If you’re interested in breaking into the publishing industry, BOOKJOBS.COM is a great resouce for you. BOOKJOBS.COM was created to aid in the recruiting of the best and the brightest college graduates around the country—graduates from all ethnic and social backgrounds and all areas of study. The publishing industry is alive and hiring and not only for English majors. If you have a love for books, no matter what your major, there may be a job or internship for you.
Let’s break it down – there are several career options within a publisher such as:
Managing Editorial – You are the project managers of the book. These people need to be meticulous and detail oriented.
Publicity – You will work closely with the authors and manage the media. You need to be outgoing and a relationship driven person as well as a good writer.
Marketing and Online Marketing – You will manage the marketing strategies, blogs, social networks and advertising.
Subsidiary Rights – a great area if you are interested in legal rights and generating big dollars.
Production – You will oversee the physical process from the manuscript to the finished book. You must be detail oriented and able to work with all departments! An interest in software is a plus.
Art & Design – Do you have an interest in the physical layout and typography of books? This is the creative arm of publishing. You must have Adobe Creative Suite proficiency and a portfolio to apply here.
Digital – This is a growth area – think about your online textbooks and you’ll know that this is a huge business and evolving.
Corporate functions – Operations, Sales, IT, HR, Finance, Legal and Contract
Literary Agencies – separate from publishers but also have wonderful opportunities and can be a great foot in the publishing door.
BOOKJOBS.COM posts positions within all of these different functional areas. If any of these spark your interest, visit the website!
Finally, here are a few tips for successful cover letters and interviews:
- Cover letters should always be concise. No need to be wordy.
- Don’t say – “I’ve always wanted to be a writer”!
- Can be a mixture of a creative cover letter and professional – but lean towards the professional.
- Make your cover letter specific to the job and be focused. Don’t apply to more than two areas within a publisher.
- Do your homework – Be aware of what’s happening in the industry, marketplace, different genres and brands.
- Mention specific imprints, authors and genres from the publishers you are applying to. If you love romance novels or cookbooks – tell them!