Wednesday, December 23, 2009

When I grow up...

I want to work with books. As much as I would love to be a published author and do absolutely nothing else but write, I'd also really like to help bring other people's books into the world. The problem is I'm from Arkansas and have no car and very little money, so taking off for a summer internship would be virtually impossible at the moment. Which really sucks.

I want to get experience. I want to learn. I want to know what it's like to be a literary agent or an editor or to work in a publishing house. All take any of those three careers. That's what I want. And aside from going to Grad School, I have no clue how to get there.

I've tried searching internships, but most of them seem to require you to be in New York for however long. Which would be absolutely fantastic if I could pull it off. *sigh* I don't know what to do, but I'm going to keep looking. Maybe I can get some networking in through blogs. How awesome would that be? :)

Have you ever known what you wanted, but had no clue how to get it? Is there anything you're doing right now that makes you feel completely lost or confused? Is life an exciting adventure? Or a scary dark cave?

4 comments:

Stephanie L. McGee said...

Life is totally the scary cave right now. But I'm starting to see the light at the mouth of it. I'm going to go back to school for graphic design and then do an internship and such.

There might be a telecommute internship with a magazine. In January when the new edition of Poets and Writers comes out if you can get to a bookstore write down the names of the literary mags in the classifieds and their website addresses. They might be able to have you do an e-internship.

Icy Roses said...

Life is an adventure!

I've heard of online internships. I don't know how common those are, but I'm sure there are plenty of people who cannot afford staying in New York City for any amount of time. Rent is killer there. I think it's awesome that you want to work with books, and I hope you get to complete that dream!

Merry Christmas.

Weronika Janczuk said...

Definitely look for an e-internship. I'm working with a lit agent in NYC right now and, though she's not looking for other interns at the moment, I know that there are agents out there who would consider it.

If I were you, I'd send an email and/or resume to every agent you'd be interested in helping.

It can do tons for you!

Amanda J. said...

Stephanie and Icy - I've heard of them, too. It helps when you follow the blog of someone who has one (Weronika) lol.

Everyone- I'd really like one, but I think it'll have to wait until this summer, I doubt I'll have time this semester. But I'm worried that I wouldn't be good enough at anything to do one online. *sigh* It'd be amazing though, and I'm so incredibly jealous of you, Weronika. :)

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