The Devourer of Books blog has an interesting guest post from publishing professional Kate Travers at HarperCollins. Kate talks about her lucky break that got her in the door, and gives a wonderful summary of how the publishing process (and an acquisitions editor's job) works. She is particularly insightful about how a book is marketed and sold. In a rather uncommon career move, she decided to jump from editorial to marketing, and found a renewed love for the industry there.
It's interesting to note how many of the commenters on the article said "I've always wanted a job like that, but I don't want to live in New York." Hello, folks! My readers and I are here to tell you that you really can have it all--bucolic living and a career in book publishing. You just have to be a bit more creative about it!
In addition to all this, check out the Devourer of Books blog itself, especially its blogroll--tons of blogs devoted to reviewing books. Looks like a bonanza for readers as well as publishing PR people!