Acquisitions/Commissioning Editor

Sounds True, Louisville, Colorado

Work at Sounds True

Salary: $60,000-$70,000

Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)

Duration: Full-Time

Acquisitions/Commissioning Editor

Sounds True, a multimedia publisher of mind, body, and spirit titles, is seeking an experienced Acquisitions/Commissioning Editor to help build our list of innovative and high-quality books that are in keeping with Sounds True’s mission and publishing strategy.

This is a full-time position that is based in our Louisville, Colorado office, but remote applicants are encouraged to apply.
Responsibilities Include:
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the psychology, relationships, health, healing, and self-help book marketplace and trends. The ideal candidate will have their finger on the pulse of hot new ideas on a broad spectrum of topics, including health and healing, transformational memoir, conscious parenting, creativity, spirituality, personal and professional wellness, conscious leadership and business, self-help and personal development
  • Acquiring and developmentally editing 12-15 new book projects annually as directed by the acquisitions team, and providing regular reporting of progress toward acquisitions and editorial goals
  • Writing catalog copy, jacket copy, and in-house positioning sales materials for each book acquired
  • Identifying potential authors, developing proposals, presenting new projects to the acquisitions team, and negotiating offers with authors and literary agents as necessary
  • Cultivating and managing relationships with authors and literary agents
  • Brainstorming, creating, and composing new project proposals for content and marketability
  • Researching and evaluating industry trends, competitive titles, and professional needs in the designated fields, including conference attendance and travel
  • Representing each book acquired through titling, creative direction, and subsequent editorial phases, including personally performing developmental editing and transmittal tasks for each title
  • Working closely with production editors and freelancers, as well as editorial assistants, production, marketing and sales, art/design, IT, and Contracts to meet acquisitions, development, and publishing goals

The ideal candidate:

  • You have a demonstrated record of acquiring books in the psychology, relationships, health & healing, and self-help categories, and an established author and agent network in these
  • You have experience taking ideas and building books from the ground up—creating concepts, finding writers, shaping manuscripts, etc.—and managing all processes of book acquisition through
  • You possess superior editorial judgment, excellent developmental editing skills, strong knowledge of these disciplines, and an independent and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • You are a trend-spotter. You possess a great deal of market-savvy that gives you the ability to know what’s next in terms of hot topics in our genre. And you have the ability to develop the best project positioning for each new title you
  • You are a voracious reader of books and articles on personal development—and you are passionate about fresh ideas that will help people thrive, live authentically, improve their health, and improve their
  • You thrive while working in a self-directed manner—and you are also an excellent team


  • Minimum 5-6 years of relevant editorial experience
  • Established agency contacts
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Strong, succinct presentation skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels across the organization
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities under pressure
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient knowledge of MS Office

Sounds True believes that the publishing and wellness industries should center more BIPOC and LBGTQ voices and we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities.

Sounds True is committed to creating a diverse environment and are proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

We offer an excellent working environment and great benefits including health, dental, vision, matching 401k, paid time off, profit sharing and more! The starting salary for this position is $60,000 to $70,000 annually, based on experience. To apply, email your cover letter and resume to Please note resumes without cover letters will not be considered. To learn more about us, visit

About Sounds True

Sounds True is a multimedia publisher specializing in transformational learning and was founded in 1985. 

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