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The Journey Begins

The time has swiftly arrived—I’m off to New York in pursuit of my dream of a career in publishing. It’s a surreal feeling to think that I’ll be volunteering at Book Expo America this week and amidst publishers and authors from across the country. It is such a thrilling opportunity to get to volunteer at the publishing event of the year that I can’t quite believe it’s happening. I’ll be volunteering in the autographing area and am giddy at the thought being so close to the authors and perhaps able to have a conversation with them and get a few autographs of my own.

I am most excited for the opportunity to see Bill Bryson and Helen Fielding speak at the author events.  Bryson’s dry and witty reflections on the cultural differences between the UK and the US have me in stitches. As someone who’s grown up living in both places I am very familiar with the cultural debacles he describes in his musings. I have known and loved the comical character of Bridget Jones and her blundering antics for years now and I am confident in my ability to quote lines from the book (though when I meet Ms. Fielding I will do my best to refrain).

This will be my first time spending an extended period of time in New York. I went on two day trips to the city with my family as a teenager, but other than that I know very little about what this glittering city of dreams holds for me, which is quite an adventure itself. I always love exploring a new city and finding those hidden gems—quiet parks, quirky bookstores, quaint cafes—all tucked away and waiting to be stumbled upon.

The excitement and energy within me is pulsing expectantly as I am on the cusp of beginning this new journey. To get hands-on training from skilled executives in the publishing industry is something that makes my book lover’s heart flutter, and I am anxiously awaiting the start of my classes. I’m looking forward to delving into the world publishing, to gaining experience in the diverse facets of the industry, and to moving one step closer to this ardent dream of mine. It has been a long courtship between the publishing industry and I, with me being in hot pursuit and the industry coyly playing hard to get. It is my fervent wish that this experience will flip the scales and the industry will begin pursuing me as eagerly as I have pursued her. And so another adventure begins…

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Chasing the Dream

It has long been my dream to be a part of an industry that shares the captivating words of talented writers with an audience of eager and impassioned readers. In this blog I will chronicle my quest to prove myself worthy of a spot in the book publishing industry. In one short month I will be leaving my Texas roots for New York City to attend NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute.

This I’m sure sounds like a million other stories of wide-eyed, naive young professionals striving to make it big in NYC. It is my sincere hope that I can amount to more than that stereotype and that I can come up with content witty and engaging enough to actually get people interested in my story.

Who will save our books? Copyright James Patterson-Publishers WeeklyThough the face of the industry is changing, something I read today sparked a great sense of hope in me. James Patterson’s bold ad in Publishers Weekly highlights the serious lack of action surrounding the decline of books with the question “Who will save our books?”. His message is both an ardent support of books and a catalyst prompting much needed attention and focus on this troubling issue.

This is what I want to fight for. I want the children today to grow up with the same fervent love for the written word that I had as a child. I want that love to be nurtured and fueled by the profound words of the authors they read. I want our society to be aware of the paramount importance that should be placed on revitalizing the love of books.

This is not an issue that we should sit back quietly on, shaking our heads and saying ‘What a shame.’ We need to fight. Fight for the beautiful and powerful words that dance through the minds of authors. Fight for the transformative influence those words will have on their readers. Fight for a resurgence of the book in a world that is dangerously teetering on the edge of losing its understanding of their great importance.

It is with this sense of drive, determination, and purpose that I will pursue my dream of a position in book publishing. I know that I have much to learn and I am excited for all the lessons that will come out of my experience at NYU. I will begin this journey with the steadfast conviction that I will join this industry as another voice that will speak loudly for books and will refuse to be quelled.

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