The Sunday Salon (May 29): Life outside blogging is scary

The Sunday Salon (May 29)

The Sunday Visiting NYC drove one thing into me: there really isn’t anything for me to do here in Albuquerque. I’ve dithered about it for a few years, but what I really want to do is work in publishing. I don’t want to teach, I don’t want to be a librarian, I don’t want to be a researcher and I don’t want to just work in a bookstore. Those are all nifty jobs and I’d probably enjoy doing them for at least a little while, but for the long term? I want to be in publishing.

I used to think I wanted to be in editing specifically, but the more I learn about other aspects of publishing the more I find myself drawn to areas outside of editing– by which I mean more on the publicity/marketing side of things. I’d get to work with authors, editors and readers, and I think that’d be something I’d really enjoy doing the most.

But. But– there isn’t really anything like that here in Albuquerque. I don’t even really think there’s something like that in Santa Fe, which has a ton of indie publishers but no real jobs. All the literary things I’ve found in Albuquerque are either dead, not hiring, or on their way to dying. Not even the bookstores or libraries, which would at least get me semi-close to books, are doing any hiring, and basically the whole thing is very discouraging.

Film star Helen Twelvetrees on an elephant, Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney, 1936-7 / Sam Hood
This is totally related to my post. I swear!

So I guess I need to move. This bit is tricky though, because I feel like to get a good internship I’d need to be in the city, because isn’t it true that business hire local people before non-local? But to move to a new city I’d also need some way to support myself, which means on top of the internship I’d need to find a part-time job. Plus then I’d need an apartment, some funds to move my stuff to the city, and all in all it’s a lot of things to and I don’t know how to do any of it.

I think if I’m going to do anything I’ve just got to throw myself into it and hope it works out. It’s huge and scary, the prospect of moving to a new city, but my parents will support me and if something goes terribly wrong I know they’ve got my back. Plus I’ve got friends everywhere, more friends than I thought I did, and that helps a lot as well. It’s surprisingly easier to make a decision when you know you’ve got people rooting for you and willing to help you if you need it.

And now I’m kind of crying because I get overly sentimental about things, so I’ll end this post here. Basically: I’m going to be moving some time before October (preferably sooner, like in August) and I’m going to give this working-in-publishing thing a go. But first I need to pick a city, haha!

So much to do, so little time to do it– time to start freaking out again.

Books read this week:
45. First Descent – Pam Withers [rating: TBD] B
46. Dead End in Norvelt – Jack Gantos [rating: TBD] B
47. The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman – Meg Wolitzer [rating: TBD] B

Currently reading:
I’m fifty pages into Sparrow Road by Sheila O’Conner, a YA book that’s really reminding me of Louise Fitzhugh’s books, with a bit of E. L. Konigsburg. And maybe a bit of Vivian Alcock? I like it! The atmosphere in the book varies between lazy summer days and creepy, “omg something freaky is going on.” Raine, the protagonist, is super cute and really smart and I can’t wait to continue reading and see what she does next.


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16 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon (May 29): Life outside blogging is scary”

  1. *hugs* I understand what you’re going through. As readers we want to work in the industry whose products we love but it’s hard since we have to move to a big city to get that opportunity. Good luck. I’m cheering you on all the way.

    1. Aw, thank you! And yeah, I think in a decade or so the publishing industry will be more spread out, but right now big cities are where its at. Albuquerque is decent-sized, but, well…I guess it’s not big enough for me!

  2. Yes, taking that plunge is scary, but what if you don’t and later regret it? If you do decide to move to NYC, remember that you have options and don’t have to live in the city, as NJ is an easy commute. And take friends up on their offers of help, as change is less scary with friends! Good luck!

    1. Exactly! I’m really scared but I know if I don’t do it I’ll end up working in a movie theater for the rest of my life. I like movies, but I want to be happy with my job, too!

      And yes! I was thinking I’d move to NJ and commute in, but I heard you have to pay two sets of taxes then and I was worried that might be too much? I still need to do more research, really.

  3. Good luck making a decision – I know you can do what you need to, though very scary to make the jump isn’t it 🙂 All the best! And we are all rooting for you of course.

    1. Thank you! It’s easy for me to make a decision (“I’ll move here“), but actually following that decision through is tougher. I just hope I have enough courage to go through with it!

  4. I know how you feel about the job thing. I’m dreading looking for a job in a month or so. :-/

    Good luck with the moving away/job searching. I know it’s scary but I’m sure it will be worth it!

  5. *hug* It is hard, I’m not going to lie. If you ever want advice (not that I know so much, but hey, I got a job in publishing), please feel free to shoot me an email. I will tell you everything I learned while doing my own internship/job application stuff.

    1. Thank you! I probably will email you at some point, actually. 😀 You’re the only person I know personally who has moved from outside of NYC into it with a job and whatnot, so…yeah! ♥

  6. I know exactly how you feel–Colorado doesn’t have much more book- or arts-related opportunities than NM does (possibly less). I think it’s great that you know what you want to do and are willing to take a leap to make it happen!

    1. I at least know of a lit agency that’s in Colorado and still operates frequently, so that’s one better than NM! But yeah, I’m just happy I’ve finally settled on something I think I can do and would enjoy doing, even. It’s better than just flailing around panicking about the future!

  7. I’m so happy you have a fantastic support system—that will make everything much easier. Just make sure you do your research and generally have your ducks in a row. And good luck, my friend. 🙂

  8. I do hope you find what you are looking for and all that! Hang in there and it will work in some way at some point. August/September is a long time from now! Kind of.

    1. Thank you! And yeah, it’s sort of a long time from now, but it’s not long enough to be comforting. Haha!

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