Career Story: Editor-In-Chief At A Book Publishing Company

Editor-In-Chief At A Book Publishing Company

Job Title: Editor-In-Chief

Education: BA in French Literature

Previous Experience: Educational research assistant, preschool assistant teacher

Job Tasks: I determine which books our company will publish in any given year. Once the manuscripts arrive, I edit, or guide other editors to edit, the content of the books. We look for consistency in the structure, approach to the topic, and use of language in the book. Based on what we see, we send our recommendations to the author to consider.

Once those changes are made, the book comes back to us and we give it a thorough copy edit to make sure that the author has used correct grammar. Then we work with the design department to create a page design that is suitable for the book, one that will make it easy for the reader to access the content on each page.

We also work with the marketing department to develop a suitable cover for the book, and give the marketing department the information they need to develop a successful marketing campaign for the book.

I also guide the other editors to learn more about the educational field for which we publish so they can be more effective editors.

Additionally, I attend local, state, and national conferences to find out what topics are important in the field and to find new authors. I also attend an international book fair to sell the right to publish our books to publisher from other countries. Lastly, I attend conferences related to publishing so I can be current with the field of publishing.

While I am working on the current year's books, I am also developing the list of books that we intend or hope to publish for the next three to five years.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part - I work with wonderful, creative authors who are grateful for the work we perform on their book, which is to make their books sound more like them than when they submitted them to us. And we create books that benefit children, teachers, and parents.

The worst - the constant deadlines. It's hard to stand back and take a long view.

Job Tips:
1. Practice listening to what other people are saying. If you can really listen with an open mind, you will gather invaluable information that will make you an effective at any job. The second part, of course, is knowing when to use the information you gathered while you were listening.

2. The other piece of advice is to recognize that everyone is replaceable, but that being a team player will make you as irreplaceable as possible.

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