What made you want to be a part of the publishing industry?

When I realized that my graduation deadline was in the not-too-distant future, I had a massive panic attack. Graduation was no longer this far away date I was looking forward to because it meant no more assignments, no more all night study sessions for exams, and no more attending lectures. Instead of feeling that way, I got really, really, scared.

I was afraid of not knowing what to do next. When you are in school, it’s simple: don’t fail, and make sure you make it into the next grade or course. However, there is so much uncertainty after graduation. It’s a time of reassessing your career path. Are you really sure you know what you want to do with your life?

For me, I realized that while psychology and marketing were way better than my attempt at a biomedicine degree, I couldn’t picture myself being a psychologist or a marketing exec. The very idea of doing a marketing internship made my skin crawl with uneasiness. After having a panic attack of wondering why the hell I couldn’t have figured this out earlier, I realized that I could use my degrees in virtually all industries. Then I thought about what I love doing, which of course you know is reading and anything book related. I have always been a voracious reader. I even loved those mandated library trips as a kid. I fell in love with reading series; growing with characters and seeing them change in subtle ways.

So the question became, how do I combine my passion for reading and educational background. Nobody pays for you to just read books. You have to do something, start a blog, be a reviewer, or actually work in the publishing industry and not just along side it. I could be marketer for a publishing firm, or an editor, or a publicist. Or maybe I could be a writer.

What it really came down to was asking myself what exactly I liked about reading. Though I do love reading, the experience just isn’t as fun if you don’t get to share your experiences with other people. My sister can attest to the number of hours a day that I spend moaning about how such and such character did this, or how there was giant plot hole in scene X. This enabled me to narrow it down to two main publishing functions: editing, so I could prevent future readers from experiencing the same frustration I had when reading books; and blogging/reviewing anything publishing related, to share my opinions with fellow book addicts.

I decided to do both. Thus, The Ribbon Marker was born and my search for editorial internships/entry-level employment began.


What made you blog, review, write, edit, and generally want to be a part of the publishing industry?