usullusa: Sam and Dean squealing with glee (Supernatural: OMG EXCITING)
This has been brewing since the beginning of October, but now it's official.

I have an internship in the editorial department of the children's imprint of one of the biggest publishers in the country.

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ahsdlifasdfa glee
usullusa: book nerd (Other: book nerd)
I have a temp job for the next few work days.

Jobs applied to: Too many.
Jobs heard back from: THE ONE UNPAID ONE.

The bright side is hooray literary agency internship (Okay, nothing is set in stone. The interview is not until over a week from now)! And they do a lot of Young Adult, double hooray! I'm back to my favorite market in publishing of all! And they got back to me almost immediately even though it has been a month since they posted the ad and have likely gotten dozens of applications. See, this reaffirms my belief that I actually have a really strong publishing resume for somebody that's two years out of high school.

The down side is no money.

If I get the internship, I have no idea how I will juggle that and a job. But I am terrified of slipping into some nameless clerical job and letting my hopes and dreams stagnate. So, onwards to having two jobs and full-time classes!

Anyway, I am super excited about this interview.

My goal for next semester/next academic year is to get an internship with a publishing house since I have been exclusively working for literary agencies. My top choice is Bloomsbury. I visited their offices once and I loved their environment best of all the publishing houses I have been to. Really, by I want to intern with them I mean I want to work with them in an editorial position.

Oh my god, you guys. Trying to be a successful adult is terrifying.

DEAR BLOOMSBURY USA,
PLEASE HIRE ME! YOUR BOOKS ARE AWESOME. YOUR PEOPLE ARE AWESOME. I'M AWESOME. CLEARLY, WE ARE A PERFECT FIT.
FAITHFULLY, YOUR HUMBLE ADMIRER.

I am figuring out that my unhappiness and hopelessness are directly related to my tiredness and sleep deprivation on any given day. So on that note, good night!

ETA: I need more Eli Bradley in my life. Anybody have any recs for fic? (bonus points for backstory!fic or Eli/Kate) Also, icons!
usullusa: (Doctor Who: Rory kung fu fighting)
Today I applied to six more jobs. And an internship. Why in god's name did I apply to an unpaid internship when I'm already going to be struggling between a job and full-time classes? Because I am insane and addicted to internships apparently. But if I get the internship I am definitely going to try because goddamnit I am not letting my parents get in the way of my career. I AM GOING TO BE AN EDITOR IN CHILDREN'S PUBLISHING EVEN IF I HAVE TO DEFEAT SEVEN EVIL EX-EMPLOYEES TO GET THERE.

You think I'm joking but I'm not.

Anyway, off to sleep. I have to get up at 6 am for a temp job I have tomorrow.

Randoms

Jun. 24th, 2010 06:28 pm
usullusa: Matt from Deathnote (Default)

  • The Wall Street Journal has an article on the future of publishing in a world of e-books and self publishing. This sort of thing worries me a lot... )

  • Postcards from the early 20th century about gender roles. Fascinating stuff...

  • A Gay in the Life. A blog collecting the stories of LGBTQ people, both to have them collected somewhere and to prove we're real human beings with real feelings.

  • I have been writing a lot in the past few days. What the hell even.

  • Ahhhh apartment search begins. It's really nerve-wracking being all the way over here on the west coast trying to get an apartment in New York. But my trusty roommates over there are on it. Still. (If anybody has any tips on apartment hunting, they would be much appreciated. This is my first time doing this.)

  • It's raining oil in Louisiana
usullusa: Matt from Deathnote (book nerd)
I'm a few days behind on this, but I just found this now. Realms of Fantasy Magazine is having financial troubles again and needs our help if they are to remain in print. I know there has been wank about RoF, but they are a pretty fantastic speculative fiction magazine and they fill a very particular niche in the literary magazine world. If you're already a fan or previously subscribed, please do so again. If you're not, click around, read the sample fiction, and if you like what you see, help save RoF.

Randoms

Feb. 4th, 2010 10:45 pm
usullusa: Matt from Deathnote (Default)

  • [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna writes about the publishing industry and why everybody who writes or reads should want it to stay alive. Couldn't have said it better myself. Publishing may seem big and evil sometimes, but we'd be screwed without it.

  • The 2009 Locus Recommended Reading List is making me so happy. *grabby hands*

  • Couldn't resist this meme. Find out what song was most popular on the day you were born here and post it.
    Mine's Escapade by Janet Jackson.


