Senior Editor - WaterBrook & Multnomah

Senior Editor – WaterBrook and Multnomah books


WaterBrook and Multnomah books seeks an Editor to join its team. Reporting to the VP, Editor-in-Chief of WaterBrook and Multnomah books, the Editor will solicit, acquire, evaluate and develop nonfiction manuscripts and proposals across all genres published by the two imprints, including inspirational, Christian living, devotional, personal growth, and relationships. The role includes building a personal stable of authors as well as working alongside other editors to bring their acquired projects to completion.


Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Acquires and develops new book projects
  • Reads and evaluates manuscripts and proposals; recommends proposals for acquisition
  • In coordination with the editorial director, assesses potential value of projects, crafts P&Ls, formulates acquisitions requests
  • Works with authors on concepts, outlines, and revisions of manuscripts, including substantive and line edits
  • Manages select repackaging projects to maintain backlist
  • Consults with the art, production, and managing editorial departments on schedule, design, and packaging of books
  • Develops and maintains author, agent, and publisher contacts and engages in developmental work with authors
  • Tracks manuscripts through all stages of editing, design, and production
  • Consults with authors on style, content, and format changes
  • Prepares supplemental material as needed, including endorsement requests and final endorsement copy, early reading samples and other materials as requested for the sales force, along with study guide questions and value-add materials
  • Prepares title information sheets; processes and edits copypacks (cover and marketing copy)
  • Keeps abreast of trends and competitive titles
  • Handles daily correspondence, office work, phones, attends required meetings
  • Handles special projects as assigned and works collaboratively with the larger team
  • Performs other related duties, administrative tasks, support functions as needed



  • Minimum of 7-10 years book editorial experience and solid track record of shaping commercially successful books
  • Knowledge of competition and the Christian publishing market
  • Strong editorial skills (i.e. line and conceptual editing skills)
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to attend to detail
  • Ability to work independently, under minimal supervision
  • Ability to work closely with authors and deal with difficult people
  • Strong negotiation skills are an asset


Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter with salary requirements. Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.


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Company: Penguin Random House LLC 

Country: United States of America 

State/Region: Colorado 

City: Colorado Springs 

Postal Code: 80921 

Job ID: 50621



Colorado Springs, CO, US, 80921

Nearest Major Market: Colorado Springs

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