Acquisitions Editor (USA) – Lonely Planet Kids

Working from home
Sep 20, 2016
Editor / Editorial
Full Time

Working from home, the Acquisitions Editor will assist the Publisher – Lonely Planet Kids with the development and delivery of Lonely Planet’s children’s list for publication globally. Approximately 17 titles were published in 2016 and this will soon grow to around 40 titles each year encompassing activity, reference, novelty and gift categories. The goal of LP Kids is to kick-start the travel bug by showing kids what an amazing place the world is.

The role is responsible for budgeting and commissioning books (text, images, illustrations and maps). They will perform the day-to-day project management required to deliver a book or other gift product – on time and on budget – from creation of the business case through product design, commissioning, production, pre-press and post production.

This role has special responsibility for ensuring that the Lonely Planet Kids list meets the needs of the North American market assisting the rest of the team which is based in London and will be tasked with producing some bespoke US products.

They will work with Sales and Marketing colleagues in the UK, US and Australia to ensure the successful creation and execution of sales and marketing strategies. And they will ensure their content is age-appropriate and meets the editorial standards and needs of the wider business.


Key Result Areas:

Publishing Strategy

  • Input and feedback on development of the LP Kids list, as well as the wider Trade, Reference lists.
  • Assist Publisher – LP Kids with preparation of project proposals, business case and product brief.
  • Develop awareness of children’s publishing trends, educational needs, illustration trends and a detailed knowledge of competitor products.
  • Within the publishing team, represent the needs of the US consumer through an understanding of kids’ trends, education and library and the US retail environment.


  • Prepare author, design, cover, image/illustration briefs as needed.
  • Develop bespoke products for the US market.
  • Maintain an oversight of all LPK products to ensure appropriate adjustments to optimization for the US market.
  • Work with Production Manager to ensure printing needs and any product testing are booked and budgeted correctly.
  • Source, commission, brief resources and negotiate contracts (authors, designers, illustrators, editors, packagers).
  • Liaise regularly with freelance resources throughout writing and production to ensure a quality product.
  • Review manuscript, images and layout to ensure they meet the brief and quality standards.
  • Conduct image research as needed.
  • Prepare content for sales materials (catalogues, blads & sales kits).
  • Provide all cover copy including appropriate promotional quotes.
  • Manage all rights issues relating to individual titles, images, text and trademarks etc.
  • Ensure the timely delivery of all books to schedule.
  • Ensure costs are accurately captured and tracked.

Product Delivery

  • Provide input and feedback on project plan timelines and resource requirements.
  • Ensure ONIX feeds are correct.
  • Provide the Publisher – LP Kids with visibility over costs and any variances to budget as they arise.
  • Ensure the timely delivery of all production and prepress activities to schedule.
  • Work closely with Sales and Marketing colleagues to maximise sales of each title.
  • Maintain/oversee the upkeep of all files to required standards of file management.

Teamwork & Communication

  • Work as part of the LP community to create a positive, tolerant and harmonious work environment.
  • Working in the US, self-motivated and a self-starter, you will integrate into a London-based editorial team. You will be prepared to travel to the UK at intervals for orientation as required and be willing to maintain some flexibility in your working hours to ensure optimum team contact.
  • Be honest, approachable and responsive to the resolution of work-related matters.
  • Deal with all staff in a helpful, courteous and respectful manner.
  • Communicate ideas which may improve the efficiency, performance or standards of your department and be open to the consideration of new ideas.
  • Actively participate in the giving and receiving of constructive feedback to ensure understanding and open team relationships.

Policies & Procedures

  • Actively ensure that the workplace is kept free from harassment, bullying behaviour and discrimination through thoughtful behaviour and leading by example.
  • Work in accordance with Lonely Planet policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Comply with all Occupational Health and Safety guidelines, reporting any potential risks or hazards.
  • Follow safe work practices for self and others.


Key Skills / Experience / Knowledge / Qualifications / Attributes:


  • Passion for travel.
  • Significant editorial and commissioning experience in the US children’s market.
  • Strong product development experience in children’s and gift markets.
  • Knowledge of publishing and printing industry processes & technologies.
  • In-depth knowledge of book production processes from concept to publication.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, on schedule, to budget, with minimal supervision.
  • Strong problem-solving and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Flexible and consultative, yet deadline oriented, with a demonstrated ability to work under pressure.


  • Tertiary qualifications.
  • A demonstrated understanding and application of project management skills.
  • Familiarity with Adobe production software.
  • Experience of trade publishing to a global market, including co-edition publishing.

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