I graduated the Denver Publishing Institute on Friday, August 7th. It was the single most exhilarating and enjoyable experience of my professional life, and I'm endlessly grateful for the opportunity.
Week 3 of DPI we covered marketing and publicity. I was really excited about these sessions because from my own previous research, I knew that my best traits most closely align with what publicists do. I love championing authors and their books, and up until now, I've been able to do this as a freelance copyeditor and lifelong reader. Now, I'm really looking forward to working behind the scenes to make sure books get the notoriety and audience they deserve both before and after they are released.
DPI was a wonderful program, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking to work with books. I really appreciated getting to talk with authors about their publishing experiences because it gave me insight to how authors have different expectations for relationships with their editors, publicists, and publishing houses. Releasing a book into the world is an incredibly vulnerable and exhilarating achievement, and they have to entrust a lot of other people to care for their book child in the same way that they do. When you think about the fact that authors carry their stories around, crafting them for years–sometimes carving them out and reshaping them multiple times, then it puts into perspective all the hard work that goes into making a book what it is. It's no wonder we readers have books that we return to time and again. Some stories feel like they belong to us just as much as the author, and I think we can feel so at home reading a book because of the care that was put into creating it.
Now that I've completed the institute, I'm applying to jobs and doing informational interviews with publicists and publishing assistants to get more insight into my future career. It's really exciting to hear about how people fell into (or worked hard for) their dream roles, and I can't wait until it's my turn to help somebody else figure out how to break into the wonderful world of publishing.