If you want to be a good editor, you’re going to be doing a lot of reading. Whether it’s the latest draft of your magazine’s cover story, your competitor’s newest edition or a potential intern’s resume, reading comes with the job. If you want to be successful in the media industry, it’s a must, but it doesn’t always have to be work. If you’re eager for your career to start, try one of these top 5 future editor reads to satisfy your editorial hunger.
1. The Devil Wears Prada: A Novel by Lauren Weisberger
This best-seller turned Hollywood-hit follows the trials of Runway assistant Andrea Sachs and her boss from hell Miranda Priestly. It is based on the author’s stint as the assistant to the infamous Anna Wintour of Vogue magazine. While fresh and witty, maybe we’ll wait to read this after our first internship.
2. I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This by Kate White
While we’re talking about famous editors, why not take a few words from former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Kate White? In her tell-all career guide, White uses her editorial experience and empowered voice to inspire her audience. Sassy, sexy and inspirational? What’s not to love?
3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Even if it’s about a recent Mississippi graduate and not glamorous EICs, The Help is a cute, fun and warm-hearted example of how writing can make a difference in people’s lives. This book is a great example of women coming together through media in quirky and unexpected ways. If you’re not inspired by Skeeter’s literary drive and kind spirit, maybe you should look in to getting some help of your own.
4. Copyediting and Proofreading for Dummies by Suzanne Gilad
I would suggest making this book the companion to your AP Stylebook and keep them both in your desk drawers at all times – even after you’re a successful editor. We are always able to learn more, and it’s the drive for learning that employers are looking for! So keep up-to-date on the latest in language news. Be a proud “grammar Nazi.”
5. The Best Things to Do in New York by Caitlin Leffel
It’s no secret that NYC is the editorial and media capital of the world. From Hearst to Condé Nast, New York City is home to some of the most prestigious magazine names and faces. So, why not have a little fun with it? Editors need a break once in a while, too. Who knows? This book may even come in handy for a possible feature story on the Big Apple.
— Sierra Vandervort