A Great Start to 2010
Posted January 15, 2010on:
Okay—so I know it’s been forever and a half since I’ve written, but for a good reason. I GOT A JOB!!!! Before Christmas I was busy preparing for my interviews and working on an editing test, then I was home for almost three weeks for the holidays, and I came back to my second interview. And once I got the amazing news, of course I spent a lot of time telling everyone I know. This is the job that my supervisors at my internship helped me to get; they contacted the editors at Harlequin and gave me a good recommendation. I went in for an initial interview with human resources, took home an editing test, then met with the two women for my second interview who will be my bosses. And they called me THAT SAME NIGHT…about a half hour after I got home from the interview, actually…to give me the incredible news.
I’m employed!!!!! Finally!!!!!!!! I know I spent the past year moaning and complaining about how long it’s taken me to find a job, but I know I’m so blessed to have gotten this…so many people have spent years trying to get into publishing with no success. And I’m going to be working at one of the major publishing houses, a well-known and established place that publishes romance novels, which I love to read! I really feel like this is going to be my dream job. I know I lucked out that I don’t have to start as a receptionist at a publishing company or at a textbook publisher or small nonfiction press. I’m starting out strong, and I’m really excited.
I’m going to be an editorial assistant for the Love Inspired line of the Steeple Hill imprint at Harlequin, the Christian/inspirational division. I think this is the perfect job for me, and looking back, I’m totally okay with how long it took me to find this—because if I had gotten something sooner, it wouldn’t be this job. And I have a feeling this is where I’m meant to be, where I’m meant to start my publishing career. So I start Tuesday, and my boss has already emailed me to ask if I’m available for a group lunch on my first day so they can get to know me, and I can get to know them.
I have a feeling this is the start of something very, very exciting for me. Even though there will be a decent amount of administrative-type work—that’s common in any entry-level publishing job—I’ll also get to do hands-on editing and correspond directly with authors. I’ll actually be doing very similar things to what I did at the internship—going through the slush (unsolicited manuscripts that come in), reading query letters, reading manuscripts and writing readers’ reports.
I’ve been reading a ton of Steeple Hill and Love Inspired books, as well as books by two authors who publish with different imprints at Harlequin that my boss works with. I’ll actually have two bosses; one is the executive editor of Steeple Hill, and the other is the senior editor of the Love Inspired line. They seem like really sweet ladies from the interview I had with them, so I can’t wait to get to know them better!
It’s so surreal that I start my career in just four days…my real, big-girl job!!! I’m both nervous and excited, which I think is a normal blend of emotions to be feeling. Of course, there’s the dreaded I’m-not-ready-for-this-and-I’m-going-to-walk-in-and-screw-up-everything-that-Harlequin-has-spent-60-years-establishing-in-my-first-day feeling (totally *normal,* right?) But I also have this incredibly optimistic feeling, like I’m FINALLY starting my life. All I’ve wanted for SO long now is to be starting a career, getting my life off the ground, and I’m more ready than ever to do this! It’s the perfect start to a new year, heck, a new decade. BRING IT ON!!!!
P.S. I’m sure I’ll be overloaded and overwhelmed my first week or so, but I promise to write soon and let you all know how it goes!