Summer Internships

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Yesterday it was brought to my attention that I need to be on the lookout for summer internships. I know, it’s only February, but some of my friends have already had interviews for jobs that won’t start until May/June. But I’m torn. As someone with six internships under my belt, I feel like I’m ready for a real-world job. But then again, as a grad student, will there be time?

I suppose there are other options. Freelance work, for example. Simon & Schuster are looking for freelancers to code and quality check their eBooks, so as long as you know XHTML and CSS you’re fine. Most publishing houses also seek out freelance copyreaders who are up to date on the latest Chicago Manuel of Style and Merriam-Webster’s dictionary.

And there’s also the occasional paid internship. They are elusive, but out there. I’ve found one or two literary agencies willing to pay a “nominal fee,” whatever that means, and when I worked at LIFE last semester I was paid New York’s minimum wage (which happens to be 75 cents less than California’s).

If there’s anyone else out there like me looking for internships or jobs in the publishing field, then I recommend checking out BookJobs.com. Most of the jobs are in New York, but there are a handful in other states (mainly California and Texas) and a few in other countries (I just saw one for Vietnam). Good luck!

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No Jaywalkers Today

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Sleet, rain, hail, and snow–that was what every New Englander had to deal with last night. I woke up to 20 inches of snow on the ground, and it took me an hour and a half to get to work–half an hour just to get from my apartment to the PATH station. There was slush everywhere, and on my way home from work I accidentally stepped in many large puddles. But, I noticed hardly anyone jay-walked today (you can’t really run in slush). Enjoy the slideshow!

Save Lives, Don’t Pick Up Trash

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Last week, NYC was hit by a blizzard and got 30 inches of snow. Because of all the snow, many garbage trucks were unable to pick up trash. And of course, after one week, it really built up.

There are two ways of looking at this. Things can get a little smelly and messy, sure, but according to the New York Times, the provess of picking up trash was very democratic. NYC Garbage Pickup Is “Egalitarian,” If Snow Plowing Is Not

On the other hand, garbage pile-up save one young man’s life. The 26-year-old jumped out of his ninth story apartment window, and landed on top of a week’s worth of trash, alive. NYC Resident Saved By Trash Bags in Suicide Attempt

WIRED pop-up store: a slideshow

WIRED Magazine has a holiday pop-up store. Located on 692 Broadway, New York, NY, the store will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., from November 19 through December 26 only. If you get a chance, you should check it out. It’s pretty cool!

Click on the actual slideshow to see full-sized images.

Blurb

Self-publishing books, once considered almost taboo, or at the very least desperate, has evolved into something fun, easy, and even professional. Blurb is a perfect example of this.

Based in San Francisco, the company recently had a pop-up store in New York City. Located at 60 Mercer St. in Soho, the store was open from Oct. 21-31, and allowed customers to take part in workshops, speaker sessions, and events, as well as see examples of professional quality self-published books.

Inside was a writer’s dream come true. Hundreds of glossy, beautiful books lined the shelves and were stacked on tables.

Blown-up covers hung on the walls like artwork. And the people working in the story were incredibly helpful–they even gave me a coupon to print a free book!

For customers interested in using Blurb’s services, they had computers set-up so people could easily look up information, such as what software they would need, how to format, and how much it would cost to print.

Now all I have to do is write a book.