Help me get paid to be a book nerd.
October 18, 2006 9:24 AM Subscribe
PublishingJobsFilter: I am trying to land a job in the book publishing industry in New York, and it's been a fairly daunting process so far. Please hold my hand.
posted by zoomorphic to Work & Money (25 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I recently graduated with a degree in English/Modern Literature from a good university. My background is fairly typical of a type A Lit major: I graduated with honors, published a lot fiction and non-fiction, participated in student-run journals and magazines. I have solid internship experience at professional newspapers and magazines. No, I wasn't the editor-in-chief of the Crimson, and I haven't written any great American novels, but I've worked hard at producing and publishing literature.
My dream job would be to work in the book publishing industry. In terms of applying for jobs, I have visited every publishing-related website, going so far as to open all my novels and visit their publishers' websites to see if they were advertising for job openings. I then lovingly individualized all the cover letters to said publishing houses and lit agencies, tweaked my resume to perfection, and crossed my fingers. Nevertheless, nothing fantastically promising has surfaced.
People have been warning me that the publishing industry is incredibly competitive, and maybe I was naive in thinking my college and internship experience sufficiently prepared me for being some lit agent's xerox bitch, but l'm getting nervous. My move from DC to Brooklyn is slated for next Thursday, and I'd like to have my crappy entry-level job lined up before I crash on a friend's couch, if only to avoid feeling completely adrift.
To clarify: my resume says I already live in Brooklyn, since I'm willing to take the Chinatown bus to NYC should someone call me up at a moment's notice for an interview, so no one's passing me over because I don't live there. I know about mediabistro, publisherslunch, publishersmarketplace, journalismjobs, and of course, NYtimes and craigslist.
I am looking specifically for advice on how other people got themselves noticed in this industry. I realize social networking is everything in New York, but what else can I do to get an edge over the mob of English and journalism majors who all want the same job I do?