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North Atlantic Books Acquisitions Editor

August 9, 2017

North Atlantic Books, an educational nonprofit, in Berkeley, California, seeks an acquisitions editor.


  • Contribute to the short and long-term growth of the publishing program by soliciting, acquiring, and developing 12 projects per year
  • Act as editor of record for an additional 6-8 projects per year, acquired by publisher or other staff
  • Network extensively with potential authors and keep track of developments in North Atlantic’s niches and categories, including attending conferences
  • Evaluate proposals and manuscripts and provide authors with editorial feedback/development
  • Participate in weekly leads meetings and acquisitions board meetings; pitch and present projects at acquisitions, launch, and other meetings as needed
  • Conduct and analyze sales research, including P&Ls
  • Develop and maintain strong agent and author relationships
  • Work with authors and others in-house to develop title, subtitle, book specs
  • Research comparative titles and cover art
  • Hand off final manuscript and art files to production editor with directions for copyediting, permissions status for artwork, etc.
  • Participate in developing marketing and publicity plans

Reports To: Publisher

Salary commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position at 40 hours/week. Excellent benefits: health, vision, and dental plan; 401K; paid sabbatical; flexible spending plan.

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