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Job Openings at North Atlantic Books

Acquisitions Editor

North Atlantic Books, an educational nonprofit, has pioneered the publication of significant new titles in alternative health, somatic and bodywork therapies, martial arts, social justice, and spiritual consciousness and growth since 1977 in Berkeley, California. Our list also includes literary publishing, current affairs, cultural studies, and environmental titles. We publish 40–50 titles a year with a staff of 21 people in the heart of Berkeley, California. Our titles are distributed by Penguin Random House Publisher Services, and we have over one thousand books in print.

Position: The acquisitions editor is responsible for acquiring, developing, and managing approximately 15 books per year, working closely with the publisher and acquisitions manager to strategically develop seasonal lists. The acquisitions editor attends weekly leads meetings and acquisitions-committee meetings and pitches their own titles for consideration, running P&L statements and conducting market research to prove viability. Additionally, they steer acquired titles through the launch and pre-sales process, working with design and marketing to develop covers, titles, and Title Information (TI) sheets, and are responsible for handing off finished manuscripts and art to the production editor as well as editing final back-cover copy.


  • Contribute to the short and long-term growth of the publishing program by soliciting, acquiring, and developing 5-7 titles per year as well as managing 8-10 projects acquired by others (the publisher, the founder, other editors), for a total of 15 books per year
  • Network extensively with potential authors and keep track of developments in North Atlantic’s niches and categories, including attending conferences
  • Evaluate proposals and manuscripts and provide authors with editorial feedback/development
  • Participate in weekly leads meetings and acquisitions committee meetings; pitch and present projects at acquisitions, launch, and other meetings as needed
  • Negotiate initial terms of publishing contract with author and/or agent; serve as intermediary between author and publisher/contracts manager
  • Conduct and analyze sales research, including P&Ls
  • Develop and maintain strong agent and author relationships
  • Edit back-cover copy, other sales copy as needed
  • Work with authors and others in-house to develop title, subtitle, book specs
  • Research comparative titles and cover art
  • Hand off final manuscript and art files to production editor with directions for copyediting, permissions status for artwork, etc.
  • Participate in developing marketing and publicity plans


  • B.A. in liberal arts
  • Experience with and affinity for subject areas North Atlantic publishes
  • Minimum 5 years experience as an editor in publishing and/or other media, including some developmental-editing experience
  • Experience in acquisitions, working with writers, or managing content creators
  • Strong writing, communication, and negotiating skills
  • Must be fiscally conscious, experienced in working within budgets, creative about problem-solving, and skilled at working with others as part of a team

REPORTS TO: Acquisitions Manager

Salary commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position at 40 hours/week. Excellent benefits: health, vision, and dental plan; 401K; paid sabbatical; flexible spending plan. Pleasant central Berkeley neighborhood and flexible work environment.

To apply: Email your resume and cover letter by November 9, 2018 to Alison Knowles (jobs@northatlanticbooks.com) with the header “Acquisitions-Editor position.” No phone calls, please.

North Atlantic Books is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce.


Looking for a publishing internship where you get to write, read, edit, proof, and learn the fundamentals of book publishing while gaining valuable experience in a highly competitive field?

North Atlantic Books, a leading publisher in the areas of bodywork, alternative health, diet and nutrition, metaphysics, literature, and quirky aspects of pop culture, is seeking smart, resourceful, detail-oriented interns with strong writing and communications skills to work in our Berkeley, California, office.

Our interns:

  • Must be available to work between 8–16 hours per week
  • Have excellent writing and research skills
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Be able to multi-task and prioritize assignments
  • Be resourceful, creative thinkers who can work independently and collaboratively
  • Have some knowledge, experience, or interest in the material we publish

Our internship dates are flexible, but typically run as follows:

Fall: September – December

Spring: January – April

Summer: May – August

Marketing & Publicity

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Building publicity contact lists for review mailings and e-blasts
  • Researching blogs, websites, and writers for specific book projects
  • Writing galley letters and press releases
  • Creating press kits
  • Writing posts and designing materials for NAB’s social media and blog
  • Tracking, clipping, and recording publicity hits as they arise
  • Database entries and updates
  • Fulfilling publicity requests for review copies, images, and excerpts
  • Attending company, department, and author meetings

Editorial / Production

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting editorial team in daily tasks (proofreading, organization of manuscripts, checking indexes, etc.)
  • Bookmarking PDFs for Amazon’s Look Inside This Book feature
  • Attending editorial / production meetings
  • Applying for Cataloging-in-Publication data for new titles through the Library of Congress


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Organizing, tracking, and reviewing new submissions
  • Rejecting proposals as requested by editors
  • Writing reader reports
  • Researching book markets and comparative titles
  • Attending acquisitions meetings
  • Pitching book ideas to editors

We strongly prefer acquisitions interns to work on Tuesdays, which is when our acquisitions meetings take place.

Ready to apply?

Feel free to apply any time! Please note that while this is an unpaid temporary position, we do intend to give you a comprehensive work experience that will prepare you for the next steps in your publishing career.

Please include the phrase “Internship Application” in your subject line as well as the season and year you’re applying for. No phone calls, please.

North Atlantic Books is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce.

Marketing & Publicity Internships

Submit a resume and cover letter in an email to bdonahue@northatlanticbooks.com.

Please note: Accepting applications for Fall 2018 and beyond.

Editorial internships

Submit a resume and cover letter in an email to eboyd@northatlanticbooks.com.

Please note: Accepting applications for Fall 2018 and beyond.

Acquisitions internships

Submit a resume and cover letter in an email to jobs@northatlanticbooks.com.

Please note: Accepting applications for Fall 2018 and beyond.