Stay Calm…and Focus on What (Writing) You Can Control

With everything spinning out of control—routines, plans, the world, etc.—I’ve found a lot of comfort and calm focusing on smaller-scale things 100% within my control: a neatly trimmed lawn, a weed-free garden bed, a freshly organized closet, a tricky recipe followed to the letter. No surprise, a lot of people have found home renovations aContinue reading “Stay Calm…and Focus on What (Writing) You Can Control”

So, You Want to Be a Managing Editor

Longtime readers might recall a series I ran back in 2012/2013 called, “So, You Want to Work in Publishing,” interviewing entry-level book publishing folks across a variety of companies and departments about their professional experiences. I’d like to think many people found it useful, but I know for a fact it helped at least oneContinue reading “So, You Want to Be a Managing Editor”

Book Releases, Blog Birthdays, and Graduation Anniversaries

May was a big month: the blog turned two [throws confetti in air], it marked two years since I walked down the aisle at Bloomsburg in a cap and gown, and on top of all those awesome reasons to celebrate, my very first book published. On the social media sites, I’ve been seeing that aContinue reading “Book Releases, Blog Birthdays, and Graduation Anniversaries”

On Killing My Darlings and the Most Author-Friendly Way to Buy a Book

The book is done. All the photograph permission forms have been signed, the copyediting changes made, the final page proofs approved. As we speak, the book is at the printer, making 1,200 neatly bound, neatly stacked copies of my little paperback. It’s done. This book, as you will see it, as I will hold itContinue reading “On Killing My Darlings and the Most Author-Friendly Way to Buy a Book”

Switching Careers: Leaving Law for the World of Words

  Name: Erynn Im-Sato Current Title: Sales Rep, Proprietary and Display Marketer Sales Hometown:  Torrance, California Graduated From: UC Santa Barbara, 2005 Currently work and live: HarperCollins Publishers, New York My path to publishing: I was an English major in college and I thought I wanted to be a journalist or editor. My first job outContinue reading “Switching Careers: Leaving Law for the World of Words”

Falling in Love with Publicity and Publishing

Welcome to the guest blogging series, So, You Want to Work in Publishing, where publishing professionals share their personal stories of how they broke into the industry. The guest bloggers and I hope that you find our stories encouraging, informative, and helpful in your own path to a publishing career. If you’re a publishing professionalContinue reading “Falling in Love with Publicity and Publishing”

So, You Want to Work in Publishing…in Singapore

Name: Jennifer Lien Current Title: Publishing Editor at Taylor & Francis Group Hometown: Waterloo, Canada Graduated from: University of Waterloo, Class of 2011; Joint BA in Political Science and Social Development Studies, Diploma of General Studies in Social Work Currently enrolled in: University of Toronto, Joint MEd with the Sociology of Education department and theContinue reading “So, You Want to Work in Publishing…in Singapore”

How a Lifelong Love of Books Led to a Publicity Job

Name: Caroline Nitz Current Title: Publicity Assistant at Henry Holt & Company, an imprint of Macmillan Hometown: Northfield, MN Graduated from: St. Olaf College, 2011 Where you currently work and live: I live and work in Manhattan. Your Path to Publishing: Like many in publishing, I was an English major without the slightest idea whatContinue reading “How a Lifelong Love of Books Led to a Publicity Job”

Want to Work in Publishing? Don’t Be Afraid to Use Your Connections!

Welcome to the guest blogging series, So, You Want to Work in Publishing, where publishing professionals share their personal stories of how they broke into the industry. The guest bloggers and I hope that you find our stories encouraging, informative, and helpful in your own path to a publishing career. If you’re a publishing professionalContinue reading “Want to Work in Publishing? Don’t Be Afraid to Use Your Connections!”