Firstly, I apologise if this is in the wrong place. I wasn't quite sure where to put this topic.
I'm also a little embarrassed to ask, since it isn't very significant and I may be thinking too far ahead of myself, but -
For the last year or so, I've been researching careers in writing and publishing (on and off). I will be making university applications to two countries next year and I will study English Lit. I'm not too sure if I will apply to Creative Writing courses.
I don't know what I want to do after university. The working plan is teaching, although I'd like to have some other options open. I've been looking around and trying to read up on what writers and publishers do, but I haven't managed to find out as much as I would like. That's why I thought I would ask here, as many people seem to be professional writers/editors/publishers/e.t.c.
Careers I'm particularly interested in learning more about are:
- Fiction writers
- Freelance writers
- Book reviewers
- Magazine writers (?)
And anything else that is in any way relevant to writing and/or publishing.
I'd like to know what qualifications are needed, how you work your way into that position (some website said that most editors, copy-editors and reviewers start off as journalists - is that true?), and most importantly, what you do in that job. What do you like about it and what do you not like about it?
Any advice from anyone with experience in the area, even if I haven't listed it, would be greatly appreciated.