Wednesday, August 01, 2007

A Peek Behind the Curtain

It’s probably not a question that many writers ask but I'm going to write about it in this entry—the salary of people in the publishing houses. If you've written a book, maybe you've never wondered about the salary of your editor or the marketing person. Where do you locate this information?

While 93% of the publishing workforce holds a college degree, the average salary is relatively small compared to other professions. The people who work in publishing are motivated with much more than financial compensation. The salary information is located in Publishers Weekly. The annual salary survey article appeared in the issue which landed in my mailbox yesterday. Occasionally a student will write me about the business and want such detail. It's always good to have a place to send people where they can peek behind the curtain and see something that isn't normally shown. You can find this type of information in this article.

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At 5:15 AM, Blogger Richard L. Mabry, MD Left a note...

Thanks for posting this link. It was eye-opening. It's interesting to see that, although the survey showed that very few respondents expected downsizing in their companies, NavPress just went through such a move.
How about a post with your "take" on the state of Christian publishing?

At 6:33 AM, Blogger Mark Goodyear Left a note...

I just do editing and marketing for a nonprofit, but it's pretty much the same here.

I'm always embarrassed when people realize most new editors make significantly less than most new teachers. (Not that teachers should be paid less!)


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