How to Become a Book Editor – Have the Book Lover’s Dream Job

By Feb 18 , 20090 Comments

If you love to read, becoming a book editor is probably the most exciting job you can imagine. Book editors are the people who shape what the world reads. They decide which manuscripts are worthy of becoming published books, and then they turn those manuscripts into masterpieces.

Editors generally fall into two categories: copyeditors and acquisitions editors. Read on to see which job appeals to you.

Copyeditors edit an author’s manuscript. These are the people who correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Copyeditors make sure that the character that has brown curly hair on page 24 still has brown curly hair on page 224. Their work directly contributes to the reader’s enjoyment of the published book.

Acquisitions Editor: Acquisitions involves buying books for a publishing house. These are the people who deal with literary agents and authors. They read proposals and sample chapters. They make offers to publish manuscripts that they think are written well and will sell well. They work with authors throughout the writing process to ensure that the book stays on track and on time.

The guide covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to become a book editor, including:

Getting Ready
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be an English major to become a book editor. This section of the guide explains how you can quickly get the insider knowledge of editing and publishing that will give you a huge advantage in this competitive job market.

  • How to brush up your knowledge of grammar and the English language (especially if you want to be a copyeditor)
  • Other skills employers are looking for and how you can develop them
  • How to learn about the publishing industry so you can spot trends and recognize a good book idea
  • The best resources (including many free online resources) for keeping up with publishing industry news
  • Summer publishing programs that can give you an advantage in the job market
  • An overview of publishing industry jargon so you can talk like an insider with prospective employers
  • How to get an internship with a publisher (plus other internships that can help you get a job)
  • How to quickly get practical experience through volunteering and part-time work

Getting Hired

The information in this section can save you many hours of research time. Here you will find the best job resources and information about employers gathered for you in one place.

  • Where to find job openings and employer contact information
  • Information on dozens of publishers throughout the United States and Canada, including links to job opportunities and contact information
  • How to get a job working with a “book packager” (companies that produce books for publishers)
  • What to include on your resume (includes a sample)
  • How to write an effective cover letter (includes a sample)
  • How to ace your interview
  • Typical salaries and benefits, and which employers you should not try to negotiate with if you want to get hired
  • How to break into publishing later in your career (as opposed to working your way up the editorial ladder)

PLUS, you will discover:

  • How to be successful on the job
  • Increasing your income by freelance editing
  • How to get a job as a manuscript reader for a literary agency
  • Developing relationships with authors and publishers
  • How to get promoted from editorial assistant to editor

If either copyediting or acquisitions sounds like the career of your dreams, the Guide to Become a Book Editor is for you! In this e-book you will discover how you can get started and succeed in the exciting book publishing industry.

The guide’s author is Jodi L. Brandon, a professional writer and editor who has worked in the editorial departments of several publishers including Hearst Books (an imprint of international publisher William Morrow & Co., Inc.).