YPG Town Hall: How to Navigate a Career Transition

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Do you see yourself behind a desk editing manuscripts yet you found yourself selling books at a trade show? Perhaps you planned to work closely with children’s books but instead took a position dealing with adult trade? Maybe you secretly long to pitch cookbooks in various media outlets but settled for an opportunity in marketing at an academic journal. Your first job out of college may not be your dream job and it can certainly be a challenge to navigate the world of publishing when you are worried about being pigeon-holed in a department, genre, or job that isn’t your ideal match. So if you ever felt moving around within the industry to be completely overwhelming, then YPG is here for you—and we’re ready to talk about transitions!

Join us on Wednesday, July 22nd from 6:30 PM to 8:00pm at the NYPL Jefferson Market Branch (425 Avenue of the Americas) to talk informally and candidly at the second annual YPG Town Hall event. We’ll address how to best approach a transition, featuring YPGers just like you who have successfully made a move. We will adjourn to The Four Faced Liar (165 W. 4th Street ) afterwards for continued networking, so bring your business cards! Participating YPG Planning Committee reps include:

  • Melissa Faulner, Assistant Editor, Penguin Random House (transitioned from licensing to editorial)
  • Heather Luciano, Regional Account Manager, Macmillan Science & Education (transitioned from editorial to marketing to sales)
  • Kelly O’Connor, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins (transitioned from academic to trade)
  • Annie Stone, Editor, Alloy Entertainment (transitioned from large publishing house to a smaller house, and then from acquisitions editorial into packaging)
  • Moderated by: Stephanie Riordan, Human Resources, HarperCollins (transitioned from special sales to HR)

RSVP HERE to attend and to submit questions and discussion points!

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