Acquisitions Editor -Outdoor Recreation

May 06, 2013 - June 30, 2013
Location:Guilford, CT
Benefits:Health, dental, 401k
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:Falcon a leading publisher of outdoor recreation content has an opening for an experienced acquisitions editor with a passion for outdoor sports and recreation. Requires 5 plus years in planning and acquiring new and revision titles, both one-off books and series titles, that will meet the company’s profit goals. In consultation with the department head and the Falcon team, helps develop and recommends publishing plans using personal and carefully researched knowledge of the market. Works as each author’s primary point of contact with the company, and is responsible for communicating the vision of the books throughout the organization and updating the organization of substantive changes in the positioning and timing of a given title.
Duties:•Develops concepts for profitable books, series, and related products, negotiates author contracts, and draws up contracts for approximately 25-30 new and revised titles annually •Participates in development of list-building, strategy and planning •Presents product concepts to Executive Director of Editorial for feedback and comments and, if approved, presents to Publishing Board; prepares cost estimates, participates in acquisition planning meetings. •Locates and contacts well-credentialed authors for books within assigned categories and uses experience and judgment to explore other subject areas, while keeping close contact with supervisor. •Evaluates solicited and unsolicited proposals and manuscripts •Handles all issues pertaining to contract terms, submission quality, and deadlines •Participates in discussions with sales and marketing and provides materials to support book sales estimates. •Creates a direction for a portion of the list and works with team members to achieve that direction •Maintains book records in Title Management •May be called upon to represent Falcon at the Outdoor Retailers trade show in Salt Lake City, Utah, once or twice a year.
Qualifications:Required Skill Competencies: •Ability to acquire 25+ quality books per year within established core categories •Ability to plan a series list intelligently, efficiently, and profitably •Superior author contract negotiating skills •Create and adhere to budgets on a book-by-book basis •Thorough knowledge of assigned book categories •The ability to work collaboratively across department lines. •5+ years trade-book editorial experience •Experience dealing with a broad range of authors, and agent contacts Education & Experience: •Minimum of 5 years experience in trade publishing •Book development skills and a demonstrated record of acquiring A -grade books. •B.A. in English or Journalism preferred

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