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Book Jobs Not By The Book: Samantha Howard, Research and Editorial Associate

While our last post gave us an opportunity to engage our new editors in a discussion about a popular topic here on Trendsetter, we thought we would further introduce you to our new staff. Samantha Howard graduated from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan with a double major in English and Women & Gender Studies. She moved to New York City in May of 2011 for an internship at W.W. Norton and Company and came to Publishing Trendsetter/Market Partners International after working for a couple of literary agencies. ***** What […]

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 […]

How to Become an App Developer: The Infographic

AppNewser (a mediabistro blog, much like Galleycat) found and shared this handy (if huge) infographic from Schools.com about all that might be involved to become an app developer. It breaks things down into skill groups, university programs, and more. As “mobile strategy” gradually becomes more “house standard” than “novelty item deluxe” on many publishers’ menus, the idea of making app development a book-biz career is not at all unreasonable–especially if you’re just now starting out. What I find really interesting is how specialized and numerous the formal training programs for app […]

Guest Post: Mentors in My Publishing Past

This piece originally ran on August 8, 2012 on Yours in Books, the blog of Meredith Rutter, author and veteran publishing professional. Meredith’s career has run the gamut from her first job at a textbook company in Boston to founding her own packaging company that grew to employ over 100 people. After selling a trade publishing house she also founded, she finally settled down to being a full-time writer. She’s published a family biography/memoir, The Cleveland Rutters and is now at work on a novel. Meredith’s “chronology” of mentors both spectacular and lackluster wonderfully demonstrates how […]

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 […]

Becoming a Literary Agent…Eventually

Publishing Trendsetter is thrilled to welcome Lisa Vanterpool as a regular contributor–and our first international correspondent, at that. She first joined us as a guest contributor during the London Book Fair, sharing observations that are a must-read for any young professional, no matter where in the world you’re attending book fairs. Lisa left the US to get her MA in Publishing at Kingston University – London, and says she “hasn’t looked back since.” Here’s looking forward to vicariously sharing her adventures. **** Before I even handed in my final paper for […]

Should I Get a Master’s Degree to Work in Publishing?

And if so, what kind of graduate degree should you get? What is the Master’s Degree-Publishing connection? This is a fantastic piece from our colleagues over at Young to Publishing that tackles the constellation of questions surrounding publishing careers and post-undergraduate education. Should you do grad school before? After? At all? This article is especially useful for all the thoughts from young publishing professionals at different places and stages in their careers, and who have very different opinions on the grad school question. There are also some unexpected sides to the […]

How to Get a Job in Publishing That ISN’T in New York

How can you get a virtual foot in the publishing door from a thousand miles away? According to Jeremy Soldevilla: Make like an author and build a platform. **** Publishing has always been a difficult industry to land that first job in—almost as hard as it has been for a new writer to get published. But in the past few years, thanks to technology, that’s changing. A young person with skills, energy, and passion has many more opportunities than ever before to jump into the industry. Traditional publishers have historically been […]

Lifecycle of a Book: Ashley Horna, Production

The people in publishers’ Production departments are, I think almost invariably, the great unsung heroes of the book industry. Print or digital, rain or shine, we need our production experts more than we might even be able to wrap our brains around. Ashley Horna is here to give you an idea of why her department is so essential.