Stephanie Stein | English

From: Anaheim, CA

Pomona Days: Class 2011, English

Current Employment: Associate Editor, HarperCollins Children's Books

Past Employment: Marketing, HarperCollins Children's Books; Publicity Intern, W.W. Norton 


When you're an English major at a small liberal arts college, you hear the same half-dozen assumptions about where you're going to end up, over and over again. But if "oh, so you're going to be a teacher" isn't what you've got in mind, rest easy. You can find a career doing anything.

All right, I say that, but if more people knew about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making books, my career path would be just as much of a no-brainer. I knew I wanted to work in publishing ever since I found out what an editor does: acquiring manuscripts to be published, working with authors to make their stories the best they can be, and the millions of other details that go into that process. My stereotypically book-loving English major heart has never been happier or more invested in my work, and I only wish someone had told me I could do this for a living a few years earlier.

Whatever your lifelong interest is, there's probably a career out there that's all about it: making it, selling it, marketing it, whatever. And you don't have to wait for someone to tell you it exists.