The SCPS Center for Publishing Career Fair is taking place this Friday, July 12. Hachette Book Group will be present at the fair to share some exciting professional opportunities at their organization and how you can get involved.
Get some editing and publishing tips with a glimpse into this company by meeting Latoya, an Associate Editor for Grand Central Publishing and has been with Hachette Book Group since 2006:
“My name is Latoya Smith and I am African American with roots in Jamaica. I began my publishing career while attending college at Temple University, working for Teri Woods at her independent publishing company. At the time, I was an avid reader of street-lit and general black fiction so working for Teri was a dream. After my first summer at Teri Woods Publishing, I changed my major to journalism (closest thing to book publishing) with a minor in African American studies. After graduation, I realized I wanted more hands-on experience with the editorial process and joined Kensington Publishing working for the Dafina imprint. Shortly, thereafter, I joined GCP and haven’t looked back.
One thing I love about working at GCP is not only do I get to work on African American titles, but mainstream projects as well which, I believe, makes me a well-rounded editor. I am always watching bestseller lists to see the kinds of books readers want and apply it to the list I am building here. Book bloggers as well as magazine and newspaper bestsellers lists are a great resource for staying abreast of trends and bestselling titles. Writers conferences, trade shows, and other publishing events are great ways to network. Although life as an editor can be demanding, prioritizing and organization have helped me stay on deadline and allow personal time for myself.”