publishing internships

anonymous asked:

How can we work our way into the editing/publishing world?

Great question!

The first thing you should know is that there are MANY MANY other jobs in the industry besides being an editor. Editors are great! They’re so essential to publishing and we’d be absolutely lost without them. But there are also many other jobs, as well, that are just as important to a book’s success. 

There are jobs in online marketing, there are jobs in publicity, in sales, and design! There are jobs at literary agencies where you would help an author find a publisher or look for great foreign works to bring to your country. Don’t limit yourself to one sort of opportunity. 

Because honestly, the key to getting ahead in publishing is definitely the internship. Luckily, here at Penguin, our interns are paid, and they get a lot of great, hands on learning experience. But not every experience is like this, and you should always ask what your responsibilities will be when you interview for an internship experience. 

But you don’t need to intern with big name companies in New York to gain experience. Start small! Starting a small press at your high school or college is a great way to begin building skills. Find any kind of literary organization in your area and work with them (a newspaper, a local author, etc). Publishing is a small world, and sometimes meeting one person can lead to a small opportunity, then from there to something bigger, and from there to a small messy office piled high with books on books on books on books! 

Learning specific skills and be helpful as well. Taking opportunities to learn Adobe products like Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign can be incredibly valuable, or having good organizational or leadership skills. Leading a club or balancing a budget (yes, money is part of publishing too) 

But most of all a real passion for books and publishing will serve your well! Being well read (and diversely read) is important, but so is knowing what you like. Go after jobs that deal with the kind of books you like to read, and keep an eye on what the trends are. A subscription to Publisher’s Weekly might be handy to get an idea of what challenges and successes are currently happening in the industry. 

Best of luck!

Check out some of our internship opportunities here!

In honor of Women’s Day, I present to you:

“Kayla’s Guide to Getting Career Things You Might Not Deserve Way Faster and Better Than You Ever Thought You Could Get Them.”

1. Don’t tell yourself you’re unqualified. The only person you should let tell you you’re unqualified is the person/industry you’re trying to break into. Don’t self sabotage. Your loudest cheerleader should be yourself. ALWAYS. Its not vain, its a survival method.

2. Never underestimate the value of unpaid work. And I don’t mean internships. Going to someone who pays people to do a thing you know how to do, and telling them you’ll do it for free for a set amount of time in exchange for a recommendation/foot in the door, works like almost every time. Example: “hey I’ll do this writing project if you’ll give me a recommendation for x company where you have connections.”

3. Fuck a font door, find a back window. You don’t always have to follow the perfect steps to your dream career. Stay alert and find creative ways to get your foot in the door. Be the janitor who befriends the CEO and gets a job. Be the student who befriends a professor and gets published with them as an undergrad. Walk into city hall and start asking people for shit. Just be chaotic ok.

4. Charisma gets you so far, its almost sickening. If you can charm someone important into giving you an opportunity– then bust your ass when the opportunity is given to you– you’ve earned their trust for at least long enough for them to give you an opportunity that can change the trajectory of your career.

5. Be Ready. Most successful people talk about “i just was in the right place at the right time doing the right thing” which sounds random, but its NOT. Get yourself as prepared as you can possibly be and go stand in the right place and then wait for the right time.

6. Get used to talking to people you don’t know from a hole in the wall. Talking to important people you don’t know costs you nothing. Send out random ass emails to people in your industry of choice asking them for advice. Like go up to random ass people and ask them if they enjoy their job. Talk to your uber driver about what they did before they decided to drive uber. If you feel like you’re not good at it, force yourself. It gets easier, I promise.

7. IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING THAT WORKS USE IT. Capitalism is too callous to be sitting out here being “too good” for using your looks to get things. I’m sorry but on this beautiful March 8th women’s day, I’m gonna say that if people treat you nice when you look pretty, make yourself look pretty before you ask important people for things. Let nothing stop you, ok. And this goes for men too, buy that nice ass suit, get out there and get what you want. If you dont have that face on fleek that’s okay too. Just bump up your charisma, you too can get things.

