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Acquisitions Editor

Penguin Random House

New York, NY 04-16-2021
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description

Acquisitions Editor, Zeitgeist

Penguin Random House is currently seeking an Acquisition Editor to join its Zeitgeist imprint. This is an innovative team focused on demand-based, data-driven original titles adaptations across a variety of practical nonfiction titles.

Titles that Zeitgeist has published include: Bake Up!, Anxiety Relief for Teens, Guided Tarot, Dog Training for Kids, The Newlywed Couple's Devotional, and Love More, Fight Less.

The Acquisitions Editor is primarily responsible for finding and signing the strongest author candidates negotiating work-for-hire contracts, maintaining relationships with authors, and developing departmental processes. A developer and cultivator of relationships, the Acquisitions Editor must build a network of authors.
Other responsibilities include:
• Developing and maintaining relationships with authors across a range of nonfiction categories.
• Building an expansive network of prospective author candidates who are experts in their respective fields.
• Vetting and identifying the strongest candidates to match editor and project needs, including researching author platforms.
• Negotiating a contract with the author within established parameters of the financial targets set for the project and consulting with legal when needed.
• Understanding the financial implications in the contract and using established P&L forms and systems.
• Engaging in continuous improvement, developing new processes and systems to meet departmental goals.

Please apply to join us if you meet the following requirements:
• Minimum 4 years prior trade acquisition experience or equivalent related experience
• Strong interest in nonfiction titles
• Prior experience in contract negotiation
• Ability to build and maintain relationships
• Ability to be persuasive and think creatively
• Ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment
• Ability to work under deadlines
• Ability to work with autonomy
• Excellent time management skills
• Excellent negotiation skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Strong and innovative problem-solving skills
• Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Docs

Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter with salary requirements. Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-r0ynw8-34-237-52-11-42 in your application.

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Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world. In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution.