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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 At Pearson

* Develop deep discipline and market knowledge to driveproduct development decisions for portfolio while assessing global marketdemand for both print and digital opportunities across the portfolio.
* Establish portfolio business case and deliverportfolio/product mix and related KPI’s including financial performance,product contribution, and learner outcomes.
* Scout for and sign new authors to build strong futureproduct pipeline.
* Create strong author relationships with both existing and newauthors by working closely with them to outline a vision for each product.
* Conduct ongoing market research including face-to-face meetingsand focus groups with customers on college campuses nationwide.
* Analyze product reviews and market feedback and decide bestsolutions for our customers that drive growth.
* Collaborate with Product Management to recommend disciplinerelevant technology roadmap improvements.
* Create P&Ls and manage overall portfolio budget.
* Manage revisions and new product development
* Collaborate with Sales and Marketing on revision plans, salespresentations and tools, etc.
* Travel as needed for focus groups, conferences, events, and campusvisits to develop market insights, strengthen educator community network anddrive revenue performance

What Does An Acquisitions Editor Do At Ohio State University

* The Ohio State University Press, within the College of Arts and Sciences, seeks an Acquisitions Editor to join our team.
* The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university.
* The College hosts 81 majors.
* With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field.
* The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community.
* Founded in 1957, The Ohio State University Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher dedicated to advancing knowledge by disseminating scholarship in the humanities and the social sciences, and publishes 50
* new books annually.
* Located in the growing city of Columbus, Ohio, The Ohio State University Press seeks a full-time Literary and Cultural Studies Acquiring Editor to solicit, evaluate, acquire, and oversee the publication of 20
* scholarly books a year in the fields of literary and cultural studies, in keeping with signing goals set annually by the Editor in Chief.
* The Editor will work closely with other Press departments to manage projects from acquisition to publication.
* The Literary and Cultural Studies Acquisitions Editor will strategically acquire and publish 20
* books per year in literary and cultural studies, with opportunities for list expansion in keeping with the Press’ larger editorial program goals.
* The Editor will conduct market research as to the viability and profitability of titles; develop thorough knowledge of appropriate academic fields; identify and evaluate prospective manuscripts; cultivate relationships with prospective authors; oversee the peer review process; develop profit & loss statements and informational packets for internal Press use; present projects to the editorial board for final approval; oversee the development and schedules of contracted manuscripts; oversee copyright, illustrations, and all other materials to be included in published book; write promotional copy (for use on book covers, in catalogs, ads, and on web pages); serve as the primary liaison between authors and The Ohio State University Press; and travel to national and international scholarly meetings to represent the Press, manage book exhibits, meet with authors, and sell books

What Does An Acquisitions Editor Do At Harpercollins Publishers

* The Acquisitions Editor may be assigned any and/or all of the following responsibilities for a particular title.
* In some cases, they will do the work themselves, in others they will work with the Senior Managing Editor, Managing Editor, or Editorial Coordinator to assign resources including freelance vendors.
* But in all cases the project will be the responsibility of the Acquisitions Editor with accountability and collaboration with the appropriate Senior Editor for each project.
* Assist the Publisher to ensure front-list product list supports year-over-year growth both in revenue and EBITDA.
* Review submissions from authors and agents as well as identify new authors to contract.
* Develop and maintain strong relationships with authors, agents, and partner organizations.
* Acquire new product via work with authors, agents, outside partners or proprietary development.
* Develop new book concepts on trend for the current marketplace.
* Strive to produce the macro edit on the first draft of any manuscript and ensure editorial excellence.
* Communicate and collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
* Meet or beat deadlines set by the Senior Managing Editor.
* Maintain low expenses, meeting or beating the budgeted amount allowed in a financial profit and loss statement per product.
* Coordinate with the art department to select illustrators for a project or photographs to complete a project, secure any author approvals, and make sure art enhances salability of the book.
* Oversee cover direction and participates in cover, titling, and meta data meetings.
* Present titles to the Kids Executive Team and Sales Publishing Board for approval and support.
* Complete and submit Proposal Documents to Managing Editor and work closely with her to ensure financial targets are meeting benchmarks.
* Complete and submit applicable Contract Request Forms to the Senior Managing Editor in a timely manner.
* Write and prepare proposals for presentation to agents and/or authors with the intention of acquiring their support on a project.
* Collaborate with the Zondervan or Blink marketing team to coordinate plans and bring product to market in a timely manner.
* Review financials for each title and write Deal Point Memos to secure acquisitions.
* Report dates completed on assigned tasks in a timely manner to Zondervan Project Server database.
* Serves as a member of the Kids Executive Team and participate in discussions regarding acquisitions, titles, specs, covers, on-sale dates, etc.
* Is available to supervise or mentor student interns or new editors as needed.
* Knowledge: Ability to discern quality of a strong middle-grade and teen product both visually and editorially

What Does An Acquisitions Editor Do At Water Environment Federation

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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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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
Acquisitions Editor Walter de Gruyter, Inc. New York, NY Jul 13, 2012 $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
Literary Editor-Development & Acquisitions Joseph Inga & Company Inc. Los Angeles, CA Dec 15, 2014 $38,610

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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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