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Acquisitions Editor


Position is responsible for acquiring book projects, including identifying emerging interests and trends, communicating with prospective authors, evaluating proposals and book manuscripts, and preparing manuscripts for publication. Position handles substantially more acquisitions than assistant editors or works with highly specialized or technical project topics.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Identifies and executes a publishing plan for one or more scholarly disciplines or interest areas.
  • Monitors trends and methodologies, identifies emerging interest areas, and identifies prospective authors.
  • Communicates with potential authors and guides authors through the proposal submission process.
  • Evaluates proposals and book manuscripts, including engaging with scholars and readers for input, and presents projects to advisory boards or committees for consideration and selection.
  • Prepares manuscripts for publication.
  • Prepares final project budget, negotiates contract terms, and identifies funding sources.
  • Works with other departments, such as sales and marketing, to help ensure the project’s completion and success.
  • Travels to scholarly meetings, conferences, and universities to meet with prospective authors or advisors or to serve as exhibitor/sales representative.

Education and Experience

Master’s degree in an appropriate area; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and two years of relevant experience.

Licensure and Certification



This position does have supervisory responsibility.

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