Survey | Career Advice

A start-up career advice site is seeking the help of young professionals by asking them to participate in a short survey. This survey will allow you to provide feedback on how you receive career guidance, what you look for when searching for a job or an internship, and what the biggest challenges are when looking for advice.

If you would like to participate in this survey, click here and complete it by the end of Friday, April 13. Your help will be greatly appreciated!

Internships with the Big 5

*Please read this in conjunction with our Internship I & II post.

HACHETTE BOOK GROUP

Each year, Hachette Book Group (HBG) publishes more than 1,400 adult books, 300 YA/children’s books, and 450 audio books. HBG headquarters is located in New York City, but satellite offices can be found in Boston, Lebanon (IN), Nashville, Boulder, Philadelphia, and Berkeley. HBG also owns Hachette Book Group Canada, Inc., a marketing and publicity company located in Toronto. Familiar HBG imprints include: Little, Brown & CompanyHachette Books, and Perseus Books.

Fun facts:

  • HBG’s bestselling author list is stacked. James PattersonJ.K. Rowling, Stephen ColbertDavid SedarisTom Wolfe, Stephenie Meyer, and Malcolm Gladwell all write for Hachette imprints.
  • In 2016, 214 HBG books made the New York Times bestseller list (44 of these snagged the top spot at one point or another).
  • Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, recently acquired Dear Evan Hansen: Through the Window, a behind-the-scenes look at the award-winning musical.

Jobs and PAID internship posts at HBG can be found here. Employment opportunities are broken down into 9 categories: art, distribution, editorial, finance, operations, production, publicity, sales, and subsidiary rights. Job descriptions are listed on the left hand side of the page, with corresponding location information on the right. You can also sign up for HBG job notification emails that alert you to new positions as they  become available.

Simon & Schuster

Richard L. (Dick) Simon and Max Lincoln Schuster were some of the first entrepreneurs to approach publishing from a marketing standpoint. From the very beginning, S&S spent five to ten times more money on advertising and promotion than their competitors, and it was the first publishing house to apply mass-market production and distribution techniques to books. In 1939, with the help of Robert Fair de Graff – a founder and former president of Pocket Books – the company brought about “the paperback revolution.” Today, Simon & Schuster, Inc. manages a number of divisions and imprints. In its adult publishing division, familiar imprint names include Gallery, Scribner, and Touchstone; in its children’s publishing division, familiar imprints include Aladdin, Little Simon, and Beach Lane Books. Today, S&S is part of the CBS Corporation with international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the UK.

Fun facts:

  • Simon & Schuster publishes many recognizable entertainment brands like Pocket Books’ Star Trek® and MTV Books.
  • In 2016, Simon and Schuster’s Children’s Division introduced Salaam Reads, believed to be the first imprint focused on Muslim characters and stories.
  • Simon & Schuster is home to many recognizable stories for young readers like Peanuts, Olivia, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

Interns are placed “within specific imprints or divisions on either the adult or children’s side of the business based on interest, experience, academic coursework, and Simon & Schuster business needs. Past assignments have typically been within editorial, marketing, and publicity departments.” Each year, S&S has three 10-week internship programs in the summer, fall, and spring. The summer session is 35 hours/week, while fall and spring sessions are 16-20 hours/week (designed to accommodate academic schedules). Interns are PAID by the hour, and are required to fill out a weekly time sheet.

Applications for Simon & Schuster’s spring season open in December. For more internship information, click here.

HarperCollins

HarperCollins was founded in 1817 by brothers James and John Harper. Headquartered in New York City, the company has publishing operations in more than 18 countries and 120+ imprints around the world. Some of its more popular imprints include HarperCollins 360, HarperOne, HarperTeen, and HarperCollins Children’s Books. Between these imprints, HarperCollins publishes around 10,000 new books ever year in 17 languages. They have a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles.

 

Fun facts:
  • HarperCollins has gone through a number of name changes in the past 200 years.
  • HarperCollins authors have won the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, and the Man Booker Prize.
  • Well-known authors include: Veronica Roth, Kiera Cass, Amy Zhang, Jodi Lynn Anderson, Robin Talley, and Lauren Oliver.

HarperCollins Spring internships open for applications in December. For more information, click here.

Macmillan Publishing was founded by Daniel and Alexander Macmillan in London in 1843. It has a number of imprints across the globe. Some of their U.S. publishers include Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Henry Holt and Company; Picador; St. Martin’s Press; Tor/Forge; Macmillan Audio; and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Many of these publishers are based in New York City.

Fun facts:

  • Many of Macmillan’s publishers reside in the iconic Flatiron Building on 23rd Street and Broadway near Madison Square.
  • Macmillan has a number of podcasts available for public consumption like Steal the Stars, Feminasty, Rossen to the Rescue, Dig if you Will, and Rocket Talk.
  • Well-known authors include: Wendy Walker, Jeff Rossen, Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Gailey, and Thomas Moore.

