Welcome to The Changing Word.
My name is Rachel, and I am a newcomer to the publishing world, an industry many consider to be dying. It seems that everywhere you go, someone is confidently asserting, “Print is dead,” “I use my tablet for everything now,” and even the dreaded, “Who has time to read, anyway?” With this in mind, it makes sense why most outsiders to the industry (and in fact many insiders as well) believe that publishing is a thing of the past. But after a few work experiences at book and magazine publishing companies, I have a different opinion. No, I haven’t had nearly as much time in the industry as most editors, marketers, salespeople, and publishers, but if you ask me, publishing isn’t dying. It’s just changing.
To give you a little background about me, I am a senior at Johns Hopkins University double-majoring in English and Political Science. I’ve held a broad range of positions within the publishing industry, which include interning at Baltimore magazine, the Johns Hopkins University Press, and Rodale, Inc. One of my proudest achievements so far has been independently compiling and editing an entire book during Summer 2014 while working as a Books Editorial Intern at Rodale. In my free time I enjoy traveling (most recently to Southeast Asia), running, exploring Baltimore, and of course, reading.
The Changing Word is a blog dedicated to my experiences working in the publishing industry and insights that I’ve gained along the way. I’ve noticed that there are little opportunities for newcomers to the publishing industry to interface with one another. So please, feel free to comment and begin discussions. Let’s band together on this crazy ride into a seemingly risky but ultimately rewarding industry. Because doing what you love is worth it.