Alumni of the graduate program in Book Publishing are employed in a huge diversity of fields, all across the country and around the world. The job prospects for students graduating from this program generally fall into one of three categories: employment in the publishing industry, entrepreneurial and self-employment, and employing publishing skills outside of the publishing industry.
Current students and alumni have access to an alumni database that includes contact details and information about our alumni’s current and previous places of employment.
Employment in the Publishing Industry
Many alumni of the graduate program in Book Publishing secure employment at publishing houses all across the country, from Portland to New York, as well as around the world.
Portland has a diverse and energetic literary community populated by many small presses, magazines and journals, and so forth. Of course, the operative word here is “small,” which means they don’t have large staffs, so these jobs are very competitive. Nonetheless, there is nary a publishing outfit in Portland that does not have an alumni of the graduate program in Book Publishing on its staff. Or, if they don’t have any alumni on staff, then one or more of their staff might teach in the graduate program in Book Publishing. Notable Portland publishers include Beyond Words (an imprint of Simon & Schuster), Bitch Media, Craigmore Creations, Dark Horse Comics, Hawthorne Books, Oni Press, Pomegranate, Timber Press, and Tin House.
Alumni are also successful in leveraging their education to land publishing jobs far beyond Portland city limits. Ashgate, Chronicle Books, Unbound Worlds (formerly Del Ray/Spectra), Macmillan, Random House, Overlook Press, and Routledge are just some of the publishers that employ alumni of the graduate program in Book Publishing.
Entrepreneurial and Self-Employment
Another common job track for alumni of the graduate program in Book Publishing is self-employment, often as a freelance editor or designer. Sometimes this is leveraged, after several years of full-time freelance work, into employment in the publishing industry. Such is the case for several of our alumni who work at local publishing houses including Beyond Words and Pomegranate.
Alternatively, self-employment can be combined with entrepreneurship. Alumni have founded publishing houses such as Overcup Press. They have also founded companies offering a variety of publishing services; examples of this type of company include Digital Bindery, Endpaper Publishing Services, Ex Libris Editing, Indigo, Loose Leaf Literary Agency (now Read Ahead), and Sword and Dagger Publishing Services. The comprehensive view of the industry that the graduate program in Book Publishing provides through its required courses is crucial to the success of the alumni who choose this path.
Employing Publishing Skills Outside of the Publishing Industry
Alumni of the graduate program in Book Publishing are also successful in translating their education into employment outside of the publishing industry that demands publishing skills. Editorial, design, and marketing skills are highly valued in a variety of fields. For example, alumni have found a home working for non-profits such as Ballet West, Everybody Wins! New York, Literary Arts, and Wordstock. They can also be found at for-profit businesses, including marketing firms, architecture firms, engineering firms, Nike, Wells Fargo, and so forth. Still other alumni of the graduate program in Book Publishing have found employment in government agencies and higher education.