Do you have a passion for the written word? Do you find yourself wanting to edit the text of material you read? Does the idea of reading unpublished manuscripts excite you? Do you want to be a professional writer? The publishing industry might be the right career path or you. It includes development, acquisition, copy-editing, graphic design, and production including printing and its electronic equivalents.
Like journalism, the publishing industry is contending with technological change and consumers who are developing different patterns of consumption based on new technology. Publishing is an apprenticeship industry, meaning that much of what a publishing professional needs to know will be learned on the job. An internship is the perfect way to gain experience on the inner-workings of the publishing industry.
Salary varies widely depending on role, education level, and location. Here is a sample of 2016 median salaries from the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor:
- Editor: $57,210
- Graphic Designer: $47,640
- Art Director: $89,820
Houghton Mifflin: Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company is a global education company and the world’s largest publisher of educational materials for pre-K–12 schools. The company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers. With origins dating back to 1832, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt combines its tradition of excellence with a commitment to innovation. Search “Careers” for entry-level jobs and internships.
- Business Skills Programs
- Book Jobs: This is a great site to find internships and learn about the publishing industry.
- Publishers Weekly: Publishers Weekly, familiarly known in the book world as PW and “the bible of the book business,” is a weekly news magazine focused on the international book publishing business. It is targeted at publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary agents, authors and the media. It offers feature articles and news on all aspects of the book business, bestsellers lists in a number of categories, and industry statistics, but its best known service is pre-publication book reviews, publishing some 8,000 per year. It also has a section called the JOBZONE where you can search for entry level jobs and internships.
- Boston-area Publishing Internships: The Atlantic publishes this list of Boston area publishing internships. It is not a complete list of everything in the field that is available in Boston, but it is very good starting place.
- Mediabistro.com: Mediabistro.com is dedicated to anyone who creates or works with content, or who is a non-creative professional working in a content/creative industry. That includes editors, writers, producers, graphic designers, book publishers, and others in industries including magazines, television, film, radio, newspapers, book publishing, online media, advertising, PR, and design. Their mission is to provide opportunities to meet, share resources, become informed of job opportunities and interesting projects and news, improve career skills, and showcase your work. Make sure you check their jobs section.
- Educational Book & Media Association: The Educational Paperback Association is an association of wholesalers and publishers who are suppliers of educational paperbacks, pre-bound books, and other materials to the school, library and college markets. Its wholesaler members offer a wide selection of titles, representing the major publishers and important small presses that publish for the educational market.
- Publisher’s Lunch Job Board: A service of Publisher’s Lunch, the most widely read daily dossier in publishing and known as “publishing’s essential daily read.”
- PEN American Center: Pen American Center is the U.S. branch of the world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 in direct response to the ethnic and national divisions that contributed to the First World War. Throughout its 85-year history, PEN American Center has remained a writer-centered organization in which members play a leading role. PEN presidents, such as Arthur Miller, Norman Mailer, Susan Sontag, and Salman Rushdie have, and continue to place themselves at the forefront of the struggle to oppose censorship and defend writers. Today, PEN American Center is comprised of 3,400 Professional Members who represent the most distinguished writers, translators, and editors in the United States. PEN also welcomes Associate Members who come from all parts of the literary community—booksellers, librarians, students, passionate readers—and who share PEN’s ideals. In addition to what you can learn about writers and writing from their website they also offer a number of summer internships.
- The New York Review of Books: The New York Review of Books has established itself as “the premier literary-intellectual magazine in the English language.” You can take advantage of a great deal of what it has to offer on-line. The New York Review began during the New York publishing strike of 1963, when the present editors, Robert Silvers and Barbara Epstein, and their friends, decided to create a new kind of magazine—one in which the most interesting and qualified minds of our time would discuss current books and issues in depth.
- BookWire: BookWire is an internet resource dedicated to new titles, new authors, and the general scoop on the book industry! Use this site to search book reviews, read about the latest releases, watch author video clips, and learn about upcoming book events. Take a look around. Find book facts and statistics, news releases, featured titles and the latest book industry news from around the world.
- New York Women in Communications: New York Women in Communications empowers women in all communications disciplines to reach their full potential by promoting their professional growth and inspiring them to achieve and share their successes in the rapidly changing world of communications. Their purpose is to strengthen the role of women in all communications professions. This site is a great source of internships in Advertising, Multimedia, Books, Newspapers, Corporate Communications, Photography, Film/TV Public Relations, Graphics/Illustration,Fund-Raising/Development, Radio, Sales/Marketing, Internet/New Media Special Events and Magazines/Publishing.