As an editor at JIST Publishing (a leader in the career-book business), I have been called upon frequently to meet with, talk with, and e-mail with aspiring editors and publishing professionals, to answer their questions about what I do. Invariably, these three questions always are among what I’m asked:
- How did you get where you are?
- What is a typical day like for you?
- Do you have any tips for someone who wants to get into publishing?
I dutifully answer their questions based on my own opinions gleaned from 16 years as a professional editor, eight of those editing career books. But I always wonder whether the advice I dispense could be stronger if it were combined with the wisdom of many other publishing people, and updated on a daily basis.
So after scheduling my second informational interview this week, a light suddenly clicked on:
I could put my advice in a blog, add the opinions and resources of others, and provide a truly useful service for people who, like me 16 years ago, are either unsure of their direction or how to get there. Several people volunteered their time to tell me about their jobs when I was in college. In the name of karma, I enjoy giving back.
So check back here regularly for what I think is going to be a unique and spectacular look at a profession that holds fascination for so many of us. And if you like what you read, be sure to tip your writer by clicking on the ads!