Acquisitions Editor—Outdoor Recreation
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
The successful candidate will have the option of working from a home office, one of the company’s field offices—located in New York, New York, Boulder, Colorado, and Guilford, Connecticut—or from the company’s headquarters in Lanham, Maryland.
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Rowman & Littlefield is seeking an experienced Acquisitions Editor in the field of outdoor recreation for its FalconGuides imprint. This acquisition editor will see titles through all stages of the editing process; collaborate on book design and format; prepare sales materials including tip sheets and catalog copy; and present titles at sales conferences.


• Conceptualize, develop, and acquire an assigned number of key titles that meet series standards and market needs
• Perform industry research and competitor analysis on various sectors of the outdoor recreation industry and books
• Prepare regular sales forecasts and assist with strategizing of future lists
• Manage book budgets
• Evaluate solicited and unsolicited proposals and manuscripts, and identify well-credentialed authors
• Negotiate agent, author, and photographer contract terms and enforce schedule deadlines
• Review text, photos, and maps from the author to ensure manuscripts are written to series guidelines and/or author’s contractual requirements


The successful candidate will possess:

• A bachelor’s degree
• 3-5 years of experience in an editorial capacity at an adult trade publishing house with strong acquisitions (34-40) titles per year.
• A proven sales record
• A superior editorial judgment and an ability to work independently
• A keen understanding of the outdoor recreation publishing category is desired.
• An in-depth knowledge of the climbing industry (either professional or personal) is strongly preferred

About Our Company

An independent publisher with an outstanding reputation, Rowman & Littlefield publishes innovative, high-quality college texts, provocative and timely titles for general readers, and professional and scholarly books throughout the humanities and social sciences. Headquartered in Maryland, R&L also has offices in New York City, Boulder, Colorado, Connecticut, and London.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a resume and cover letter (including the ad number, where you learned of the opening, and your salary expectations) to Michael Wiles via email or post using the below contact information:

Michael Wiles
Rowman & Littlefield
c/o Human Resources
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706

Rowman & Littlefield
Lanham, MD
VEVRAA Federal Contractor

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Please refer to www.rowman.com/Page/HR for Rowman & Littlefield’s Equal Employment Opportunity–Affirmative Action Policy Statement, as well as additional information relating to equal opportunity employment.

If you are a candidate with a disability in need of an accommodation in the application process, please contact Rowman & Littlefield’s human resources department at humanresources@rowman.com.

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