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How Did You Get Into Publishing? A Survey

It’s that time again. Every summer I get a flurry of emails from friends/family/fellow alumni, asking if I can offer their friend/niece/student advice on how to break into the publishing industry. I know I’m not alone in this – in fact, I’m imagining you nodding your head in agreement. You’d think at this point I’d just have a canned response of what to say to folks. And yet, every time I write out a different response depending on the person and their situation, not only because it’s the right thing […]

A Trendsetter Farewell from Jen Donovan

Editor’s note: It is with both great excitement for Jen and sadness for me that I share this today. Last Wednesday was Jen’s last day with Trendsetter. She’s given so much energy and work behind Trendsetter, and I can’t wait to see what comes of her new chapter at St. Martin’s. After what feels like the shortest two years of my life, I’ve decided to leave Publishing Trendsetter to work as an assistant editor at St. Martin’s Press. I originally joined the Trendsetter team hoping to learn more about the publishing industry […]

Internview: Say Hello to Margo!

We are excited to welcome Margo Fitzpatrick to the fold of Market Partners International, Publishing Trends, and Publishing Trendsetter this summer as our intern! She comes to us from University of Chicago, and you can read more about her on our about page. What aspects of Publishing Trends and MPI interest you most as you enter the internship? Publishing Trends and MPI are attractive to me for their dedication to the ever-changing nature of the industry.  As a work-community, MPI is comprised of seasoned professionals who are knowledgeable about the industry’s […]

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, […]

Dress for Publishing Success: Ladies Edition

Let me start by saying that I am by no means a fashion expert or publishing industry dress code guru. In fact, when I sat down to write this article, I dug through my closet and noticed that I have a penchant toward sundresses, cat sweaters, and animal print blouses. Zooey Deschanel is probably my spirit animal and I look like a librarian or a Sunday school teacher on most days. So, I guess I’d be more suited to write an article titled “How to Dress like a Librarian,” but […]

We Need Diverse Books, One Year Later

One year ago, We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) started with a hashtag. The hashtag, which later became the nonprofit’s name, was part of a tweet exchange about the lack of diversity at last year’s BookCon. Last Friday, one year later, I was able to attend the We Need Diverse Books panel at Book Expo America. It celebrated its anniversary by hosting three panels at the very event they originally protested: one panel during the third day of BEA and one on each day of BookCon. The panelists on Friday included WNDB President […]

A True Tale of Being Published, Publishing by Gail Godwin: A Trendsetter Roundtable

Sometimes for any author, navigating the path of publishing is a little confusing. Their job is to focus on writing after all. Lucky for us, three time National Book Award finalist and bestselling author Gail Godwin wrote about her journey through the publishing process that began in 1958 when she met with a Knopf scout to try to get a story published. Godwin has seen the industry go through many phases. She’s had good editors, tricky editors, battles over titles, and fabulous book launch parties. She’s lived a long part of her life […]

Book Jobs Not by the Book: Andy Meisenheimer, Freelance Writer and Editor

Andy Meisenheimer is a freelance writer and editor. He edits manuscripts for writers and for publishers, coaches published and unpublished writers in the art and craft of writing, and writes for fun and for profit. He is a fiction editor for The Red Fez, an online literary magazine. He lives with his family in New York City. Give us a little bit of your history in publishing, and how you got started freelancing. I started in college working at an indie bookstore, managing frontlist and backlist, among other things. From […]

The Joys of Being an Intern: A Roundtable Discussion Based on Ross Perlin’s Intern Nation

For anyone looking to start a career in publishing, the first step is getting a foot in the door. While entry level jobs usually represent the threshold, internships have almost become essential precursors to gain entry. Yet despite the importance of having an internship on your resume, internships can often be frustrating exercises, either consisting of coffee-fetching and paper-copying or exploiting young talent with high job demands and little to no pay. Internships have come under fire a lot in recent media, with some very prominent lawsuits even forcing major […]

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 […]