Storey is a leading publisher of how-to-books for country living, with a focus on gardening, cooking, crafts, building, and animals. We are located in the scenic Berkshires, on the campus of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), three hours from NYC and Boston.
The acquisitions editor plays a key role in shaping Storey's publishing program. Responsibilities include: conceiving new book ideas that are well positioned to respond to market trends, opportunities, and Storey's sales strengths; identifying potential authors; developing strong positioning statements and well-honed proposals; working with agents; conceiving new book formats; successfully acquiring 8-12 new books annually. The acquisitions editor also acts as project editor for 4-6 books per year and directs work of in-house and freelance project editors on other acquired books. Responsibilities also include working closely with Storey's Publisher to develop positioning and marketing materials for all Storey titles.
New Book Acquisitions
- Conceives of and develops new book ideas that fit and expand Storey’s sales opportunities in niche publishing areas, based on knowledge of sales histories of past titles, sales of other publisher’s titles, buyers’ interests, input from Publisher, sales and marketing team, and market trends.
- Keeps current in Storey subject areas; attends appropriate conferences and networking events; connects with key opinion leaders, media, and professionals; and networks with current authors and sales team members.
- Develops proposals for 20 or more books annually; successfully acquire 8-12 books per year.
- Manages in-house acquisitions process for new titles: evaluates and critiques proposals; researches competitive titles; develops positioning statement and proposed specs for new titles; attends weekly pitch meetings to solicit input from publisher and acquisitions colleagues; presents full book proposals at meeting with sales and marketing staff to "make the case" for the book; develops vision for format and look of proposed books; and prepares book budgets working in conjunction with Managing Editor and Creative Director.
- Evaluates unsolicited proposals, manuscripts, and packaged books submitted for editorial review and responds on a timely basis.
- Participates in regular acquisitions pitch meetings with Publisher and other acquisitions editors; provides feedback and guidance on pitched proposals.
- Works closely with Publisher to prepare sales and marketing materials for new books; prepares sales conference presentations, as assigned.
- Works with contracted authors to finalize outlines to meet Storey’s expectations for books, meeting to plan and bookmap as appropriate. Maintains regular communication with authors to ensure the manuscript is completed on time and meets the content, format, and positioning expectations.
- Manages schedules for assigned books in conjunction with Managing Editor and Art Director.
- Attends and initiates regular team meetings to monitor project status, coordinate responsibilities with other team members, and to problem solve.
- Monitors book budgets and works with other team members to keep within budget.
- After manuscript is deemed acceptable, serves as key liaison for book with author, freelancers, Art Director, and other departments at Storey (sales, design, publicity, marketing).
- Presents full book concept at Book Launch meeting, and prepares materials for sales and marketing.
- Writes copy for sales materials, catalogs, website, and back cover for acquired books as well as other titles, as assigned by publisher.
- Completes substantive editing of assigned books (includes editing running text, captions, boxes, tables, and other elements of the manuscript for style, tone, content, organization, punctuation, grammar, usage, and spelling; substantive editing is done in accordance with standards established for The Book Group by the Managing Editor and the Production Editor.)
- Identifies expert readers and potential foreword writers and endorsers, as needed.
- Queries author about organizational and content issues, resolves all issues relating to queries, and incorporates needed changes into the manuscript.
- Compiles illustration and photography lists; indicates placement of art in text; organizes reference materials for illustrator; participates in photo shoots as assigned by art director.
- Commissions and instructs copy editor; reviews work of copy editor and incorporates changes into manuscript.
- Prepares sample-page manuscript for Art Director; assigns and applies style tags to manuscript.
- Reviews book pages at all stages of development, acting as project manager and liaison with author throughout the book production process.
- Acts as key contact with author, proofreader, and in-house staff in ensuring every stage of the review process is completed accurately and thoroughly.
- B.S or B.A. in English, journalism, writing, or similar field.
- 5+ years of experience in book editorial and acquisitions work, preferably in illustrated nonfiction books.
- Superior writing and editing skills and knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style guidelines.
- Experience in writing marketing copy.
- Knowledge of book publishing industry, marketing, sales and distribution, and the finances of publishing.
- Keen design eye and skill in working collaboratively with art directors to conceive book formats and critique book design, photography, and illustrations.
- Ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
- Thorough knowledge of electronic book manuscript production.
- Flexible team player with strong commitment to working in a highly collaborative environment.
- Good content knowledge, hands-on experience, and enthusiasm for Storey subject areas highly preferred.
- Excellent typing skills.
- Knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel necessary.
- Must be able to travel to trade shows, conferences, seminars, photo shoots, as required.
- Must present a professional demeanor.
- Vision and hearing must be acute enough for phone work and computer operations.
Applicant should email letter of interest, resume and salary requirements to email@example.com.
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