I started applying for internships. The Story with Dick Gordon, a nationally syndicated show out of North Carolina Pubic Radio, was willing to take on a non-traditional intern, and so I’ve spent this summer learning how to make radio. In my first few weeks, I listened to interviews, observed meetings, practiced cutting audio, and wrote copy for the website. Then, on the day the Supreme Court ruled on DOMA and Prop 8, the senior producer asked if I had any ideas. I remembered an episode of The Moth I’d heard some months before with Charlene Strong, a woman who was denied entrance to her partner’s hospital room after she was critically injured in a flash flood. I found Charlene’s number, and we called her, booked an ISDN at a station in Seattle, and an hour later, I listened in the studio as she talked to our host. As she spoke, I looked around the studio, and people were in tears. That’s when I knew this was the right decision…
So this is my cover letter, makers of American media. Babes of NPR is available for hire and willing to relocate. We’ll put you on the website.
Attention, Babes of NPR Tumblrs. Hire this lovely person!
Our second location in Jersey City is finally becoming a reality. We are currently interviewing for the positions below. If you have the appropriate qualifications, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify which position you’re applying for. Jersey City area residents area preferred!Thank you!1) Inventory Manager (Full Time)Responsibilities include overseeing all backlist ordering, receiving, returns, invoices, special orders. Work closely with Store Manager to ensure inventory is where it needs to be. Bookstore experience required. This position will be predominantly off the store floor.2) Events Coordinator (Full Time)Work closely with Events Director to host and coordinate events in store and offsite. Responsible for social media and in-store signage regarding events. Will have a portion of hours devoted to working on the store floor as well. Bookstore or event experience preferred. Computer proficiency, including knowledge of all social media platforms, required.3) Café Coordinator (Full Time)Work full time in cafe (featuring Stumptown coffee) overseeing food and coffee inventory on a daily basis. Work with our food vendors to ensure daily orders are sufficient, and work closely with Store Manager to get proper coffee order assembled each week. Oversee café duties including equipment maintenance and cleaning tasks. Barista training required, Stumptown training a plus. The ideal candidate will also be able to discuss books and handle bookselling customer service.
Quick! Somebody amazing apply to be Events Coordinator before I do it myself…
I used to complain about the drudgery of being an editorial assistant—the filing, the fetching water and coffee, the answering of phones. I had a college degree and a whole lot of ambition and I was spending half my time at the Xerox machine. But the truth is I was learning by osmosis that entire time. Reading my bosses’ emails to agents and to writers, looking at their edits and comments on manuscripts, seeing how they worked as salespeople to make the in-house team excited about works they loved—this was, in fact, my education. My master’s degree.
I’m all for the democratization of writing on the internet, but I am so, so glad I was able to learn the art of editing by watching people I admired do it firsthand."
Want to intern at Tumblr? Fuck Yeah!
I got started as an intern at Tumblr over 2 and half years ago running the meetups platform (aka stuffing envelopes) for the Community Team, and now I am full-time employed at Tumblr as the Arts Evangelist on the Outreach Team — the system works! Apply!
We can’t all be Annie Werner. But maybe some of you can?
It is very difficult to say to oneself, “
SelfMel, you made a ginormous mistake during a terrible economy and now you must gingerly extricate yourself from your mistake, if that is at all possible.”
The mistake was, of course, my decision to leave Fresh Air for medical school. I switched careers for several reasons: some good and some not-so-good.
Almost immediately, I realized I had made a mistake. I became terribly unhappy. I told myself it would get better. It didn’t. I told myself that the unhappiness was temporary. It wasn’t. I looked to my friends and family members in the medical field for advice. These folks entered school years before me and are currently much further along in the process. “If you don’t love this, you’re not going to make it, and even if you do make it, you’re not going to be happy,” they said. “You have to really want this.”
And over the past year, I’ve realized that this is not what I want. Which is a weird thing to realize. I thought that I wanted this for so long. I threw myself into it like there was no tomorrow. I studied my tush off. I got all A’s. I thought, ‘If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do this well.’ And I did, academically-speaking.
But this is not a good fit and I can’t see it changing into a good fit and I’ve watched myself change in ways that I don’t like to try to make it a good fit.
I’m not the type of person to give up on something once I start it. I struggle with the idea of failure, particularly public failure. I struggle with how people will perceive this decision. I struggle with why I did this in the first place, and the possible personal and professional ramifications.
