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Book Jobs Not by the Book: Halimah Marcus, Co-editor of Electric Literature

Halimah Marcus is the Co-Editor of Electric Literature, a digital publisher based out of Brooklyn, New York, and its weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading. In addition to her editorial work, Halimah is also an author. Her writing has appeared in One Story, Philadelphia Noir, Sports Illustrated, and elsewhere. She has a Masters in Fine Art in Fiction from Brooklyn College. ***** What was your first exposure to book business and what were the most important things you gained from it? My first “job” in publishing was interning at Electric Literature, where I am now editor, though I suppose my […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week: 4/29 – 5/3

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. **** A little bit of closure (or at least settlement) for Macmillan, that underdog of the Big 6’s battle with the DOJ. Simon & Schuster turns out to be a comeback kid: despite ongoing strife with B&N, they pulled up their profits […]

Pulp Fiction (and Non-Fiction): What Happens to Unwanted Books

Ah, publishing arcana. We’d probably be OK without knowing lots of it, but the massive Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “recall” of Imagine a few weeks ago highlights the moving parts and practical concerns behind “hidden” corners of the industry. New York magazine did a fascinating little history of book pulping the other day. And why would they bother? Because apparently Every year, millions of books are sent to the “cruel machines,” as one young editor calls them, simply because their sales didn’t meet projections. Aha. Well, even though the article was […]

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 […]