A lifelong lover of words, the thought of working with them full-time seemed a dream. To prepare for interviews in publishing , I read company press releases, studied industry trends, and simply googled things like “what is it like to work in publishing?” On one of my exploratory Google hunts, I came across a blog series titled “So, You Want to Work in Publishing.” Perfect! The series featured entry-level publishing professionals describing their roles which varied from editorial to production, their workplaces which ranged from indie literary agencies to the Big 6. The authors’ candor helped me picture what it was like to work in the industry and I knew I wanted to give back if I had the chance. Fast forward a few months and I was able to share my story with Hannah and her readers. I hope my story helps other aspiring publishing professionals as much as others’ stories helped me. Here is an excerpt:
Name: Jennifer Lien
Current Title: Publishing Editor at Taylor & Francis Group
Hometown: Waterloo, Canada
Graduated from: University of Waterloo, Class of 2011; Joint BA in Political Science and Social Development Studies, Diploma of General Studies in Social Work
Currently enrolled in: University of Toronto, Joint MEd with the Sociology of Education department and the Comparative, International & Development Education Centre (part-time).
Currently work and live in: Singapore
My Path to Publishing:
Growing up, I was a happy bookworm. My favourite way to spend time was to curl up in my room for hours on end with a pile of library books for company. Choosing English Literature as my college major and publishing as a career might have seemed natural next steps but I had developed a keen interest in political science after taking a particularly thought-provoking class during my senior year of high school (never underestimate the power of a good teacher!) At the time, double majoring in political science and social work seemed a practical choice. After all, I didn’t know anyone in publishing and had no idea how to break into the industry. So, my path diverged for a while.
Read the full interview here.