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for the love of god. [16 Nov 2006|11:43am]

this fabulous community has sadly slowed down, but i thought i'd put my words out into the ether and see if anyone is still listening.

i'm a marketing coordinator for an academic book publisher in nyc, working on behavioral science titles. a few months ago, a colleague of mine left, and we're still seeking to replace him with another marketing coordinator. until then, i'm basically doing the work of three people (2 mcs + publicity). if anyone is interested in hearing more about this opening, please feel free to contact me. i've been praying for many weeks for someone new to come on board.

on another note, i'm wondering if anyone here works in magazines. if so, what's your position, what do you love & hate about it, and how did you get there? it's a leap i'd like to make myself some day.

other than that...dude...o.j. simpson book...what the effin' hell!?
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[06 Nov 2006|01:47am]

People! Help me! I would like to mailing with somebody speaking English or French!!!!
Ig you can do it mail me to zaznoba2004@list.ru
Thank in advance.
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[27 Aug 2006|03:59pm]

Does anyone in here work at or have any connections with Routledge/Taylor and Francis? I am looking for a particular book (Path of the Actor by Michael Chekhov) and would be more than happy to do a bookswap (I work at Little, Brown and have access to Warner, Bulfinch, FaithWords, etc. and I know someone at almost all of the major trade houses, if you want something that's not from my company).

Please let me know. I am trying to find this book as soon as I can. Thanks in advance!!! :-D
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[15 Aug 2006|07:48pm]

I almost forgot about this community, since it's been pretty quiet for a while, but the recent post just reminded me that it was here.

Just a quick update and a YAY from me. You may or may not remember that I was working in marketing at Time Warner Book Group (now Hachette Book Group USA) in NYC and was MISERABLE for a year and a half. Well a few months ago, I transferred to the editorial department for our children's book imprint (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) and am working for a great boss and working on great projects with great people.

Now that I'm where I want to be, things are a lot better. I am still trying to help some of my friends from grad school find jobs and stuff. Also, I am just starting in this job, so I still don't know everything and I don't have access to a million great job opportunities but if people still need advice or if anyone is looking for job tips or just wants to hear how things happened from my experience, please let me know. I asked a lot of questions in here when I was first looking and I was so glad for the advice I got, whether it was what I wanted to hear or not, so I guess now that I'm in a position to give rather than receive advice, I want to put myself out there.

Also, I should mention---having a good mentor who works in editorial helped a lot in getting the job I have now. She was a great pillar of wisdom and courage for me, so this is me trying to give a little of that back.

Meanwhile, if there is anyone else out there working in editorial trade fiction, I love networking. :-D HEHE! And I apparently have no shame either.
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Marcel Dekker, Inc. [15 Aug 2006|01:51pm]
Anyone ever work for Marcel Dekker, Inc.

I did for a long time until I fired when T&F bought them. Would love to hear stories of your stay at Dekker!!!!
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The possibilities are endless... [29 Mar 2006|12:54pm]

[ mood | curious ]

What does it mean when someone says (in the admin./office section of Craigslist) that they are a "progressive communications company"?

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San Francisco/Portland? [04 Mar 2006|09:52am]

Hi, all! I've been lurking for quite awhile - hope you don't mind. Most of the publishing jobs are in NY, I know, but I was wondering if anyone can give me advice on breaking into the industry in the San Francisco Bay Area or in the Portland, OR area.

I'd rather have a job than an internship, but an internship would be better than nothing! I've never had one before, but I got honors in English lit at UCSC. (Trying to pep myself up here.) I just finished 6 months of teaching English at a university in China. I'm most interested in working for a literary magazine or book publisher, but I'd be interested in working for a non-literary magazine, too. I would consider Southern CA, as well.

Thanks in advance!
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Thoughts & experiences w/ online, live author help? [23 Feb 2006|05:52pm]

Hi, all! As part of a graduate research project, I'd like to pose a question to any of you working in a peer-reviewed journal environment. Have you ever heard of, considered, or perhaps even used any form of online synchronous communication to deal with author questions, complaints, etc? This could be anything from generic instant messaging, to a centralized multi-user chat room, to a more structured type of program such as "LiveHelp" (often used by university libraries to answer questions for students online, in real time). Just curious as to the various ways in which we're all communicating with authors, other than via the standard phone calls, faxes, and emails.

I would love to hear from anyone who's heard of, or used, such a medium (and also from those of you who think it's a ludicrous, awful idea that ought to be banished hastily from the minds of journal staff everywhere). ;-P If you're feeling charitable and want to help out, drop me a line here or at xotical@yahoo.com. C'mon, you know you wanna say *something* . . .

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[22 Jan 2006|05:58pm]

I'm a journalism senior and I'm looking to relocate to Chicago at the end of this summer. Does anyone know of any publishing houses in the Chicago area? My real intent is to find a career in magazine writing, but I've always been seduced by the art of publishing....
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[19 Jan 2006|10:59am]

hey! I just got into Random House's summer internship program. I was wondering if anyone else has ever been in it, or knew someone who did, and what did you/they think?
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introduction [20 Sep 2005|09:57pm]

It just occurred to me tonight to add "Chicago Manual of Style" to my interests lists, and then I checked out who else had this as an interest and found this group.

