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10 Career Options For Book Lovers

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Author: Sherry Helms

sssEvery book lover appreciates the feeling of being surrounded by books all day, and working alongside people who love reading books too! If you are an ardent reader and have always dreamed of working with books, newspapers or magazines, you will be happy to hear that there are a variety of lucrative as well as exciting careers for you. In this post, we present ten fantastic career options for people who really enjoy reading and wish that that could read at work. 

1. Copy Editor and Proofreader

If your eagle eyes can weasel out spelling and grammar mistakes, from typos to punctuation errors, then Copy editing and proofreading could be just the right job for you. You can say copy editor and proofreader as a grammatical gatekeeper, who reads over the content that, called “copy” in industry terms, and correct any mistakes in it. Several book publishing companies hire editors and proofreaders to examine the manuscripts before they are published.

Requirement: Most copy editors and proofreaders have at least a bachelor’s degree, usually, in English or Journalism, however it is a secondary thing. Primary thing needed to become a copy editor and proofreader is a passion for reading, ability to work to a deadline, firm grasp of language and its usage, and a sharp eye for details.

2. Librarian

Library is said to be a book lover’s paradise. So a job as a librarian can be a dream come true for a true book lover and a fan of learning and academia. The work of a librarian is not merely to glance through dusty old stacks to assist readers to get the perfect book –they may also lead community events and activities, keep up-to-date with publishing trends, maintain library catalogs and make them accessible, and also host children’s story times. And in this job, you will be able to get your hands on the forthcoming books.

Requirement: A master’s degree in library science or information studies is required for this job. Moreover, this kind of job would suit someone with superb organizational and communication skills

3. Web Content Writer

Generally those who read more have good writing skills. The job of web content writing is best suitable for them as it is a really flexible career that often provides people a facility to work from home. Since web content writers have to work through computer, therefore it is expected that they must have knowledge of digital content management systems.

Requirement: To pursue this job, a person needs a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English or in related fields. This job also requires good writing and grammar skills, the ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.

4. Literature Teacher

Ignite the light in minds and hearts of young generation for reading. Teaching literature is a fantastic job for any book lover, because this will help you to get immersed yourself in books as well as discuss the plot, prose, and character development with students. Literature teachers plan and execute important and engaging lessons to fulfill the syllabus requirements. Also, if you get specialized in a particular genre, it will not only help you to grow your career higher but also help you to publish your own research.

Requirement: College literature teachers basically need master’s degree in English Literature.

5. Book Conservator

It is clear from the name itself that the work of a book conservator is to preserve the classics from being damaged as if they do not keep these books in good conditions, the future generations may never get to see them. So, it makes the work of a book conservator significant as well as accountable. Still not all things are online. There are many people who prefer reading print books rather than eBooks. So it is the work of a book conservator to secure the precious earlier copies of some of the significant works for the future readers.

Requirement: High school degree is the minimum qualification needed for this job. Along with this, love of books and passion to learn something are some of the desirable things looked for in a book conservator.

6. Literary Agent

Book readers can also get a job as a literary Agent. Literary agents are also known as publishing agents who represent author’s works to various publishers and film producers. A literary agent helps the author in the sale and deal negotiation of his work. They make money for their work through the commission they received on book sales they negotiate for their clients.

Requirement: An educational background in journalism, literature, mass communications, business management or similar is required. However, there are no set requirements for becoming a literary agent. Someone who has a wonderful skill to sell books, and who genuinely appreciate authors and their work can be a literary agent.

7. Writer

If you are creative and have a great story telling, writing and grammar skills, you can use these abilities to write your own book. Although it is not easy to find success in this field as the fight is tough yet if successful, with your hard work and discipline, it can be tremendously rewarding. To start your writing career, you can choose any genre from non-fiction and fiction to short stories, from poetry to memoir. There are no shortcuts or sure ways to get published and become an author. If you have a story in your mind to share with the world, write it and once you have your book written, work on finding the right publisher and a literary agent.  

Requirement: The best thing to pursue career in writing field is that you don’t need to be graduate in creative writing, English or literature. Technically, there are no formal requirements to become a writer. Anyone can sit down and write poems, books or screenplays.

8. Publisher

If you love reading books and publications, you will surely like to become a publisher. Publishing is a very safe job that leaves plenty of room for creativity and a publisher can get a decent earning on the sales of books. Some of the responsibilities of a book publisher are to select which book is worth being to be published. Apart from this, finding talents, editing, marketing production, distribution and designing are the other key works of a Publisher

Requirement: A book publisher needs excellent analytical, team working, communication, presentation and problem-solving skills in addition to a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Journalism, Communications, Business Management, or in a related field. Additionally, a book publisher has an ability to balance multiple projects, meet necessary deadlines and a flair for spotting marketable books.

9. Bookshop Owner

One of the great career options for book lovers is to run their own bookstore.  This will not only help them to earn their living but also give them opportunity to being around books every day. A bookstore owners is the sole proprietor of an independent bookshop which shelve new stock, sell books and help customers to buy books, manage day-to- day accounting and personal taxation.

