Hannah Braaten is an Editor at St. Martin’s Press where she’s editing dozens of exciting books with unique perspectives including one by a co-host of the new Queer Eye show, Tan France!  Hannah discovered her love for publishing at Wellesley College– where she initially thought she would pursue a career in politics– but switched to English after taking a class with an incredible English professor.  She’d always loved book stores and in fact, worked in them during high school and college. So when she graduated in 2011, armed with her B.A. in English and a minor in Psychology, and a couple of internships at Bloomberg and The Paris Review, Hannah took the Columbia Publishing Course which helped her land an entry-level job at St. Martin’s Press just weeks later.   Seven years later Hannah has worked her way up to being an Editor.    Press play on this audible that will give you an insider’s perspective on what it’s really like to work inside one of the big 5 publishers.


  • What job titles to look out for to break into publishing
  • Why publishing is an apprenticeship type of industry
  • Why you need to love reading and be super organized to succeed
  • Why your major in college doesn’t matter
  • How working in a bookstore in high school or college can give you an edge in getting an entry-level job
  • How the salary in this industry is super low until you make it to editor (mid-to-low 30K)
  • How Hannah spends most of her time as an editor at work writing and reading emails
  • If you want to learn more about what Hannah does as an editor at St Martin’s Press and how she built her career tune in to T4C episode #13


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