Today I'm back with something special...
I usually post weekly reviews, but since many of you have asked me questions about my summer experience as a publishing intern, I decided to do a blog post addressing all the questions!
If you're reading this and you have no idea what I'm talking about, let me catch you up... These past two months I spent the summer in New York as professional bookworm. I was given the opportunity to work at Hachette's romance imprint, Forever, where I worked in marketing and publicity. It was the best experience of my life (thus far) and further confirmed my love of all things books.
With that quick update, let's get to the Q&A!
Why did you decide to spend the summer in New York? How did you like it?
I've loved books for as long as I can remember, but only decided that I wanted to make a career out of it about three years ago. I live in South Florida, and while there are some professional literary opportunities here, they're not as abundant as in NYC. I wanted to spend my summer in the literary hub to see if I was really cut out to make it as a professional bookworm!
I had an amazing experience as a Forever intern and miss it everyday. I'm more sure than ever about my love of books and making a career out of my passion. I've very excited to see what the future holds.
How did you become an intern? What steps did you take to get there?
My first internship ever was as a writer for my university's newspaper. Then, months later, I applied for a summer marketing internship at a children's publisher—Santillana USA Publishing. After the summer ended, the publisher hired me as content blogger (a position I still hold.)
Apart from this internship at the publisher, I was also working as an intern for a TV show called Daily Flash. I was only at the show for a couple of months when I started applying to internships in publishing. I applied to a total of 31, and when I got an interview request for Forever I knew that was exactly where I wanted to be.
Every experience is different. So if you're reading this and want to get into publishing, don't think you have to follow my exact journey. Here's my advice:
1. Try your hardest: Apply to as many internships and jobs as you can, take any opportunity that comes your way, and remember that no job is too small.
2. If your dream is to get into the professional book world, do something that shows your love of reading! Work at a bookstore, volunteer at a book festival or at the library, try booktube, etc. Some people may think that bookstagram and book blogging is silly, but believe it or not, AZE was one of the reasons I got my first publishing job.
3. Work hard on your resume and cover letter: This is important because publishing is so competitive. Look up tutorials, ask people for help, and revise your resume as frequently as you can.
What was your favorite part of the internship? What was the most challenging?
Favorite: Meeting such wonderful people—my team, colleagues, and the other interns. Also... all the free books!!!
Most challenging: Trying to remember to not be super hard on myself. I tend to be really critical of myself, and this is sometimes hard when I make a mistake. But I like to remember that I'm learning everyday and that it's okay to mess up!
Most memorable moments?
Walking into Hachette for the first time, the RWA party, our Forever event at Strand bookstore, and my last FAM meeting (it got really mushy).
Did you meet any people who made your experience extra special?
So many!!! Kamrun Nesa, Sabrina Flemming, Jia Alonso, Mikayla Lawrence, Julia Perham, and so many other book friends.
But especially my supervisor, Estelle Hallick. She was the best teacher, and I miss her everyday.
I also can't forget my fellow intern friend, Hannah Towey. Not sure if I would've survived without our lunchtime chats.
What lessons will you take into your career?
Always try your hardest. It's okay to make mistakes. Express your ideas and opinions (respectfully). Be kind and respectful to your colleagues. Accept guidance.
Do I have to be an extrovert to work in publishing?
No! I think that most bookworms have a tendency to be introverted. Books > people... am I right?
But if you're looking to be in sales, subrights, publicity, marketing, or any similar departments, it's important to remember that you'll be talking to new people almost everyday!
How important is networking?
VERY IMPORTANT. Ask for informational interviews, get to know your colleagues and the people in other houses, be friendly and respectful!
What are some books you loved and discovered while working at Forever?
Down too Deep by J. Daniels:
Springtime at Hope Cottage:
Is romance your favorite genre?
I've always been a ride or die for the mystery and thriller genres, but I fell in love with romance books after reading One Day in December by Josie Silver. I've been reading romance books ever since! It's never too late to pick up a book that's out of your "comfort" zone.
Best books you read this summer? Books you're looking forward to reading?
Best books: The Seven 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, Down too Deep by J. Daniels, The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez.
Looking forward to: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager, Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware, and everything on my Goodreads WTR shelf.
That's it for me, but if you're curious about something I didn't discuss, don't hesitate to comment on this post or message me!
Hope to hear from you soon. Until next time!