We interrupt our regularly scheduled reviewing to bring you some very exciting news:
I got a job!!!!!
(and yes, that photo is an accurate depiction of what I did when I found out)
As of Wednesday, July 25, I will be working in the marketing and publicity department at Gotham and Avery, which are two non-fiction imprints at Penguin. I’m so excited to join the team over there and to be back in the offices where I interned last summer!
I’m so grateful to all of the people I’ve met in publishing over the last year, who have been so helpful and encouraging. I’m especially thankful to the incredible book community on Twitter, because you guys always knew what to say when I was feeling low and made me genuinely believe I’d get here!
This blog will continue as normal, i.e. I will try to post reviews as often as I can and will probably continue pasting a synopsis from the publisher, rather than write my own. And maybe I’ll post a bit about what it’s like to work in publishing, too!
We now return to our semi-regularly scheduled posting.
Profuse apologies for being the worst blogger ever! I started an internship in the trade editorial department at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt about a month ago, and it’s been eating up my time and scrambling my brain. An editorial intern spends a lot of time reading manuscripts and reporting on them, so, essentially, I’m writing several blog posts a day, just for editors instead of readers, and while I adore my blog and miss it constantly, reviewing is a little too close to work at the moment. I’m going to try and be better about it, though, particularly with so many great books in my to-be-read pile, so I’m going to stop my whining and get reviewing.
I know I said I’d restrict this blog to reviews and more “professional” things, but I’ve been getting a bit personal lately, and I’m going to continue in this vain for a second, because I feel this is important to say.
So, you all know that I finished my internship two weeks ago and you all know how much I loved it. It was, honestly, one of the best things I’ve ever done, and I learned a ton and met some seriously incredible people. My last day was seriously hard.
The bright side was, I had an interview! One of the aforementioned seriously incredible people I met sent my résumé to one of the publishing houses he used to work for, and they called me in. It was an exciting position at a house that publishes a lot of books I read, and the interview process was slightly intense and challenging, but so fun. That said, I knew after my second interview that I wasn’t going to get it. This wasn’t because I did badly on the interview–I didn’t! And it wasn’t because the people were horrible–they weren’t, they were wonderful! It was just a feeling I had. And I was right.
Was I bummed? Absolutely. However, after nine months of job searching and five years of auditioning before that, one learns how to deal with disappointment. The mantra I’ve adopted is that “It will happen when it’s right.” Obviously, the reason why I didn’t get this job is because it wasn’t meant to be, and something else is waiting for me. And sure enough, within a day or two of learning that I was officially out of the running, I learned that a few other things I was waiting on were still in progress and that, in fact, all was not lost.
So, the old adage is true: one door closes, and another opens. Or, as a friend quoted from Frasier: “Every exit is but an entrance…um, to someplace else.”
The blog that I wrote for the Penguin website about being an intern is up! Read it, if you can handle the ramblings of someone who is still in the “oh my god I can’t believe I’m here” phase of her job.