Jonathan Karp is President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, In this role he has overall responsibility for Simon & Schuster’s New York–based adult trade publishing, which includes Atria Books, Gallery Books, Scribner, Simon & Schuster, Touchstone and their associated sub-imprints and lines, and he reports directly to President and CEO Carolyn Reidy. He is also Publisher of the Simon & Schuster trade imprint. Jonathan was previously Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Twelve, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, and Editor-in-Chief of Random House, where he began his publishing career in 1989 as an editorial assistant and worked for sixteen years. Before moving into publishing, Jonathan worked as a journalist at papers like The Washington Post, The Providence Journal, and The Miami Herald.  


  • Why entry-level jobs in the publishing industry are all like apprenticeships
  • Why passion and an interest in books and storytelling as well as strong verbal and written skills are essential
  • Why your major as an undergraduate doesn’t matter
  • How there are 7+ programs around the country that you can take to get an advanced degree in publishing
  • How extracurricular programs like book clubs or starting a blog or blogging demonstrates your deep interest to hiring managers
  • Why you should read the book Youngblood Hawk or watch the movie Wolf to better understand the publishing industry
  • Why you should subscribe to Publishers Lunch and Publishers
  • If you want to learn more about what Jonathan does in his current job and how he built his career listen to T4C episode #136

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