Today I have to offer many thanks to Lori Cates Hand, of JIST Publishing, who also has the blog Publishing Careers. In one of those crazy circuitous ways the Internet works, Lori used to work for Joe Wikert, of Wiley Publishing and Publishing 2020 blog fame, who recently plugged her blog on his. Anyway, she commented on that post to thank him and also invited publishing industry folks to contact her to offer whatever advice/thoughts they might have about breaking into the business. Anyone who knows me knows that I have no problem holding forth about publishing and after some emails back and forth, Lori was generous enough to post my answers to the questions she sent me about publishing in general and my background in particular here.
While our blog deals with a lot of day-to-day publishing operations issues—and most publishing industry blogs deal with different specific areas like agenting, editing, graphics, marketing, and so on—I think Lori’s blog is helping to fill a very necessary space for those people who want to break into publishing but aren’t yet quite there. It’s a good read with a lot of useful information and I would certainly recommend it to anyone inside/outside the publishing world.