Newbie No Longer?
One of the editorial assistants at Pearson, Jess, will be moving to Penguin in The Strand, London, as of Tuesday. Today was her last day at Pearson. Pearson own Penguin, so she’s technically staying in the same company. It’s very exciting as she’s gone from being an editorial assistant for nearly two years, straight to editor.
At Pearson, Jess worked on the Humanities list. Today, while we toasted Jess with a glass of wine over at her desk, I saw a few of the books on that list. Books on Taranito and Hitchcock, Shakespeare and Grammar… Those are my kind of books! A very small part of me wanted to request to be moved to that list… But I’ve just settled in the Business and Nursing lists, and feel like I’m getting to grips with it and getting to know the authors and the projects, so there’s no way I’ll request to move any time soon. Plus, the editors I work for, Matthew and David, are great guys and they have told me how much they appreciate my help! It would be a bit of a kick in the teeth.
So, there’s an editorial assistant position open! I’ll no longer be the newest one. I won’t be at the bottom of the food chain any more! Nearly all the editorial assistants were promoted to assistant editors (yes, there’s a difference!) at the beginning of this year. Obviously I wasn’t as I’ve only been at Pearson three months.
I wonder where I’ll be a year down the line. Assistant Editor? An Editor at Penguin? Or will I have ditched it all in for a Creative Writing MA? Who knows.