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Book Jobs Not by the Book: Hillary Doyle, Cross-Channel and Sub-Rights

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Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Hillary Doyle is a recent graduate of the Ohio State University, where she double-majored in English and Linguistics. She moved to New York City after graduating this May to start an internship at Scholastic on the Rights and Co-Editions Team. She is thrilled to now work at Scholastic full time as the Cross-Channel and Rights Assistant.

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What was your first exposure to book business? What were the most important things you gained from it?

My first job in book business was an internship at a very small publisher in my hometown of Cincinnati, OH called Beyond the Trees, that focuses on personal histories and self-publishing. Through this internship, I worked with clients who were looking to save their stories via autobiographies, memory books, oral histories, and in some cases, creative writing. My experiences there really solidified my belief in the importance of publishing. One of the taglines at Beyond the Trees is “The Power of Stories”, and I think that really captures what is important about publishing. No matter what kind of changes the publishing industry faces, at the core of it all are meaningful stories that need to be shared.

How did you get an internship with Scholastic? How did it lead to a permanent position?

I did my internship for course credit while enrolled in an internship course at NYU for the summer. As for my permanent position, I was very lucky to have interned in a department that happened to be hiring for an entry-level position while I was there (and that I had already finished college and was able to begin working full-time right away). However, most other internships I’ve had didn’t really have the possibility of full-time employment afterwards. That being said, it’s still a good idea to maintain those connections. If you did a good job at your internship, most managers are happy to write you a recommendation, or pass along your resume to a colleague who’s hiring!

How do you explain your current job to people?

My job entails providing support to two different departments, Rights and Cross-Channel. The Rights team sells subsidiary rights, such as translation, audio, and dramatic, for books published by the Trade publishing division. The Cross-Channel group maintains communications between Scholastic’s Trade publishing division and two other divisions, Scholastic Book Fairs and Scholastic Reading Club. I assist both of these departments with scheduling, ordering samples, and preparing for presentations as well as two international book fairs per year. Every day ends up being a bit different than the one before, which I love! I spend a lot of time working with our agents from all over the world, helping publishers in their territories get what they need for their editions, such as cover art, author photos, and working copies off which to base their translations.

As many of your former interviewees have said, sometimes it’s easiest to just say “I work in book publishing.” I’ve found that most people not in the industry are pretty unfamiliar with publishing jobs other than those in editing and publicity.

What is the biggest challenge in your current job? In what ways did your previous jobs or internships prepare you for what you do here?

The biggest challenge in my current job has been making sure I stay organized. I’m usually keeping track of several unrelated tasks/projects at once, so I’m always writing notes to myself at my desk to make sure I remember to follow up on everything. I’ve also become a big proponent of to-do lists. Before I leave work every day I make a list of things I need to remember to do the next day, and then add to it throughout that day.

I think this is something people overlook a lot, but I think that just working in an office environment is a valuable experience you can gain from an internship. In most of my internships, I had to communicate with clients or others outside the company in a way that was efficient and professional. Having a basic familiarity with professional email conventions and etiquette has made communicating here a lot easier. My internships also gave me some good experience with multitasking and working on a deadline, both important skills for young professionals.

What value has this job brought to the way you think about book business as a whole and your own relationship to books?

This job has changed the way I think about the book business because it’s helped me learn just how many different parts of the publishing business there really are. Through my job I get to interact with people working in all sorts of different parts of the business, from editing, production, design, marketing, and more. It’s been reassuring to learn that there is more than one way to work with books. I think that this is sort of an uneasy time for publishing, as there’s a lot of talk of big change ahead. But what I’ve learned through my limited time in this industry is that it’s full of people who are really passionate about the stories we’re telling and getting them out to the biggest audience possible. And what more could a book nerd want?

4 Comments

  1. DAVID DUE says:

    GREAT ARTICLE.THINK THIS PERSON IS ON THE WAY UP.

  2. Dottie Due says:

    I am so proud of my granddaughter, Hillary. The article is so impressive and so is she.

  3. Jill Haney says:

    Congratulations to you and I wish you much success. You sound like a very responsible, mature and thoughtful young woman and those attributes will take you far.

  4. Sr. Mary Carol says:

    Congratulations, Hillary! What a wonderful job! Many of our teachers at Villa subscribe with their students to Scholastic Books, and the librarian hosts a book fair every year. Wouldn’t it be exciting if you could come to present the goods, and talk to the children about your work? Next time you’re home ask Grandma Due about reading Family Story.
    (It’s not meant to be published.)

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