8. Have multiple people look at your work before sending it to the person that matters. If you have 10 people you know who are qualified to review something and number 1 is the person you want to submit to, don’t send it to them all at once. Contact number 10 and send your work to them, then take the #10 edited work and send it to #9 and then take the #9 and #10 edited work and send it to #8 and so on and so forth. By the time your work gets to #3 and #2 it will be at a stage of quality that #1 will be blindsided by receiving from a novice.

9. Take time to rest. You can’t be at your best when you’re psychologically damaged by exhaustion. I’m going to say this again. TAKE TIME TO REST. YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IS IMPORTANT. Especially between the ages of 17 and 25, guys that’s the dangerzone for activating a lot of lifelong mental illnesses. Take care of yourself. Be nice to yourself.

10. Get people who are important to your career emotionally invested in your success. After you’ve surrounded yourself with people who can improve your career, make them care. Share your successes with them and thank them when they help you. Make them root for you. Having important people rooting for you while you’re rooting for yourself is the kind of support that gives you the fuel to submit that 60th query letter, that 100th job application, go on that 50th audition.

anonymous asked:

Hi! Could you do some angsty NurseyDex with "anything, just call me, okay?” from the 5 word prompts please?

Thank you for the prompt! I hope this is angsty enough! 

He did it, the crowd cheers, caps are thrown in the air, he’s graduated. Four years as flew by without any regards to Nursey and his feelings.  

Its just him and Dex. They are packing their things in the attic.  It has been surprising hard to try and determine who stuff is whose. 

The flannels were Dex’s, maybe except that green one with the blue stripes, and probably the red one with the purple floral pattern. 

The literary books are all Nursey’s except that series of Harry Potter books he got Dex for his birthday junior year, and second book of e.e. cummings’ poetry, that, Nursey knows he never bought. 

Its breaking his heart watching them untangle themselves from each others lives. But, the boxes are loaded in the back of their cars. Dex is going back to Maine while he waits for job confirmations and Nursey is going to New York. He has new publishing internship starting in a week.  

This is the end of era. He really doesn’t want it to be the end.  He is holding on to Dex, like he has the answers (like he could fix this, as he done with everything else in Nursey’s life). 

“Don’t be a stranger, Nurse.” Nursey can feel tremble in his voice as it ghosts across his neck. 

“Never.” Nursey replies breathlessly. He sniffs, trying to hold back the tears. “You can’t get rid of the me that easily, Poindexter.” Dex’s laugh is more watery than he intends. He moves so that he can look at Nursey’s face.

“Hey, if you need anything, just call me, okay?”  He eyes are red rimmed and glassy. Dex brushes a stray curl from his face. Nursey moves so his forehead is touching Dex’s. 

“I need you.” The first tears are starting to spill. Rough callused thumbs are swiping them off his cheeks. There are a firm warm lips on his mouth. He clinging to Dex’s waist as he moves to deepen the kiss. He doesn’t know what will happen when they stop kissing, but, right now this is everything. And that’s all that really matters. 

“I think it’s important to remember that when we’re talking about diversity what we’re really talking about is inclusivity. And I think it’s easier to achieve some superficial semblance of the former without achieving the latter.” –Pia Ceres

Agreed. And it looks like thus far publishing still appears to be more “diverse” without truly being inclusive. Hear more from Pia in the most recent episode

Paid spring editorial internships

It’s that time once again! We’re recruiting paid editorial interns to start in January. See below for the requirements, and submit your resumes and cover letters to!

Kodansha Comics editorial intern

Penguin Random House Publisher Services is seeking two part-time paid interns for the first third of 2016 to work as part of our Kodansha Comics team in New York City. The interns will perform diverse tasks spanning editorial, production, and marketing, giving them a chance to become familiar with every aspect of how an American manga publisher operates. As one of their primary roles will involve proofreading, the interns will need to be extremely detail-oriented, and prior experience with writing, editing, proofreading, or translation is preferred.