I've been in publishing for several years--I interned at a press during my senior year of college, then attended the Denver Publishing Institute, and I've worked at four different publishers since then (in nine years since finishing college). I've just quit my most recent job and have started doing freelance editing full-time from home. So far, I love it. The commute is fantastic. (heh.)

Anyway, I'm glad to have found this community, quiet though it seems. :)
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[26 Jul 2005|11:39pm]

Here's a little moral dilemma that I pose to the community:

I have a friend who lives out of state. She has a masters degree (in publishing -- which she got in NYC before she had to move home from lack of job) and she has been applying to jobs for 7 months to no avail. Lately she's been running into a lot of brick walls because of her out of state address. She receives a lot of rejections from companies stating that they would prefer a local candidate to an out of state candidate.

Now I think this is a load of BS, because this woman would move up to NYC in a heartbeat if she got a job. But as of now, she can't move up without the security of a paycheck. Meanwhile, she takes a 3+ hour train ride into the city for the interviews she does get. So the distance doesn't pose a problem.

Now here is the moral dilemma. Should my friend change her resume to include a NYC address (perhaps one of her many friends who she would probably stay with while she worked and looked for an apartment of her own in the first few weeks of employment) or is that not a smart thing to do? I understand the normal moral and professional dilemmas about lying on your resume. It's stupid to lie about previous experience because it could come back to bite you in the ass. But is lying about your state of residence a big deal when you are planning on moving into the city if you get the job anyway? I know it can't be a matter of HR/tax purposes, because I got my job while I was still in school and then moved back to CT for XMas break while I looked for a place to live (that was hell) and gave HR all of my updated address information once I found a place to live (the night before my first day -- I was staying on a friend's couch).

So what do you all think? From a professional standpoint and also from the standpoint of people who know how hard pub-job hunting is already, without the out of state address tying you down. Should my friend use my address, or someone else's NYC address, or could this be taken as badly as saying she was the Executive Assistant to Jane Pratt (pre-resignation of course)?
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Curious [21 Jul 2005|11:42pm]

[ mood | curious ]

How do people in publishing living in NYC live on their mid 20's salary?

I have been on many interviews and always ask what the salary is and it seems that in books you make a little bit more money than in magazines, but not much.

So how do you folks, who work an entry level job in mag. publishing surivive on the measly salary?

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curious [18 Jun 2005|12:43am]

[ mood | lazy ]

Is it hard to get a job at Penguin Group?  Just out of sheer curiousity.  I've posted my resumé over the course of 6 months to various jobs for that place.  Also is Mariah Torrie the hardest working girl there or something?  All the postings say you should make the email to the attention of Mariah Torrie.  It is not that I really want to work there, or not get a job there.  It just seems odd to me.

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job posting: associate editor [17 Jun 2005|03:17pm]

[ mood | leaving ]

any of you editorial types looking for work in minneapolis?

i know of an associate editor position at a nonprofit (within their small book publishing division) that hasn't been posted yet if anyone is interested....

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suggestions? and a venting entry [17 Jun 2005|03:39pm]

[ mood | gloomy ]

Hello all,
    I hope all is well with you.  It's pretty quiet in this comm.  Anyway, I posted about a month ago about with an introduction.  I'm still looking for a job in publishing.  I have been getting some interviews.  I didn't get that production job that I hoped for.  I'm waiting 3 weeks now to hear back on an art dept job, and have an interview for a publicity assist job at another company.  I am hoping that some of you could give me some advice on the interviewing process.  I don't know how else to "sell" myself, except to be myself.  I have been pleasant, answered and asked questions in regards to the work that I would potentially be doing.  Am I forgetting something?  Should I even ask if I could have the job?

For instance, on my last interview for the art assist position, (for which they have not called me back on but supposedly were going to make a decision yesterday), the hiring manager basically went over the job description and what the day to day routine would be like for a person taking on the job.  I did assert myself and told her of similar experiences I had that would fit what she was looking for.  She didn't really ask me any particular questions.  It seemed more informational than an interview. 

It's starting to seem like they all have someone else in mind, even though I am one of the "first" candidates to be interviewed.  I am glad that I am getting interviews at least.  But I am starting to have some doubts as to why I'm not getting hired yet!  =(

electric_honey and viggofest, thank you for the previous advice and comments.  If you have anymore, please feel free to supply! That goes for everyone else too.  Thanks for all of your support.

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Introductions and need advice/comment [17 May 2005|11:27pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Hello all,
I just joined a moment ago and figured I might jump right to it. I hope all is well with everyone. I have graduated from Brooklyn College with a BA in English this past December since then I have been looking for a job full time. I have always fancied working for a publishing company but I would take any job that would pay the bills at this point. My secret love is Medieval lit.

