Conducted financial and competitive analysis to achieve profit margins, assessed sales and marketing viability of potential titles, created P&L statements based on editorial needs, and worked with marketing team to create book content appropriate for the Entrepreneur audience. Represented the publisher in all interactions with distributor Ingram/Publishers Group West and coordinated with national and international sales teams. Served as the source of truth for all book metadata in both the creation and management of the data using the CoreSource platform. Oversaw the editorial process and managed a team of authors, editors, and production professionals to shepherd all books from acquisition to publication. Coordinated with legal counsel to draft and approve author contracts and vendor agreements. Managed relationships with vendors, freelancers, agents, and subsidiary/foreign rights partners as needed. Advocated for authors during the editorial process as it relates to overall vision of each project.
Saint Louis University
Provided editorial guidance and assistance to faculty and graduate students drafting professional writing projects such as monographs, journal articles, conference presentations, digital multimedia presentations, and annual reports. Assisted undergraduate students with writing projects ranging from essays to graduate school applications. Mentored and assessed a team of approximately 30 adjuncts and teaching assistants, assigned courses, coordinated teaching schedules, lead new instructor orientation, planned annual professional development programming series, worked with outside vendors to implement digital text migration, and facilitated relationships with textbook publishers.
Acquired and managed a list of 60 books per year. Duties included: working with literary agents to discover up-and-coming authors in the trade business category, evaluating submissions for content and sales potential, conducting financial and competitive analysis for potential book projects, creating profit/loss statements, planning book content, working with freelance editors and designers to produce books in a timely fashion, shepherding authors through publication process, substantive editing, managing CIP and ISBN application process, scheduling/maintaining book production dates, and performing final proof check of content and layout.
Assisted with the acquisition and editing of 15-20 books per year in the trade pet, automotive, and lifestyle categories. Duties included: evaluating submissions for content and sales potential, performing concept and line editing, working with freelance writers and designers to produce books in a timely fashion, approving illustration and book cover quality, shepherding authors through publication process, creating and maintaining project budgets, and representing the company at trade conventions like Book Expo America.