Responsibilities and duties

  • Proofreading manga, ads, and other materials prior to publication
  • Assisting the production manager or director of publishing with data entry and checking related to production and sales
  • Other tasks depending on individual strengths and skills
  • Hours are flexible and can be tailored to fit your schedule, up to 14 hours per week.


  • Familiarity with manga or comics
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Candidates will be required to pass a brief proofreading test.
  • Prior experience as a writer, proofreader, copy editor, or fact checker strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of or interest in the Japanese language is an advantage, but not required.
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and/or Illustrator is an advantage, but not required.
douchebag ceo pt. 2 (l.h)

lol why do you guys like this series dood

It was already the next day. It just went by really fast and I did not want to go back to work. I was walking towards the elevator until Y/BFF/N caught up to me.

“Hey, you okay?” She said, giving me a cup of coffee. We both walked up to the elevator and waited for it to come back down.

“Yeah, yeah, I’m fine. Just don’t want to see the asshole again.” I say, sipping my coffee.

“You don’t have his coffee.” she said as we walked into the elevator as the doors slowly open. I hit the 18 floor button and the doors immediately close.

“Why should I? By the way he treated me yesterday? Fuck no.” I say, leaning against the smooth wood of the elevators.

“If his system isn’t well, he’s going to get pissed.”

“What’s he gonna do? Fire me for not getting his coffee? I deserve more than that. I deserve that fucking publishing internship and work on the 15th floor with all those writers and work under a boss that actually appreciates me. Instead I’m working for a egotistical, narcissistic, douchebag boss who wants nothing more than a good fuck and owns a fucking swimming pool and library that takes up floor 19 and 20.” I roll my eyes at the long statement. I hated Luke Hemmings. Even though he was hot as fuck. The elevator doors open and everyone’s eyes immediately look at me. They then roll them and return back to their duties. They were probably expecting the douchebag.

“So what happened after I left?” I said, walking with Y/BFF/N.

“Nothing. When you left, he kind of just yelled ‘what the hell are yawl doing? go back to work.’ and he didn’t leave his office. All of his blinds were closed though.” She went to her cubicle which was right beside mine and I sat down my coffee and bag. I take off my scarf because it was fucking hot and I smooth out my military jacket.

I open up my laptop and turn on my Mac. I go through the company’s website and go through some photographer’s websites where they illegally posted secret photos of celebs that would eventually be leaked to the media. If that’s how you were wondering how news are so updated in magazines(lol i have no idea how any of this works soooooo).

“Good morning, Mr. Hemmings.” I turn around and look above the wall discreetly. He is in this black jacket with his tie slightly undone and his hair all messy. I roll my eyes and go back to my work, crossing my legs, picking off any fluff off my leggings.

“Ahem.” I turn around and Luke is staring at me, angry.

“Can I help you sir?” I say nonchalantly, stuffing my hands into my pockets and leaning back into my chair.

“Where the fuck is my coffee?” He says rubbing his temples and eyes. He must’ve been hungover.

“Coffee machine was broken.” I lie.

“You don’t get me coffee from the machine,” he says, pounding the cubical wall, “you always get it from the Starbucks down the street!” he yells, making everyone look my way.

“I don’t understand why one of the richest men in the world always wants me to spend MY damn money that I’m barely making and to waste MY damn time to get YOUR coffee when you can get it ordered in three seconds.” I stand up. I was aggravated. The asshole didn’t know how to fight for himself. Someone needed to stand up to him.

He looks at me, surprised, along with all the other girls.

“My office. Now.” He growls at me. He starts to walk away but I laugh, making him stop in his tracks.

“What the fuck is so funny?” He growls.

“You,” he turns around as I cross my arms across my chest, “thinking that whenever you know you’re wrong you need to bring them to your office and scare them.” He looks at me surprised and so does the rest of the office. I didn’t care if I got fired or not. I didn’t need this job.

He scoffs and laughs to himself. Next thing I knew, he grabbed my wrist and pulled me towards his office. His grip around my wrist was tight and there was no way I could get out of his grip.

“Let go!” He didn’t budge. He pulled me all the way in his office and roughly shuts the door, throwing me against the leather chair, closing his blinds. Once all of his blinds were closed, he stood there looking down at his feet.

