Books editors are in the business of finding literary talent and then working with those writers to publish their books. Not only do book editors find work to publish, but they also edit a writer's work, helping to mold it into the final product that hits the shelves.
If you're passionate about reading, and you're a strong writer with a great eye for good storytelling, a career as a book editor might be right for you.
Copy editors work in various fields of media — for newspapers, magazines, and websites. In book publishing, copy editors work with editors and make sure authors' manuscripts are clear of grammatical errors. While many copy editors work full-time, this career is also ideal for those looking for part-time work as many companies hire copy editors on an "as needed" basis.
Literary agents are in the business of finding literary talent, like book editors, only earlier in the process. Literary agents find promising authors, sell their books to book editors, and then take a cut of the proceeds. A sense of how to sell and package a writer — along with a sense of what kind of books will sell in the marketplace — is key to success in this career.
Someone who works in the business once told me the job of a literary scout is one of the best-kept secrets in publishing. Scouts find books — for foreign publishers or film studios — to be published abroad or to be adapted to the screen. This role often requires many years of experience as an assistant editor or editor before being able to recognize hidden talent in the blink of an eye.
Publicists can also work in various media fields, as well as in the corporate world. Working in book publishing, a publicist usually works for a publishing house and tries to get press attention for the books and authors that the house publishes. If you're interested in dealing with many different types of people, complex situations and you love reading, being a publicist at a publishing house is a logical fit.
Publicists usually work directly with authors and agencies while pitching books and building relationships with reviewers, websites, media outlets, and literary scenes. Once in a while publicists may have to demonstrate exceptional skills in crisis management and damage control if an author or publishing house gets themselves in some hot water with the press or the public.
If you are interested in combining your love of reading with beautiful, eye-catching designs, you may also make a great production editor. Production editors are responsible for ensuring that manuscripts are edited, designed, proofread, and printed. All of this must be done on schedule, with very minimal delays.
Production departments have strong working relationships with authors as they work diligently to publish the books, on time and looking good as well.
07Marketers and/or Copy Writers
Marketers are often good writers themselves as they get to put their writing skills to use in creating press releases, media kits, and catalogs, often writing copy that highlights the great features of an author, a book, or a publishing house campaign.
A position in marketing for a publishing house can be a grueling job, as it is a fast-paced job and it is expected that you manage the expectations of editors, authors, and publicists with ease and efficiency.
Do you have a knack for always recommending the perfect book to others and can sell ice in a snowstorm? Well, then a career in book sales may just be the perfect role for you.
Know that sales positions are highly collaborative and communicative as they call for close communication with editorial, marketing, and publicity as you help make the sale of books a success. Working in book sales will allow you to make new deals and perhaps travel while being an expert on a variety of books and titles.
Top Book Publishing Jobs and Careers
Careers in Editorial, Production, Sales, Publicity, and Marketing
If you love books and you're interested in working in book publishing, you can choose from a number of available jobs. From production to editorial to sales and marketing, the range of jobs are varied and where you land depends solely on your personal interests and strengths.
Aside from writing, other key roles are involved in delivering the written word to a wider audience. From start to finish, a written piece must pass between the hands of different experts, assistants, and readers before it is published.
Below are the 10 top jobs in publishing that you can choose from.