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Working As A Publisher

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $74,130

    Average Salary

What Does A Publisher Do

Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.

Duties

Editors typically do the following:

  • Read content and correct spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors
  • Rewrite text to make it easier for readers to understand
  • Verify facts using standard reference sources
  • Evaluate submissions from writers to decide what to publish
  • Work with writers to help their ideas and stories succeed
  • Develop story and content ideas according to the publication’s style and editorial policy
  • Allocate space for the text, photos, and illustrations that make up a story
  • Approve final versions submitted by staff

Editors plan, coordinate, and revise material for publication in books, newspapers, magazines, or websites. Editors review story ideas and decide what material will appeal most to readers. During the review process, editors offer comments to improve the product, and suggest titles and headlines. In smaller organizations, a single editor may perform all of the editorial duties or share them with only a few other people.

The following are examples of types of editors:

Copy editors review text for errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling and check for readability, style, and agreement with editorial policy. They suggest revisions, such as changing words and rearranging sentences and paragraphs to improve clarity or accuracy. They also may carry out research, confirm sources for writers, and verify facts, dates, and statistics. In addition, they may arrange page layouts of articles, photographs, and advertising.

Publication assistants who work for book-publishing houses may read and evaluate manuscripts submitted by freelance writers, proofread uncorrected drafts, and answer questions about published material. Assistants on small newspapers or in smaller media markets may compile articles available from wire services or the Internet, answer phones, and proofread articles.

Assistant editors are responsible for a particular subject, such as local news, international news, feature stories, or sports. Most assistant editors work for newspaper publishers, television broadcasters, magazines, book publishers, or advertising and public relations firms.

Executive editors oversee assistant editors and generally have the final say about what stories are published and how they are covered. Executive editors typically hire writers, reporters, and other employees. They also plan budgets and negotiate contracts with freelance writers, who are sometimes called “stringers” in the news industry. Although many executive editors work for newspaper publishers, some work for television broadcasters, magazines, or advertising and public relations firms.

Managing editors typically work for magazines, newspaper publishers, and television broadcasters, and are responsible for the daily operations of a news department.

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How To Become A Publisher

A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English, combined with previous writing and proofreading experience, is typically required to be an editor.

Education

Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English. They also prefer candidates with mass- or cross-media experience.

Those with other backgrounds who can show strong writing skills also may find jobs as editors. Editors who deal with specific subject matter may need previous related work experience. For example, fashion editors may need expertise in fashion that they gain through formal training or work experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many editors start off as editorial assistants, writers, or reporters.

Those who are particularly skilled at identifying good stories, recognizing writing talent, and interacting with writers may be interested in editing jobs. 

Other Experience

Editors also can gain experience by working on high school and college newspapers, and for magazines, radio and television stations, advertising and publishing companies, or nonprofit organizations. Magazines and newspapers also have internships for students. For example, the American Society of Magazine Editors offers a Magazine Internship Program to qualified full-time students in their junior or senior year of college. Interns may write stories, conduct research and interviews, and gain general publishing experience.

The ability to use computers is necessary for editors to stay in touch with writers and other editors and to work on the increasingly important digital media or online side of a publication. Familiarity with electronic publishing, graphics, Web design, and multimedia production is also important, because more content is being offered online.

Advancement

Some editors hold management positions and must make decisions related to running a business. For them, advancement generally means moving up to publications with larger circulation or greater prestige. Copy editors may move into original writing or substantive editing positions, or become freelancers.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Editors must be creative, curious, and knowledgeable in a broad range of topics. Some editors must regularly come up with interesting story ideas and attention-grabbing headlines.

Detail oriented. One of an editor’s main tasks is to make sure that material is error free and matches the style of a publication.

Good judgment. Editors must decide if certain stories are ethical or if there is enough evidence to report them.

Interpersonal skills. In working with writers, editors must have tact and the ability to guide and encourage them in their work.

Writing skills. Editors must ensure that all written content has correct grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Editors must be able to write clearly and logically.

