Publishing Trendsetter is a production of Market Partners International and Publishing Trends.

Goodbye Trendsetter!

Trendsetters, it’s time. After over four (!) years here and Publishing Trendsetter/Market Partners International, I’m moving on to a new job at HarperCollins.

When I started here, Trendsetter was one of the things I was most excited about being a part of, and that enthusiasm remains. I love helping folks understand the publishing industry and helping them find their entry point, so I hope that I’ve been able to do that. It’s always been a great place for me to explore things about the industry that I didn’t fully grasp through research and interviews like breaking into the industry abroad or how reading and writing romance novels can be framed as an act of political resistance or even just how we all got into this industry in the first place.

One of the best things about this job has been being able to research whatever I wanted to write about, and to have a macro-level view of the industry. I have learned so much about aspects of the industry simply because this particular job isn’t quite publishing, it’s publishing-adjacent. That distance from the industry allowed me to see the forest through the trees, something I am so grateful for, and which is, frankly, a unique way to learn about publishing.

So I will impart some wisdom I’ve gained from this job:

  • If you want it, there is a place for you in the world of book publishing. Even if your skills are in web design, accounting, supply chain management, or some other non-literary area, publishers need those things too, all in support of the books they make.
  • Professionally speaking, moving up doesn’t get any easier. I did a lot of executive search work in my time here, and I’ve watched publishers struggle to fill jobs, all while others struggle to find jobs. This isn’t necessarily industry-specific, but worth noting in the sense that it’s not just you that it’s hard for. I used to think after breaking into the industry I’d be set, or after moving past an assistant level job I’d be set. It’s hard no matter where you are in your career.
  • Trying out new things with your reading is important. The longer I’ve been in publishing I find I am falling further and further away from what I liked to read for fun in college. Don’t get me wrong, I still like capital-L literature and the classics, but now I’ve learned to enjoy so much more than that. Graphic novels! Urban fantasy! Romance novels! We’re all in this industry because we love books and reading, and expanding those horizons makes us better readers and better participants in the industry.

My greatest hope is that sometime, somewhere, a Trendsetter post has helped someone understand a pocket of the publishing industry a little better. It’s been an honor to write and edit here, but it’s goodbye for now. I’m headed into that forest.

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