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BOOK PUBLISHING EDITOR, IN-DEPTH: I Care About Where I Live

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Kate, a book editor, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, and how to get into the industry. She tells us that she decided to leave academia because most PhD students do not have control over where they live because they have to go where the positions are, and she wanted to have that control over her life. She loves her job now where she still gets to work with professors across a broad spectrum of topics.

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
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$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
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Creativity, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, People skills, Networking

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m='11220'>authors</span> <span m='11720'>are</span> <span m='11840'>all</span> <span m='11930'>professors,</span> <span m='12750'>generally,</span> <span m='13310'>and</span> <span m='13450'>they're</span> <span m='13570'>just</span> <span m='13980'>really</span> <span m='14140'>smart,</span> <span m='14590'>interesting</span> <span m='15010'>people</span> <span m='15350'>who</span> <span m='15480'>have</span> <span m='16110'>great</span> <span m='16360'>things</span> <span m='16610'>to</span> <span m='16730'>say.</span> <span m='17060'>So</span> <span m='17250'>I</span> <span m='17360'>get</span> <span m='17550'>to</span> <span m='17820'>be</span> <span m='17950'>part</span> <span m='18340'>of</span> <span m='18890'>their</span> <span m='19050'>work</span> <span m='19590'>by</span> <span m='19710'>being</span> <span m='19920'>the</span> <span m='20080'>editor.</span> <span m='21650'>It's</span> <span m='21920'>a</span> <span m='22020'>difficult</span> <span m='22520'>moment</span> <span m='22960'>to</span> <span m='23240'>be</span> <span m='23420'>a</span> <span m='23460'>book</span> <span m='23690'>editor</span> <span m='24070'>because</span> <span m='24450'>the</span> <span m='24520'>book</span> <span m='24690'>publishing</span> <span m='25310'>industry</span> <span m='25650'>is</span> <span m='25810'>changing,</span> <span m='27430'>changing</span> <span m='27740'>rapidly.</span> <span m='28470'>We</span> <span m='28780'>don't</span> <span m='29010'>sell</span> <span m='29290'>as</span> <span m='29390'>many</span> <span m='29540'>books</span> <span m='29880'>we</span> <span m='29970'>used</span> <span m='30200'>to.</span> <span m='31620'>Bookstores</span> <span m='32100'>are</span> <span m='32200'>closing.</span> <span m='33170'>The</span> <span m='33390'>business</span> <span m='33740'>model</span> <span m='34690'>is in</span> <span m='35070'>flux</span> <span m='35710'>with</span> <span m='35930'>digital</span> <span m='36320'>communication.</span> <span m='37810'>But</span> <span m='38330'>it's</span> <span m='39130'>still an</span> <span m='39400'>exciting</span> <span m='39760'>moment.</span> </p><p><span m='40280'>My</span> <span m='40490'>aha</span> <span m='40800'>moment</span> <span m='41330'>is</span> <span m='41450'>simply</span> <span m='41780'>that</span> <span m='42040'>I</span> <span m='42360'>realized</span> <span m='42930'>that</span> <span m='43080'>I</span> <span m='43140'>really</span> <span m='43420'>care</span> <span m='43690'>about</span> <span m='43930'>where</span> <span m='44160'>I</span> <span m='44250'>live</span> <span m='44820'>in</span> <span m='44900'>a</span> <span m='44980'>universe.</span> <span m='45960'>Most</span> <span m='46880'>Ph.D.</span> <span m='47480'>students,</span> <span m='48840'>if</span> <span m='49000'>they're</span> <span m='49140'>lucky</span> <span m='49440'>enough to</span> <span m='49620'>get</span> <span m='49740'>a</span> <span m='49800'>job</span> <span m='50070'>may</span> <span m='50180'>not</span> <span m='50400'>have</span> <span m='50540'>control</span> <span m='51020'>over</span> <span m='51230'>where</span> <span m='51390'>they</span> <span m='51540'>going</span> <span m='51660'>to</span> <span m='51740'>be.