Senior Editor - HMH Trade

New York City, New York (US)
Sep 07, 2017
Editor / Editorial
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

We are seeking a dynamic, professional, market-savvy senior editor to acquire and develop a select list of leading children’s books. The ideal candidate will have proven market knowledge, experience acquiring and developing a successful title list, excellent author and agent connections, strong editorial skills, and an understanding of product financials.  Responsibilities include the following: 

  • Acquire and develop ten to twelve high-quality and commercially successful titles per year
  • Foster and expand agent and author relationships to build a profitable and distinctive list
  • Present title ideas to editorial, sales, publicity, and marketing teams to gain approval for acquisition
  • Prepare financial (P&L) statements to ensure profitability of list
  • Directly create or coordinate sales and marketing materials, including but not limited to pub cards, catalog copy, launch presentations, and cover copy
  • Manage any art programs associated with books in development
  • Work cooperatively and productively with production, design, publicity, marketing, and sales departments to ensure great publication outcomes and results
  • Successfully manage assigned backlist



  • College graduate
  • Minimum of five years working for a trade book publisher
  • Strong market knowledge of children’s books from picture books through YA
  • Strong professional contacts to foster list growth
  • Excellent editorial skills and proven ability to shape manuscript while retaining author voice and vision
  • Proven acquisitions and development track record; ability to spot promising submissions and authors
  • Ability to generate and read profit and loss statements, and understand impact of product decisions on profitability
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Strong presentation and negotiation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work cooperatively with co-workers in same and other departments
  • Mastery of Word, Excel, PowerPoint


Physical Requirements:

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing)
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings



For nearly two centuries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing has published some of the world’s most renowned novels, nonfiction, children’s books, and reference works. As part of a leading global learning company, it is uniquely positioned to create educational and entertaining content for multiple channels and in various formats, from hardcovers and paperbacks to e-books and mobile apps. Its distinguished author list includes eight Nobel Prize winners, forty-seven Pulitzer Prize winners, thirteen National Book Award winners, and more than one hundred Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients. HMH publishes such distinguished authors as Philip Roth, Temple Grandin, Tim O'Brien, and Umberto Eco, and a celebrated roster of children’s authors and illustrators including Lois Lowry, Chris Van Allsburg, and David Wiesner. HMH is also home to The Best American series®; The American Heritage® and Webster’s New World® dictionaries; Betty Crocker®, Better Homes and Gardens®, How to Cook Everything®, The Gourmet Cookbook, and other leading culinary properties; the Peterson Field Guides®; CliffsNotes™; books by J.R.R. Tolkien; and many iconic children’s books and characters, including Curious George®, The Little Prince, and The Polar Express. For more information, visit

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.  For more information, visit  

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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