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Title: Acquisitions Editor

Employer: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

Description: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing is currently accepting applications for a full-time Acquisitions Editor. The Acquisitions editor will secure contracts and deliver manuscripts for the Eerdmans adult publishing program and will report to the Editor-in-Chief (EiC).

  • Experience required: five years of postbaccalaureate experience in publishing, academia, or ministry
  • Experience preferred: five years of experience in publishing
  • Education required: MDiv, MA, MAR, MTS, or equivalent degree in a pertinent field
  • Education preferred; PhD, ThD, or DMin
  • Characteristics: excellent proficiency in reading, writing, critical analysis of texts, and coaching others in these areas; proven leadership skills; outstanding diligence and efficiency in meeting deadlines while managing multiple projects concurrently; high relational/emotional intelligence; self-awareness, tact, respect, good humor, and generosity in interactions with colleagues and authors; informed and sympathetic interest in the Bible, Christianity, and the various related subject areas in which Eerdmans publishes
  • Skills: proficiency in MS-Word, working familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style; self-starting, self-regulating, industrious; willingness and ability to learn and utilize specialized project-management and communication software
  • Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan; or remote work may be negotiable.

Duties and Responsibilities

General acquisitions responsibilities

Relating with authors

  • Identify and pursue the best available authors for Eerdmans books, using all available means of communication to establish and cultivate productive relationships.
  • Travel as needed, within plans approved by the EiC, to conferences and campuses in order to meet with authors and attend events pertinent to acquisitions work.
  • Maintain a public persona that will deserve the respect of the press’s authors and readers.

    Securing contracts

  • Conceive book ideas and find authors to write the books.
  • Evaluate book ideas from potential authors and work with them to transform their ideas into proposals that will meet the needs of readers whom the company serves.
  • Acquire books to fill out the company’s publishing list in various subject areas and for various readerships as assigned by the EiC.
  • Selectively decline and pursue proposals based on goals set by the EiC, advice from the EiC and the Publishing Committee, and your knowledge of existing literature, readers’ needs, and the sales performance of previously published books.
  • Prepare proposals by soliciting required materials from authors, completing required forms, and updating proposal-related databases.
  • Explain proposals at meetings of the Publishing Committee and follow instructions from the Committee to decline proposals, refine them, or contract them.
  • Work with authors, the Rights Manager, the Acquisitions Assistant, and the EiC to negotiate terms and prepare and execute contracts.

    Delivering manuscripts

  • Stay in touch with authors to encourage timely submission of manuscripts.
  • Evaluate the acceptability of each manuscript received in terms of the pertinent contract, the proposal, and the press’s requirements, working with author to develop the manuscript as needed before initiating the acceptance process.
  • For accepted manuscripts, update internal documents as required.

    Relating with the press

  • Stay in congenial, constructive, and responsive contact with the EiC and other colleagues.
  • Submit timely and informative reports on meetings with authors and prospective authors.
  • Pay due attention to reports from other AEs and provide helpful feedback regarding other AEs’ book proposals.
  • Hand off responsibility to Project Editors for editing, design, proofing, and preparation of marketing materials while remaining available, as the company’s primary liaison with the author, for consultation and intervention in difficult questions.
  • Respond promptly and helpfully to requests from colleagues in the marketing and sales departments for information and assistance.

    Special responsibilities

    Subject areas for acquisitions

  • The ideal candidate for our current opening will have the qualifications and connections to excel in acquisitions in at least one of these areas: issues of special concern to women or people of color; books of compelling interest for Christian laypeople; history of American Christianity; Christian ethics; modern/contemporary Christian theology; race, gender, sexuality, or ethnicity in Christian life and thought.
  • While assuming primary responsibility for one or more of the preceding areas, the Acquisitions Editor will also need to work as a generalist in other areas to round out the work of the acquisitions team.

