Hi, Moonrat. I am in need of some advice. This is my situation. I'm in grade 12, and in a few months I am picking my university and the path to my future career. And the future career that I want is something that has to do with books. I've always been an avid reader so I would like my career to reflect that. I've researched the career path of editors and agents but haven't found anything that has actually helped me with finding the steps to take.
If you can spare the time to email me back, that would be awesome.
But of course! I had a lot of help and advice getting to where I am, and I like to pay those kinds of favors forward.
First, I love people who love books. There are a lot of us, and you have a number of options for working with books. I posted at length about this before, so for my long-winded advice and for a breakdown of some of the professions you could consider in a publishing house, check out this post I did last year--you'll see there are lots of choices, depending on your interests and flexibility.
The short answer to getting a foot in the door I'll copy and paste here, because it bears repeating:
1) GET AN INTERNSHIP
2) SIGN UP FOR PUBLUNCH
3) CONSIDER ALL THE FIELDS
4) WORK IN A BOOKSTORE
You will have to do free labor (that is, an internship) at some point--it's literally necessary for getting an entry-level job (unless you're magical and really lucky). But working in a bookstore is another really, really helpful think you can do during college (or after) to prepare yourself and understand book marketing and sales better. The perspective is amazing.