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My Life as an Editorial Assistant

Once upon a time I was a part time sales associate sludging through my independent study classes, dreaming of a day when I might use my education and add to the publishing world in some way. It’s the dream of every college student and graduate that every long night spent meticulously memorizing hundreds of vocab words and reading hundreds of pages of text books is leading to something. A purpose. A goal. A job.
It was really easy to doubt this possibility when every seemingly entry level job I applied to demanded 5–10 years of experience, a PhD in the field, and awesome connections in the company. It was heartbreaking to make it so far in the candidate selection process for some jobs only to be pushed aside at the end.
But then I got lucky. No, not lucky; blessed. After a rejection from a position I had been hoping for, I scanned my job emails I get sent to me every day and glumly applied to a few positions that seemed promising. I honestly wasn’t expecting anything, considering I had already applied to hundreds of similar jobs before.
The next day, I was surprised to see a response from a temp agency who was filling a position for an editorial assistant, the exact same position in a different company I had just been passed on the day before. We had a quick phone interview, and everything started rolling from there. I took a few online software tests, passed on my references, and had a phone interview with the employer the next day. Later that day, a mere couple of hours after my interview, I heard back from the temp agency that they wanted me for the job!
I couldn’t believe it! Joy. Excitement. Relief.
I started on Monday working for the National Academy of Science in this beautiful building in the heart of DC, about a 20-minute walk from the National Mall. I work in this beautiful historic building that is filled with strange winding passageways and beautiful architecture. 
I take the metro into the city every morning to Chinatown (I didn’t even know there was one of those in DC!) and walk the 1 1/2 blocks to my office.
To be honest, I have one of the most beautiful offices in the building. It has a wall of 3 huge windows that look out onto the street. Everyone that comes to my office immediately asks me if I know how lucky I am to have all of those windows. I do know, believe me.

My main duties include maintaining the publication schedule, proofreading, corresponding with authors and editors, acting as the middle man in terms of communication, and shepherding manuscripts through the publication process. I finally have a chance to practice what I’ve learned in my editing minor, and I couldn’t be more pleased! There’s a lot to learn, but I find it so exciting, and I love learning more about publishing and feeling productive from 8 to 5 every day.

After all of the worrying, the doubts, the prayers, and the perfect job almost seemed to find me. All I needed was one person to believe I could do it, one person to give a chance. I am so blessed.

8 thoughts on “My Life as an Editorial Assistant”

  1. Allison says:

    This is just awesome. I’m so happy you found this position :) Yay!

  2. Rosanne Bailey says:

    You deserve every blessing! Love you!

  3. Karen says:

    What a beautiful segue from happy ending to happy beginning!
    I know they will love you.
    It’s a beautiful office and you sound very happy.
    Congratulations!

  4. Summer says:

    How fun to have your own beautiful office!

  5. Theresa says:

    Congratulations! They are lucky to have you :)

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