Book Jobs - How To Get Hired in Book Publishing
Do you want a "book job"? Do you want to know how to get a job in book publishing — as a book editor, a librarian, or a bookstore manager? Or maybe your idea of a job in book publishing is to get paid to write books.
Many booklovers wonder what it would be like to work with books, and there are hundreds of different job possibilities in the book publishing industry. Whatever bookish career you envision, here's what you should know.
Book Jobs - How To Get a Job in Book Publishing
If you want to find a job in a traditional New York City book publishing house, preferably at one of the Big Five book publishers or a reputable small publisher first it's a good idea to do your research and see what area might be right for you and inform your for your interview. Here are some steps to take:
- Learn about the major departments in a book publishing house, and what each is responsible for.
- Know to differentiate between the different positions in the editorial department, and what part of acquiring and editing books each does.
- the many and varied types of book sales positions – from selling to Barnes & Noble to selling the all-important subsidiary rights.
- Understand the publishing process; that is, how a book goes from author's manuscript to finished book.
- Brush up on the major players in the industry - the Big Five traditional publishers
- Review book publishing's annual calendar; the industry is very seasonal so it will give you a leg up to understand the key annual events.
Understand What Book Publishing Pros Want in a Job Candidate
Of course, there is much published guidance on how to write a resume or how to prep for an entry level job interview.
But the book publishing industry has its own set of parameters for the wannabe employee and you want to be sure you're prepared with as much information as possible about the company you're about to enter.
Here are some specific pointers on how to prepare for a book publishing job interview.
Research the Book Publishing Job For Which You're Interviewing
Here are some specifics to help:
About the Librarian's Job
Do you wish you could work with the research databases of the New York Public Library? Or maybe you want to help acquire and archive the ancient manuscripts of the Morgan Library and Museum, or help local kids find the appropriate children's books to read.
Librarians today can be anything from data consultants to specialty archivists. If you're considering a career as a librarian, here are some facts about the profession.
About the Job of A Bookseller
For many book lovers, opening a bookstore seems to be a dream job. Of course, as with any business, the realities of opening a bookstore are a lot more complicated than the fantasy of spending all your time with books. If you're considering buying or starting a bookstore, here are some facts about bookselling:
- What it takes to open a bookstore
- About resources and helpful information for independent booksellers
- About different types of retail booksellers
- Profiles of different types of independent booksellers
About Being an Author
There are real, tangible thrills in being a published book author — like your name on a book jacket. The privilege of having your words available to an audience of readers. Those who are publishing a book for the first time or those who aspire to should learn the realities of author-dom.
- What it's like to be a published author
- About the life of a prolific author, in the words of one who's been there
- About the Author's Guild, a professional association for authors
- The realities — the work, the money — of being an indie author
- What you should ask yourself before you go indie author
About the Job of A Literary Agent
Want to be on the deal-making side of publishing? If you're good at author hand-holding and advocacy and negotiation, but you don't necessarily want to edit books, you might want to consider being a literary agent.