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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.

5 Leading Publishers of Fiction Genre

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Publishers are the pillars on which the success stories of writers or books lie. It is the publisher who offers platform to a well-compiled manuscript, who brings you the best of literature. We cherish a well-written book and applause its author, but we forget to acknowledge their base — the publisher. So, don’t you want to know about the names that brought life to your favorite novels; that let you enjoy more than one life?

Presented below the names of the top 5 Publishers who lead the Fiction market, along with the brief descriptions of the companies’ profile. Check ‘em out:

Random House, Inc. – Random House, Inc. is one of the largest general-interest trade book publishers in the world that brings the best in fiction genre. Owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s foremost media companies, RH has its head quarter in New York, U.S.A. This number one publishing house has the honor of publishing authors like Christopher Paolini, Dan Brown, E. L. James,  Laura Hillenbrand,  Jane Austen, Paul Auster, John Grisham, Maya Angelou, Stieg Larsson, Abraham Verghese, Barack Obama, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, James Frey, etc.

With the possession of publishing groups like Crown Publishing Group, the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, the Random House Publishing Group and Random House Children’s Books, and their huge number of imprints, the company has spread its wings across the globe.

Hachette Book Group – Resulted from the acquisition of Time Warner Book Group by Hachette Livre, a global publishing company based in France, the Hachette Book Group publishes each year around 650 adult books, 125 young adult and children’s books and 100 audio books. With imprints like Little, Brown and Company, Grand Central Publishing, 5-Spot, Forever, Mulholland Books, Poppy, and Orbit Books, HBG has a strong hold on fiction genre.

Some of the bestselling authors associated with HBG are Stephenie Meyer, James Patterson, Douglas Preston, Steve Martin, Nicholas Sparks, Anita Shreve, Malcolm Gladwell, Chelsea Handler, Lisi Harrison, Christopher Hitchens and Michael Connelly.

HarperCollins Publishers – Founded in 1817 by the brothers James and John Harper, the company has its headquarter in New York City, and is now a subsidiary of News Corporation. The name HarperCollins is a combination of Harper & Row, an American publishing company acquired by News Corporation in 1987, and the British publisher William Collins, Sons (founded 1819), acquired in 1990 by the News Corporation.

Having a broad-base in book publishing business with more than 30 imprints, HarperCollins leads the fiction books market in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and India.

In the span of 200 years of its existence, HarperCollins has taken home the pride of publishing some of the foremost classic writers, with authors published originally by Harper are Mark Twain, the Brontë sisters and William Makepeace Thackeray, and that by Collins are H. G. Wells, Agatha Christie and J. R. R. Tolkien.

Penguin Group – Known for its high quality, inexpensive paperback editions, Penguin Group boasts an enormous backlist of fictions from classic era. Owned by Pearson, an international media company with market-leading businesses in education, business information, and consumer publishing, this leading book publishing brand is functional in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa and China,.

Founded in London in 1935 by Allen Lane, who wanted to make fiction more readily available to the public, Penguin Book is now considered among one of the world’s best publishers of fictional books. Among the first authors the company published were Ernest Hemingway, André Maurois, and Agatha Christie. The Penguin Group takes in a number of other publishing companies, including Viking, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Berkley Books, and Puffin.

Simon & Schuster, Inc.A division of CBS Corporation, Simon & Schuster, Inc. is next in the line of the top 5 publishers of fiction books. Set up by Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln Schuster in 1924 in New York City, it currently publishes over two thousand titles annually under 35 different imprints consisting of names like Gallery Books, Howard Books, Pocket Books, Scribner, Touchstone, Free Press, Atria, Fireside, Simon Pulse, and Simon Spotlight.

In 2010, Simon & Schuster sited 154 titles on the New York Times bestseller list, including fourteen Number 1 bestsellers, which are Broke by Glenn Beck, Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King, Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush, House Rules by Jodi Picoult, Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward, The Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark, Women Food and God by Geneen Roth, American Assassin by Vince Flynn, The Power by Rhonda Byrne, and Little Bee by Chris Cleave.

