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What Kind of Apartment is Right for You?

You want an apartment in Boston but don’t know which room is right for you? There are so many options it is difficult to know what is right for you and your lifestyle (or pocketbook). Some floor plans and sizes are better suited for the privacy seeker or the thrift shopper.  But there are some key things to watch out for with each!

Here are the different types of apartment and which could be best for you!

  • Studio: This will often be a single room with a bathroom and kitchenette attached. If you are lucky it might have a full stove and fridge, but many of them come with half fridges and a small two burner stove. A lot of people like the studio because of it’s privacy and ease. However, some people find that the studios can be overpriced and lacking on space due to the tight constraints of Boston’s old buildings. If you want to share a studio with a roommate, you should check with your landlord/building management because there are certain Boston city codes on how many people can live in a certain square footage.
    • Cost:
      • Low end: $1000-$1600/
      • High end: $1600-$2500
    • Pro’s: Your own space!
    • Con’s: Pricey and Amenities can be lacking


one bedroom floor plan

  • One Bedroom: One bedrooms are similar to a studio and can be almost the same square footage. However, someone bedrooms have the ability to fit two people, one in the bedroom and one in the living room. These apartments are called “one-bedroom-splits” or just “splits” to keep it simple. These can be economical and make the rent easier to handle. My roommate and I currently have this structure and were lucky to find a one bedroom that had two entrances. Make sure this is okay with your landlord before you turn a 1-bedroom unit into a split. (I put up an accordion door in mine to make it a split since the living room didn’t have a door.
    • Cost (per month):
      • Low: $1500- $2100
      • High: $2200-$2700
    • Pro: Fewer people involved, economical
    • Con: Harder to find


  • Two Bedroom: Two bedrooms can be great where you can find them. They offer both residents privacy and often come with a living room space that allows for you to have company. One bedrooms are a bit too crowded to have friends over. It’s not impossible but hard! Two bedrooms tend to be more expensive than their one-bedroom-split counterparts because they tend to be larger and are
    • Cost:
      • Low: $1700-$2500
      • High: $2500-$3000
    • Pro: Common area, won’t be lonely!
    • Con: More expensive than a split


  • Three Bedroom: Three bedrooms are a nice compromise for people that want to share an apartment but are trying to cut back on the amount of liability. When you have roommates there is always some risk factor. The more people pitching in the higher the chances that someone will: not be available right before you sign the lease, have financial difficulties, or other unforeseen circumstances that would cause them to be unable to offer their portion of the rent. The more bedrooms, the cheaper you can get a nice place as well, so it’s a trade-off.
    • Cost:
      • Low: $2100-$3000
      • High: $3000-$4000
    • Pro: More people, cheaper price
    • Con: Increased Liability, possibly only one bathroom


  • Four Bedroom: Four Bedroom apartments offer some of the best rates. Why? Because of how difficult it is to get four people to agree on an apartment! Often times there will be one or two people who do the looking and then decide on the place. If you do get a four bedroom, you will be able to find someone to take a room, but it may not be someone you want to live with. A great way to find roomies is to check your school website for housing connections and your grad program Facebook page. Emerson has a great one and that’s where I met my roommate!
    • Cost:
      • Low: $3000- $4000
      • High: $4000-$6000
    • Pro: Cheaper! Easier to find since not many people put in the time to get them
    • Con: Increased Liability, Application approval may be harder since each person has to apply for the room separately


  • Five Bedroom: The five-bedroom is a mystical place that I have seen on my searches, but never heard of anyone that made it work. This layout tends to apply to homes where there are common areas and multiple bathrooms.
    • Cost:
      • Low: $ 3500-$4500
      • High: $4500-5500
    • Pro: Cheaper, multiple bathrooms ensured
    • Con: May not be the newest location/ house comes with other problems (cutting the yard, increased utilities, etc.)

There are many different kinds of apartments. For myself, my parent’s were co-signers and wanted me to be with a reputable property management company. My one bedroom was perfect since they worked with me from afar and send pictures, floor layouts, and we did all our paperwork online

If you won’t be able to see the apartment before renting, this is called, “site unseen viewing.” Make sure that this is okay with the apartment or agent that you are working with. Not everyone is willing to do it for liability reasons. However, you will find many agents who are willing to show you a Skype or Google Hangouts video call and show you the apartment.

Thanks for reading! And check back next week for the Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Looking For an Apartment.

Until next week, Happy Friday Bookworms!


Kime J. Sims.

Books Publishing Writing

Academic and Professional Publishing: A Look at the Other Side

If trade books are everything you love about books, the opposite goes for academic and professional publishing.

Remember in college when you had to buy a $200 book for class and then never used it again? That is Academic Publishing. High costs due to heavy research and productions costs + trying to keep relevant with the time! (*cough this is why they have so many editions of textbooks)

Academic book publishers work with trade books indirect sale and promotion from the company that makes the books and get them to the manufacturing plants or works with companies that collaborate for mass wholesale.

All of the Big Five sell in trade book publishing, and some dabble in the others. Trade books make up the majority of books sales.

