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December 9, 2014

This is the last in a series of posts about being an editorial intern at Knopf/Random House Canada. My aim is to provide publishing tips to emerging writers through an insider’s view of the industry.

I don’t think there’s a need to worry about the publishing industry if you haven’t spent years reading widely, taking classes, submitting to literary journals, and working on your craft. That said, there are many ways in which emerging writers can increase their chances of scoring a publishing deal. Straight from the horse’s mouth—my colleagues at Random House of Canada—here are some tips:

1) Be part of...

October 10, 2014

The first time I applied for a $12,000 writing grant, I encouraged my best friend to do the same. We met at the Ontario Arts Council office in downtown Toronto to hand in our submissions. Then we went to a pub down the street for celebratory nachos and beer. This is it, I thought happily. I’m living the writing life.

We both applied a few more times before she was successful. “What are you going to do with the money?” I asked. We were drinking beer on her back patio, one of the first warm days of the year.

“I’m going to buy a fish smoker.”

“Uh huh.”

“I’ve always wanted one.”

“Right. Why don’t you buy us...

September 22, 2014

The second in a series of posts about being an editorial intern at Knopf/Random House Canada. My aim is to provide publishing tips to emerging writers through an insider's view of the industry.

 

My third day as an intern at Knopf/Random Canada involved a toast to David Mitchell. My lovely fellow intern, Robin, came to my cubicle to ask me to join her. I soon found myself in the boardroom with a mimosa in hand, face-to-face with a famous, charming, humble, and very handsome author.

 

Every day wasn’t quite so glamorous. I spent many hours creating an index for a hockey book. There was a database full of...

September 15, 2014

This is the first in a series of posts about being an editorial intern. My aim is to share some stories and provide publishing tips to emerging writers through an insider’s view of the industry.

 

With the bug-eyed alertness of a cat stalking its prey, I watched a grey-haired woman push her walker into the middle of King Street and approach a cab. The cab I needed.

 

I was on my way to the second interview for the job of my dreams, and I was panicking. My dream job was an editorial assistant position at Penguin Random House Canada, where I might not only have the opportunity to work on Canadian literary...

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