level publishing program that takes into account current creative trends, the desires and needs of our core audience, and the broader marketplace to create beautiful, in-demand books and products.

Key Results Areas
A.Develop 15-20 Books and Ancillary Products Annually:
1.Concept, brief, and acquire a steady stream of proposals to propose at regular acquisitions meetings.
2.Develop timely, on-trend products with strong, well-positioned authors.
3.Leverage re-packaging opportunities from our existing content for ancillary products.
4.Perform continual research to remain on top of trends and competition in the marketplace, online and in the blogosphere.
5.Responsible for contract negotiations with authors and agents and P&L on project acquisitions and project development.

B.Content Developer:
1.Work closely with the authors to shape the content, style, and approach of each book.
2.Coach the author and other contributors during the writing process to keep them on track and on target for delivery.
3.Evaluate authors’ manuscripts and artwork or photography for quality, voice, consistency, and market appropriateness.
4.Responsible for notifying all authors and contributors in writing about any repackaging plans regarding their books in a timely fashion, and bringing the author’s expertise and feedback in-house to team meetings (acquisitions, cover/design, sales).

C.Marketing and Sales Collaborator:
1.Write marketing materials including Advance Information sheets, jacket copy, and book descriptions.
2.Throughout the life of the book or product, act as content “expert” and author delegate to help shape marketing plans, sales strategies, and PR opportunities.
3.Brainstorm unique ideas and opportunities with the marketing and sales team that reflect the unique subject matter or unique author platform.

Position Specifications
A.Minimum Skills, Knowledge & Abilities
-Excellent grammar, writing, editing, and communication skills.
-Ability to work independently and as a team player in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
-Displays diplomacy and good judgment.
-Experience in developing content related to art, crafts, food and beauty, health and lifestyles.
-Familiarity with social networking and subject related blogs.

B.Education and Experience
-Bachelor's degree in English, Journalism, or related discipline.
-1-2 years of experience in acquisitions or content development.
-Familiarity with MS Word editing software.

QPG offers a competitive salary, generous benefits package and 401k with company match. Full time benefit offerings may include:

Paid Vacation
Paid Sick Time
Personal Time Off
Medical Insurance
Dental Insurance
Life Insurance
Voluntary Life Insurance
Short Term Disability
Long Term Disability
Flexible Spending Plans
Roth 401(k)

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and a cover letter with salary requirement to

No phone calls please.

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