However, if you're on the fence about whether or not publishing might be the right career for you, what should you consider?
- For one thing, the pay isn't great. Therefore, you really do need to be passionate about it. We can all live on a budget but it's mentally a lot tougher if you don't actually like the work you do. Frequently in the work world, you can have money or like your job, but it's unusual to have both.
- On the other hand, the work can be fulfilling. If you really love books, you can have an influence over what is published and how. You can help bring more YA/pet/cookbooks/[insert your favorite type of book here] into the world.
- On the negative side, in most departments such as editorial and sales, there is homework. Although you're not expected to stay at work to do it. You might be putting in 60 hours a week, but only 35 of that is in the office (and 10 of it is reading while riding to and from work on the subway).
- On the plus side, you might get to meet celebrities! And hear gossip! And score free books!
If you want to work in publishing, I give advice and suggestions for how to get that first job in my new book, The Insider's Guide to a Career in Book Publishing,