I don’t have time for a big publishing house job. So I’ve signed up for a new job at a small publishing house.
The biggest difference between a job at an online publishing house and a publishing house is the location.
“Publishing houses tend to hire people based on the ability to work remotely, but that’s not necessarily a job for every writer,” says Sarah Tarrant, author of The Big Idea: The Power of the Internet for Writers.
“You have to have that flexibility, and you have to know what you’re doing.
And in this case, I can work in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles.
You don’t need to be in Washington to be a good writer.”
Tarrants advice for getting a good job at the publishing house: “Don’t be afraid to say no, but be prepared to be accepted if you do.
That means being able to tell them you’re available.”
Tarczewski, who also co-wrote the bestselling books The Big Ideas and How to Succeed at Amazon, has a few tips for choosing a publishing company.
“There’s a great article on Medium called How to Find the Best Publishing Company for You, and it’s really good,” she says.
“The best way to find a good publishing house, for me, is to take a look at what they do.
I think that if you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, it might be more interesting to focus on a different market than the rest of your portfolio, or to focus specifically on a particular industry.”
“For me, I think there are a lot of interesting writers that can do it, because they’re just as passionate about their craft as I am.
So that makes me feel very good.”
If you’re interested in writing for a publishing site, Tarczykswsky says she’d definitely recommend reading this blog post by author Elizabeth Bear.
Bear says she was attracted to publishing because she’s a “fantastic writer” and wanted to make her own mark in the world of fiction writing.
Bear writes about her own personal journey in finding a publishing firm and the books she wrote for the firm.
“My story was that I was looking for a publisher who would allow me to get my work out to a broader audience,” she writes.
“That was really exciting for me because I knew that the industry that I wanted to be published in, I had to make it work for me.
So the more I got published, the more interested I was in getting my work published and that’s what I did.
I started to think about other publishing companies.”
The author says she also got a great recommendation from author John Green.
She says she found him on Twitter.
“He told me, ‘I’m really excited about the work you’re making, I know you want to do this, and I’m really looking forward to seeing your books come out,'” Tarczyk says.
When Tarczes books were published, she was approached by a publisher looking to expand their publishing footprint.
“I was thrilled and grateful to hear that they were interested in my books,” Tarczekwski says.
So, Tarrats book recommendations for a great publishing company?
“I think that my biggest advice is to be flexible and take advantage of all the opportunities that exist.”
If that means taking a leap of faith into the unknown, so be it.