This is a full-time, exempt position. The successful candidate can expect a competitive salary and benefits, including medical and dental insurance, 401K, and paid time off. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company is an independent publisher of religious books ranging from academic works in biblical studies, history of Christianity, systematic theology, theological ethics, and Christian ministry to popular titles in spirituality, social and cultural criticism, and literature. Founded in 1911, the company has collaborated with many outstanding authors to publish excellent literary and intellectual works from responsible viewpoints across the religious spectrum.

For more information or to apply please go to the Indeed.com website. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company seeks an experienced and creative Director of Marketing to plan and manage the marketing strategies of the company, including the children’s imprint, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 

The Director of Marketing reports directly to the President/Publisher, collaborates closely with the VP of Sales, and is a member of the company’s leadership team. This position directly oversees a team of five (plus an intern), as they carry out the activities of the marketing department, including publicity, digital marketing, social media, website, advertising, awards, direct mail, and promotions. The Director of Marketing is responsible for creating and monitoring the marketing department budget and rigorously analyzing the outcomes of marketing campaigns. 

Women, persons of color, and other groups underrepresented in publishing, are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement comprehensive marketing plans for forthcoming titles, and provide detailed marketing plans as needed for acquisitions editors
  • Create, update, and monitor the Marketing Department budget for each fiscal year
  • Periodically review and analyze effectiveness and cost of marketing efforts
  • Participate in bi-weekly Leadership Team meetings to review and offer input on overall company strategy, progress, and goals
  • Participate in weekly Publishing Committee meetings to evaluate projects for possible acquisition
  • Evaluate acquisitions projects both before and during Publishing Committee review to provide feedback on the marketing and publicity potential of prospective authors and proposals
  • Work with authors as needed to evaluate and enhance their marketing platforms and

    coordinate the marketing efforts of each

  • Oversee the activity of the publicity department
  • Oversee the work of the digital marketers, providing input on website content and design, videos, newsletters, giveaways, blog content, and social media content
  • Oversee production of catalogs, printed promotional pieces, and jacket and cover copy, providing direction as needed and insuring deadlines are met
  • Oversee the creation of advertising and marketing copy and design
  • Oversee the launch process for all adult books
  • Oversee the titling process for all adult books
  • Participate in bi-monthly (or as needed) Eerdmans Books for Young Readers acquisitions meetings
  • Collaborate closely with VP of Sales to align sales and marketing efforts
  • Represent the company at trade shows and academic conferences as needed 

Job requirements

  • BA in marketing, business, or related field; MBA desirable
  • 5+ years experience in marketing, with publishing marketing experience strongly preferred
  • 2+ years in departmental management experience
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Familiarity with book publishing industry
  • Familiarity with the markets/media environment into which Eerdmans publishes
  • Informed and sympathetic understanding of the key subject areas in which we publish
  • Strong knowledge of social media marketing
  • Proven ability to create and carry out successful marketing campaigns
  • Proven ability to provide strong and generous leadership to direct reports
  • Strong sense of collegiality and collaboration with direct reports and colleagues in other departments
  • Ability to travel 

This position is temporarily remote, but will be based out of our Grand Rapids, MI, offices when we re-open. 

This is a full-time, exempt position. The successful candidate can expect a competitive salary and benefits, including medical and dental insurance, 401K, and paid time off. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company is an independent publisher of religious books ranging from academic works in biblical studies, history of Christianity, systematic theology, theological ethics, and Christian ministry to popular titles in spirituality, social and cultural criticism, and literature. Founded in 1911, the company has collaborated with many outstanding authors to publish excellent literary and intellectual works from responsible viewpoints across the religious spectrum. 

For more information or to apply please go to the Indeed.com website. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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Do you use freelance editors? If so, how can I get on this list?

We routinely use freelance help and from time to time need to add new talent to our pool. If you would like to work with us (and our wonderful authors!), please send your resume and a cover letter highlighting your interests and relevant training, knowledge, and experience to freelance@eerdmans.com with the word "Freelance" at the beginning of the subject line. We work with editors, proofreaders, and indexers, and we are especially interested in freelancers who can read biblical languages.

 

 
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