13: What It’s Like to Work in Publishing in Your 20’s With Hannah Braaten, St. Martin’s Press [Main T4C Episode]
Hannah Braaten has read her way through the publishing industry all the way to the top where she works as Editor at St. Martin’s Press*. 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..
“He had gotten the position as one of the poetry editors of The Paris Review. And he was looking for somebody to assist him with his administrative [tasks]. So I got to do that. And then I was like, ‘oh yeah, I think I do want to work in the publishing industry.'”
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“It’s a small world. So the more people you are able to meet and make a connection with the more likely it is that somebody will remember you and be able to send your resume on if there’s a job opening.”
“The hardest parts were just trying to trust my own enthusiasm and confidence in books that I wanted to buy and acquire. And you have to fight for your own support. My job is to acquire books, but also I’ve been doing this now for seven years, which is not a short amount of time. I’m only 29, so it’s not like I’ve had a lot of years to be doing this, but I’ve done it for long enough that I’m not totally clueless. But a lot of people at my company have been at the company for 30 or 40 years. So in comparison, I think sometimes the younger editors are seen as total babies that just aren’t really taken as seriously.”
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Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Columbia University – Graduate School of Journalism, WIN.NYC (Women’s Information Network, NYC), Wellesley College