Acquisitions Editor, Moon Travel Guides

Editorial Berkeley, California United States


Moon Travel Guides, a leading publisher of guidebooks to destinations throughout the world, is hiring an Acquisitions Editor to manage scheduling, editorial development, manuscript delivery, and author recruitment for its dynamic list, which is a mix of new titles and revised editions. This role will primarily be responsible for revised editions: developing revision plans, negotiating and scheduling new editions with authors, working with authors to bring in the revised manuscript on schedule (including photos and map information), and recruiting new authors when necessary. The Acquisitions Editor may also take an active role in developing new and existing products for the Moon list, staying well-versed in the U.S. and international markets and ensuring that Moon products deliver a valuable experience to travelers in their target markets. In addition to revised editions, the Acquisitions Editor may sign new first editions and manage a few specialty titles as needed.

The ideal candidate for this position would have previous experience developing editorial products and content, be adept at managing writers for long-term projects, have excellent project management, critical thinking, and communication skills, and be very familiar with Moon Travel Guides. A love of travel is essential, and being an avid traveler who uses guidebooks is helpful. 

Essential skills and experience:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Previous developmental editing experience
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects with overlapping deadlines
  • Strong track record of delivering well-executed projects on schedule
  • Flexibility and a positive attitude
  • At least four years of publishing or related experience

 Specific responsibilities:

  • Draft revision plans and confirm revision schedules with authors
  • Negotiate contract terms with authors and agents
  • Research the market and destinations of assigned projects, including analyzing competing titles
  • Understand, develop, and implement the applicable Moon series guidelines on all projects
  • Keep up with trends and changes in travel and travel guidebooks
  • Coordinate with managing editor and Production, Cartography, and Marketing departments to ensure quality of assigned projects
  • Enter title data into HBG systems and run P&Ls for assigned projects
  • Recruit new authors as needed
  • Manage special book projects as needed

About Moon
Moon Travel Guides was founded in 1973 with a mission to advocate for independent, active, and conscious travel. We started out with guides to Asia published by founder Bill Dalton on a Xerox machine (yes, really)—and nowadays, we’re the #1 publisher of travel guides to the Americas and have expanded our coverage globally. Our team is comprised of experienced editors, designers, cartographers, and marketers who ensure that our books are easy-to-use and reflect our brand values. Our program is simple: Wherever we cover, we prioritize local businesses, authentic voices, celebrating the outdoors, and traveling strategically and sustainably. We value diversity and strive to be inclusive. We work with authors who share those values and are excited to share their destinations with the world.

As a leading book publisher, we believe that including and representing diverse voices in all aspects of our business is fundamental to what we do. Our publishing programs must reflect the broad range of backgrounds, experiences, political views and ideas that shape our society and publish books for all readers.

Hachette Book Group provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Salary can vary based on a number of factors including skills and experience — talk with your recruiter to learn more. There may be times that you will be required (or requested) to work overtime due to the nature of your role or exceptional workload issues or special projects. Our comprehensive U.S. benefit offerings include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability coverage, 401(k), incentive plan eligibility, educational training opportunities and more.