Acquisitions Editor, Children's Books at Literati
Austin, TX, US

Based in the Bohemian Cowboy capital of the world, Austin, Texas, Literati is a new kind of bookseller. Our mission is simple: to elevate global consciousness through the thoughtful curation and discussion of books. Long live literature!

Given books are the name of our game, we are looking for a hyper-conscientious publisher relations team member with years of experience acquiring all-star content in the children’s space. You are a curator at heart, but are as enthused about the nuances of any given P&Ls for any given title you’ve been responsible for acquiring. You are extremely versed in how your deal structures play out in the structuring of high volume wholesale Special Markets orders as well as Licensing and Sub-Rights agreements. You are completely versed in children’s content specifically across the big 5 publishers, and could live and breathe curation for the children’s product. You are a negotiation fiend, being as excited about a title’s content as you are fighting for deal terms. Your love for books, and Literati’s customers would make you rather go hungry than put simply “good” books into the world because quite honestly you are the type that never, ever, settles. You are as extraordinary a team member as the books we meticulously source, meaning at the end of the day, you are an individual contributor of epic proportions and the loops in the roller coaster ain’t no thang (read: you are a terrific problem solver). The wilder the ride, the hungrier you are to chart new territory within yourself.

What You'll Do....

Source children’s books from publishers big and small across the globe 

Study, and study, and then study some more a universe of proprietary data in order to synthesize Literati’s curation sensibility in the children’s market

Negotiate individual title terms til the cows come home across both special markets and licensing/sub-rights divisions

Conduct pricing analyses, and formulate data driven recommendationsLead meta-tagging effort to build curation metrics

Work with supply chain team to understand projections and oversee on-time receipt of titles in an always-shifting environment

Who You Are....

An Industry Expert in the Children’s Space. You have seen the ins and outs of how things work at the big 5 and bring tremendous knowledge and experience to P&L landscape of children’s title and how those structures affect sales across special markets and licensing/sub-rights.  

Data-obsessed. You live by the motto “Numbers don’t lie” and are willing to be proven wrong by the data.

A Data-Driven Curator. Personal taste falls to the wayside as it relates to curation informed by thousand and thousand of data points on what kids like and why.

A Negotiator. You are bold, though also studied in your negotiating tactics, and very comfortable with lots and lots of math.

Technical. You delight in the seamlessness of numerous functions and filters in a well-executed spreadsheet that makes data searingly clear.

Scrappy. Enough said.

A Researcher. You love the thrill of the hunt and delight in finding beautiful books to share with the world. 

A Kid at Heart. Being able to deeply understand the developmental personas of children (baby, toddler, preschool, elementary, and beyond) is a place you can go to in yourself.

What You Need....

Bachelor’s Degree in English, Journalism, or related field

Minimum 3 years in the children’s division of a major publisher, preferably one of the big 5 publishers

Extensive understanding of how P&L structures affect deal terms in special markets and sub-rights / licensing arenas

Literati is dedicated to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness. We believe in the power of literature as a transformative form of technology that helps us see, and reflect upon, our common humanity. A great workplace should do the same—see, reflect, and celebrate the experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent of a diverse array of people. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that all potential candidates can bring in terms of their education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, gender identity and expression, nationality, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, religion, neurological and physical ability, sexual orientation, and beliefs.