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Acquisitions Editor - Books

Plural Publishing San Diego, CA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental


Reporting to the Executive Editor, the Acquisitions Editor (AE) is responsible for acquiring new academic textbooks and professional titles, and developing strategic publishing plans for revisions of profitable titles. The AE builds strong relationships with established and up-and-coming authors, prestigious advisers, reviewers, and scholarly/professional associations in order to publish timely, high-quality publications that meet the needs of our markets.

This is a full-time position (Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm) located in our San Diego office.

The AE works closely with the Executive Editor, Project Editor, and authors to ensure manuscripts are delivered on time to achieve the company’s annual revenue goals.


  • Research and define annual and long-term strategic goals in our established publishing areas and identify new subject areas for growth.
  • Develop new works and revisions. Meet Editorial/Marketing expectations, contractual terms, and deadlines.
  • Develop dynamic and ongoing relationships with authors, editors, key advisers, and reviewers through consistent communications via e-mail, phone, and at conferences.
  • Evaluate, review, and pitch new book proposals.
  • Prepare, negotiate, and finalize contracts.
  • Educate prospective authors on the company’s publishing processes and timelines.
  • Keep abreast of the competition and relevant market and publishing trends.
  • Act as primary contact/liaison between the author and Production and Marketing teams. Coordinate marketing and sales activities between the publisher and author.
  • Educate Sales and Marketing on new products and partner with them to develop strategic promotional plans.
  • Transmit thorough author and product information to the Project Editor so he/she can successfully work with the authors through the manuscript development process.
  • Identify and develop distribution opportunities or other mutually beneficial relationships with companies, scholarly/professional associations, etc.
  • Lead “launch” meetings with authors after the manuscript has been transmitted to the Production team.
  • Manage conflict should it arise and ensure that the Executive Editor and other appropriate departments are engaged in reaching solutions.
  • Contribute to the ongoing assessment and improvement of Editorial procedures and standards.
  • Travel to and attend professional and other meetings, as requested, to recruit authors and promote Plural’s mission, strengths, and products.
  • Prepare reports on projects being pursued, in development, or recently published.
  • Assist the Executive Editor with strategic planning.
  • Delegate projects and tasks to the Editorial Assistant and interns as needed.
  • Act as a mentor to junior Editorial staff.

Desired Attributes, Skills, and Experience

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of three years of related academic and/or professional publishing experience
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Confident with sound judgment on priorities
  • Persuasion skills, power of assertion, negotiation skills
  • Self-motivated, detailed oriented, well organized
  • Ability to work under pressure with several time-sensitive projects at once
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and other typical workplace software

Please submit a cover letter and resume. No phone calls.

Plural Publishing

Plural Publishing, Inc. is a small and growing company that produces leading academic and professional publications in the fields of speech-language pathology, audiology, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, singing, and special education. We publish employ a dedicated and committed team of professionals who take great pride in our authors and our publications.

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