“What the honest to god fuck was that?” I yelled at him. He didn’t do anything. I scoffed and started walking towards the door until Luke grabs my wrist and pins me up against the window, his crotch on mine. I try to get out but he pins my hands above my head.

“What the fuck is wrong with you?” He yells in my face. “Are you trying to get yourself fired?”

“I’m trying to get away from an asshole!” I scream back, my face turning red as I feel his cold hands go up and down my wrists.

“Why am I an asshole?” His grip tightens.

“Maybe because you asked me for sex and you’re here pinning me up against my own will!” I push my hands forward and he lets go, so I take the opportunity to push him off. He stumbles back and I look at him, trying to catch my breath.

“I’m not an asshole.” He says.

“Please,” I cross my arms, “I’m already out of breath, don’t make me laugh.” He picks up his pen and throws it across the room.

“I am not an asshole! Maybe if you weren’t so stupid, you would know that I like you!” He immediately makes a straight face. I was surprised. My mouth slightly opens and I could feel my hands get clammy. I stand up straight and straighten my jacket.

“You should really be a comedian, Luke. Cause that is funny as hell.” I turn around to open the door but Luke runs up to me and grabs my wrist and turns me around, slamming his lips onto mine. He moves his lips across mine and they fit perfectly. His hand let go of my wrist and was on my hips, pulling me closer. I open my eyes, immediately snapping out of it. I pulled away and I looked at him with teary eyes, both of our breathing growing heavier.

“I fucking quit.” I scoff and run out the door, ignoring the stares I was getting from the other girls. I go to my cubicle and throw my stuff into this empty box that sat beside my desk. After quickly putting all my stuff in, I grab my laptop and flash drive out of the company Mac and throw them both in.

“Y/N, what are you doing?” Y/BFF/N asked.

“Something I should’ve done a long time ago,” I grab my bag and pick up the box. “I’ll see you later for drinks.” I roll my eyes at the other girls who were staring at me.

“Y/N!” I hear Luke says. I walk faster towards the elevator and rapidly press the button. This elevator could not be any slower. “You can’t leave me here, stranded, without an answer!”(if you know what song thats from, you the mvp) I roll my eyes and decide to take the stairs. I just needed to leave this place.


I looked at the girls who were staring at me, confused. I grunted and went back into the office, roughly shutting the door, growling at myself, throwing the closest thing I could find across the room. How can I fuck up so bad?

I was being so fucking honest. I really did like Y/N. Shit, I liked her. The way she would cover her face with her hands when she was upset, the way she looked like when she wrote on her computer. The way she would quickly close her browser whenever I walked by. Even though we never had a real conversation, she was different than any of the girls I met. Mainly because every other girl I met, I fucked.

I loved how her hair looked when she walked into my office and the light from the sun would make her hair shine. I loved how she looked everyday. And I fucked it up. I fucked it up by telling her I wanted to make her scream. I fucked it up by yelling at her. You fucked up big time you stupid fucker.

I sat at my desk and ran my fingers through my hair, cursing at myself. What the fuck are you doing? You just made the only thing that made your day walk away. Fuck, what am I feeling? What am I feeling in my stomach? I need to get rid of this feeling. This feeling is so foreign.

I looked up from my hands as I heard the knocking at my door.

“What?” I yelled towards the door, rubbing my eyes. The door opened and a girl from the social media department, i think, walked in.

“Mr. Hemmings, I just wanted to see if you were okay. All of the girls were wondering.” She moved her hips, her skirt flowing left to right. She shut the door and walked over to the desk. “I was wondering if you were okay.” I looked up at her smile and she fluttered her eyes at me. I needed to get rid of this empty pit in my stomach. I got up from my chair and grabbed her wrists, pulling her into my lips.

lol sorry this is so short but i have to write a 10 page report thats due this friday and i haven’t started. lol but honestly why do you guys like this it wasn’t even that good lol. uhmm for the people who were wondering what happened to angels and demons, I’m still writing it, its just that the next part has smut and i suck at smut soooooooo

request pt 3

Fanfiction Master List

I’ve been meaning to post a master list of all my fics for a while and just got an ask about it, so here you go! I’ve written 77 stories and over 700,000 words.

