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Associate Publisher
HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Date Posted
HarperCollins Christian Publishing is in search of a Associate Publisher for their W Publishing division. The Associate Publisher assists the Publisher in managing the imprint’s publishing program as well as to substantively edit projects assigned to him/her each year. Day-to-day responsibilities include product and market development as well as leading the editorial team in the acquisitions cycle from Editorial Board to Pub Board and delivery of book projects on time. The Associate Publisher identifies, pursues, presents, and acquires 12 to 15 projects per year; assists the Publisher in overseeing the product line by creating ancillary products, developing line extensions, and managing brands; leads special projects for the Publisher; monitors editorial team performance metrics and leads the work to improve them; assists the Publisher in nurturing relationships with key authors and agents; and represents the Publisher when he cannot be present.


The primary responsibilities of the Associate Publisher include but are not limited to:

Essential Responsibilities:

1.Author Acquisition: develops productive relationships with literary agents; actively pursues, receives, and reviews book proposals from them on an ongoing basis; identifies and pursues potential author targets; creates book concepts for target authors as needed; makes initial contacts and sets meetings; prepares proposals and makes presentations at Ed Board and Pub Board meetings; manages proforma approval process for his/her projects; negotiates major deal terms and works with contracts team to develop long-form contracts.
2.Author Retention: develops productive relationships with authors for whom he/she is responsible; as necessary, creates book concepts for current authors; prepares for and attends planning meetings with major authors.
3.List Management: ensures publishing lists are filled out and well-spaced in time for annual planning and presentation to sales; where desirable, works to publish projects from our key authors each fiscal year; ensures we are publishing to our target categories and stated revenue goals; plans for ancillary products including derivatives and format conversions.
4.Product Development: leads Titling meetings to achieve final, approved copy by Sales Conference; leads catalog process on an approved schedule for Sales Conference; coordinates approval of front cover copy and cover design by authors as needed; edits back cover copy and flap copy; makes product presentations at Sales Conference.
5.Program Management: leads the acquisitions cycle from Editorial Board to Pub Board; oversees on-time delivery of book projects to BGD and printer; manages editorial team to ensure: (1) manuscript receipt according to contractual due dates, and (2) efficient editorial processing from substantive development stage to copy edit.
6.Strategic Planning and Financial Analysis: assists Publisher in future business planning as it relates to annual budgeting, content and acquisitions, and measuring financial objectives; participates in yearly strategic initiatives as requested by the Publisher; presents financials at monthly Business Review meeting when Publisher is unable to attend.
7.Developmental Editing: for 12-15 projects per year, provides initial feedback and direction on proposal; provides feedback and direction on first chapter completed; provides substantive editing and feedback on first draft; reviews final draft; delivers final manuscript and editorial direction to editor.
8.Team Building: meets with editorial staff one on one; conducts annual employee alignment meetings; hires and trains new employees.
9.Publisher Support: prepares notes from meetings with authors and agents for Publisher (when he’s not present); meets regularly with Publisher to monitor key business metrics and other various day-to-day needs; responds to Publisher’s requests; reviews proposals and follows up on leads from Publisher.


Desired candidate will possess the following knowledge, experience, education and skills:

Knowledge: Mastery of the English language, especially in written form; ability to understand and analyze standard financial documentation, such as income statements and balance sheets; proficiency in Microsoft Office software, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; management, leadership, and professional development experience.

Work Experience:

Minimum. 7 years in publishing with 2 or more years in a leadership role

Target. 7-10 years in publishing with 3 or more years in a leadership role


Minimum. Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year university

Target. Master’s Degree from a four-year university

Industry Knowledge: Understanding of the Inspirational Book or General Trade book marketplace, including consumer demand, retail environment (physical and online), and competition

Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; proficiency in Chicago Manual of Style; management, leadership, and professional development experience; ability to understand and analyze standard financial documentation; efficient task management; efficient product development management; can lead meetings with specific desired outcomes; public speaking.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an equal opportunity employer.

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