Job Title: Publisher
Type of Company: My company publishes plays and books.
Education: UMass/Amherst MIT
Previous Experience: I began working with documentation in a security capacity (the protection of classified information), which mutated into newsletters and marketing media, ultimately landing me as a publisher full-time.
Job Tasks: Primarily, I am involved with the review and editing of plays and publications for my publishing company. Aside from straight editing (finding and fixing grammatical errors), I am also involved in the structural build of these publications, working with playwrights to improve their work to get the best production result.
On a typical day, I will read through a selection, edit through it as I read, go back and review what was changed, and then prepare a summary of changes for the playwright or author. This summary is reviewed by us both; we then discuss it and agree on which changes to make.
After the content is finalized, I physically lay out the book and find similar scripts or books to market with it. Upon completion, I have to deal with the necessary legal paperwork and copyright registration, etc.
When the approval process is completed, I release the works, making the books available for purchase online, in our catalog and begin developing marketing campaigns to help sell the product.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job, I feel, is working with the playwrights and authors, collaborating to develop the best product possible: one that preserves the playwright's artistic integrity and promotes my sales and production records. It taps into both an aesthetic need and an academic and creative impulse.
1. Brush up on your grammar skills. Even when you think you know everything, there's a hidden rule that someone will go out of their way to correct you on.
2. Don't be afraid to ask questions and challenge answers. People can be stubborn, but when you show them that there are alternatives that may be better, they're more likely to agree with you if you're well-informed and can back up what your arguments
3. Have faith in your instincts. In my experience, gut feelings are right 85% of the time.
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