I am a graduating senior looking to tackle an entry-level job ideally in marketing, publishing, or digital media. My internship and work experience have given me a thorough understanding of marketing and sales. However, with my majors being in politics and my minors being in creative writing and environmental studies, my practical experience is a unique blend of disciplines. I am currently a Marketing Assistant at Brandeis International Business School, Social Media Strategist for an environmental nonprofit, and an Amazon Prime Student Ambassador for the school year. I prefer to be busy, which is hopefully evident. My dream has always been to enter the publishing industry because I am a passionate reader and amateur book reviewer. I have found it difficult to get past step one when applying to publishing-related roles, so any advice there is absolutely wanted. I am always finding new ways to blend these passions of mine, but am finding it difficult to find a clear path forward. Any advice and discussion are valuable! Thanks.
Name: Charlotte Lang ’19
Majors: Politics, Environmental studies
Minor: Creative writing
Hometown: Hollis, NH
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Hello! I am a senior majoring in English and anthropology, and I know I would like to work in book publishing after graduation. This past summer I interned at Massie & McQuilkin, a literary agency in NYC, and I am currently in the process of applying and interviewing for Boston-area editorial internships for spring 2019. I am looking for advice from those who have found work in publishing, regardless of whether or not you work in an editorial department. It would be so helpful to hear about your career trajectories; what was your first job? Did you apply to work at magazines or newspapers as well? Additionally, if anyone has any insight on the Boston publishing scene, and how it differs from New York, I would love to hear about that. There seem to be less publishing opportunities in Boston, and I want to ensure I begin my job search in a place where there is room for growth. Any help is greatly appreciated!
Name: Abigail Gardener ’19
Majors: English, anthropology
Hometown: Nutley, NJ
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I am a senior seeking advice on entering and working within the publishing industry. I have a double major in European Cultural Studies, & Language and Linguistics. I have additional minors in Classical Studies, Comparative Literature and Culture, and Creative Writing. I have been admitted to the Master of Arts Program in Comparative Humanities at Brandeis University for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Professionally, I work with resident scholar Marg Berg on multiple translation and editing projects through the Women’s Studies Student-Scholar Partnership program. Additionally, I have a position in Office Support in the Brandeis Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. On campus, I am the current Undergraduate Departmental Representative for Comparative Literature and Culture, and I am co-president of Charlamos, a Spanish speaking social group.
I am interested in learning about opportunities to network and gain experience in the summer of 2018 and during grad school.
Name: Talia Franks ’18
Majors: European Cultural Studies; Language and Linguistics
Hometown: Framingham, Massachusetts
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I am currently a senior at Brandeis University. I recently fulfilled my dream of writing a young adult novel. It is based on a lot of my own experiences as a college student and in life in general. I am currently in search of a literary agent and need advice for finding one and navigating the publishing world. I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your help and expertise!
Name: Patricia Cordischi ’18
Majors: Theater, Legal Studies
Hometown: Sudbury, Massachusetts
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I am a sophomore double majoring in politics and American studies. I am interested in journalism and would like to intern at a publication this summer. Any advice as to which publications might be interested in a summer intern would be helpful! I have experience with Adobe InDesign and I publish two to three articles weekly in Brandeis’ student-run newspaper, The Hoot. Any advice about how to break into this industry would be helpful!
Name: Elianna Spitzer ’19
Majors: Politics, American studies
Hometown: Martinez, CA
My name is Emily Reich and I am currently a junior double majoring in communication & media and psychology with a minor in business. I have previously interned in public relations and marketing, and during the school year I am a Campus Editor-at-Large for the Huffington Post as well as a senior writer and editor for Her Campus. I would love to learn more about the publishing world, specifically the different areas of publishing, how to break into publishing, and what kinds of experience potential employers look for. I have experience writing and editing, and would appreciate gaining insight into the specifics of what it means to work in publishing.
Name: Emily Reich ’17
Majors: Communication & Media, Psychology
Hometown: Katonah, NY
I am a current first year student at Brandeis studying Language and Linguistics. At the moment I am seeking advice on finding an agent and breaking into the publishing industry. My interest in this matter is due to the fact that I myself am an aspiring author and I would like to know more about the process. More specifically I am interested in the publication of young adult fiction and fantasy novels. I have past experience with reviewing books in these genres as I created and ran a book review blog for the Framingham Public Library during my senior year of high school and the summer before. I am very appreciative of any wisdom that you have to offer, as well as the time spent doing so.
I am a pre-med student, an aspiring obstetrician, and a children’s book author who is actively seeking literary representation. I am active with the March of Dimes and other Chicago women’s health charities such as Expanding Lives. I have also spent about 5.5 years doing scientific research and have found I am interested in gynecologic oncology. Recently, however, I’ve pursued research and investigative journalism through the Schuster Institute and am finding inspiration in health writing and narrative medicine. This summer I will be traveling to Bulgaria to collect patient narratives and intern in an under-sourced obstetrics hospital as a Sorensen Fellow. I would love to meet Brandeis alumni in the healthcare fields who can share their career trajectory narratives with me. I would appreciate any advice on how to get my children’s book published as well. Looking forward to chatting with you!
Name: Damiana Andonova ’15
Major(s): HSSP, Biology
Hometown: Wilmette, IL
I am a highly energetic, self-motivated student interested in publishing. Having recently completed a high-intensity publishing internship, I found the work interesting and rewarding. I also have experience in nonprofit organization support, journalism, and computer science. I’d like to work for a publishing company in Boston or New York, particularly in science-fiction or fantasy. I’m interested in editing, proofreading, marketing, and publicity, and have experience in all four areas. I’m looking for advice from people in publishing or computer science regarding how to best present myself and break into the industry, as well as general advice on how to move from the West Coast to the East.
: Simon Diamond Cramer ’13
: Federal Way, WA
: Creative Writing, Psychology