Requirement: A big advantage of being a bookshop owner is that you don’t need to have high qualifications for this. Good analytical as well as general business and management skills, including usual accounting and sales promotion, will be useful to make your business successful. However, a degree in business management or entrepreneurship can help immensely.

10. Book Reviewer

Anyone who loves reading books can opt for book reviewing as a full time or part time career. Many publishers as well as authors are willing to offer you a free copy of their book and then you will get paid for your writing an honest review without giving away too much of the plot. Moreover, don’t pull your punches in order to satisfy the author. A book reviewer can also set up his own book blog or can join any paid review site to make money.

Requirement: Bachelor of Arts in English, Journalism and Mass Communications and focus on the critical reading and writing skills are required in this field. The best way to enter into this profession is to send your reviews to online or printed publications. Several book reviewers are also work on freelance basis for various magazines, newspapers or publishing houses.

Top 9 Books On Leadership

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

There is a leader in each one of us. Some are born leaders and some have to discover it within. Leadership never means popular faces with lots of followers but definitely it means a name that people look up to in all situations. True leaders are those who help you attain the path of your success and happiness.

We are here compiling a small list of great books written to improve leadership qualities. This list targets professionals, individuals and businesses.

Books That Help You to Build And Improve Your Leadership Skills

Now, Discover Your StrengthsNow, Discover Your Strengths How to Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage

Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O Clifton is a wonderful and unique self-help book helps in identifying the most prevalent human strengths. The authors advocate focusing on enhancing strengths rater than focusing on removing weaknesses. Follow up of coauthors’ popular last book, First, Break All the Rules, it comprises 34 personal character attributes named by authors as “talent themes” and explains how to develop the required skills more easily, improve employee confidence and the company’s overall performance.

Authentic LeadershipAuthentic Leadership

This is a perfect book for the millions of people who wish for authentic, moral, character-driven leaders. Bill George, the former CEO and the chairman of Medtronic, explicitly recounts many of the toughest challenges he came across—from ethical predicaments and battles with the FDA to his own journey to become a successful leader. With his book, Authentic Leadership, the author provides five essential dimensions of authentic leaders-purpose, heart, values, relationships and self-discipline.

 Jack Straight from the Gut

This is a useJack Straight from the Gutful management book by a successful businessman who has often admired for his excellent leadership skills, Jack Welch. It gives a fresh and inspiring look into the qualities of a successful leader. One of the most influential people of 20th century, John demonstrates his childhood days, his college years, his career as the CEO and chairman of GE, his leadership styles, management beliefs, philosophy and secretes of his success. He brings to light the competitive process and the struggle he made to become the CEO of GE. 

Books That Help You to Enhance the Company’s Overall Performance through Your Leadership Expertise

Self Leadership and the One Minute ManagerSelf Leadership and the One Minute Manager: The number one New York Times bestselling author, Ken Blanchard, with coauthors Susan Fowler and Laurence Hawkins, teaches the skills of self-leadership through his captivating business book, The One Minute Manager. By following the techniques mentioned by Ken on his book, millions of managers in Fortune 500 companies and small businesses nationwide increased their efficiency, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity.

In Search of Excellence Lessons from America’s Best-RunIn Search of Excellence Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies Companies

In Search of Excellence’ is Tom Peter’s first book that sold more than 6 million copies and still is one of the most readable books of all time. Co-authored with Bob Waterman, this phenomenal bestseller comprises eight characteristics of excellent companies; namely action-stimulating, customer-oriented, self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship, profit-maximizing practices– that made these companies tick. This is the result of two decades of rigorous researches conducted by these two brilliant authors in forty-three of America’s most successful companies from a diverse array of business sectors.

Execution The DExecution The Discipline of Getting Things Doneiscipline of Getting Things Done

Written by the former chairman and CEO of Honeywell International- Larry Bossidy and the legendary advisor to CEOs and senior executives- Ram Charan, Execution emphasis on the fact that any company does not become successful only through the brilliant strategies they followed but by their relentless focus on implementation. Jam packed with stories from the warfront, this book explains how the leadership is the crucial part to get ongoing financial success.

Good to Great Why Some Companies Make theGood to Great Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't Leap and Others Don’t

Sold over 4 million copies, this massive bestseller by James C. Collins explains how some companies transitioned from being average companies to great companies and why some companies failed to achieve the good-to-great growth.         Filled with innovative thoughts, comprehensive examples, and data to support the conclusions, this nearly 300-page book is a must have for every businessman and aspiring entrepreneur.

Self-Help Books for All Aspiring Leaders

How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleHow to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegies has changed the lives of millions of people around the world through his teachings. With his excellent ability to understand human nature and conversational style, he teaches the important principles of dealing with people so that they feel important and appreciated. Originally published in 1936, this best-selling self-help book by Dale is a must-read for every entrepreneur and communicator. 

The Secret What Great Leaders Know and DoThe Secret What Great Leaders Know and Do

This is an inspiring story of a struggling and a failing leader- Debbie who learns the lessons of management in the training program offered by her company. Incidentally, the president of the company, Jeff Brown happens to be her mentor. He teaches her to be a serving leader rather than a self-serving leader. Based on the legendary bestselling author Ken Blanchard’s personal experience and drawn from examples of best leaders, this book contains five essential concepts to achieve leadership success.