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Publisher Career Paths

Publisher
Marketing Consultant Marketing Director
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Publishing Editor Communications Director Marketing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Writer Producer Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Marketing Consultant Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Publishing Editor Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Operations Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Business Development Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Account Executive Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Sales Director Of Sales And Marketing
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Consultant Property Manager Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Account Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Business Development Consultant Business Development Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Writer Communications Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer President/Chief Executive Officer Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Sales Consultant Project Coordinator Marketing Specialist
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Management Consultant Senior Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Sales Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Publisher Demographics

Gender

Male

52.6%

Female

45.8%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

83.4%

Hispanic or Latino

8.8%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.2%

French

12.7%

German

5.5%

Portuguese

3.6%

Italian

3.6%

Dutch

1.8%

Filipino

1.8%

Danish

1.8%

Hebrew

1.8%

Ilocano

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Greek

1.8%

Tagalog

1.8%

Croatian

1.8%
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Publisher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.0%

Syracuse University

8.3%

George Washington University

6.9%

Michigan State University

5.5%

University of Texas at Austin

5.5%

New York University

4.8%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.8%

Northwestern University

4.8%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.8%

Florida International University

4.8%

Northeastern University

4.8%

Ithaca College

4.1%

Ohio State University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

San Diego State University

4.1%

University of Central Florida

4.1%

University of Delaware

4.1%

Boston University

4.1%

Auburn University

3.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.4%
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Majors

Business

20.3%

Journalism

12.2%

Communication

9.8%

English

9.5%

Marketing

8.4%

Writing

4.0%

Graphic Design

4.0%

History

3.7%

Psychology

3.5%

Political Science

2.8%

Advertising

2.6%

Management

2.4%

Education

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Public Relations

2.3%

Law

2.1%

Fine Arts

2.0%

Computer Science

2.0%

Economics

2.0%

Accounting

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.6%

Other

20.4%

Masters

17.8%

Associate

4.8%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

3.5%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.5%
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Real Publisher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Publisher American Physical Society College Park, MD Jan 01, 2016 $186,701 -
$225,000
Publisher Hachette Filipacchi Media Us New York, NY Apr 16, 2008 $173,451
Senior Content Publisher Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 01, 2010 $118,092
Publisher The Chancellor Masters and Scholars of The Univers New York, NY Sep 21, 2014 $105,830
Senior Regulatory Publisher Abbott Laboratories Parkersburg, IL Jan 14, 2011 $105,162
Publisher Elite Daily Inc. New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $105,000 -
$250,000
International Publisher 14 W Administrative Services, LLC Delray Beach, FL Oct 26, 2015 $105,000
Downstream Publisher Hart Energy Publishing LLP Houston, TX Mar 24, 2014 $97,500
French-European Publisher (Editor) Agora Financial, LLC Baltimore, MD Nov 21, 2011 $74,000
Oracle BI Publisher Ventois, Inc. Shrewsbury, MA Feb 09, 2016 $72,000
Senior Publisher Univision Interactive Media, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2011 $71,400
Senior Publisher Univision Interactive Media, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 15, 2010 $70,000
Senior Publisher Univision Interactive Media, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2010 $70,000
Regulatory Submissions Publisher Eigen Solutions Inc. Kenilworth, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $60,000
Regulatory Publisher Keypixel Software Solutions LLC Berlin, NJ Aug 01, 2014 $51,000
Regulatory Publisher Strategic Resources International, Inc. Berlin, NJ Sep 25, 2014 $51,000

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Top Skills for A Publisher

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Top Publisher Skills

  1. Weekly Newspaper
  2. Online Content
  3. Web Site
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed all operations for seven weekly newspapers.
  • Update company websites including, program information, promotional packages, photo galleries, polls and other online content as needed.
  • Published web site devoted to raising public awareness regarding hearing health
  • Reorganized sales team and marketing department, which in part drove the revenue growth
  • Design ads for magazines and/or work with outside designers from concept to approval.

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