Netiya Shiner and Maria Gomez are Shimer students participating in the Shimer Internship/Mentorship (SIM) Program. They regularly post updates about their internship experiences.This post is from Maria, who is interning with Haymarket Books.
Hello dearest Shimerians,
This is my second blog post on my experience as an intern at Haymarket Books. I, indeed, have much more knowledge about what it is to work at a publishing company. What I have been working on is compiling a couple of lists. One is a compilation of contact information for the publication department. I research institutions, e.g. universities, political organizations, etc. that might find some of the HB books interesting. We base the research on the books that will be published in the near future. So here is a secret that I think is pretty cool. There will be a book released on Troy Davis' horrifying persecution for a crime he did not commit. With that, I research links that are related to the death penalty. The research that I complete often leads me to find new information. Something new that I was not aware existed is the area of study called Legal Anthropology. So I research the professors that teach that area of study and then enter their contact information into the HB database. The other list is one where I collect information on conferences that HB might want to have a booth in. I gather the information on the cost of the booth, the type of booth and the person to contact for information.
This is a review copy of the book on Troy Davis (I will say more about review copies in a bit). The book is to be released in September on the two year anniversary of his execution:
A couple of weeks ago I was at the table/booth at a Columbia College Cultural Studies Conference, where I spoke to a few professors and students about a couple of the books for sale. Later on, the person I was working with said that I could sit in a talk at the conference! This was very exciting. Really! I’ve never been asked to sit in a talk of my choice at a conference while on the job. I dare say that this could be any Shimerian’s ideal job situation.
I’ve also learned about some of the inner working of publishing companies to an extent. The departments include production, logistics, marketing and publicity. Production has to do with everything printed: the cover design, copy-edit, type-setting, etc. The publicity and marketing department deals with advertising the book to potential customers. This might take the form of emailing former customers, advertising at conferences like the Columbia College Conference, or it might take the form of formal events where the author presents on the book. And, of course, it manages social media outlets like the Facebook page, and Twitter. Once this is done, the logistics department takes and ships orders to costumers. These descriptions are very basic, but I am sure that I will expand on this more as I spend more time at the publisher.
Here is a picture of the room where I gather the books to be taken to conferences, events and, most recently, Printer’s Row (but I’ll share this particular event in a later post!):
Here is an upcoming book called The Speech: the Story behind Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream, to be released in August of this year. I have researched quite a bit on potential customers, and that is rewarding in itself. The other day, the review copies came in the mail. These are only to be read by reviewers, not the general public. Because I intern at HB, I can read a book months before anyone else can (live my life vicariously)! And that makes me feel special. I’m being facetious, but it is preeetty cool to have a copy of a book not yet published.
Here is a picture of the review copies of the MLK book:
I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Until the next blog post!