Tuesday, October 19, 2010

And Your Thoughts?

I am procrastinating. There’s a paper for one class, a website for another, a presentation, and hundreds of pages of readings. Alas, I had a glass of wine with dinner and now I feel like doing none of these things.
Or maybe my lack of enthusiasm stems from another factor entirely. Yes, it’s already that time of year: classes-picking and internships-hunting for the next semester has begun. I smell the future in the air and have completely lost my attachment to the present. Darn my perpetual need to go, go, go.
It’s gotten me this far, right?
So go I shall. But I need some help. I am applying for internships next semester, and I’m not sure what track to follow. Magazines? Book publishing? Literary agency? I don’t know!
Here are the choices:
1) I could work at a literary agency, where I would be assisting agents with manuscripts and representing writers to publishing companies. I have 2 or 3 good leads from medium to large agencies. It would be an interesting experience, seeing both the writer and the publishers point’s of view, and working with some possible celebrity clientele. Some seem very hands-on.
2) I could work at a publishing company, where I would be going through writings, assisting editors, and attending editorial meetings at companies like Simon and Schuster or W. W. Norton. I have 3 or 4 good leads from independent to corporate companies. It would be crazy to see what happens behind closed doors. Most seem very hands on.
3) I would work for a magazine, where I would be helping with editorial content and administrative work. I only have 1 or 2 good leads (one possibly at Martha Stewart Living). I’ve always wanted to see what working on a magazine is like, but the industry is tough and competitive. I don’t know how hands on these publications would be.
Any thoughts?
*Editor's Note: I could see myself working at all of these positions but don't know if I will get any of them. Actual internship is subject to availability, and may not be the winner of the survey. But you can vote anyways ;)



Billy Fellin said...

i voted for the literary agency. i think that would be one hell of an internship if you could get it...and i could see it being more beneficial and you learning more than at the magazine...course im also thinking of "wow itd be nice to know someone when my manuscript for my novel is finished" :P :P hehe.

miss ya.

Brooke H said...

I voted for literary agency too! That sounds really neat. Magazine would be my last choice because I hear that that industry in particular is really struggling, but of course you know more about that kind of thing than I do hah.

Matt Johnson said...

Do the magazine, it would be so much fun.

Kevin Smith said...

a magazine!! i know I would love to work with a magazine like National Geographic because I LOVE traveling and international things so much, if only i could write or was good at taking pictures. But i say magazine, I can see you interning with something like this more so than the others :)

Anonymous said...

are any of these jobs located in Richmond? Virginia? Mid-Atlantic States? :) Britney, whatever you decide, you will love it and make it a positive experience!!! :)