Book Acquisitions Editor: Spirituality and Parish Resources – Twenty-Third Publications (New London, CT)

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BOOK ACQUISITIONS EDITOR: SPIRITUALITY AND PARISH RESOURCES
Publishing/Journalism, FT Employee
Twenty-Third Publications (New London, CT)

Job Title: Acquisitions Editor, Spirituality & Parish Resources

Position Summary:

The Acquisitions Editor for Spirituality & Parish Resources is responsible for book acquisition, manuscript development, and author relations in Twenty-Third’s key publishing areas of Spirituality and Parish Resources, as well as collaboration on ideas for product development in other publishing categories. The Acquisitions Editor for Spirituality and Parish titles will solicit, develop, and deliver for production 20 titles per year (books and small booklets) in a program balanced for the strategic and economic goals established. The Acquisitions Editor serves on the Acquisitions Team and reports directly to the Publisher.

The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of book acquisitions experience; a thorough knowledge of Catholic tradition, spiritual practices and lifestyle; connections with both well-known authors and new, fresh voices to bring to Twenty-Third’s spirituality and parish lines of products.

Relocation to the Connecticut office is not a requirement.

Responsibilities:

1. Collaborates with the Publisher and other Acquisitions Team members to create, solicit, develop and deliver for publication 20 spirituality and parish titles per year (a combination of books and small booklets).
2. Seeks and actively acquires manuscripts and/or authors that match these editorial lines.
3. Maintains an updated working docket of proposals discussed by the Acquisitions Team in the spirituality and parish lines and collaborates in building seasonal lists from this docket.
4. Evaluates incoming proposals and manuscripts.
5. Obtains author questionnaire and reviewer recommendations (as needed) regarding manuscripts or proposals under consideration.
6. Participates in a weekly acquisitions meeting: prepares Potential Project Report for manuscripts/projects under consideration and presents these to the Acquisitions Team members; uses this feedback in weighing project viability.
7. Contributes required information for project feasibility reports and ensures that accepted projects remain on target throughout production process.
8. Offers standard terms to author; requests author contracts.
9. Creates and maintains manuscript checklists for accepted projects.
10. Collaborates with the author in the development of a project; implements reviewer and Acquisitions Team recommendations as needed, bringing the manuscript to a point where it may be sent for copy editing.
11. When needed, works with a developmental editor to maintain the vision and continuity of all projects
12. Seeks imprimatur when warranted by project or, when appropriate, asks author to obtain.
13. As needed, makes suggestions for endorsements, foreword or preface and obtains these where appropriate, and forwards information for back cover write up to marketing (see Potential Project Report).
14. As needed and in collaboration with the Publisher, discusses with marketing and designer various issues regarding the design of the book, both interior layout and cover.
15. Collaborates with marketing department regarding the marketing and promotion of each book. May provide written descriptions and other resources to help the marketing department understand and represent the project.
16. Contributes to the Idea Pool and Author Pool documents in the 23rd A-Team Dropbox.
17. Participates in brainstorming meetings with other departments: Marketing, Web, Sales, Design, etc.
18. Maintains publishing house relationships with potential authors, contributors, and other contacts
19. When possible, attends annual conferences and conventions to maintain relationships and make new contacts with other publishers and authors.

Competencies:

KNOWLEDGE
• In-depth knowledge of the Catholic faith and practice, and the reality of the contemporary church
• Familiarity with updated theological and ecclesiological positions
• Degree in Theology, Ministry, or Religious Studies
• Experience in book acquisitions and editing
• Knowledgeable of current trends in society and the needs of Twenty-Third’s audience

SKILLS
• Excellent writing skills
• Practical team skills
• Appropriate communication and interpersonal skills
• Strong diplomatic and negotiating skills
• Strong interpersonal leadership skills

ABILITIES
• Enthusiasm and passion for Twenty-Third’s Mission
• Ability to undertake multiple projects with various details and meet deadlines
• Able to network and maintain relationships with authors, contributors, and other contacts, and to bring new voices-both well-known authors and new, fresh voices-to Twenty-Third’s family of authors. (109)

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