Sunday, June 29, 2008
It's also illuminating to see the management positions currently being recruited for online:
Friday, June 27, 2008
- Be a Temp Slave!
- Have Some Totally Important Connections Already (In Which Case You Wouldn't Even Need to Ask)
- Start a Blog
- Intern (or Don't Intern)
- Buy Your Job!
- Gain Experience in a Smaller "Market"
- Miscellaneous Advice
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I joined the list initially to see whether there might be some opportunities for my authors to serve as expert sources (and get their books mentioned in the article). And I have seen several stories that they might be good sources for. But mainly I'm just being entertained and educated by it. It's fascinating to see the kinds of stories that reporters are hoping to write, such as
- Moms who don't drive a minivan (I thought I could be a source until I saw that they wanted someone with at least three kids for this one.)
- Is your surgery on YouTube? (I certainly hope not!)
- Celebrities with food allergies (Do tell...)
- Your beef jerky experiences (Just watching those disturbing SlimJim commercials.)
I'm also seeing some trends emerging--lots of queries about "green" this and that, and an inordinate amount about skin care. It's also instructive to see how far out reporters are planning their stories (some are already working on holiday-themed pieces).
So check it out. Who knows what inspiration you will find!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I was actually thinking about this very subject on the way to work today. I think someday I might consider furthering my education; and in the future, it might just be a necessity. But for now, I'm happy with my choice to stick with the B.A. and go straight to work.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
First of all, Robert is in England. There's a big difference, at least superficially, between the American and British job markets. Second, he's writing from the perspective of someone looking for a publishing job. He's already got an internship at HarperCollins but is working dilligently to expand his contacts and his knowledge of the industry.
So, welcome, Robert. I hope you might find something helpful here. And us Yanks can also benefit from reading about your exploits.
Monday, June 23, 2008
On our trip northward, we detoured to West Lafayette to have a greasy lunch at the Triple XXX, a favorite from my husband's college days down the road at Wabash. Then we visited Jason's cousin at the Methodist camp she directs and got to see the new pony named Tater Tot. Then we went to the wind farm to gawk at the hundreds of turbines.
Our first day at Lake Shafer, we rented a pontoon boat and took the kiddies around the lake all day. Day two was spent at Indiana Beach. Man, oh man, talk about Old School. But it was entertaining. Day three we visited friends of friends who own an 1860s farmhouse nearby and have yet more kids.
But now I'm back at work and I forgot to bring back my iPod dock. And we're out of hot chocolate. So I'm sitting here in silence with nothing to drink. Not a good way to start the first day back!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Unfortunately, I can't go because we're leaving now for a mini-vacation. See you next week!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
"Open house" is something of a misnomer because it's not happening at their offices (one in Bloomington and a smaller office here in Indianapolis--rumored to be in the Keystone at the Crossing area, although there is no mention of it on the website). So although you won't get a feel for the office environment, you'll still get to meet some people. The primary job they mention in the ad is Publishing Consultant, which sounds like a cross between inside sales and acquisitions. The ad says this job has "realistic potential" for a 70K/year income, plus great benefits and an amazing dollar-for-dollar 401K match (I think I'm getting a quarter per dollar on my investments here--and that's a step up from what it was before we were bought).
If you plan to go, take your resume, dress like you're going to a job interview, and eschew the promised "refreshments." You don't want to look like the only reason you're there is the free food.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
The topic we figured would garner the most general interest is "How to Get Published." I told Uncle Ken that I could definitely cover the traditional nonfiction part of that equation. But honestly, most people who ask my advice want to know about publishing their novel--something I know very little about. And a growing option these days is self-publishing--again, something I have limited experience with. To make a long story short, I've located and met with some experts who can cover the parts of getting published that I don't know much about.
Meanwhile, I'm developing my outline for my part of the presentation. Here's where you come in: What questions do you have about how to get published? I want to be sure I'm including all the information that people are most likely to ask.
