Training Acquisitions Editors

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Finding and Training Acquisitions Editors

Few hiring decisions are as difficult or consequential for university presses as the hiring of a new acquisitions editor. What are the advantages and disadvantages of developing acquisitions editors from within, especially from the editorial assistant level? How likely is a press to succeed with a candidate who has no previous publishing experience—a recent Ph.D. in the relevant field, for example? What are some approaches to training an acquisitions editor who is new to your press? This session will offer practical advice for staffing and training an acquisitions team while delving into the broader question of what makes a good acquisitions editor.

Moderator: Doug Armato, Director, University of Minnesota Press

Panelists: Eric Halpern, Director, University of Pennsylvania Press; Philip Pochoda, Director, University of Michigan Press

Who should attend: directors, editorial directors, acquisitions

Please feel free to add notes or responses to the panel below.

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