Categories: canonverse, multi-chapter AUs, oneshots AUs, Pottertalia, smut, Alphabet Smut, and my USUK Calendar stories. Within each category, I’ve listed them from longest to shortest.


  • Indivisible (50k words) - England finds himself dealing with a sexy cowboy, a self-proclaimed hero, a cute child, and a rebellious teenager.
  • Apparent Lies (20k words) - America’s lying about having a child with England. Or is he? :D
  • Once Upon a Midwinter’s Night (18k words) - Sealand tries to use a love potion and Shakespeare play for blackmail.
  • Read After Burning (4k words) - America and England meet after the after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
  • A Nation’s Daemon (3k words) - England’s hound and America’s fox bring the two together again.
  • Gag Gifts (3k words) - England gets a prank gift for his birthday.
  • England’s Funeral (2k words) - America’s ignorance about a longstanding European tradition leads to a confession.

Multi-chapter AUs

  • The Shades of Spades (56k words) - The newly chosen monarchs must find a way to save Spades and themselves before it’s too late.
  • What’s Your Story (38k words, ongoing) - Arthur moves to San Francisco for a publishing internship. Written with Iggycat & Fakiagirl.
  • Meddling with Princesses (36k words) - Knight Alfred tries to save a rebellious princess from a dragon only to discover that the princess is a he and doesn’t want to be rescued.
  • Heart of Atlantis (33k words) - Alfred joins an intrepid group of explorers searching for Atlantis.
  • It Follows (28k words) - Arthur’s soulmate is being stalked by a supernatural killer. Major character death.
  • The Lost Prince (25k words) - There’s a reward for finding the Lost Prince of Spades and Arthur plans to collect.
  • Groundhog Day (21k words) - Jaded reporter Arthur is stuck interviewing a cheerful American about a stupid groundhog.
  • Eight Steps to Victory (18k words) - The Harvard Ballroom Dance Team made a mistake when they rejected Alfred. 
  • Unforgettable (16k words) - Alfred searches for an English soldier he met in a previous life.
  • Zombieworld (10k words) - An American teenager and a gun-toting Englishman team up to survive the zombie apocalypse. 

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Nirvana in Fire || Hu Ge, Wang Kai, Liu Tao || Historical Fiction

Thirteen years after the annihilation of the Chiyan army led by Generals Nie and Lin, and thirteen years after every member of the Lin household is executed for treason, a ghost has come to avenge their wrongful deaths. Master Mei of the Jiangzuo Alliance is the smartest man in jianghu – the prince who possesses his services may as well possess the throne. His presence exacerbates the rivalry between the Crown Prince and his half-brother the Duke of Yan as they compete for his favour, but Mei Changsu has other plans – he plots for the much-maligned martial Duke of Jing, best friend of the dead Young Master Lin, to be king.

Honestly, y’all, I don’t even have WORDS for how incredible this drama is. Like there hasn’t been a drama of this calibre since Legend of Zhen Huan and that was like, four years ago. If you could record my internal monologue while I was watching this show, it would be some variation of either “FUUUUUUUUUUCK” or “AAAAAAAAAHHHHH” or “NOOOOOOOOOOOO” plus or minus some squealing. Because I can’t. I don’t think I’ve had this many feelings since I got accepted to college. No joke. (Maybe a little joke.)

(Have some cute Feiliu.)

The adaptation is just so well done. It really captures a lot of traditional Chinese aesthetics, without the garishness of Certain Modern Productions (Yu Zheng I’m looking directly at Yu Zheng I am absoLUTEly looking at Yu Zheng). The lighting, costumes, language, landscapes, CGI, fighting, effects – they’re all really well done and you can tell that a lot of effort was put into it, but at the same time they are muted and understated – they serve to texture the world without stealing the spotlight from the plot and the characterisation.

