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Working As An Acquisitions Editor

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $74,130

    Average Salary

What Does An Acquisitions Editor Do

Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.

Duties

Editors typically do the following:

  • Read content and correct spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors
  • Rewrite text to make it easier for readers to understand
  • Verify facts using standard reference sources
  • Evaluate submissions from writers to decide what to publish
  • Work with writers to help their ideas and stories succeed
  • Develop story and content ideas according to the publication’s style and editorial policy
  • Allocate space for the text, photos, and illustrations that make up a story
  • Approve final versions submitted by staff

Editors plan, coordinate, and revise material for publication in books, newspapers, magazines, or websites. Editors review story ideas and decide what material will appeal most to readers. During the review process, editors offer comments to improve the product, and suggest titles and headlines. In smaller organizations, a single editor may perform all of the editorial duties or share them with only a few other people.

The following are examples of types of editors:

Copy editors review text for errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling and check for readability, style, and agreement with editorial policy. They suggest revisions, such as changing words and rearranging sentences and paragraphs to improve clarity or accuracy. They also may carry out research, confirm sources for writers, and verify facts, dates, and statistics. In addition, they may arrange page layouts of articles, photographs, and advertising.

Publication assistants who work for book-publishing houses may read and evaluate manuscripts submitted by freelance writers, proofread uncorrected drafts, and answer questions about published material. Assistants on small newspapers or in smaller media markets may compile articles available from wire services or the Internet, answer phones, and proofread articles.

Assistant editors are responsible for a particular subject, such as local news, international news, feature stories, or sports. Most assistant editors work for newspaper publishers, television broadcasters, magazines, book publishers, or advertising and public relations firms.

Executive editors oversee assistant editors and generally have the final say about what stories are published and how they are covered. Executive editors typically hire writers, reporters, and other employees. They also plan budgets and negotiate contracts with freelance writers, who are sometimes called “stringers” in the news industry. Although many executive editors work for newspaper publishers, some work for television broadcasters, magazines, or advertising and public relations firms.

Managing editors typically work for magazines, newspaper publishers, and television broadcasters, and are responsible for the daily operations of a news department.

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How To Become An Acquisitions Editor

A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English, combined with previous writing and proofreading experience, is typically required to be an editor.

Education

Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English. They also prefer candidates with mass- or cross-media experience.

Those with other backgrounds who can show strong writing skills also may find jobs as editors. Editors who deal with specific subject matter may need previous related work experience. For example, fashion editors may need expertise in fashion that they gain through formal training or work experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many editors start off as editorial assistants, writers, or reporters.

Those who are particularly skilled at identifying good stories, recognizing writing talent, and interacting with writers may be interested in editing jobs. 

Other Experience

Editors also can gain experience by working on high school and college newspapers, and for magazines, radio and television stations, advertising and publishing companies, or nonprofit organizations. Magazines and newspapers also have internships for students. For example, the American Society of Magazine Editors offers a Magazine Internship Program to qualified full-time students in their junior or senior year of college. Interns may write stories, conduct research and interviews, and gain general publishing experience.

The ability to use computers is necessary for editors to stay in touch with writers and other editors and to work on the increasingly important digital media or online side of a publication. Familiarity with electronic publishing, graphics, Web design, and multimedia production is also important, because more content is being offered online.

Advancement

Some editors hold management positions and must make decisions related to running a business. For them, advancement generally means moving up to publications with larger circulation or greater prestige. Copy editors may move into original writing or substantive editing positions, or become freelancers.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Editors must be creative, curious, and knowledgeable in a broad range of topics. Some editors must regularly come up with interesting story ideas and attention-grabbing headlines.

Detail oriented. One of an editor’s main tasks is to make sure that material is error free and matches the style of a publication.

Good judgment. Editors must decide if certain stories are ethical or if there is enough evidence to report them.

Interpersonal skills. In working with writers, editors must have tact and the ability to guide and encourage them in their work.

Writing skills. Editors must ensure that all written content has correct grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Editors must be able to write clearly and logically.

