Publishing offers a variety of career paths well beyond writing and editing. Although many young literary types dream of a position as an editor at one of the big five publishing houses, there are myriad opportunities in book publishing, magazines, news, digital media, etc., for people from all persuasions, industries, and fields.

In this seminar, we will explore the various positions available to aspiring publishing professionals, some different types of publishing, and several of the many routes into the publishing industry. This seminar will be beneficial for entry-level professionals, career changers, freelancers, and others who are looking to break into this ever-changing field.

Learning Objectives:     

  • Become familiar with a variety of publishing positions
  • Understand various types of publishing
  • Identify various publishing avenues
About the Presenter: kelli-christiansen-2018Kelli Christiansen has spent more than two decades in publishing, as a bookseller, editor, literary agent, and writer. She began her career with B. Dalton Bookseller (a division of Barnes & Noble) before becoming a reporter for a chain of suburban newspapers. She then served as an acquisitions editor with Publications International, Ltd./Consumer Guide, where she edited books and magazines. Later, she served as a senior editor with McGraw-Hill and executive editor with ABA Publishing. In 2007, Kelli launched bibliobibuli, working with a variety of authors and publishers to help make publishing dreams come true. Over the years, Kelli has acquired, developed, edited, or ghosted literally hundreds of books, working with such publishers as Amacom, Berrett-Koehler, Bloomberg Press, Osprey Publishing, Sourcebooks, Wiley, and Workman. A number of her books have been well reviewed, earning recognition from such publications as Barron’s, Booklist, BusinessWeek, Library Journal, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The Wall Street Journal. A writer herself, Kelli’s work has appeared in such media as Book Business Magazine; Carol Stream Press; Chicago Book Review; Chicago Life; Chicago Literati; Collections & Credit Risk Magazine; Faith, Hope & Fiction; Midwest Book Review; Midwestern Gothic; and San Francisco Book Review.



Date: Thursday May 10, 2018 at 6pm (Central)

Cost: Complimentary
Location: Online or In-Person

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Thursday, 05/10/18 at 6:00pm - 7:00pm | iCal


Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

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Rachel Birkhahn-Rommelfanger
Assistant Director, Career Development
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