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#48: The Redeeming Bits of Working in Publishing, by Liz Mathews

As I was careening about the office, lamenting that I didn’t have a topic to write about this month, cajoling others to write something for me, one coworker piped up with a profound idea.

“Why don’t you write about the things you find redeeming in publishing?”

I stared at her and heard crickets in the distance.

But ever up for a challenge, here goes. Some of these only apply to my position and/or company, and some of these are things I can tend to despise as much as I like them. Count me complex.

I will never have to worry about finding something to read, probably for the rest of my life. If the apocalypse happens and I survive, I will be able to eat books when the canned food runs out, for I have so many.

Publishing pretty much demands a person live in New York at one time or other in her life.

Working for a company that is changing the way people think about geeks and nerds is shockingly cool (beware: we’re all around you!). We pay people to use their imaginations. Imaginations that go to eleven.

Summer Fridays.

The people I work with. And the people I have worked with in the past. There is no simpler and less corny way to say that.

Let’s end on that note. I don’t want to ruin this moment of calm.


Liz Mathews composes ads for many things science fiction and fantasy. Her writing can be found in magazines, catalogs, newspapers, brochures, and books; and on bookmarks, postcards, cable television commercials, and even doorhangers all across the United States and in some parts of Canada. She lives in Brooklyn but considers the cornfields of Iowa home.

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