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BOOK PUBLISHING EDITOR: You're Happier If You're Less Stressed Out

About this video 

Kate, a book editor, is responsible for looking for new books, meeting with authors to develop their ideas, and negotiating their contracts. After studying History and Latin American studies in school, she had originally intended to become a historian, but her break from school led her to her current job today.

School: Bates College
Degree: Latin American Studies - History
Job Title: Editor
Employer: University of California Press

Job Summary: Editors

Job Description

Editors plan, coordinate, and revise material for publication in books, newspapers, magazines, or websites. Editors review story ideas and decide what material will appeal most to readers. They also review and edit drafts of books and articles, offer comments to improve the product, and suggest titles and headlines. In smaller organizations, a single editor may perform all of the editorial duties or share them with only a few other people.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Editors can gain experience by working on their high school and college newspapers, or for magazines, radio and television stations, advertising and publishing companies, or not-for-profit organizations.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$30,000 - $100,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Detail oriented, People skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Problem solving skills, Networking, Teamwork

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m='13800'>on.</span> <span m='13970'>So</span> <span m='14150'>I</span> <span m='15020'>publish</span> <span m='15410'>books</span> <span m='15680'>about</span> <span m='15990'>food,</span> <span m='16620'>book</span> <span m='16930'>about</span> <span m='17270'>the</span> <span m='17380'>environment,</span> <span m='18090'>and</span> <span m='18520'>talks</span> <span m='18730'>about</span> <span m='18970'>Latin</span> <span m='19260'>America.</span> </p><p><span m='20870'>So</span> <span m='21110'>my</span> <span m='21260'>job</span> <span m='21490'>is</span> <span m='21620'>to</span> <span m='21740'>look</span> <span m='21980'>for</span> <span m='22130'>books,</span> <span m='22540'>and</span> <span m='22970'>meet</span> <span m='23180'>with</span> <span m='23320'>authors,</span> <span m='23870'>and</span> <span m='23950'>help</span> <span m='24170'>them</span> <span m='24340'>develop</span> <span m='24740'>their</span> <span m='24910'>ideas,</span> <span m='26550'>and</span> <span m='27070'>negotiate</span> <span m='27540'>their</span> <span m='27610'>contract,</span> <span m='28520'>and</span> <span m='29030'>see</span> <span m='29260'>that</span> <span m='29410'>their</span> <span m='29510'>books</span> <span m='29790'>are</span> <span m='29990'>actually</span> <span m='30340'>become</span> <span m='30780'>books--</span> <span m='30910'>that</span> <span m='31280'>their</span> <span m='31640'>book</span> <span m='31860'>ideas</span> <span m='32310'>become</span> <span m='32710'>books.</span> <span m='33730'>So</span> <span m='33940'>when</span> <span m='34050'>I</span> <span m='34120'>was</span> <span m='34260'>in</span> <span m='34340'>college,</span> <span m='34860'>I</span> <span m='34990'>studied</span> <span m='35380'>history.</span> <span m='36480'>Then</span> <span m='36860'>I</span> <span m='36990'>did</span> <span m='37180'>a</span> <span m='37220'>master's</span> <span m='37650'>degree</span> <span m='37890'>in</span> <span m='38010'>Latin</span> <span m='38250'>American</span> <span m='38590'>studies</span> <span m='39440'>at</span> <span m='39680'>UC</span> <span m='39950'>Berkeley.</span> <span m='40820'>And</span> <span m='41460'>I</span> <span m='41590'>thought</span> <span m='41960'>I</span> <span m='42010'>wanted</span> <span m='42260'>to</span> <span m='42330'>become</span> <span m='42540'>a</span> <span m='42560'>historian.</span> </p><p><span m='43670'>But</span> <span m='44140'>I</span> <span m='44590'>took</span> <span m='44760'>a</span> <span m='44800'>break</span> <span m='45270'>from</span> <span m='45420'>school</span> <span m='45760'>and</span> <span m='45880'>started</span> <span m='46300'>working</span> <span m='46790'>as</span> <span m='46980'>an</span> <span m='47120'>editorial</span> <span m='47620'>assistant</span> <span m='48500'>for</span> <span m='48960'>the</span> <span m='49290'>editorial</span> <span m='49750'>director</span> <span m='50260'>at</span> <span m='50510'>UC</span> <span m='50860'>Press.</span> <span m='52680'>I</span> <span m='52810'>just</span> <span m='53040'>met</span> <span m='53190'>her</span> <span m='53400'>through</span> <span m='54330'>a</span> <span m='54650'>contact,</span> <span m='55200'>or a</span> <span m='55330'>connection,</span> <span m='55950'>and</span> <span m='57800'>through</span> <span m='58230'>working</span> <span m='58580'>with</span> <span m='58720'>her,</span> <span m='59000'>ended</span> <span m='59230'>up</span> <span m='59320'>becoming</span> <span m='59740'>an</span> <span m='59840'>editor.</span> <span m='60750'>What</span> <span m='61020'>I</span> <span m='61090'>wish</span> <span m='61320'>I</span> <span m='61360'>knew</span> <span m='61530'>when</span> <span m='61670'>I</span> <span m='61720'>was</span> <span m='61910'>younger</span> <span m='63180'>is</span> <span m='63500'>that</span> <span m='65960'>you're</span> <span m='66080'>like</span> <span m='66260'>just</span> <span m='66470'>happier</span> <span m='66760'>if you're</span> <span m='67140'>less</span> <span m='67380'>stressed</span> <span m='67730'>out.</span> <span m='70150'>It's</span> <span m='70350'>good</span> <span m='70510'>to</span> <span m='70590'>do</span> <span m='70730'>something</span> <span m='71030'>you</span> <span m='71160'>love.</span> </p>","file":{"id":374137,"video_id":"3341116369001","name":"2270-Kate-BookEditor1","duration":72656,"thumbnail_url":null}});