Barnes & Noble Editor in Sterling, New York







The Editor acquires, develops and edits non-fiction illustrated trade books from manuscript to bound book. The Editor is responsible for supporting and building the adult trade list, with a focus on popular science and nature, pop culture, light reference, and lifestyle.

Essential Functions

• Acquires, develops, and edits titles from manuscript to bound book, including project management and research, and developmental and line editing.

• Presents projects at weekly Acquisitions meetings; creates project plans and profit/loss reports that consider unit costs, marketing and publicity, design/illustration fees, and editorial development.

• Works with managing editorial to determine and track schedules; finds and contacts freelance personnel to assist with projects as necessary.

• Remains current in subject areas, anticipates category trends in related fields, tracks sales in subject areas.

• Cultivates and maintains author/agent/co-edition/packager relationships.

• Creates well-developed book proposals, including coherent book concept, analysis of competition, overall vision, and profitability projections.

• Initiates and negotiates author/agent/co-edition/packager contracts and prepares contract request packages.

• Presents titles at sales launch conferences.

• Prepares creative briefs, estimate requests, and profit-loss reports.

• Partners with art and production departments in planning creative implementation of book projects.

• Reviews and helps develop catalog and marketing copy.

• Maintains and tracks projects in title management database.

• Ensures successful and timely publication of books.


• 4-year college degree or equivalent work experience.

• Minimum 5 years of experience in acquiring and developing non-fiction illustrated books.

• Proven ability to cultivate and maintain working relationships both internally and externally.

• Excellent writing skills, extreme attention to detail.

• Ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously.

• Strong project management and organizational skills.

• Proficiency with Photoshop, Microsoft Word, and Excel as well as Internet research.

• Knowledge of the book development process.

• Exceptional written and oral communication skills.

• Ability to work in a fast-paced, highly collaborative, deadline-driven environment.

Barnes & Noble is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals, as well as other protected groups.