How to Land Your First Job in Editing

Join our expert panel as they reveal insider tips for landing your first job in the publishing industry. Learn how to ace editing tests, leverage online resources, research potential employers, and more.

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About the Past Event

The world of publishing is extremely attractive to many, and for good reason! Working as an editor can be interesting, flexible, and intellectually rewarding. However, if you are changing careers or just starting out, it can be difficult to know how to get your foot in the door. Join our panel of professional editors as they share insights into landing your first job as an in-house or freelance editor.

We will discuss how to:

  • Pass editing and proofreading tests
  • Navigate job boards and online resources, such as LinkedIn
  • Research companies that hire editors
  • Cold call prospective clients
  • Update your resume for editing work

Speaking at the event

Maia Riga, Editing instructor

Maia Rigas, BA, MA

Project Editor, Northwestern University Press

Maia is a project editor at Northwestern University Press, where she supervises the publication of scholarly monographs as well as fiction in translation and poetry. In her last position as an editor at the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked on special exhibition catalogs and in-gallery labels and...

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Sharon Brinkman, Editing instructor

Sharon Brinkman, MA, JD

Editorial Associate, American Journal of Sociology

Sharon Brinkman is an editorial associate at the American Journal of Sociology. She has also worked as a manuscript editor at the Astrophysical Journal in the Press Journals Division. She is a freelance editor for several Elsevier medical journals, as well as for the Journal of Legal Studies and the...

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Editing Certificate Event Speaker, Sara Billings

Sara Billings, MPH

Senior Manuscript Editing Coordinator, JAMA Network

Sara Billings, MPH, is a Senior Manuscript Editing Coordinator at JAMA Network, where she has worked in the Freelance Editing Unit for the past 7 years. Before that, she was a medical editor at the University of Chicago Press and the Radiological Society of North America and worked as a freelance...

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Editing Certificate Event Speaker, Samantha Kundert

Samantha Kundert, BA

Managing Editor, ALA Editions

Samantha Kundert is the managing editor for ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman, the book publishing imprints of the American Library Association. In this role, she manages manuscripts throughout the production process, from transmittal to print, and she oversees freelance copy editors, proofreaders...

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