5 Essential Books to Prosper in Your Family Business

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Author: Sherry Helms

Family businesses can be seen active in every sector of commercial world. From small stores to giant multinationals, family owned businesses continue to lead the world economy. Their special strengths lie in the fact that they thrive best where their good worth can be fully exploited. However, regardless of size, running a successful family business exposes unique challenges, which lead many to failure of surviving the transition to the next generation.

If you run a family business, and wish to pass on it to your coming generations then what you need, as I determine after making a thorough online research on family business, is to keep the flag up by being in regular consultation with some experts for the internal and external planning & management for your long run or newly fangled family firm. But, your hectic schedule, as obvious, aren’t allowing you the way to such meetings. Don’t worry. Here I’ve an alternative solution for this. You can possess books written by some family business experts that you may curl up with every night for at least one hour. Also, books have an added advantage that you can carry them during your business trips and utilize your boring traveling time to pull up some useful information from them.      

 

The very first book I would like to suggest you to go for is Family Businesses: The Essentials written by the expert Peter Leach who has pioneered family business research in the UK and is the founder and chairman of the Stoy Centre for Family Business. This is a comprehensive guide offering insight on every aspect of managing a family-owned firm–from day-to-day issues to long-term set up for future generations. So, this would be a great pick for you.

 

With the same intent as Peter Leach, the acclaimed professor of the Global Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, Ernesto Poza has compiled a book with the title Family Businessthat provides the next generation of family business owners with the knowledge and skills needed for the successful management and leadership of the family enterprise. So, you can possess it for yourself and your coming generations as well. What distinguishes it from others is that Prof. Poza uses both text and cases to explain to the readers a diverse set of family firms, assessing the interrelationships between the owners, the family, and the management team.

“Precaution is better than cure”– so, learn about what can be fatal to your family business with the Quentin J. Fleming’s book, Keep the Family Baggage Out of the Family Business. Fleming has identified and shared in this book the Seven Deadly Sins that are invariably responsible for the demise of a family business. If you’re an average family business owner, this handy guide is perfect for you.

Next, what you need is a book dealing with the strategic planning for family businesses. So, here you can go for the title Strategic Planning for the Family Business, which is a joint effort of family enterprise professors Randel S. Carlock and John L. Ward. This practical, comprehensive guide will help you ensuring success through effective strategic planning laid out by the expert authors. Filled with real world examples, case studies, checklists, and planning worksheets, this book is a wealth of tested, easy-to-follow tools and techniques for mastering strategic planning for family-owned firms.

Last but not the least, you must be familiar with relevant laws and constitutions, if you seek everything fair within your family business. The family agreement should be one of the prime objectives for a family firm in order to climb the success ladder. So, here is a special book The Family Constitution: Agreements to Secure and Perpetuate Your Family and Your Business Designed “ that will be pretty helpful for the families planning to draft such an agreement, families deciding whether or not to begin the process, and those that have already established a family agreement.

 

Must-read Business Books for Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

In this blog-post, we have come up with a list of Business Books that every entrepreneur or those who are planning to start or run a business should read to understand better the business strategies and to learn how to sustain  highly-competitive world of business.

Representing our massive collection of Business Books, all the books in the following list are shortlisted by our adept editorial team on the base of high-demand. Take a look!  

The Lean Startup – “How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses?” This is what Eric Ries attempted to teach those organizations who are dedicated to create something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This book is come up with a new approach that help changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. It argues that though, most startups fail, but many of those failures are preventable.

The E-Myth Revisited – In this comprehensive business books, the author Michael E. Gerber basically deals with the most common question of business world, “Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It”. He takes the readers in the life of a successful business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, offering hopes for success to small-business enterprises.

The One Minute Manager – This is a concise, easily read story that reveals three very practical techniques-to-follow for effective management: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praising, and One Minute Reprimands. These techniques help managers of any organization, whether big or small, to increase their productivity, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity. This, in turn, enhances the profitability for the organization and its employees.

Guerrilla Marketing, 4th edition: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits From Your Small Businesses – This book is considered as the entrepreneur’s marketing bible, the book every small-business owner should own. In this updated and expanded fourth edition, Jay Conrad Levinson adds some more points to the revolutionized marketing strategies for small-business success that defined in the first edition of Guerrilla Marketing It includes strategies for marketing on the Internet; tips for using new technology, such as podcasting and automated marketing; etc.

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits In this book, veteran business guru, Harnish Verne discusses with entrepreneurs,What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Fast-Growth Firm”. He compiled the best practices of some of the successfully-run firms of business world. The breakthrough in this book is an instructive chapter co-authored by Rich Russakoff that talks on the winning tactics to get banks to finance your business. Further, there are case studies demonstrating the validity of Harnish’s practical approaches.

Readers can explore the business books of their own choices or as per their specific requirements from our  Online Bookstore’s special Business Books category, hiding thousands of titles within.   

We wish to intensify this list, so readers, please do share and comment your favorite Business Book titles that you think an entrepreneur or small-business owners must read.

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