Knol: 'How to get into publishing'

I was going to write a Friday roundup but really I only have one thing to tell you about.

Recently my father asked me to give some advice to an acquaintance of his who was interested in getting into publishing. So I wrote her a long email (probably too long) detailing how I started in magazine publishing and what I thought were some key points to bear in mind.

For the previous few weeks I'd been meaning to play around with Blogger's new "web authoring tool", called Knol, but hadn't been able to decide on a theme for my first knol (a knol supposedly being "an authoritative article on a single topic").

Then it struck me: why not turn the email I'd written into a knol on how to get into publishing? So I did.

How to get into publishing

I hope it's helpful to a few people. If you feel so inclined, please do rate the knol and leave comments. But be kind: it's my first attempt. And no sniggering at the photo of me, either.

6 comments:

Gareth said...

*sniggers*

I've not come across the word "knol" before. I assume it's meant to be something to do with the word "knowledge". But in that case, shouldn't it be a "knowl"?

JD said...

If it were a 'knowl', I'm sure that certain individuals would insist on rhyming it with 'owl'...

E. Bennett said...

I know it has been nearly a year since you first posted this, but I am hoping you can help me. In three weeks I will be starting college, intending to major in journalism. Would you agree that this is a relevant major for one hoping to enter into the world of publishing? I assume it would be, with grammar, syntax, and composition playing a huge role in the field of journalism.

JD (The Engine Room) said...

It's difficult to say without knowing the exact content of your course, or which area of publishing you're hoping to get into, but I suspect that a degree in journalism will help you. It certainly won't hinder you. Good luck!

marianlibrarian said...

(shameless self-promotion, apologies in advance, but i swear, it's relevant)
I actually run a website entirely dedicated to getting into publishing. It also chronicles my own job hunt. Check it out: www.marianlibrarian.com. Also, if anyone wants to contribute, I'd love to have you on board! There are lots of great and creative ways to break into the industry...

JD (The Engine Room) said...

Marian - that's the sort of self-promotion I don't mind! Good luck in your job hunt, and I'll put a link from my knol to your blog.