Random House, Inc. – Publishing the Best in Fiction and Non-fiction

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

If a book cover is printed with the symbol and signature of Random House then be sure about quality and reliability of the book. Directed towards giving the best in fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, Random House, Inc. is one of the world’s largest general-interest trade book publisher, and is owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s foremost media companies.

With the headquarter in New York, U.S.A., Random House gets hold of a global reach with Random House publishing companies in nineteen countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, U.S., and Venezuela.


Random House was founded in 1927 by Americans Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, two years after they acquired The Modern Library imprint, reprints of classic works of literature, from publisher Horace Liveright. A quote by Cerf saying, “We just said we were going to publish a few books on the side at random,” suggested the name Random House.

Random House entered reference publishing in 1947 with the American College Dictionary, which was followed in 1966 by its first unabridged Random House Dictionary of the English Language.

Did You Know

Random House also possess an entertainment production arm for film and television, Random House Studio. The company also creates story content for media including video games, social networks on the web, and mobile platforms.

The company first made international news by successfully defending in court the U.S. publication of James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses, setting a major legal precedent for freedom of speech.

RH’s decades long dedication towards publishing the best literature by writers from the United States and the abroad has brought the company the privileges of publishing many award winning books. Books published by Random House, Inc. have won an unrivalled number of Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes.

Divisions, Groups And Imprints

Its American division currently comprises the Crown Publishing Group, the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, the Random House Publishing Group, Random House Children’s Books, and RH Digital Publishing Group. Some of their popular imprints are Amphoto Books, Back Stage Books, Billboard Books, Broadway Books, Crown, Crown Business, Doubleday Religion, Harmony Books, Image Books, Alfred A. Knopf, Pantheon Books, Vintage, The Modern Library, Spectra, Villard Books, Beginner Books, Kids@Random, Nickelodeon Books, Prima Games, Fodor’s Travel, Living Language, Princeton Review, etc.

The Random House International Division includes more than 200 publishing companies with their famous imprints like William Heinemann, Hutchinson, Goldmann, BBC Books, Ebury Press, Virgin Books, Lumen, Plaza & Janés, Knopf Canada, Seal Books, Douglas Gibson Books, etc.

Some of the Associated Authors

Christopher Paolini, Dan Brown, Jean M. Auel, Linda Howard, John Twelve Hawks, E. L. James,  Laura Hillenbrand,  Jane Austen, Paul Auster, John Grisham, Maya Angelou, Eric Blehm,  Stieg Larsson, Abraham Verghese, Barack Obama, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Lisa See, James Frey and Mitch Albom.

Some Popular Books Published by RH in 21st Century

Fifty Shades Freed by E L James (2012)

Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James (2011)

The Confession by John Grisham (2010)

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (2009)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (2008)

The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (2007)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by  Lisa See (2006)

Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats by Rachael Ray (2005)

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (2004)

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (2003)

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Malcom (2002)

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by  Laura Hillenbrand (2001)

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HarperCollins Publishers: Serving to literary world since 200 years

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Some businesses need no introduction but are consistently pressed for the wonderful contribution they make to their trade. “HarperCollins Publishers” is one of such names being applauded, respected and awarded for their consistent input to the literary world since nearly 200 years.

Headquartered in New York City, the company is a subsidiary of News Corporation, and has a broad-base with publishing groups in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and India. The company publishes fiction, non-fiction, academic, and reference titles.


HarperCollins was founded in New York City in 1817 as J. and J. Harper, later Harper & Brothers, by James and John Harper. The name HarperCollins is a combination of Harper & Row, an American publishing company acquired by News Corporation in 1987, itself the result of an earlier merger of Harper & Brothers and Row, Peterson & Company; and British publisher William Collins, Sons (founded 1819), acquired in 1990 by the News Corporation.

Did You Know

In a span of 200 years of its existence, HarperCollins has earned the pride of publishing some of the world’s foremost writers from classic era, with authors published originally by Harper are Mark Twain, the Brontë sisters and William Makepeace Thackeray, and that by Collins include H. G. Wells, Agatha Christie and J. R. R. Tolkienviz.

Also, this globally recognized publishing house has won numerous awards including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott.