</span> <span m='52320'>Ultimately,</span> <span m='52860'>you</span> <span m='52960'>might</span> <span m='53120'>have</span> <span m='53220'>to</span> <span m='53310'>be</span> <span m='53400'>a</span> <span m='53440'>professor</span> <span m='53940'>in</span> <span m='54050'>someplace</span> <span m='54460'>you</span> <span m='54560'>don't</span> <span m='54830'>know</span> <span m='54920'>want</span> <span m='55060'>to live.</span> <span m='55270'>So,</span> <span m='56265'>part</span> <span m='56760'>of</span> <span m='56980'>my</span> <span m='57070'>decision</span> <span m='57460'>to leave</span> <span m='57620'>graduate</span> <span m='58070'>school</span> <span m='58260'>was</span> <span m='58470'>about</span> <span m='59080'>being</span> <span m='59310'>able</span> <span m='59450'>to</span> <span m='59560'>control</span> <span m='61210'>my life.</span> <span m='61575'>So,</span> <span m='61940'>it</span> <span m='62205'>was</span> <span m='62470'>important to me.</span> </p><p><span m='63420'>Yeah,</span> <span m='63710'>it</span> <span m='64000'>actually</span> <span m='64300'>is</span> <span m='64430'>pretty</span> <span m='64569'>hard</span> <span m='64800'>to</span> <span m='65129'>break</span> <span m='65360'>into</span> <span m='65590'>publishing.</span> <span m='66350'>A</span> <span m='66430'>lot</span> <span m='66590'>of</span> <span m='66660'>people</span> <span m='66930'>say</span> <span m='67180'>that</span> <span m='67370'>the</span> <span m='67430'>hardest</span> <span m='68170'>hurdle</span> <span m='68790'>is</span> <span m='68920'>getting</span> <span m='69130'>your</span> <span m='69250'>first</span> <span m='69500'>job</span> <span m='69750'>as</span> <span m='69890'>an</span> <span m='69980'>editorial</span> <span m='70430'>assistant,</span> <span m='71060'>and</span> <span m='71100'>then</span> <span m='71570'>becoming</span> <span m='72040'>an</span> <span m='72130'>editor</span> <span m='72630'>after</span> <span m='73550'>being</span> <span m='73920'>an</span> <span m='73990'>assistant.</span> <span m='75950'>but,</span> <span m='76500'>you</span> <span m='76570'>know,</span> <span m='77050'>particularly</span> <span m='77640'>in</span> <span m='77730'>places</span> <span m='78040'>like</span> <span m='78220'>New</span> <span m='78290'>York</span> <span m='78550'>there</span> <span m='78680'>are</span> <span m='78760'>lots</span> <span m='79090'>of</span> <span m='79170'>job</span> <span m='79610'>opportunities.</span> <span m='80470'>And</span> <span m='80910'>not</span> <span m='81060'>everyone</span> <span m='81360'>needs</span> <span m='81550'>to</span> <span m='81650'>become</span> <span m='81830'>an</span> <span m='81940'>editor.</span> <span m='82280'>Some</span> <span m='82440'>people</span> <span m='82680'>become</span> <span m='82960'>publicists,</span> <span m='83670'>or</span> <span m='83740'>work in</span> <span m='84010'>marketing,</span> <span m='84310'>or</span> <span m='84610'>do</span> <span m='84800'>design,</span> <span m='85560'>or</span> <span m='85850'>become</span> <span m='86690'>copy</span> <span m='87040'>editors.</span> <span m='87520'>So</span> <span m='87820'>there</span> <span m='87970'>are</span> <span m='88000'>lots</span> <span m='88300'>of</span> <span m='88410'>ways</span> <span m='88710'>to</span> <span m='88800'>be</span> <span m='88920'>involved</span> <span m='89320'>with</span> <span m='89430'>publishing</span> <span m='90100'>that--</span> <span m='91400'>it's</span> <span m='91540'>not</span> <span m='91660'>necessarily</span> <span m='92160'>being</span> <span m='92510'>a</span> <span m='93100'>book</span> <span m='93430'>editor.</span> 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