7 Ways to Launch into Publishing: Part 3

June 22, 2011 5 Comments

Tip #3: Read, Read, Read

By: Stephanie S. Smith, Inside Pages Managing Editor

When I first interviewed for my internship in publishing, I brought my resume, application, and everything else they asked me to, and I also threw in my current reading list for that year. “You read all these this year?” was the surprised response, and I ended up getting the internship. I’d like to think it made an impression.

Reading trains you to be able to determine between outstanding writing, good writing, mediocre writing, and writing that needs an overhaul. It develops your editorial eye, and you begin to notice what makes a sentence work or when grammar needs tweaking.

Editors also recommend reading to keep up on current bestseller lists and following publishing trends, especially in the new digital frontier, to understand what kind of books sell in the Christian market. Two places to keep bookmarked on your browser are Publishers Weekly, a comprehensive resource for industry news and book reviews, and Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), dedicated to Christian books, where you can keep up on bestseller lists and news.

Make an effort to read across the spectrum. Don’t just pick old classics or the kinds of books you personally prefer, as our Acquisitions Editor, Randall Payleitner, advises, “You’ve got to read a ton… Read all kinds of genres and voices.”

If you don’t know where reading is going to fit into your schedule, make a routine or create a reading list with reachable goals to motivate yourself. As novelist Stephen King once said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

How has reading made you a better writer, editor, or wordsmith? How do you manage your reading list or make time for books?

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
This entry was posted in MP Team, Writing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to 7 Ways to Launch into Publishing: Part 3

  1. Pingback: 7 Ways to Launch into Publishing: Post Round-up | Inside Pages

  2. Stephanie S. Smith says:

    Thanks Karen! I was also raised, like your son, to love literature and my parents read aloud to me when I was young so I was always drawn to books even at a young age. That’s great that you son takes the initiative to read and you can see the difference because of it!

  3. Karen S. says:

    How clever of you to have a list of your reading selections and then take them to your internship interview! My homeschooled teenage son gets an independent reading list for each shchool year with an assortment of titles. I think this broad reading plan has helped him become a proficient and confident writer, and do very well on college entrance essays and standardized tests.

  4. Stephanie S. Smith says:

    Annette, blog reviewers have a special relationship with books, and they have a relationship with publishers as well. I think doing what you love always puts us on the right track!

  5. Annette W says:

    As a book lover, I wonder if I may someday find myself working for a publisher…though no experience with the industry other than blog book reviews. I’m a former teacher…

    Great advice!

Comments are closed.