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Acquisitions Editor Career Paths

Acquisitions Editor
Writer And Editor Communications Coordinator Marketing Manager
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Publisher Writer And Editor Marketing Specialist
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Project Manager Program Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Marketing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Editor Editorial Director Writer And Editor
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Director Marketing Director
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President President Marketing Consultant
Head Of Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
Vice President Business Developer Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
8 Yearsyrs
Editorial Director Writer And Editor Marketing Specialist
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Communications Director
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Publisher Director Of Sales Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Editorial Director Marketing Manager Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Editor Technical Writer Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Editor Publisher Director Of Sales
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Acquisitions Editor Demographics

Gender

Female

61.6%

Male

37.1%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

84.3%

Asian

6.9%

Hispanic or Latino

6.8%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.9%

French

20.5%

German

7.7%

Japanese

7.7%

Italian

7.7%

Chinese

5.1%

Mandarin

5.1%

Korean

5.1%

Cantonese

2.6%

Russian

2.6%
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Acquisitions Editor Education

Schools

State University of New York Albany

8.7%

Michigan State University

8.7%

University of Connecticut

7.2%

University of Missouri - Columbia

7.2%

Brown University

5.8%

Columbia University

5.8%

University of Delaware

5.8%

Saint Mary's University

4.3%

Boston University

4.3%

Brigham Young University

4.3%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.3%

University of Southern California

4.3%

Murray State University

4.3%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.3%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.3%

University of Maryland - University College

2.9%

Miami University

2.9%

Emerson College

2.9%

Arizona State University

2.9%
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Majors

English

27.8%

Writing

9.7%

Business

8.3%

Journalism

7.4%

Communication

7.4%

History

6.9%

Marketing

4.6%

Fine Arts

3.7%

Education

3.2%

Publishing

2.8%

Political Science

2.8%

Linguistics

2.3%

Psychology

1.9%

Biology

1.9%

Law

1.9%

Elementary Education

1.9%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.4%

Music

1.4%

Photography

1.4%

Public Relations

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.5%

Masters

31.8%

Other

10.6%

Doctorate

6.0%

Certificate

1.4%

Associate

0.4%

Diploma

0.4%
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Real Acquisitions Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Acquisitions Editor, Editorial Development American Chemical Society Washington, DC Aug 06, 2014 $127,102
Acquisitions Editor Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cold Spring Harbor, NY Jan 02, 2011 $126,000
Acquisitions Editor, Editorial Development American Chemical Society Washington, DC Aug 06, 2011 $90,536
Acquisitions Editor Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, NJ Dec 06, 2010 $85,000
Acquisitions Editor Pearson Education, Inc. New York, NY Sep 18, 2013 $82,514 -
$88,850
Acquisitions Editor Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, NJ Dec 06, 2010 $80,000
Acquisitions Editor Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Blacksburg, VA Jan 25, 2015 $63,194
Acquisitions Editor Walter de Gruyter, Inc. New York, NY Aug 08, 2012 $60,550
Acquisitions Editor Walter de Gruyter, Inc. New York, NY Sep 03, 2012 $60,550
Acquisitions Editor Walter de Gruyter, Inc. New York, NY Sep 06, 2012 $60,550
Aquisition Editor Walter de Gruyter Inc. Boston, MA Aug 01, 2011 $56,000 -
$61,000
Acquisitions Editor Walter de Gruyter, Inc. New York, NY Jul 13, 2012 $55,000 -
$60,000
Aquisition Editor Walter de Gruyter Inc. Boston, MA Aug 01, 2011 $55,000 -
$60,000
Sub-Rights & International Acquisitions Research Editor Regan Arts LLC New York, NY Aug 15, 2015 $42,429
Acquisitions Editor Cheng & Tsui Company, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 04, 2015 $42,000 -
$47,000

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Top Skills for An Acquisitions Editor

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Top Acquisitions Editor Skills

  1. Growth
  2. New Titles
  3. P
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Foster the growth of 20 annual publications in digital publishing technologies.
  • Provided cover copy and marketing copy for new titles.
  • Executed System Test Cases to check the Functionality of the Application.
  • Evaluated and acquired manuscripts and book projects for large publishing house, managing eight to ten titles per season.
  • Worked closely with advertising, marketing, sales, editorial and production to attract and train new authors.

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