Looking Outside for Some Introspective Perspective
As I write this, I am at a publishing conference in Florida. One of the speakers just made a comment that was particularly relevant to this issue of Book Business; he said, “I’m amazed today at how many projects I work on that have an IT component as well as a production component.”
That is the very premise behind this issue’s “Your Hired!” feature. While it may not be the norm right now to provide your content in mobile format or to host webcasts to promote your authors or new titles, or even to share your financial reports with your investors, positions across the board are changing. Many publishing executives are being forced to learn new processes and technologies, and work more closely than ever before with other departments, whose jobs used to be quite disparate. And many publishing companies are embarking upon new digital endeavors where it would help to have some internal expertise.
So, it’s a good idea to take a look at what some other publishing companies are looking for in their new hires, and maybe take an introspective look at whether you should tack on a few new job skills to your own sought-after skill sets. Likewise, if you’re looking for a new job, it helps to know what publishing companies are looking for in an age where many companies are growing or planning to grow their multimedia offerings.
A Publishing Technology Leader
Speaking of multimedia publishing, I have to admit I am quite excited about our cover story in this issue. For the past few years, whenever someone would say, “who’s doing RSS,” or “who’s doing blogs,” or “who’s doing webcasts,” my first answer was almost always, “Check out what O’Reilly’s doing.”
It makes sense, as the company is a publishing leader in computer and technology books. And as you’ll see when you read the article, Tim O’Reilly is not a wait-and-see kind of person; he doesn’t wait to put theory to practice, nor to find out what’s around the corner or even 50 miles into our future.
In fact, if we follow his advice, and track down the interesting people out there to see what they’re doing, he’ll have a small caravan trailing him around the country.