Sometimes it can feel as though getting into the world of book editing is an impossible task. According to Bustle, publishing can be a “tough field to break into.” It is an overwhelming industry but a desirable one for those with a love of books and proofreading. Like many, as an aspiring editor, you’re likely to be well-versed in scrolling through job websites and applying for publishing jobs left, right and centre. As important as this time is, it’s also a good idea to spend time becoming more employable for the publishing world.
So while you’re applying for every publishing job going, what else can you do to increase your editing employability?
Read… a lot
It’s no good wanting to work in book publishing if you’re not always reading. Employers want to see you’re knowledgeable on all things books. They want to see you’re passionate about your all-time favourites and that you know the books everybody is talking about.
Some top tips:
- Read the books published by companies you’re interested in and/or companies you have interviews lined up for. If you want to stand a chance in getting the job, you need to do some revision.
- Read the books of your favourite publishing companies’ top competitors.
- Read some of the classics; maybe dip in and out of Goodreads’ “100 Books to Read Before You Die” list.
- Chronicle Books even suggest reading books that explore the editorial process.