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And we come, to end of days

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A GENERAL GUIDE TO NETWORKING: PUBLISHING EDITION

dudeinpublishing:

A lot of my advice about entering publishing mentions the word “networking”. For those of you with little to no experience networking, it is NOT a photo meme in which you dress in a trench coat and yell:

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Rather, networking is a vital skill one must develop when entering, learning about, flourishing as a result of, and continually surviving within the publishing world. There are a lot of different approaches and resources available to you, so it’s important to have a plan. Here are a few helpful steps for you aspiring publishing folks! 

Step 1: Gathering contacts.

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This is the easy part. All you need to do is sit your ass at a computer and type. Corral a bunch of Twitter handles to follow and sort them into Twitter lists, as specific (“Macmillan Marketing Contacts”, “Cute Scruffy Agents”) or as general (“White Women”) as you want. Follow as many publishing blogs on various platforms as you can possibly stomach. 

WHY DO THISOstensibly to build your knowledge base and conception of opportunities/changes/business climate; definitely so you can better namedrop and mention something super industry-insider-y in conversation which will make you sound cool. (We all do this. Every single one of us.)

VARSITY LEVEL: Go to events, conferences, readings, whatever you can find on the “calendar of events” pages on bookstores/venues websites, and shake hands/introduce yourself and GET BUSINESS CARDS. Keep all this contact info in an excel grid and send inquiries about possible job openings when appropriate. Which leads me to:

Step 2: Talk directly to strangers.

GOOD EXAMPLES:

"Hey @somepublishingperson, I really enjoyed #thatbookyouwereinvolvedinpublishing. It made my transatlantic flight without earbuds a total pleasure, somehow!"

"Hey (Some publishing person who you clearly didn’t just pick out of a hat), I’m looking for (relatively specific department) jobs in publishing; I would really appreciate it if you’d keep me in mind, and I’d love to send my resume your way if that’s all right."

"Hey (friend of a friend who works in publishing), I’m a friend of (mutual friend) and s/he was kind enough to send me your contact info. If you’re interested I’d love to buy you a coffee and pick your brain about publishing jobs!"

"Hey (person who doesn’t know you), you don’t know me but I’ve been checking your work out on (platform) and it’s pretty fucking awesome. Thanks for the good reading. Would you mind if I asked you a few questions on how you became (specific position this person has at their company)?"

BAD EXAMPLES:

Any humorless tweets in response to a stranger’s general observation.

Any attempt to communicate which implies too much familiarity with a stranger.

Anything that smacks of entitlement (note: this is different than confidence and if you have to ask, this is confidence:

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And this is entitlement:

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Anything that smacks of cut-and-paste-ism. 

Anything that misstates their job title.

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Publishing people understand awkwardness, insecurity, frustration, fear, and the overwhelming need to be liked the way astronauts understand fears of heights and flying. But they also had to overcome certain aspects of these qualities to get where they are, which doesn’t make them perfect, but it does make them finely attuned to people who aren’t trying to do the same, and they often have a hive mind that senses and rejects people based on their boring-to-snarky ratio.

Which is to say that if you’re constantly trying to directly ingratiate yourself to publishing people and all you’re getting is this:

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Maybe, just maybe, it’s you.

VARSITY LEVEL: Form long-lasting friendships and/or romantic/sexual bonds with publishing people that are mutually beneficial and satisfying and based on respect and compassion. Offer to help them move. If you do this, we will totally pass on your resume and talk you up, qualifications be damned.

Step 3: Never stop, unless you decide publishing is awful and you want nothing to do with it.

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Networking is a lot of not-fun sometimes. The obliviousness, constant self-selling, relentlessness, data-wrangling grind of it would already be a total slog even if you aren’t also apportioning your energies elsewhere (school, a job, significant other(s), creative pursuits). But it’s a numbers game; the more you reach out and connect, the more your chances of happening on that one weird connection which you’ll inevitably be telling your new coworkers about when you go out to happy hour together for the first time. 

