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The Skinny on Temping in Publishing

Ever wondered what it’s like to work in a publishing house temporarily? One of our readers recently temped in the editorial department of one of the Big 5 publishers and answered all of our questions about her experience! How long were you a temp? I worked there for a little over three months. My role was to fill in for a SVP, Executive Editor’s assistant while her assistant filled in for a Publisher’s assistant who was on maternity leave. What were your day-to-day responsibilities? I was a temporary Editorial Assistant, […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week, 5/20 – 5/24

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. **** Amazon Publishing introduced “Kindle Worlds,” allowing any writer to create fan fiction and earn royalties for their work. Still hashing out DOJ drama, Penguin agrees to pay over $90 million to settle eBook pricing suits. U.S. District Judge rules $210 Million worth of Borders […]

Moving Right Along: What Changing House or Department Means for a Publishing Career

Much of what we talk about here at Trendsetter involves starting your career in publishing, but for those who have already landed the entry level job, a whole new set of challenges presents itself. It’s one thing to get your foot in the door, but how do you ensure that you continue to grow and learn and (hopefully) even get a raise in the process? This past week, our parent site, Publishing Trends, has run a series of articles on “How to Get Your Second Job in Publishing,” and earlier […]

Book-Jobs Not by the Book: Laura Hazard Owen, Book-Biz Reporter

It feels incredibly awesome to welcome Laura Hazard Owen to the Book-Jobs, Not by the Book “interview room.” Back in early 2011, when Publishing Trendsetter was just a crazy idea, Laura (then Managing Editor at Publishing Trends) assured me it was a good idea and not even that crazy. If Trendsetter had gotten off the ground at all without her cheerleading, it would have taken a whole lot longer. She’s gone on to report for paidContent and become a [publishing]house-hold name when it comes to knowing and sharing what’s what […]

5E: Five Editors, Five Perspectives, Freelance Editors Band Together

One creative solution to being lost in the sea of freelancers–what’s yours? When thinking about a professional future in publishing, the question of freelancing is bound to come up–especially for editors and especially in the increasingly “outsourced” climate we live in. Last week, one publishing veteran, Jeremy Soldevilla had some great ideas for the ways that freelancing can contribute to building a career. But what if you’re a few years in? Is being a freelance editor, publicist, or marketer as rewarding, challenging, lucrative or–to use a very technical term–“real” as […]

Lifecycle of a Book: Latoya Smith, Editorial

Ah, Editorial…that most visible, coveted, and glamorous of publishing jobs…right? Or two truths and a lie? We left it to Latoya Smith at Grand Central Publishing to set us straight.  

Book-Jobs, Not by the Book: Joe Deemer

Joe Deemer is Editor at Printing Industries Press, the publishing arm of Printing Industries of America, the world’s largest graphic arts trade association. In addition to his publishing duties, Joe provides editing and proofreading support to other PIA departments. He is the author of Sustainability Studies in Print and several one-act plays including  “Alphabet Soup (or the Case for Plosives),” “Crossing Guards,” and “The Logistics of Heroism,” which have been performed around the country.  *** How do you explain your job to people? When I explain my job to people, I lead off […]

To Blog or Not to Blog: Book-Job Boot Camp, Week 3, Day 4

Bouncing off our post from Week 1 about refining your online persona, it may be helpful to start a blog before or during your job search. You may have heard about people whose blogs helped them land jobs, like Marian Schmebari, whose “How to Get a Job in Publishing” post for Publishing Trends sparked this entire series (or yours truly, whose creative writing blog sparked some interest when I was applying for internships). But signing up for a blog just to post funny cat videos and long laments about your […]

How to Get the Job You WANT in Publishing

        In response to our “How to Get a Job” pieces, we’ve received some excellent responses—from all-too-familiar stories to thought-expandingquestions. One recent question struck me as especially important, and a vital side of the “path-finding” equation. I asked around among the experts we always have on speed-dial here at Trendsetter and promised our reader that at least one article would be addressed to her question.     This particular question came from a woman who’s been in production for 4 years at a Big 6 house. Just […]