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Career Resources — Publishing

Industry Overview

Publishing is making information available to the public. In the past this was done mainly through issuing printed copies of documents. Now there are many more options such as websites, print, DVD and e-publications.  An individual can be a publisher on his or her own, creating name-recognized original content; or, an individual may work for a publishing firm. The industry can be broken down into several divisions (newspaper, book, magazine; literary agent firm, publishing houses, internal publishing departments, university presses; etc.) and include several job opportunities (editor, producer, publicist, salesperson, and marketing professional). The publishing industry hires when positions come open and expect to bring the new hire on board quickly, so they rarely recruit at fall career fairs and rarely travel far to recruit. Many large publishing firms promote summer internships, but smaller publishing firms, literary agent firms, and university presses will also take interns, though you may have to seek out those opportunities, as they may not be posted. Undergraduate and graduate programs with a heavy focus on reading, literary analysis, critique and comparison, creative writing and composition, and analytical writing provide foundational skills for publishing. Internships in publishing are the best leverage into a full-time entry-level publishing position.  Entry-level positions include: Editorial Assistant; Assistant Publicist; Internet Marketing Coordinator; Assistant Publisher – Periodicals; Contract Specialist.