1. Living in a major city on a junior publisher’s salary can feel like this:
2. Every job posting seems to say this:
3. (Dalkey Archive’s job posting was only outrageous because it spoke the worst of what’s on the industry’s mind.)
What can get you ‘fired’ from this unpaid internship: leaving the office early, being unavailable on nights and weekends, going to weddings, giving a boss unsolicited advice, ‘gossiping.’
4. But hey, at least you get summer Fridays?
Goodbye, losers in other industries*. I’m off to the beach.
(*does not apply to small presses.)
5. You might’ve aced your Barthelme thesis as an undergrad, but sometimes the only job available is in editing gardening textbooks.
6. Or maybe the finance people tell you to scout for ‘the next 50 Shades or Twilight.’
7. And the slush pile just teems with these:
Cover letter: “(self-)nominated for a Pushcart Prize.”
8. And even your mom’s friend’s dog is trying to give you his manuscript.
9. And every query letter is made of a billion fedoras:
Head over to Query Hell to read more book proposal cover letters.