By far my most viewed post on OLL is How to Find a Publishing Internship, and in the past few years I’ve received dozens of emails asking me about my journey, so I thought I’d write more about that here. If you’re looking to get into publishing, I hope it’s helpful! And if you still have questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In college, I knew that I wanted to do something with literature. Everyone told me I was going to be a teacher, but for some reason that didn’t quite feel right. I decided to try it out anyway and took some education classes over the summer. Even then (without knowing all I know now about education), I could see that teachers are not valued as they should be and that the politics of education make the daily lives of educators incredibly difficult. I didn’t want to deal with that. I need more autonomy in my life. In addition, I was student teaching a second grade summer school class and consistently felt overwhelmed by all of the demands on my attention. It could just be that second grade wasn’t a good fit, but either way the experience was not positive and I decided teaching was not for me.