I learned about my position thanks to my summer internship. I was interning at another, smaller publishing house, Nation Books. I had a lot of informational interviews and each person was helpful in helping me narrow down my interests and focus on the job hunt. Someone I spoke to suggested I look into this position, and then it turned out that the editor I was working for at Nation Books knew the person who was hiring very well.
As an editorial assistant to adult non-fiction editors, I have read a variety of manuscripts and proposals about all kinds of things. I have learned about how women’s illnesses have (not) been treated by the medical community, Latin American immigrants’ journeys into the United States, termites, and owls.
I feel like [my job is] a fascinating survey of all kinds of topics I would have never thought to study! I assist with with everything on the editorial side of publishing: editing, tracking payments, formatting a book for production, and providing general support to the editors and authors around publication.