For more information on job opportunities and internships, click here.


Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House was established on July 1, 2013 when Penguin Group and Random House merged. Today, the company is home to almost 250 publishing imprints. Its mission “is to foster a universal passion for reading by partnering with authors to help create stories and communicate ideas that inform, entertain, and inspire, and to connect them with readers everywhere.” Headquartered in New York City, Penguin Random House operates in 20 countries across five continents. It publishes about 70,000 digital and 15,000 print titles every year and has more than 100,000 eBooks available in its catalog.

Fun facts:

Penguin Random House offers internships in the fall, spring, and summer. For more on internships and how to apply, click here.

 

Link of the Week: WordRates

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A brand new resource was launched on October 19th, Wordrates.com. WordRates is a publishing platform for journalists to share payment structures, rate editors, and sell pitches. The project was launched on Kickstarter in April 2015 and by May 24,2015 the project reached its goal. They raised almost $10,000. Writer Scott Carney founded the site to bring transparency to the Byzantine world of magazine publishing.

According to Galleycat:

The site contains a database of magazines, blogs and newspapers that work with freelance writers. The entries for these publications include crowd-sourced ratings and comments from writers on the publication, as well as ratings of individual editors. In addition, if you sign up for the free membership, you can access publication details like pay rates, kill fees and advertising rates, along with masthead information. If you sign up for a premium account ($35 for six months, $50 a year), then you can access contact details for individual editors. You can also browse the site by best rated (Wired, Outside, Fast Company) or lowest rated (Details, Town & Country, Allure) or newest/oldest.

One special feature is the Pitchlab. On the site it explains that Pitchlab is where “Writers with great ideas can submit pitches, which are then reviewed by our team of mentors. If the idea passes the review process, the mentor will then work with the writer to hone the proposal into a perfect pitch and then take it out to the marketplace to find an appropriate publication, just like a literary agent does in the book publishing world.”

The site has been described as “Yelp for journalists.”

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Jordan Forney is a Graduate Assistant for the M.S. in Publishing program at Pace University. She is currently pursuing a career in the book publishing industry. She’s a proud alumnus of Seton Hill University and calls the United States Virgin Islands home. 

Link of the Week: Bookforum

 

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One of my favorite book sites to visit is Book Riot (BR). Hands down, it has one of the best communities of readers that I’ve come across, and the content produced for that site is rich and comes from a diversity of voices. BR describes themselves as such:

  1. BookRiotCircleWe create.
  2. We always prefer the book to the movie.
  3. We riot as a team.
  4. We geek out on books, embarrassingly so.
  5. We’re leaders.
  6. We practice charity.
  7. We miss our subway stop cause the book is that good.
  8. We are non-traditional.
  9. We believe in family (bookshelves and cats count).

Not only does BR provide book reviews and a wide assortment of discussion columns, it also provides podcasts and sets up some events for readers and others who are in the reading/writing community. This is a particularly helpful resource when it comes to finding feedback on recent happenings in the book world, and joining discussions on trends or particular books. The voices put on display in the pages of Book Riot’s website are diverse, which creates a good context for productive conversations.

 

Internship Alert: Difference Press

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Difference Press is looking for an Editorial Intern, to join its growing editorial department. This is a part-time virtual position, which will allow the candidate access to the editorial, design, sales, marketing and administrative teams in order to learn the business from multiple angles.

We are looking for a team player to assist our talented managers with several projects including

  • Gather, analyze and collate data relevant to our authors for use within the Difference Press book creation process
  • Complete competitive analysis of published books and update and refresh various database listings of titles
  • Create and share original research from our author community
  • Work with existing editorial team to scope and document the developmental editing role.
  • Provide strategic support for authors and authors-in-transformation as needed

The successful candidate has:

  • Strong desire to learn the publishing industry
  • Interest in different business models and the changing landscape of publishing
  • Desire to grow their career with a quickly moving company
  • Experience in social media, marketing, and project management
  • Can do /motivated / entrepreneurial attitude
  • Commitment to making a difference
  • Experience with life coaching or positive psychology

Must be passionate about 1 of Difference Press’ 5 non-fiction editorial focuses:

1. Self Help/ Personal Growth

2. How to

3. Business

4. Memoir

5. Spiritual

 

Please review www.DifferencePress.com and www.TheAuthorIncubator.com before applying.

 

To apply, send your resume along with a cover letter or intro video to Angela@TheAuthorIncubator.com include: 

(1) EXACTLY what skills and interests make you the BEST for this job.  Just sending a short “I am available” or a lone resume will probably get overlooked.

(2) SPECIFICALLY when you can start and what you would like your summer schedule to be.

(3) PRECISELY and CONCISELY what your favorite book is and why you love it.

Thanks & Good Luck!