Academic Books 

These books tend to live as textbooks in schools and colleges across the country. They cost a lot more than traditional trade books because they are a smaller niche and a smaller genre with more research and authority.

These books are for elementary, middle and high school used for required reading or for classwork guidance and instruction. Pretty much any required reading in a classroom setting can be considered non-trade books. These books tend to be written with the input of industry professionals—teachers and professors—add their input. Entire schools will often buy one book on a mass scale like a 10th-grade chemistry book.

Some books that are originally sold as trade books, take Great Gatsby for example, can be sold in schools as academic book editions. If a classroom wanted to get enough copies, they could go through an academic book company. The textbook company could have their sales rep work with the trade publishers sales rep and other connections to make a deal for these specific schools.

Professional, Technical, and Reference Books

Specialized books created for field professionals. These field cover:

“accounting, medicine, psychology, computer science, architecture, etc. come from “professional publishers” that specialize in those areas. These are very authoritative and can include in-depth books on very niche areas within the subject matter or general reference materials.”

These are the books that only apply to people within a specific field of study or learning. These books tend to update said professionals on new developments, laws, studies, and advancements within the realm of their jobs.

These are books that can be so niche you would think they were on Half Price Books “We don’t know if anyone would buy this” pile, and they would give you $.001 cents for it. You would then leave after selling your tween stage Twilight books, that one copy of Illiad you never read, and a myriad of other books doubting justice in the world.

Ok, that was me angry ranting, but these books are really dull and dry and serve a purpose- one that is not pleasure but knowledge.

Take the below for example:

Cch Accounting for Income Taxes, 2018 Edition [Book]

from Wolters Kluwer, CCH/ Business / Economics · Paperback · Non-fiction · 506 page

“CCH Accounting for Income Taxes (2018) provides guidance on the application of Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification Topic 740, Income Taxes. Now available in eBook format – download to your computer instantly. Now available in eBook format – download to your computer instantly.”

Only my attorney would read this book to go to bed at night. Anywho, I think you get the gist. I didn’t know this category existed, and find it fascinating! Imagine editing that?!  I shiver to think the thought.

I hope this overview has been helpful!

Have a great day Bookworms!


Kime J. Sims.


Who Are “The Big Five”? And Why Are They Important?

One of the first things people think when they hear that you want to work in publishing is they assume you aim to be part of “The Big Five.” “The Big Five” as the industry likes to call them are the largest conglomerate of publishing houses in America. They are constantly growing and are pushers of the American book market.

Per an article by titled, “What the Big 5’s Financial Reports Reveal About the State of Traditional Book Publishing” author Thad McIlroy states that:

“In April 2015 Publishers Lunch (firewall) took a stab at calculating the overall U.S. book publishing market share of the big 5ers (using Association of American Publishers data). (With qualifiers) the report listed. That’s over 80% of the U.S. trade publishing pie. Sounds a bit high, but it reveals the swath these companies cut.”

“Penguin Random House    37 %
HarperCollins                     17.5 %
Simon & Schuster              11.7 %
Hachette                                   9 %
Macmillan               (possibly 5 %)”

You can read the rest of his article here.

In the current day, the 5’ers have grown even more as they continue to buy up small publishing houses and combine their markets.  Below is a short overview of who they are and maybe a bouncing place for you to see if they have an office or internship near you!

  • Penguin Random House
    • Info: Has almost 250 imprint and publishing houses
    • Subsidiaries: Random House Publishing Group, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; Crown Publishing Group; Penguin Group U.S.; Dorling Kindersley; Mass Market Paperbacks, Penguin Group U.S.; Random House Children’s Books; Penguin Young Readers Group, U.S., etc.
      • Random House Offices
        • 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
        • (212) 782-9000
      • Penguin Offices
        • 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
        • (212) 366-2000
      • Dorling Kindersley
        • 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
        • (646) 674-4000

Penguin Random House Branches
Penguin Random House Branches


  • HarperCollins
    • Info: subsidiary itself, of a larger global company News Corp.
    • Subsidiaries: William Morrow; Avon Books; Broadside Books; Harper Business; HarperCollins Children’s; HarperTeen; Ecco Books; It Books; Newmarket Press; Harper One; Harper Voyager US; Harper Perennial; HarperAcademic and Harper Audio, etc.
    • 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
    • (212) 207-7000

Harper Collins Publishing House Branches.
Harper Collins Branches


  • Simon and Schuster
    • Info: covers adult, children’s, audiobooks, and digital book publishing
    • Subsidiaries: Atria, Folger Shakespeare Library, Free Press, Gallery Books, Howard Books, Pocket Books, Scribner, Simon & Schuster, Threshold Editions, and Touchstone, etc.
    • 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
    • (212) 698-7000

Simon & Schuster Publishing House branches
Simon & Schuster Branches.


