Hello, Fellow Bookworms!
Before deciding to go to graduate school, I had no idea that a master’s program existed for publishing and editing. I thought if you wanted to become a book editor you had to start at the bottom, like in the Devil Wear’s Prada. You take all the crap you can just to gain experience. But one day, I came across an article about a girl who attended the publishing program at Emerson College and had been able to get the experience she needed to get a foot in the proverbial book heaven’s door. So, I began my research into publishing programs in the U.S.
I’d like to share with you some of my findings before I decided to attend Emerson College. For me, I knew that I didn’t want to be in New York, where the main hub of publishing houses is. Coming from the medium-sized city of Fort Worth, Texas, I knew moving was going to be a transition without the culture shock of New York City. Hence, I chose the second biggest market: Boston.
Below are the main publishing programs in the U.S. Gathered from discussions online, notability, and accessibility to internships, I’ve ranked the masters and certificate programs.
The Top Five by Program Reputation and Accessibility to Internships:
- New York University:
- MS in Publishing (42 Credits)
- New York, NY
- Emerson College
- Master of Arts in Publishing and Writing or Popular Fiction and Publishing(40 Credits)
- Boston, MA
- George Washington University
- MPS in Publishing (30 credits) / Online classes offered
- Alexandria, VA
- Portland State University
- Master’s Degree
- Portland, OR
- Pace University
- Graduate Certificate (12 credits)/ M.S. in Publishing Program (36 Credits)
- New York, NY
- University of Houston Victoria
- Master of Science in Publishing
- Victoria, TX
- Rosemont College
- A. in Publishing or Graduate Certificate in ePublishing
- Rosemont, PA
One of the hardest parts about choosing to go into publishing is that it is a narrowed field that is little talked about. What people don’t know is that there are all kinds of jobs and programs outside of editing in publishing! There are marketing teams, production departments, sales and growth, design artists, literary agents, well-known editorial, and so much more! So if you love books and want to work them, there are so many ways to do it and places to go with it.
I hope this article has helped! Check out my other article, Publishing Certificates: What they are and how they could be useful.
Until next week,
Kime J. Sims.