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Senior Acquisitions Editor

FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to: Publisher, CRP & TRB
Employment Status: Full-time


Chicago Review Press is looking for a senior acquisitions editor who will further our mission to publish quality nonfiction that will enlighten and entertain passionate audiences of smart, socially conscious, and curious consumers, broaden our marketplace reach, and stand the test of time. This senior editor will be creative, filled with new ideas, collaborative, commercial minded, and have a strong publishing background and network among authors and agents. They will be responsible for acquiring 15-20 new titles annually for Chicago Review Press in the areas of music, film, pop culture, and entertainment. This involves author and agent cultivation, proposal development and presentation, contract negotiation, and author/manuscript management post-contract. Once a manuscript is delivered, the senior editor reviews it for acceptance, performs the first line edit, reviews art and permissions, provides guidance to design team on cover concepts, transmits clean manuscript and supporting materials to project editor, and assists publicity and marketing as they develop plans for the title’s release. The senior acquisitions editor is also the first line of contact for authors and agents on their backlist titles.The IT Support Associate is responsible for providing technical assistance and support related to computer systems, hardware, or software as the first point of contact for IPG employees. This position will respond to queries, runs diagnostic programs, isolate problem, and determine and implement solution.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Seek out and acquire titles for Chicago Review Press.
  • Negotiate contracts with optimum terms for publisher.
  • Manage authors (and agents) as they develop their manuscripts.
  • Complete developmental and line edits on initial drafts of submitted manuscripts, and transmit final drafts to project editors in a timely manner.
  • Review printer proofs. .
  • Write catalog and cover copy.
  • Act as a liaison between authors (and agents) and Chicago Review Press and IPG employees.
  • Support frontlist and backlist titles in publicity, marketing, and production meetings..
  • Present titles at sales conferences.


  • BA or BS, preferably in a relevant field—English, Music, Film, History.
  • Firm understanding of the entire process of book acquisition and production, preferably from firsthand experience.
  • 5-7 years of experience in the publishing industry.
  • Possess ability to shape and line edit a submitted manuscript into a publishable title.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to deal with authors, agents, and coworkers.
  • Maintain a solution-oriented approach when problems arise.
  • Physical abilities: Ability to lift a 20-pound carton of books.
  • Travel requirements: Limited to trade shows and conventions and to meet with authors and agents (less than 5 percent of time).

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Jessie Jonik at No phone calls, please.

About the Company

IPG is the original independent distributor of books, ebooks, and audiobooks from publishers around the world, and a top 10 supplier of book content to, Barnes & Noble, independent bookstores, libraries, and specialty markets, in addition to thousands of retailers globally.

Established in 1971, Independent Publishers Group (IPG) was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987. In the fall of 2006, Chicago Review Press, Inc., the parent company of IPG, bought Trafalgar Square Publishing, Inc., the leading North American distributor of UK publishers. Trafalgar Square Publishing was founded in 1973 and as a division of IPG, now distributes products from clients such as Penguin Random House UK, Australia, New Zealand, and China; Allen & Unwin; The History Press UK; Amberley Publishing; HarperCollins UK; Pan Macmillan; and John Blake. IPG acquired International Specialized Book Services (ISBS) a premier distributor of over sixty publishers of academic, scholarly and professional publishers in April of 2018. Continuing its trajectory of growth in August of 2018, IPG acquired Midpoint Trade Books, a full-service book distribution company that was founded in 1996, located in the Flatiron District of New York City, Midpoint’s distribution clients are made up of independent book publishers from across the US, the UK, Australia and Canada.

With consistent growth each year, IPG’s success has come from supporting and encouraging the growth of its client publishers in the United States and worldwide. IPG has a wide reach in the market with its distribution of publishers with academic, Spanish-language, children’s, and general nonfiction and fiction titles.

·         Designing marketing materials including posters, postcards, bookmarks, sell sheets, ads, and display materials (such as cartons and displays for mass merchandise deals as well as trade show booths)