  • I want to try making baklava this weekend. Don't know if I will, but I have a hankering for the desserts of my childhood.
usullusa: Matt from Deathnote (Default)
Things I did today:


  • Go to America Reads orientation
  • Find out NYU took away my federal work study without telling me
  • Go to financial aid office. Argue. Accomplish nothing.
  • Panic about paying for my [fairly un-extravangant] lifestyle. (I would like to take the time now to say fuck you to how expensive course books are.)
  • Go home and call brother. Re-come out to him. (Remind him?) Get told I am confused. (Last time he told me it was impossible to be attracted to more than one gender. So I guess it's a step up.) Get told I am rejecting my femininity because of male privilege. I think this is a good moment to point out that I said nothing regarding my gender, just my sexual orientation. WHAT DOES WHO I LIKE HAVE TO DO WITH MY GENDER? No wait, this is the entire problem, isn't it?
  • Talk to [livejournal.com profile] xturncoatxiii on the phone. ... Talk to him on LJ. ...Talk to him on IM. ... Fuck it, I think if we could we would string tin cans between our windows.
  • Do about 1/20 of my homework (Holy shit you guys my classes are SO reading intensive this semester. Just for kicks I'll tell you what I have to read for Monday below)
  • Watch LOTR bloopers in the kitchen
  • Give the day up as lost, eat an entire bar of chocolate, wash it down with hot chocolate, and go to bed.

A day in the life. Good times.

Right so, Monday is my second day of classes (Thursday doesn't count; it was just sections), and I have SO MUCH READING. I have to read:
A packet about The Arabian Nights, 63 pages in The Arabian Nights: A Companion by Robert Irwin, Billy Budd by Herman Melville, the introduction to The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, (Keep a journal on Melville and Norton readings), lines 1-178 of Beowulf, Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People, William Caxton's prologue to Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, an article on the sex/gender binary, an article on grammatical gender and sexism (the kinds of dense academic articles that can take ten minutes per paragraph)

YEA! And the first homework assignment is always light!

Oh god.

EDIT: P.S. Did I mention that I'm officially interning at a new literary agency? Their children's agent did Carrie Jones' Need! Yay excitement! I remember visiting Bloomsbury last spring and seeing the next book, Captivate, when it was still in the works and they couldn't figure out what part of the chick's face to make golden on the cover.
usullusa: Matt from Deathnote (Default)
So I am working for a literary agency this semester. First, I have to say that all of the people I work with are so amazingly kind and helpful it astounds me. I suspect that whatever work I do for them doesn't balance out the effort they're putting into training the interns and the attention they shower on us, so I am sort of floored.

Anyway, I love the work that I'm doing for them. I used to constantly hear things like "98% of what we get we automatically reject" and I would despair. But reading the manuscripts and seeing the kinds of things that live in the slush pile I am incredibly surprised by the low quality of the writing that gets submitted. Hundreds of manuscripts, thousands of hours, billions of words... I am almost saddened by how much time and effort gets spent on writing that really isn't fit for consumption.

I've also learned some other things. All the nice stuff your editor or agent tells you at the beginning of their correspondence is just padding for when they rip into your writing a paragraph later. I am torn between flinching and laughing my arse off. (Yea that's right, I just used a British-ism)

And I don't know about other people, but in my experience a surprising amount of time is devoted to mocking the writing that gets submitted.

You know, just in case any of you were thinking about getting published...
usullusa: Matt from Deathnote (Default)
If you haven't already heard, the Realms of Fantasy magazine is being shut down. You can read about it here, here, and here. For those of you who haven't heard of RoF before, it's a cutting edge monthly publication featuring beautiful short stories by the likes of Delia Sherman, Theodora Goss, Tanith Lee, and other astounding writers, plus a wonderful "Folk Roots" column that was written by Terri Windling for years and had just recently been handed over to Ari Berk. RoF was one of those hidden gems of the writing world, and it's a real shame to see it go.

I'm not the only one sad to see RoF go and some people are actually looking to do something about it. A Facebook group and an lj group [livejournal.com profile] save_rof have been started in an effort to save RoF. If anybody has ever read an issue and liked it or just wants to help out a great publication, please join!

Thanks folks
usullusa: Matt from Deathnote (Default)
Well, it looks like this semester is shaping up to be pretty good.

I have four classes this semester.
Japanese - I am sure I will cry over but I really love the language and it's so exciting that I'm actually learning how to speak it little by little.

Writing Seminar II: Writing the American South - I wasn't very excited about it when I signed up for it- it just fit my schedule, but I really like the teacher. It just takes a good teacher to make a class interesting. Plus I enjoy writing, even academic writing, so it's a bonus.

Fire and Blood: The Art-Making and Mythology of Mexico - This is both a lecture and a studio. So every unit will be divided into 1. a lecture on a particular mesoamerican culture 2. a studio in which we paint/sculpt/whatever something that relates to the art and myth of the culture we have just talked about 3. everybody presents their pieces. It's mad cool.

The Monster Under Your Story - This is basically a writing workshop. I love it because my teacher acknowledges that the line between genre fiction and literary fiction is more or less obsolete nowadays. Plus he is a fountain of advice about selling your stories, readings, bookstores, and magazines that cater to particular interests, so on and so forth. Oh and he writes for DC and Marvel. Yeah. He's that awesome.

And I have an internship at Firebrand, a YA literary agency. And it's not just sorting the deluge of incoming manuscripts. It's actually reading manuscripts they're interested in and giving the agents feedback and occasionally working with authors that have already signed with the agency.

Yea. My life is awesome right now. Except for the part where I don't have a paying job. That part is sort of worrisome.

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