Hi there, everyone. I'm hoping that I'll be able to get some advice from you guys. :)
My fiance and I are moving to the greater D.C. area in a few days for his job (he'll be working for NASA Goddard). I'm going to start looking for work the moment we get up there, and have been doing some precursory research for job opportunities in the area. My searches have focused mainly around paralegal and other legal work, as I just attained my A.S. in Legal Studies and have worked as a paralegal for just over a year now. Good place to be, as there are lawyers practically swarming the area!
Anyway, I also have a B.A. in English Creative Writing, and I've always had the dream of working as an editor or publisher. Unfortunately, because I moved straight from Tallahassee, where I received my B.A. in 2007, to Orlando, where there exists only one publishing house (to which I applied, with no luck), I had to find other employment. I ended up working for a temp agency for just over a year, then started my paralegal job. I also did not get any experience when in college -- no internship, no editing jobs. I did do some freelance editing on the side for classmates and for the companies for which I worked (including my legal job), but nothing extreme.
I do have some works published, but they're in a very specific niche: I'm Pagan, and have written a few Pagan-related articles for Examiner.com, WitchVox.com, and a nationally-circulated newsletter from the Military Pagan Network. I hesitate to put these on my resume.
So basically, what I'm asking is... in order to break it in the publishing industry (which I know is very difficult as it is, even with experience!), what do you recommend I do? What kinds of things can or should I add to my resume? What about my legal experience; is there a way to help that relate to my aspirations to become an editor?
Thanks in advance for any and all of your help!
This is a writers forum but a lot of editor's and other publishing professionals post over there, perhaps one of them could give you some advice.
You might want to look at some of the epublishing houses - but most of them pay very poorly. Also look at publishing companies websites for interning opportunities.