It’s the most wonderful time of the week: time for #booknookenvy!
Check out this week’s bunk bed nook. It would be perfect for a kid’s room (…let’s be real, it would be even more perfect in an adult’s.)
Asked by thecarrionlibrarian
It depends on what aspect of publishing you’re interested in — there are lots of different parts of the industry, and each one has different requirements:
1.) Editing - Usually you need an English degree (some publishing houses will require a master’s) a few years of copy-editing experience. Attention to minute detail is an absolute must.
2.) Production - Depends on the specifics of each job, but you’ll generally need some graphic design experience, and maybe a fine arts degree. Attention to minute detail is, yet again, an absolute must. (We’ve gone to print once or twice with the page numbers of the Table of Contents not matching the page numbers in the body of the book — shared onus is on editors and production team in that instance.) Having a ready-made portfolio of previous design work definitely helps!
3.) Promotions/Marketing - The key to this position is experience. Most places will require a bachelor’s degree in Marketing or PR (related fields can work too; our current publicist has a journalism degree) and a portfolio of previous work. A good interview is key here too.
4.) Sales - This is a dwindling position, but usually no formal education is needed; it all comes down to experience. Depending on how big the publishing company is, there may be 1-2 regional sales representatives, and 1-2 national reps. In larger companies (like Random House or Penguin) there are dozens for each region of the country. Snagging this job is all about the interview — you gotta prove your sales ability by selling yourself and your abilities (to your potential employers, not on the street.)
5.) Warehouse - This position usually doesn’t require a formal education either, but previous experience in a warehouse and some basic safety training will always bolster your application.
6.) Customer Service - Another position that doesn’t necessarily require a formal education, but having one certainly wouldn’t hinder your application. A few years of experience in a retail or sales setting is essential, as well as top-notch phone and emailing skills.
Tips for a great interview: know something, anything, about the company you’re applying to. There is nothing more awkward than being asked “why do you want to work here?” or “what do you know about x?” and coming up dry.
Do a bit of research on the type of books that particular company publishes, look through their social media feeds to understand their marketing strategy, actually read one or two of their books to see their particular editing style. And always, always, always, make sure to stress that you love books. :)
The Atlantic Publisher’s Marketing Association (APMA) is a great resource for finding out about job postings at all the publishing houses around Atlantic Canada.
Thanks for your question and good luck!
Asked by daveatkinson
Hahaha come on! You have no burning questions of your own?! That’s cheating, Dave.
But because we love you, we’ll do it anyway:
Thanks for your (totally unoriginal) curiosity! ;)
We’re opening up our inbox to questions of all sorts.
It’s technically always open, but we thought we’d highlight that fact in case you’ve got a burning question you’ve always wanted to ask a small press publisher…
Ask away, because we will take just about any distraction right about now.
The utterly gorgeous Australian actress Melissa Bergland (above) stars as Lexie, alongside Susan Kent (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Rob Wells (The Trailer Park Boys) and many others. With Newfoundland director Diane Foley (Republic of Doyle) at the production helm, things were looking good for this Canadian rom-com…
THEN we got word that Relative Happiness has been accepted at the Festival Cannes 2014!!! YAY! Things are starting to look really good. (Read the Newfoundland Telegram piece here.)
We are absolutely thrilled for Lesley, and the whole crew behind the Relative Happiness feature film, and wanted to share our squeals and happy dances with you! International recognition is huge for any small film, but one filmed, edited, and produced in Atlantic Canada is paramount (and so, so well deserved.)
Keep your eyes peeled this fall for the film’s release — we’ll be giving away tickets to its screening at the Atlantic Film Festival, so keep checking back for updates!