Refine your technique, try new avenues for contacts/info/advice, and keep emotionally limber. Networking is not a tunnel you dig to the surface; it’s a boat that you build in your garage. The hard part is the ocean, not the land.

VARSITY LEVEL: Give up networking, raise some seed capital, and gain a controlling stake in all the coffee shops and delis near the major publishing houses. Every knee shall bow to you.

heidi8:

I asked Benedict Cumberbatch a question this week. As a door prize, I got a penguin-shaped flash drive, and here is what was on it. 

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darvinasafo:

I see no lies.

darvinasafo:

I see no lies.

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durance:

Three Times Chris Evans Touched Jeremy Renner’s Left Boob at SDCC 2014

…And One Time Jeremy Touched His

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Anonymous said: Chooch, I feel I'm horribly uneducated on the Israel/Palestine situation. :( I mean, I understand the basic conflict, but I know there's much more to the issue and I have no idea where to start looking. Are there any links/articles/videos on the topic that you've found particularly accurate or informative? Zayn's tweet definitely makes me want to learn more on this issue.

goodladnicelittlebody:

Here is one of the biggest benefits to having zayn tweet this; uninformed people decide to figure out what’s going on. Unfortunately, I’m not the best person to talk to about this, but I’ll try my best. I also know that twerk-it-larry is pretty informed on the situation and has faced it first hand.

So, Zayn Malik tweeted this today:

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Some history:

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Until1946, Palestinians lived all over the country, some Jewish people did too, and they actually lived pretty peacefully.

After WW2, the British, finding that Jews felt unsafe in Europe, decided to establish Israel as their state. Over a million fled to Israel from 1948-1970.

Here’s some more history.

Here’s a video.

Here’s a post about some of the ways Palestinians are discriminated against.

Here’s whats happening now:

The current escalation was caused when 3 Israeli teenagers were kidnapped while they were found on Palestinian land. Israeli government was quick to blame Hamas, the people in power in Palestine, they later admitted that that it was a lone act, in other words, Hamas wasn’t involved. In other words, you could make the argument that Israel blamed Hamas in order to justify the planned attack.

Further, the Israeli government was well aware the teens were dead, but acted as if they didn’t:

Yet for the next two weeks authorities put on a phony rescue effort, instituted a gag order to prevent the public from knowing the truth and rallied the Jewish domestic and diaspora populations in anticipation of their move against Hamas.

Sad.

The death toll is approaching 1,000, most of them women and children. That because Israel consistently target, hospitals, and UN shelters

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Israel: 42.

"Israel has the right to defend itself?"

In a nutshell, the conflict is about two peoples, living in peace. One side does something, and the other reacts.

I’m not saying Palestine is innocent in all of this, but they are definitely the disenfranchised population. According to Human Rights Watch:

World Report 2014.

Israeli forces killed more Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and demolished more Palestinian homes than in 2012. Israel continued to build settlements in the West Bank, violating international law. Palestinian security forces in both the West Bank and Gaza enjoyed virtual impunity from criminal prosecution despite credible allegations of torture. In Gaza, Israel and Egypt impeded rebuilding of the devastated economy by blocking virtually all exports. Israeli and Palestinian security services in the West Bank and Gaza arrested people arbitrarily and unlawfully restricted people from protesting.

Oh and:

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I have general knowledge of what’s going on, so here are some more links to explore and stay updated:

Haaretz 

PressTV

James Gelvin

Noam Chomsky

Jewish Voices for Peace

*Note: this is really general, I hope its informative, but please don’t let this post be your sole source. Please do your own research, come to your own conclusion.

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littlemoongoddess:

Robert Downey Jr. kisses and hugs Chris Evans in the middle of an interview.

DO THEY EVEN KNOW HOW MUCH THEY ARE HURTING US

Listen to it, RDJ calls him a Dorito!

Chris grabbing Tony’s hand and pulling him over.  Chris pressing his face into Tony’s neck, possibly kissing it.

Chris grabbing Tony’s hand(…)”

dude i barely even noticed the mistake

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