Anonymous said: (different anon than the original one) Did any of you English majors get publishing internships, or do you know anyone who has done that? What was it like?
Ashley here. I’m in the publishing world currently.
First off: if you really want to be in publishing, you have to go to New York. There’s no two ways about it. Believe me, I’ve been hitting my head against this wall for 4 years now.
That being said, the midwest has a decent amount of educational publishers and small presses who do specialized work. (And there’s always UChicago Press to try, too)
I did three publishing internships as an undergrad: one at an educational publisher and one at a small trade publisher the summer after my third year, and one at my current job in educational publishing (different house) the summer after my fourth year which turned into my current job.
Working in publishing is really cool! There’s lots of interesting people to work with, free books, author events, and the feel-goodness of contributing to an industry that helps people learn and grow.
But too often people think that publishing = editorial and that’s so not true. Editorial jobs are hard to come by and the pay is shit. Definitely try to broaden your expectations. Publishers also need: graphic design, web design, ecommerce, rights and permissions, publicity, marketing, information technology, and data analysis (which is what I do.)
I got started using resources like this below. I hope this is helpful to you!