How to Become a Publisher

by Shenron on September 22, 2009

Becoming a publisher requires a lot of commitment from individuals. This is a very stable career that will never go away entirely even with all the changes experienced in the industry. This career is stable as well as secure giving individual’s room for creativity. To become a good publisher one has to have some skills and knowledge.


The first thing is that one has to obtain a bachelor’s degree specifically in English or in other cases liberal arts concentration. Although they are some people who succeed in this career without any education it is advisable to get it because it will make you understand the market better.

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Choose Area of Expertise

If you want to become a publisher you chose the area of expertise you would like to pursue. It is important for a publisher to align with an industry or a genre which will make him/her come to better decisions about the content he/she may want to publish. These genres might include suspense novels, gardening books or even a mainstream magazine.

Make a Decision on the type of Publishing Company to go into

Someone who wants to become a publisher should also decide if he/she wants start his/her own publishing company or wants to work for an already existing publishing house. Knowledge is important and it is important to find out more about the publishing industry. This can be made possible by going for internship at a publishing house and learn more about this profession.

Get Information

A few courses at the university will also be informative to you.

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Build Contacts

Due to the nature of this industry it is very important that one builds contacts.

Look out for New Talents

To be a good publisher it is a must for you to be looking out for new talents as well as scouring the marketplace. In order to do this you can start by working with several literary agents who are able to bring in talent. In some cases you can also hire freelancers to handle things like editing, art, advertising as well as sales.

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