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There are, of course, vicissitudes as a freelance writer. Take the case of a new publication put out by former baseball player Lenny Dykstra. The article exemplifies one of the pitfalls of freelance writing or, in fact, any contract job: In business, the freelance writer is at the bottom of the food chain even though there is little else in a magazine outside its content.

May 28, 2008

Do you want to know what college graduates will make this year? There seems to be an increase in salaries despite the downturn in economy. In the writing/communications area look to basic salaries of between $30k- $35k.

May 21, 2008

How to Land a Job in Publishing

The publishing industry can be a fickle one. It seems every English major either teaches or goes into publishing. Even though this isn’t true it is the prevailing perception out there. With this being said, it can be awfully difficult to land the job you want in the industry. You’ll need to be flexible because you may not get the job at the best publishing house in New York or London. Wherever you get your start try to take as much as you can out of the experience and carry it to your next job. But, first, here are a few tips on getting your feet wet:

Network, network and network. Talk to everyone you know in publishing and ask for tips. This will open the door and they’ll start looking around for you. Talk to recent graduates you know that are in the business; fellow alumni are always looking to help out someone coming up through the ranks. Go to your career center and speak with a counselor.

Go straight to the source. Pick up the latest editions of trade periodicals like The Bookseller or Publishing News. These will have excellent job listings. You can find these at most major public libraries. Within these periodicals there will be classifieds and lists of professional organizations you can join. These organizations act as networking resources in and of themselves. Do your research before an interview. If you get an interview then read as much as you can about the company. You want to have a full understanding about their market. Find out their range of publications so that you’re prepared for the interview and any questions that may be posed.

Hone your skills. If the job search is dragging, and that is a real possibility, then consider going to school and taking a course in publishing. Columbia, New York University and Rice University offer summer graduate courses in publishing. This will prepare you for the world of publishing and also make you a more marketable candidate for hire. Any chance you have to beef up your resume and separate yourself from the rest of the pack will increase your chances for ultimately landing the job you desire.

Expand your horizons. Even if you’ve always envisioned yourself working on one best-seller after another, you need to realize that getting your first job is the key. It may mean that you start out editing children’s stories or cookbooks but you’ll be gaining experience and, undoubtedly, making great contacts in the industry.

This post was contributed by Heather Johnson, who is an industry critic on the subject of How to Become a Nurse. She invites your feedback at heatherjohnson2323@gmail.com.

May 10, 2008

This copywriting supervisor at an ad agency has some terrific insight into how to focus on the needs of the employer. After all when they are sorting out candidates for a job they ask, "what are we going to gain from this transaction?"

Askmen.com provides some tips on how to negotiate.

May 8, 2008

Peter Bowerman is a good guide in developing a commercial writing life. Read this feature/interview of him on ajcjobs. More than a few of Sunoasis readers will get some valuable knowlege about how to write for a living in the piece.

May 5, 2008

Colleen Eddy at Poynter.org has advice for college graduates about to embark on their job search. This is not the same job market as when you entered college and requires a fine-tuning of your strategy.

May 2, 2008

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