Anyways, I wanted to get some opinions on how my interview went. I think I did well. I interviewed for a marketing production assistant's position. Obviously, I did well enough that HR sent me to be interviewed by the hiring manager. The other day, ask I was expecting the standard bs questions from the manager ("where do you see yourself in 5 years?" or "what are your strengths and weaknesses?"), I didn't get them. It was basically as if I was just meeting her for coffee or something. All she asked me was if I knew excel and what I have been doing since graduation. The whole time she was telling me about what that aspect of the company did and what the job entailed. I did ask her what her favorite part of the job was. She was taken aback a bit, but later said she liked finding creative solutions to problems. I had a fairly good vibe from the whole experience, but she was kind of hard to read. I did promptly send out my thank you note to her, that was Monday. I'm just not sure. I don't want to psych myself up so much, just to be let down. She seemed pretty laid back. I don't know what do you think? Thank you in advance.

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[16 May 2005|01:36pm]

does anyone know of any websites (or books, etc) that outline the differences between different style manuals? say, something that compares nytimes style with ap with chicago with words into type?
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[25 Apr 2005|12:53pm]

Alright, I'm here asking for some more professional help here.

Networking is a wonderful thing. Here's the deal, in a nutshell.

I've finally gotten a FULL-TIME job, which should start within the next 2 weeks or so. But it's not even close to what I want (regarding my love for words and proofreading, editing, etc.) but it's a city job that offers me great benefits. So I'm not backing down even if the salary isn't astronomical.

HOWEVER. Problem. I was also given a pretty nice and powerful businesscard 2 days ago. A family friend met this "guy" the other night, and my dad forwarded me his name and such. This family friend told him about me being a Fordham graduate, as he is himself. And also explained how I would be interested in his field. So said "guy" handed over a business card and told him to have me email him my resume, as "Fordham people help each other out" if you get the jist.

His name and postion?




This is every college graduate/English major's dream! I don't care if I have to work in the mailroom and work my way up; to me, this is what you'd call a foot in the door! Finally.

Soooo,, I'm just asking for advice before I send off a cover-letter and my resume. Considering I've got a full-time job, I'd only be available 2 days and all my evenings/nights. Also considering this is not a specified job opening but rather a general inquiry, how do you guys and girls suggest I go about this letter? I'm thinking to make it general like it ia, and just offer myself to any part-time work he would have for me? Ahhh, I'm picky with my words, afraid to make a mistake with this. Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Trish xxxxx
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2 recent routledge openings. [08 Apr 2005|10:11am]

Taylor & Francis Group Job Description

Position Title: Administrative Assistant Job Code:

Location: New York Hours: Full time

Department: Acquisitions/Editorial Status: Non-Exempt

Reporting to: Sandra Beberman


Provide support services to 3 Acquisitions Editors. Assist in the development of ideas from inception through to completion based on all phases of the process therein. Serve as a “3rd hand” to the Acquisitions staff in planning meetings and conferences, phone, email, etc follow up with the goal to assist the Acquisitions Editors in meeting their targeted goals. Administrate the “PT” system and coordinate to other departments the requisite data to assist in their job functions.


• Acquisitions support
• Input project information into PT
• Assist in persuading authors to submit proposals, contracts, and manuscripts.
• Develop travel planning.
• Necessary filing, faxing, and photocopying.


• 2 years experience in publishing or related field.


• College Degree


• Welcomes heavy work load • Good writer
• Ability to prioritize • Enthusiastic/ Flexible
• Quick turnaround ability • Analytical
• Well organized and detail-oriented • Team Player
• Articulate • Persuasive
• Self-starter


• MS Office 2000 – Word, Outlook, Excel
• Excellent grammar and spelling
• Keyboarding - 55+ wpm
• Steno or fast longhand a
definite plus

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job.

Taylor & Francis Group Job Description

Position Title: Editorial Assistant Job Code: PUBA
Routledge Reference
Location: New York Hours: Full-time

Department: Reference, Editorial Status: Non-Exempt

Reporting to: Sylvia Miller, Publishing Director, Reference

Primary Responsibilities:

Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor&Francis Group, is seeking an energetic and detail-oriented individual to provide administrative support for the reference department. Principal responsibilities include reports, check requests and follow up, book orders and follow up, processing contracts, creating and maintaining files, e-mail and mail correspondence, assisting in planning of librarian focus-group meetings, and miscellaneous administrative duties such as mail, filing, data entry, telephone, and Xeroxing. The editorial assistant is expected to communicate effectively and appropriately with professors and librarians, and to establish and maintain contacts in the marketing, sales, production, accounts payable, royalties, finance, and customer service departments.


Routledge is seeking a candidate who is confident, independent, flexible, and articulate, with excellent written communication and computer skills as well as strong organizational skills. MS Word and Excel skill required; Access database experience helpful. Applicant must have a BA degree or equivalent experience and at least two years’ office experience.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job.

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