Acquisitions Editor

Baltimore, Maryland (US)
Competiive Salary, Benefits, 401k, Parking
Dec 13, 2017
Metro Area
Full Time

Brookes Publishing is looking for a collaborative, results-oriented Acquisitions Editor to secure highly saleable projects for publication in alignment with the Company’s objectives. Brookes publishes educational resources, assessments, and curricula for professionals in early childhood, special education, and speech-language pathology. Our unwavering commitment to helping all children reach their potential by providing highly effective products and services to the people who serve them has made us a respected leader in the industry. 

The ideal candidate will have an in-depth understanding of the early childhood and early intervention marketplaces and a well-developed ability to identify quality research and projects that serve the markets’ needs. The successful candidate will have several years acquiring quality titles and developing effective publication plans that meet or exceed agreed upon revenue targets. The acquisitions editor should enjoy developing and nurturing relationships with authors and working collaboratively with internal stakeholders to acquire and deliver pedagogically sound, practical, relevant resources for the Education marketplace. In addition to recruiting new authors and strengthening relationships with our existing authors, the Acquisitions Editor works closely with Sales and Marketing staff to strategize editorial direction, conceptualize derivative products, and vet market viability of titles and product lines. 

The successful candidate is a self-starter looking for a leadership opportunity and has a deep knowledge of trends in the early childhood and early intervention fields. The Acquisitions Editor will report to our Editorial Director and be responsible for: 

  • Working with Editorial Director to establish priorities and to ensure the resulting publishing program reflects Brookes Publishing’s standing in the Education marketplace;
  • Working with the Editorial Director to develop a strategic editorial plan for aggressive growth of the list; creating three-year projections for all acquired titles, tracks progress on signings, and ensures on-time delivery of manuscripts
  • Working closely with internal teams (e.g., production, marketing) to shepherd work from manuscript through publication and beyond
  • Identifying, evaluating, and developing submissions, projects, and proposals, including:
    • Monitoring trend and sales data
    • Crafting and presenting new and proposed book projects to Editorial Committee weekly
    • Developing and implementing publication plans for each project including performing market and competitive analyses, summarizing the content, identifying potential markets, and outlining financial plans including costs, suggested price, and number of copies
    • Arranging for projects to be independently reviewed by qualified experts
    • Working closely with authors to develop research and work
  • Negotiating agreements for books and products; working with authors to ensure that terms are met
  • Preparing and implementing product development plans with authors to ensure timely manuscript delivery
  • Working direct reports to ensure the timely and complete delivery of content to Production staff for publication in print and digital formats
  • Maintaining current knowledge of educational trends and practices as well as new methods of publishing and delivering content
  • Keeping Brookes Publishing publications at the forefront of the field and closely track original and consequential research suitable for publication
  • Regularly visiting key campuses, attending professional conferences, cultivating relationships with leading researchers and authors, and engaging deeply with the relevant literature
  • Preparing annual qualitative and quantitative assessments of the lists
  • Working cooperatively with our team of acquisitions editors and assistants;
  • Setting standards of professionalism and leadership in interactions with all internal staff;
  • Representing and acting as an ambassador for Brookes Publishing in all external interactions;
  • Performing other duties as needed or required.
  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred
  • Five years of publishing experience required. Previous experience with educational or scholarly publishing preferred.
  • A strong track record of acquisitions in the field
  • Exceptional editorial skill in guiding authors and shaping manuscripts
  • Proficiency with publishing agreements and revenue projections
  • Pragmatic problem-solving and analytical thinking Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organization, time management, prioritization, and planning skills
  • Ability to work independently and to work in a team-environment with accuracy, flexibility, and cordiality
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to work with academic authors