In this series we’re talking about the fascinating world of publishing—highly skewed toward the editorial side of things. So far we’ve talked about The Publishing Process, What Editors Do, and Editing vs. Proofreading.
Like any good English major, I came out of college knowing how to write a scholarly paper better than the average Joe, with a library full of classics and a deep love for literature and learning. But I wasn’t ready to work at a business. And no matter how romanticized it might be, we can’t forget that publishing is a business.
I was so discouraged when, after college and despite a few great internships, I didn’t immediately get a job in publishing. I worked at a non-profit retail store, Starbucks, and even spent three months as a temp in Accounts Payable. During that time, out of boredom and lack of inspiration, I started this blog. I didn’t put those experiences on my resume—but I probably should have.
Because those experiences taught me skills that have been incredibly valuable in my career since in publishing.