Sr. Acquisitions Editor – Nashville

Sr. Acquisitions Editor – Nashville
Nashville, TN
September 16, 2020
Nashville, TN
Job Type


SHR Talent is partnering with a well-established client in Nashville in its search for a Senior Acquisitions Editor! This is a full-time opportunity that will work remotely until further notice. The Senior Acquisitions Editor will serve in a leadership role in acquisitions and editorial/product development for non-fiction titles in the Christian market. The individual in this role must possess excellent relationship-building/communication/people skills & a polished, professional demeanor. This role requires someone willing to travel, as the Senior Acquisitions Editor will be meeting with current & prospective authors to collaborate on the manuscript/writing process.


  • Actively acquires 12-14 titles per year consistent with publishing strategy and financial goals.
  • Oversees editorial development of books acquired, including the delivery of expert and timely editorial work and strong author management.
  • Shepherds the titling, packaging, and cataloging process for acquired titles.
  • Provides timely communication with current and potential authors and their agents regarding the status of their proposals and/or contracted projects.
  • Negotiates with authors and/or agents in a manner that is fair and within financial benchmarks and develops, nurtures, and grows author and agent relationships; strong editorial judgment about which authors to acquire and resign.
  • Represents Nelson Books persuasively within HCCP and within the broader publishing community, including at writer’s conferences and industry trade shows as needed.
  • Influences and informally mentors junior editorial staff.
  • Possesses expertise in cultural, entertainment, and publishing trends.


Knowledge: Expert market knowledge, proven leadership ability, proven success in acquisitions, proven ability to maintain strong relationships with internal and external constituencies.

  • Work Experience: Proven success as an acquisitions editor with 7-8 years’ experience in publishing.
  • Education: BA in Humanities, English, Journalism, or Theology or equivalent degree required.

Industry Knowledge: Complete knowledge of the ABA and CBA trade book market, leading authors, and publishers; strong agency and industry contacts.


  • Excellent editing, proofreading, and communication skills; ability to work with authors in developing content
  • Manuscript management experience
  • Adept with Christian content and a variety of theological viewpoints.
  • Able to work with and lead/influence others in a team environment
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple assignments at any given time
  • Able to manage and coach creative people and desire to see them thrive
  • Skilled in understanding book offers, publishing terms, and ability to negotiate
  • Decisive, well organized, strategic planner in the context of a team environment with shared processes and goals. Innovation and creativity skills are crucial for success.
  • Relationship builder, networker, diplomatic and collaborative
  • Outstanding communication and public speaking skills
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced, evolving industry and environment
  • Must be able to travel as needed
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