Acquisitions Editor – Lonely Planet Kids

Nashville, Tennessee, United States Full-time

Lonely Planet Kids is a fast-growing imprint of the world’s leading travel media brand. The goal of LP Kids is to kick-start the travel bug by showing kids what an amazing place the world is.


The Acquisitions Editor will assist the Publisher – Lonely Planet Kids (based in London) with the development and delivery of Lonely Planet’s children’s list for publication globally. The list currently consists of approximately 20 books annually, but is fast growing.


This role has special responsibility for ensuring that the LP Kids list meets the needs of the North American market, advising the rest of the team, which is based in London. It will also be tasked with producing bespoke US products and covers as needed.


The role is responsible for budgeting and commissioning all content (text, images, illustrations and maps). They will perform the day-to-day project management required to deliver a book – on time and on budget – from creation of the business case through product design, commissioning, production, pre-press and post production. As well as hands-on writing and editorial work, they are responsible for sourcing freelance authors, editors, and expert consultants as appropriate.


They will work with Sales and Marketing colleagues in the UK, US and Australia to ensure the successful creation and execution of sales and marketing strategies. And they will ensure their content meets the needs of the wider business.


Please note that we are expanding our London team by setting up a small team in Franklin, TN. As most of the Illustrated Non-fiction team is based in London, the development of close working relations as part of a virtual team will be a key skill.


Key Result Areas:

Publishing Strategy

  • Input and feedback on development of the LP Kids list for publication globally
  • Help steer the global list to better meet the needs of the North American market
  • Where needed, develop US editions of international titles to maximise sales
  • Assist Publisher – LP Kids with preparation of pitch documents, business case and product brief
  • Develop awareness of children’s publishing trends, educational needs, illustration trends and a detailed knowledge of competitor products
  • Educate the London team as to needs and trends in the US market



  • Prepare author, design, cover, image/illustration briefs as needed
  • Work with Production colleagues in London and Melbourne to ensure printing needs and any product testing are booked and budgeted correctly
  • Negotiate contracts, commission and brief resources (writers, designers, illustrators, editors, packagers)
  • Liaise regularly with freelance resources throughout writing and production to ensure a quality product
  • Review manuscript, images and layout to ensure they meet the brief and quality standards
  • Conduct image research as needed
  • Prepare content for sales materials (catalogues, blads & sales kits)
  • Provide all cover copy including appropriate promotional quotes
  • Manage all rights issues relating to individual titles, images, text and trademarks etc
  • Ensure the timely delivery of all books to schedule
  • Ensure costs are accurately captured and tracked


Product Delivery

  • Provide input and feedback on project plan timelines and resource requirements
  • Monitor and maintain the project in SAP (timelines, resources, product specifications)
  • Ensure ONIX feeds are correct
  • Provide the Publisher – LP Kids with visibility over costs and any variances to budget as they arise
  • Ensure the timely delivery of all production and prepress activities to schedule
  • Work closely with Sales and Marketing colleagues to maximise sales of each title
  • Maintain/oversee the upkeep of all files to required standards of file management


Teamwork & Communication

  • Work as part of the LP community to create a positive, tolerant and harmonious work environment
  • Be honest, approachable and responsive to the resolution of work-related matters
  • Deal with all staff in a helpful, courteous and respectful manner
  • Communicate ideas which may improve the efficiency, performance or standards of your department and be open to the consideration of new ideas
  • Actively participate in the giving and receiving of constructive feedback to ensure understanding and open team relationships


Policies & Procedures

  • Actively ensure that the workplace is kept free from harassment, bullying behaviour and discrimination through thoughtful behaviour and leading by example
  • Work in accordance with Lonely Planet policy and procedural guidelines
  • Comply with all Occupational Health and Safety guidelines, reporting any potential risks or hazards
  • Follow safe work practices for self and others


Key Skills / Experience / Knowledge / Qualifications / Attributes: 


  • Passion for travel
  • Significant editorial and commissioning experience in the children’s market
  • Knowledge of publishing and printing industry processes & technologies
  • In-depth knowledge of book production processes from concept to publication
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, on schedule, to budget, with minimal supervision
  • Strong problem-solving and negotiation skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Flexible and consultative, yet deadline oriented, with a demonstrated ability to work under pressure



  • Tertiary qualifications
  • A demonstrated understanding and application of project management skills
  • Familiarity with Adobe production software
  • Experience of trade publishing in the US


What’s in it for you?

This is an exceptional opportunity to work for a growing team in a globally loved brand in a truly global company, with offices in the UK, US, Australia, Ireland, China & India. You will also receive 3 weeks of vacation, a competitive salary based on your experience and region, 401K and great medical coverage.


I’m In!

Please ensure you submit a cover letter detailing your salary expectations along with your CV telling us why you’d like to join our team.


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