But I also realize that there’s no point in constantly thinking “What If?” I can’t change the past year. It was a learning experience, it was something different. It taught me a lot about myself (and about biochemistry.)
What I can do is use the experience to make positive changes for the future.
So in May, when this semester is over, I’m going to go back to work. I’m not limiting myself to Philadelphia or the East Coast. I’m not limiting myself in any way, in fact.
I’m a humor writer and radio producer. I am good at the Internet, whatever that might mean. I’ve directed, written and edited national public radio shows under very, very tight deadlines. I love science and can explain tough concepts. I bake on Fridays. I like to bike. I’m a big fan of board games and hiking and living simply.
If you’d like to chat about any of these things, feel free to email me: email@example.com or find me on Twitter (@mkramer.) I’m happy to send along clips and references and press clippings and anything else you might like.
You’d be very lucky to get to hire The Most Popular Woman at Fresh Air.
Last week I spoke to a college senior who was contemplating a career in book publishing (editing, specifically) and wanted my advice. I thought I’d write down a few of the things I told her.
1. Being a book person is the best. Working in book publishing is not as lucrative as working in many other professions (if you can afford to consider factors other than salary, be so very thankful that you can), but there are other rewards.
2. Rewards include: free books, working with great writers, being surrounded by smart/passionate people with similar interests, free books!
3. There are jerks in every industry. That’s life. But there are enough non-jerks to make the whole enterprise worthwhile. Learn to deal with the jerks and learn to laugh at the absurd—it’s so much better than crying in a bathroom stall. Not like I’ve ever done that, ever.
4. Oftentimes, especially at first, you might not get to work on the kinds of books you love to read. So what? Learn as much as you can. Take it all in. Dr. Phil’s book sales allowed for me to publish literary fiction. For that, I will always have a soft spot for Dr. Phil.
5. Read. Read all the time. Do not tell a prospective employer that each and every one of your favorite authors died decades ago. Have opinions about the books that get published today. Know what critics are praising today. And know what people are buying today. (Hope there is some overlap!)
6. Take a copy editing course. I can’t guarantee that you will be happily employed and secure forever. But if you can do a decent job at freelance editing, you’re going to be better off. Especially as self-publishing grows, and more authors/agents will be looking for input from freelancers.
7. Your peers are your best allies. Make friends with colleagues in every department, make friends at other publishing houses/lit agencies/PR firms/booksellers/writers/critics/etc. This is not just a helpful strategy, this is fun.
8. The book industry is not going anywhere anytime soon. It is changing, as it should. But it will be around as long there are people who want to read books—in print or on their phones and tablets, or otherwise. We like to complain in this industry. Complaining is an art form. But don’t mistake that complaining for gloom-and-doom prophesy. I think most of the people I know in book publishing are an optimistic bunch, and rightly so.
Maris is smart.
Let me get this out of the way: I think freelance writers are bums, but hey, I guess I can’t talk myself since I haven’t left my cage in months. Anyway, we want someone who’s the lovechild of Truman Capote and a Buzzfeed editor. We want you to turn that shit out fast and have it sparkle like a diamond. You have to be able to fly with whatever assignments we throw your way and be able to pitch your own stories, too. You should be able to smell a good story the way I can smell a good mealworm. And if you can’t make a hedgehog laugh, get the fuck out. To quote Beyoncé, “I need a soldier … known to carry big things if you know what I mean.” (Take that last part with a grain of salt.)
Yo heads up Bookternet! This is a cool-ass opportunity.
Someone amazing should apply for this job, please. I love New York Public Radio and admire the strides they’ve made online, on Tumblr, in mobile, etc. I want so badly to see this role go to a person with real creativity and spunk and vision. Less jargon, more nerdtastic funsies! Tell your friends!
"Being intimidated by the prospect of a “full-size” blog, I joined Tumblr in February 2011. Since then I’ve shamelessly promoted my “name” and stalked down as many libraries/librarians on the site as I could find. I’ve connected with libraries, librarians, library students, publishers, writers, readers, Doctor Who fanatics, and cat lovers. I even linked up with LJ and got to write my first “Backtalk” piece.
Days later, my now current employer reached out after reading the piece, complimented my writing, and told me about an opening at their company. I was in immediately for an interview, and a week or so after that, received an offer. Just like that, I’m a working librarian.
It’s an example of social media at its best and most useful. I can’t promise Tumblr will get you a job, but I can bet you’ll find a welcoming, engaged community of bloggers open to new ideas, lively conversation, and real-life friendships.”