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Acquisitions Editor

Albert Whitman & Company is seeking an experienced children’s book Acquisitions Editor. The Editor will have responsibility for content acquisition, list development, author and project management, developmental editing, and some copyediting. The Editor must have strong attention to detail skills, knowledge of the children’s book marketplace, and the ability to work independently as well as within a group environment.



• Acquire, Develop and edit manuscripts for children’s books with a focus on picture books; however, projects can range in age levels from board book to young adult

• Cultivate and manage relationships with authors and/or agents

• Manage editorial process from conception to publication to ensure deadlines, budget, and quality expectations are met

• Seek opportunities to improve and expand processes and department goals

• Research competitive titles and determine project positioning

• Work closely with other departments to maximize profitability

• Administrative duties including copyright application and manuscript styling



• Bachelor's degree or higher in English, literature, or journalism

• Minimum 5 years experience in children’s books

• At least 2 years experience as an acquiring editor (picture book experience preferred) working with literary agents or authors

• Experience in copyediting and strong knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style

• Excellent attention to detail, quality, process, and organization

• Ability to identify potential problems and resolve them before they become actual problems

• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

• Exceptional oral and written communication skills

• Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; Knowledge of InDesign a plus

• Capable of learning new processes and technologies quickly

• Able to travel to work--?related events and meetings (2 or 3 times a year)


Applicants should send cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and a sample list of acquired titles and/or conceptualized projects to:

About the company

Albert Whitman & Company has been publishing award-winning children’s books since 1919. Best known for the classic series The Boxcar Children Mysteries, its highly praised picture books, novels and nonfiction titles succeed in delighting and reaching out to teens of all backgrounds and experiences. Albert Whitman’s special interest books treat their readers in caring and respectful manner, helping them grow intellectually and emotionally.