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Associate 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 involves collaborative work with a higher-level Editor with related or overlapping list areas. Position handles fewer acquisitions than higher level editors, but more than the Assistant Acquisitions Editor.

Examples of Work

Examples of Work:

  • Position is responsible for managing and developing strategies for 2-3 book lists and signing 12-20 books per year, including new directions for publication areas and the management of backlist titles.
  • Monitors trends and methodologies, identifies emerging interest areas, and identifies prospective authors.
  • Communicates with potential authors and guides authors through the proposal and 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.
  • May assist a higher-level editor with any of the above.

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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