Most college students who aspire to become book publishing professionals seem to believe that publishers sit around all day reading and discussing ideas with each other, like the Romantic poets or existential philosophers. I gather that most wannabe publishers think this way because the journalism programs don't offer courses specifically on publishing and very few graduate publishing programs exist. The best way to gain experience still seems to be internships; however, getting a position at a press can sometimes be difficult, especially with the state of the economy and the recent trend toward online publishing.

The University Press of Florida

When I applied for an internship at the University Press of Florida, the acquisitions assistants asked me why I wanted to work in publishing and what I already knew about the business. Like most students, I had little idea of what the work actually entailed. I told the assistants that as an English major I brought to the table a passion for books. As a journalism major, I said I had critical writing and editing skills.

I created this Web site to offer students some tools and resources that might help them when they go into their first interview at a publishing house. I also built this site to help me get a better grasp of the work for myself, to enrich my time at the press and to showcase my knowledge for future employers.

I have broken up the pages into different departments of the press, so readers can meet the people behind the work and figure out what area interests them most, and I have also provided a resources page with links and information on the bigger publishing houses and publishing graduate programs.