  • Hachette Book Group
    • Info: an off shoot of the 2nd largest book publisher in the world. Hachette Livre.
    • Subsidiaries: Grand Central Publishing; Little, Brown and Company; Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers; Faith Words; Center Street; Orbit; Yen Press; Hachette Audio; and Hachette Digital. Read about Forever, Hachette’s Romance line, and about Forever Yours, their digital-first Romance line, etc.
    • 237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
    • (212) 364-1200

Hachette Books Publishing House
Hachette Branches


  • Macmillian Publishers
    • Info: global trade book publishing company, publishes a lot of college/ academic books
    • Subsidiaries: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Henry Holt and Company; Picador; St. Martin’s Press; Tor/Forge; Macmillan Audio; and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, etc.
    • 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
    • 646-307-5151
Macmillan Publishing House Branches
Macmillan Branches


I know that was a little long! Thanks for sticking with me!

Overall, “The Big Five” are in essence the small 200. There are so many small houses that work under each company that there are always new and growing ways to join in on the industry where ever you are at. Many of the smaller companies are able to focus on non-mainstream projects and independent ideas that help bring the ever-changing market we have today. I hope this has been helpful!

And please don’t forget to send any of your questions and comments in the section below!

Happy Hunting Bookworms!


Kime J. Sims.

I compiled the above information from The Balance Career. Thanks! Link here and here.


Looking for More Information?!

A few other great current articles to read about the 5’ers are: (more on who the Big 5 are) (current state of publishing in 2018) (other offshoots of the growing industry of publishing) (internships with the big 5!) (analysis of the Big five’s impact on the industry)




Why You Should NOT Move to Boston: An Interview with Edmund Bullock

Boston is a little city with a big reputation. There are thousands of people that move here every year. We took to the library and interviewed everyday Bostonians to answer the question: Is Boston a good place to live and why?

When people imagine Boston, they see a historically rich and culturally diverse city. But what they don’t see are the thousands of students and professionals that move here every year to make their marks on the world. They are on the T (the subway) and they are on the streets walking from one place to another through Copley square. In both of these, their eyes are fixed on one thing- getting where they are going. The tourists not so much.

Being in this city, there is an air about it. The curvature of the glass skyscrapers meets cobblestone streets in clashes of the modern vs. historical. Whether you are moving here for school or work or otherwise, we hope to delve into some of your queries and provide an answer to the what many people are wondering: Is the expense of living in this beautiful city worth it? We are going to interview some of the resident Bostonians and get their take on life in one of America’s oldest and most culturally diverse cities.

Welcome to Moving to Boston: Bonker’s for Boston
The following Podcast is my interview with Edmund Bolluck, a father, community member, and self-published author.


Toes in the Water: Certificate Programs in Publishing

Depending on the skills you hope to polish, a publishing program may or may not be for you. There are some ways to see if the field is for you without spending $60k, relocating, and spending two years of your life!

If you don’t want to complete a full master’s program, but want to see what publishing is about/ get a step in the door you could try out a publishing summer course or Certificate Program. The credits from these could also apply to the graduate school you chose if you check beforehand!

Certificate programs offer great overview courses and can give you a hand up when applying for the internships or entry-level jobs in your town. The biggest cities for publishing are New York, Boston, Portland, Memphis/Nashville, Houston, and Washington D.C. This isn’t to say that you can’t find a position in your city! There are publishing houses, both big and small across the United States.

If you want to expand your writing skills and understanding of the field check out the following programs!

Publishing Overview Programs:

  • Columbia University
    • 6-week course
    • The Columbia Publishing Course
    • “The first three weeks of the course are devoted to book publishing and the following two weeks are devoted to the magazine and digital publishing, with the sixth and last week being a combination of all the interests presented by the course. The sixth week also heavily focuses on career planning in preparation for having students apply for jobs.”
  • University of Denver
    • Certificate of Completion/ 6-Quarter Hours of Graduate Credit
    • 4 weeks in the summer
    • “The Denver Publishing Institute is the ideal launching pad for your career in book publishing. During four weeks, it will introduce you to the exciting and ever-changing world of book publishing. The course will provide a solid educational foundation and an excellent network for your subsequent job search.”
  • Arizona State University
    • Scholarly Publishing Certificate Program
    • Nonfiction Writing and Publishing
  • Rosemont College
  • Washington State University
    • Department of English Editing and Publishing Certificate
    • 15 hours
    • Pullman, WA
    • “The Editing and Publishing Certificate (EPC) is a career-oriented curriculum that allows students already attracted to the field of editing and publishing to pursue a cohesive track where they gather editorial tools and practice them in real-life workplaces. Because our offerings uniquely combine literary, creative, digital, and technical writing skills, the certificate allows flexibility for students to build on their individual editorial interests and pursue related careers.”

Well, depending on where you live and your financial situation this could be a great option to get away for a summer after graduating or maybe take the online courses!

But the question is it feasible to move across the country or even to another state? If you are struggling with this question, trying out one of these programs is a great way to gains skills or test the field before dedicating your time and resources.

There are many other programs out there and options! Please let me know if you find other you feel should be added to the list.

Thanks again Bookworms!


Kime J. Sims.