Thanks for your help! When we have dates and times set for the lecture, I'll let you know.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Because I am so utterly sold (some would say "hooked") on the power of blogs, I've strongly encouraged the authors of our upcoming flagship buisness title, The PITA Principle, to write their own blog to accompany the book. So today I proudly announce the PITA blog.
So far, I'm the only one who's posted anything on it, but the authors will soon join me in celebrating the various types of "pains in the ass" that we all have to deal with at work, as well as sharing coping strategies. Of course, they don't let us off that easy. We can't go around labeling other people as PITAs without taking some ownership of our own PITA tendencies. So the book includes an assessment to determine your own PITA type (I am a Sealed PITA--comes with the territory of being a perfectionist) and ways to mitigate your pain-in-the-ass tendencies and therefore advance your career.
So come visit us at the PITA blog. And if you work with a pain in the ass and can come up with a clever, sandwich-related term to describe their behavior, send it to us at email@example.com and we'll post it (and you can be anonymous!).
Monday, June 9, 2008
What a fantastic experience for these students! As part of their classes, they learn about acquiring, editing, designing, and marketing books. Very cool.
Friday, June 6, 2008
According to the article, the new jobs will be in creative, technical, and sales areas. Jobs posted on their site right now include
- Publishing Services Associate
- Author Assistant
- Publishing Consultant
- Editorial Services Consultant
- Graphic Designer
- Book Layout Specialist
As I said before, it looks like a great way (especially for new IU grads, or maybe even students working part-time) to get some publishing experience.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
But let's face it: The buyers know their customers. So we have to listen to them. Nonetheless, I'd like to get your opinions about the cover for Be Your Own Agent by Molly Fletcher--especially if you are in college, a recent graduate, or in the first five years of your career.
Questions I'm asking are the following:
- Does this cover appeal to you?
- What age group do you think the book is for?
- Does the photo of the author make you like the book more, or less?
- Do you like the colors?
- Can you tell what the book is about?
- Would you consider buying it?
- How could this cover be improved?
Thanks for your help with this!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Here's his list:
- Random House (15.9% market share)
- Pearson (11%)
- HarperCollins (10.6%)
- Simon & Schuster (9.3%)
- Hachette (6.2%)
- Scholastic (5.2%)
- Thomas Nelson (4.7%)
- Holtzbrinck (4.4%)
- Tyndale House (1.9%)
- Wiley (1.9%)
I was surprised to see Pearson so close to the top because I think of them primarily as a textbook publisher. But Jason reminded me that they have Penguin. I was also surprised to see Wiley as far down as it was. I somehow had an impression that they were much bigger. But just keep in mind that all of these companies are megaliths made up of many of the biggest imprints and brand names that you know by heart.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
My boss, associate publisher Sue Pines, and I flew out to L.A. Friday morning, dropped off our luggage at the hotel, and headed for the fair. We spent most of that day walking the floor of the two halls, taking note of trends and bumping into celebrities such as the eternally tanned George Hamilton and Baba Wawa herself.
It was hard to ignore the distinct absence of attendees. I've never seen the aisles so free of people. In a way it made it a more pleasant experience because we didn't have to fight crowds and could see so much more in a shorter time span. But then I wondered what the poor attendance meant. Nobody wants to fly all the way to L.A.? Technology is making trade shows obsolete? Nobody can afford the trip? As you can imagine, many bloggers are today pondering the same questions and some are predicting the complete end of the show in the near future.
I'm quite certain that many publishers are asking why they spent as much money as they did to have a presence there when there were more people there trying to sell to them and nobody buying anything. To all of them, I say this: Give it another year. Attendance is always up when it's in New York (although, maybe most of them are still Manhattan editors and very few are librarians and booksellers).
Despite all this, I think it was worth our while to go. We got to spend time with our authors and "wow" them with the magnitude of the show. We connected with our colleagues at other publishers. We got direct feedback on our books from customers and experts. We got to meet our new PR agency and watch them educate our authors about media appearances. We saw famous people (and some not-so-famous penguins) and came back energized and refreshed. I'm willing to keep going if everyone else promises to do the same. Okay?