Former Centennial College Book and Magazine Publishing graduates and the authors of our new eBook mini-series Entering the Publishing Industry were recently interviewed by TalentEgg’s Justine Abigail Yu. Authors Britanie Wilson and Jeremy Lucyk sat down with Justine to discuss how they got into publishing, what the industry is like today, and the future of book publishing.
Here is an excerpt from the first part of this two-part series:
Breaking Into The Publishing Industry: Tips From The Professionals
Justine: Any last tips for those who want to break into this industry?
Jeremy: It’s a time of crisis but also opportunity. The trick is to see the opportunities. Given the rapid degree of change going on, it’s just as, if not more important, to be as flexible, adaptable, and willing to learn the way a particular company does things. Every company’s way of doing things is a little bit different and it’s important to say “this is what I know, what else can you teach me?”.
Britanie: It’s important that you’re willing to ask questions when you’re not sure about something, that you’re an open-minded individual, and that you’re not too proud. You can have all the grammatical and spelling knowledge, but that doesn’t matter if you’re not asking questions or being flexible. That’s another thing about books: editors don’t really have a lot of control, it’s very much a give and take with the author. You need to know how to negotiate with an author. This is their baby. Work on your personal skills. This comes into play so much more than grammatical rules…those things you can look up in a book.You’ve got to be very positive and open-minded. If this is where you want to be, don’t give up on it. There are very few people who are made out for editing and the industry needs you.
The first two titles in the eBook mini-series, A Very Brief History of the Book Publishing Industry and The Editorial Department, are now available on Amazon.com.