HarperCollins has over 30 book imprints, most of them are based in the United States. Collins still exists as an imprint, chiefly for wildlife and natural history books, field guides, as well as English and bilingual dictionaries based on the Bank of English, a large corpus of contemporary English texts.

Some of the popular HarperCollins imprints are:

Avon, Broadside Books, Ecco, Harper paperbacks, Harper Perennial Modern Classics, HarperBibles, HarperCollins e-Books, Rayo, William Morrow, Balzer + Bray. Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins Children’s Audio, HarperCollins Children’s Books, HarperCollins e-books, HarperTeen, Katherine Tegen Books, Rayo, Walden Pond Press

Highlights from the Last Year

HarperCollins had been continued with its outstanding publishing services throughout the 2011, which brought to us a number of notable bestsellers, including Pinheads and Patriots by Bill O’Reilly, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler, and Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever by Justin Bieber, Pulitzer Prize winner The Emperor of all Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, etc.

Popular Books by HarperCollins Publishers of The Last Decade

American Gods by Neil Gaiman (2001)

Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan (2002)

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson (2003)

Where’s the Poop? by Julie Markes and Susan Kathleen Hartung (2004)

The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard (2005)

Next, Michael Crichton (2006)

The Children of Húrin, J.R.R. Tolkien (posthumous, compiled by Christopher Tolkien) (2007)

The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power by Jeff Sharlet (2008)

Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin (2009)

Just Kids by Patti Smith (2010)

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Little Brown and Company-Publishing Since 1837

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

World could not have been so enlightened as today had there been not many great publishers! The contribution of publishers in spreading knowledge and educating world is indescribable.  It’s because of the publishers that the precious work of Authors and Researchers could see light of the day and become accessible to readers in form of books, journals, magazines, etc.

Acknowledging the contribution of Publishers to this civilized world, we are starting a new section- ” Know the Publisher”. We would be covering large number of publishers, big and small, in this section. Today we are starting with one of the oldest existing publishers –Little Brown and Company.


Little, Brown and Company is a publishing house founded in 1837 by Charles Coffin Little and his partner, James Brown. For almost two centuries has published fiction and nonfiction by many of America’s finest writers in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audio formats.

Did you know????

Benjamin Franklin and George Washington were the first authors of the new firm published, followed soon by Daniel Webster and John Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.

In 2006, Little, Brown became part of the Hachette Book Group, which was created when Hachette Livre, the world’s second-largest publishing company, acquired the Time Warner Book Group.


One single publishing company may have multiple imprints; the different imprints are used by the publisher to market works to different demographic consumer segments. In some cases, the diversity results from the takeover of smaller publishers (or parts of their business) by a larger company.

Popular Imprints of Little Brow and Company are:

Reagan Arthur Books is an imprint with a simple, single focus: great writing in the service of great stories.

Mulholland Books: With a focus on online community building, internet marketing and authentic connections between authors, readers and publisher, Mulholland Books will be at the center of a web of suspense and thriller.

Back Bay Books: In 1993, Little, Brown created a new trade paperback imprint, Back Bay Books, to focus on long-term publication of the company’s best fiction and nonfiction.

Associated Authors

Bestselling novelists on Little, Brown hardcover and Back Bay paperback lists include J. D. Salinger, James Patterson, Herman Wouk, Alice Sebold, Anita Shreve, Walter Mosley, Janet Fitch, John le Carre, Jimmy Buffett, Pete Hamill, David Foster Wallace, and Michael Connelly.

Some Popular Books by Little Brown and Company of this Decade

Jim the Boy authored by Tony Earley, published in the year 2000

An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life  by The Dalai Lama, published in the year 2001

Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller, published in the year 2002

The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad, published in the year 2003

Forever by Pete Hamill, published in the year 2004

The Historianby Elizabeth Kostova, published in the year 2005

One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson, published in the year 2006

The Terror by Dan Simmons, published in the year 2007

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, published in the year 2008

The Host  by Stephenie Meyer, published in the year 2009

The Evolution of God by Robert Wright, published in the year 2010

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff, published in the year 2011

Bossypants by Tina Fey, published in the year 2011

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, published in the year 2011

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