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Dorling Kindersley

Learn what it's like to work in book publishing from an Experience Insider.

As children, we're all asked the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" How did you answer?

I loved the concept of developing something that is going to help people. Books are something that children learn from, that adults learn to read off of. They make such a difference in so many lives and developing quality reading material really makes a difference in the world. That's what I wanted be doing.

What have been the most defining moments along your career path?

I moved to New York after graduation. It took time to get established and everything, but without experience, and I even had six months of interning experience, it's very hard to get a job in the New York publishing industry.?Everytime they advertise for an entry-level position, they get between 200 and 300 applications. These are the odds you're fighting against. ?A lot of it is who you know. And a lot of it is... There are publishing programs, like NYU has a publishing program. Now having a master's doesn't necessarily help you, but having studied through the NYU program looks very good here. It's that kind of thing. Having local experience will make a difference in terms of breaking into the field.?

How did you get your big breaks?

I worked at the University Press of Florida for six months.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

Be ambitious and work hard. Most of all never give up hope as long as you're willing to work hard.

What have you learned from your experience?

Lots of people go into publishing because they want to be in publishing and they want to have something to do with working with books, but there are so many different aspects of publishing. Publicity and marketing is no less important than editorial when it comes down to getting the books out there.

What most excites you about your job right now?

We've got two books coming out on the Fall list; one is on Lewis and Clark and I'm going to be responsible for that title. It's being done right here in the U.S. The other one that we're acquiring out of the New York office is about the cruise ship industry and about various places to travel. It's being done in a sense along the lines of our travel guides, but it's being written by some of the top travel writers of the world. It talks about the Carribean, the Far East, and all the places that you can take cruises to. So those two books are things that I am really excited about. ?

On a scale of 1-10, how relevant was your academic major to your career? (1=not at all, 10=absolutely essential)


What would you like to have achieved by the last day of your career?

There's a lot out there that I still want to see and there are a lot of things that I'd also like to do. I'd like to get more into the acquiring process, and we don't really do that much in the New York office, though we are starting to do more. I'm actually going to have the opportunity to be very much involved with the acquiring that we are doing.

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