Speaking of characterisation, it’s not the strongest. Because there are so many main characters and because the focus is really on the political maneuvering of the plot, most of the characters are easily consumable essences – you understand their motivations and backstories quite soon after meeting them – but I think it works for the drama. And while the female characters could be drawn much better (Nihuang and Xia Dong can’t get over the deaths of their fiance and husband, respectively, even as they are strong martial characters who are the wielders of significant martial and political power, while sexual assault is used as plot points for Nihuang and Princess Liyang), but they could also be worse, and more often than not, they have agency in their stories, and harbour their own agendas. 

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Thank you, followers!

I passed the 400 follower mark the other week! Thank you, everyone! I just want to express how important this bookish blog is to me. Honestly, I wish I had started doing this when I first became a bookseller because my knowledge of books and the reader community has grown exponentially here. Not only has running a booklr improved my base knowledge, but it’s challenged me to changed the way I think and talk about books and the industry. And since I want to work in publishing (editor hopeful here!), my online book spaces continue to be vital to me.

So, I want to do a little “forever follow” or whatever for the friends I’ve made here, particularly people I’ve bonded with over books (sorry, I do follow a great number of other superb blogs, but I’m trying to be focused here). You all have much to offer this community. Let’s all be friends!

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anonymous asked:

Is publishing really intense work, like if you have an illness that makes you a little more tired than normal ppl would it be too much? Also how would you recommend getting into publishing? Is it very competitive?


I have only ever worked in publishing so I have nothing to compare it to. I do find the industry to be quite competitive, but I think that’s one of the pleasures of working in publishing. Everything you achieve is well earned and is the perfect motivation to keep learning and growing within your field.

In terms of illness, I suggest that you concentrate on finding the right kind employer to work for. There are lots of publishing companies with really inclusive policies and flexible working terms tailored to fit around your medical, professional and personal needs. Don’t let the application process get to you. Yes, it’s slightly more difficult to get an entry level publishing job but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. There are lots of small presses and publishing services companies out there who can do with dedicated team members to oversee production, editorial and marketing for their books. 

Here are some of my tips on how to get into publishing: [Link] [Link] [Link]

I just interviewed a potential intern who could not answer the question "What books do you like to read?"


She told me she “doesn’t really read for pleasure anymore.” Perhaps informing her that I forgo sleeping in favor of reading was not the most tactful response.

Survival Tips for Unpaid Publishing Interns

Last week, HeavyHeartedLove responded to my call for follower input to ask if I have any advice for people who are worried about unpaid internships.

The happy answer is, yes I do! The unhappy answer is that I can only be so helpful in this particular situation.

Yesterday I wrote a prelude to this post about how the institution of unpaid internships is unfair, particularly to those who are limited by their finances. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d reccommend that you go and take a look. The bottom line of that post is that it’s pretty much impossible for some people to intern for free, and I can’t provide advice to those people aside from get rich (which would be gross, insensitive, and completely out of line).

So this post is largely directed at people for whom working unpaid is feasible, but not comfortable.

Before diving in, I want to give you all HeavyHeartedLove’s, exact wording… because I have a point to make:

Do you have any suggestions for people worried about unpaid internships? I can’t figure out a way to keep living while doing one full-time.

Now, I mentioned this in yesterday’s post, but I think it bears repeating, so: DON’T INTERN FULL TIME IF YOU’RE NOT GETTING PAID!

Actually, I should say “don’t allow yourself to be taken advantage of.” If a company isn’t paying you so much as a travel stipend to work FULL TIME (and they should really be paying you more than a stipend in this case), then they are being assholes

I know that we in the publishing industry put a lot of stock in internships–and for good reason… they’re usually how you get hired–but don’t let that fact drive you to work for a company that blatantly doesn’t appreciate you. You are worth more than that.

Keep that in mind as we move forward, because the options available to you will depend greatly on your own situation and how far you’re willing to stretch get an internship. Try not to kill yourself getting one.

Apart from that general rule, the name of the game is this: how can you make your finances work (or otherwise justify your financial burden) while interning for free?

