Hi all! I have some exciting news to share today. Recently, I secured an editorial Internship at North Star Editions, where I’ll be working with the Flux and Jolly Fish Press imprints, which deals with YA and MG books! It’s really a dream come true! I actually started on Monday, so today marks the end of my first week.
I’ll admit, I never envisioned myself with an internship post-college. I had my internship at Sourcebooks last summer, and I thought that that would be it. I thought that I’d have a publishing job secured before or immediately after graduation, and I’d be set for life, living in a cute little apartment and living out all of my dreams.
Then Covid-19 hit and changed all of our plans.
As you probably know, Covid has drastically changed the way that employment works. It’s hard to find new jobs to apply for when many companies are still working from home if they can. After months of searching and not finding much of anything, I stumbled across a tweet advertising the internship at North Star Editions. Yes, a tweet, not a standard job listing. I was conflicted at first, as I wanted a job, not another internship, but I figure that getting more publishing experience during this quarantine period would be great, and would show future employers that I took this “downtime” seriously. I sent in my resume and cover letter and had a phone interview not long after. Within a few days of the phone interview, I got the internship!
I’m very excited for a purely editorial internship, as my Sourcebooks internship was split between marketing, editorial, and content delivery in 4 week chunks. Here, I get to really deep dive into editorial work with a real world impact! As per the the internship listing on their site, I’ll be reviewing initial submissions (a pitch and the first 3 chapters) and potentially even reading full manuscripts and writing reader’s reports.
Obviously, I won’t be able to talk about the submissions or manuscripts that I’ll read for the internship (That would be totally uncool, and also, I signed an NDA, so I have to be a bit “hush hush” about things) but I might pop in from time to time during the next 6 months to talk generally about how it’s going and what I’m learning.
My internship is unpaid which, while not quite ideal for a fresh college grad with loans to pay, is sort of the way the cookie crumbles with this sort of thing. Luckily I still have my Etsy shop (and very soon a Redbubble shop) to help support me financially during this internship. Please consider buying a bookmark or two to support me!
There’s a light at the end of this tunnel. I’ll be where I want to be soon, but in the meantime, I’m going to enjoy this wild ride we call life.
Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think in the comments below. If you currently have an internship, tell me where! I’d love to know. 🙂
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