Thursday, April 2, 2009

Tee-Hee: Publishing Careers Are Glamorous

It's not even 9am and already my day is made: Alison Flood and Lindesay Irvine at the Guardian in the UK have put words to my own musings about how the media glamorizes a career in book publishing. Read their quick and fun summary of some well-known examples here. It seems Sandra Bullock is about to star in a new romantic comedy in the role of an editor. (I got excited, but then saw that they think it looks dreadful.)

Ah, yes, the world at large thinks what we do is so exciting. Nevermind that most of us never work with "celebrities" (and those who do often find them to be insufferable). Nevermind that the bulk of the jobs in publishing are repetitive and constrained by so many "rules" as to kill all semblance of creativity. Thanks to Jackie O, a career in publishing is deemed to be the ultimate party, and just the right place for a lady with brains and style.

Well, you know, there's still a lot to love about working with books and words and ideas and smart people, so don't get me wrong. Just know that, as with most other careers, the reality is a lot more down-to-earth than the fantasy.

But oh--what's better than a bookish movie with Hugh Grant in it?

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