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Report from a former Slate intern:

As an intern you likely will not be paid.


Slate editors were generally accepting of letting me write things I pitched to sections I wasn’t hired to write for. Not always, but a few times. That was a plus. But even a 2,000-word article I pitched that topped the most-read list for a day or two was not paid for whatsoever. Judging from the rates that other freelancers have posted, I’d probably be owed at least $2,000 had I pitched my articles not as an intern, but as a freelancer. 


anonymous asked:

QQ- I love your blog, I'm addicted! I'm hoping to go into publishing after graduation. You've mentioned that internships are the best way to get a foot in the door so I was wondering what publishing houses generally look for when selecting interns. Is it necessary to have some form of academic qualification in publishing? All I have is a literature degree, a couple of years working in a book store and enthusiasm for the industry but no other experience! Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

Why thank you, my dear! You college-aged aspiring publishers are just coming out of the woodwork recently. I can only tell you what worked for me, and what I personally look for in an intern, since every publishing house is different. But maybe it’ll help. 

To answer specifically: All of the above. Having book store experience is a  great plus, as is your literature degree, especially if you’d like to be an intern at a trade house. You’ll also want to demonstrate even a slight understanding of the industry, which you can get by reading blogs like this one (I’m very knowledgeable… and humble!) and books like Editors on Editing and Publishing for Profit. 

What I personally look for in an intern is someone who has really good communications skills (even more important to an acquiring editor than say, your proofreading abilities); someone who excels academically in whatever their chosen field (my spring intern is an anthropology major); and someone who will not be afraid to constantly ask questions. The last thing I want is someone who is too shy to ask questions of me or authors, and unsure of themselves. If you’re socially awkward, fine. But own it, embrace it, and overcome it. We’re an industry of bookworms, but that doesn’t mean we get anywhere by being introverted (Unless you’re a typesetter. Then you can be as introverted as you want, just so long as you match it with an interesting fandom and a bottomless well of Doctor Who quotes).

I think you might be asking the wrong question, though. You already know that experience will help you, especially related experience like a degree or working in the industry. So the best advice I can offer you at this point is to research your options for internships and don’t limit yourself. There are publishing houses all across the U.S., so you don’t need to go RANDOM HOUSE OR BUST. There might be a small indie publisher or university press in your home city, one which isn’t being flooded with internship applications every semester, and one with a small enough staff that you might actually get to be responsible for something. While an internship at an NY publishing house is definitely worthwhile, you don’t have to fall prey to the notion that the only publishing experience to be gained is in Manhattan. Authors make this same mistake when they only send their query letters to Simon&Schuster and HarperCollins, believing that they need to be published by the largest, most prominent publishing house possible in order to be successful.

I’m very sensitive to the financial situations of students (my own destitute years as a student are all too near), and that’s another reason why I recommend looking locally for a publishing internship before setting your heart on one of the Big 6. Living in New York is expensive, and most internships are unpaid, or paid a pittance. If you can live with your folks or stick to your college apartment while interning, do so.

Study hard, take initiative, and don’t be an idiot. You’re going to be great.


anonymous asked:

Hi, love your blog. I just wanted to know if you have any tips or advice for those who want to get into publishing but have little experience in the field. If there are any specific publishing houses who take on interns at entry level? Thank you!

Thanks, glad you do! 

I suggest you start small. Don’t aim for the famous publishing houses right away, but start gaining some experience with your local publishers, small presses, independent bookshops and literary agents. This way you get to learn a lot more, because smaller establishments have more scope to shadow across departments and they aren’t as rigid about following a set plan, allowing you to learn as you go and find your niche. 

Also, don’t limit yourself to a single department, try them all. You never know which aspect of publishing will suit you the best unless you try it on.

A quick Google search for your city should do the trick. Don’t let the kind of books they publish be a turn off because most publishing experience is based on transferable skills. 

Once you have this varied experience, bigger houses will take an interest in your CV. HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury, Granta, Simon and Schuster all have dedicated entry level experience programs.

Hope this helped. Good luck!