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The Mentor Corner: Tracy van Straaten, VP, Trade Communications & Book Publicity at Scholastic

The Mentor Corner: Tracy van Straaten, VP, Trade Communications & Book Publicity at Scholastic

What was your first job in publishing? I first got an internship with Bulfinch Press at Little, Brown and Company in Boston, and told everyone I met that I was trying to get a job in children’s books. Just as …

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Day in the Life

Name: Kaitlin Loss (ECC Chair)House: HarperCollins Children’s BooksPosition: Associate, Subsidiary Rights Time in the position: 5 years Book pick: Currently just finished A QUESTION OF HOLMES by Brittany Cavallaro—the whole Charlotte Holmes series is one of my favorite that we …

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Tips of the Month

Always keep a pair of nice shoes, like dress shoes, flats etc. and a blazer at your desk in case you need to dress up for a surprise meeting or need to change out of something you wore in to …

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What I Didn't Know

When I first started in publishing, I didn’t know how often different departments collaborate with each other. When I started in Editorial, I thought I would be reading and editing books all day! But between strategizing with marketing, publicity, and …

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