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Real Talk Publishing: The People Behind the Books

We know you love to read, but have you ever considered working with books as a career? If so, there are tons of options to explore. With this feature, we'll introduce you to book editors, librarians, booksellers, children's literature professors, book cover designers, publicists, professional reviewers and more. Through interviews, guest posts and sometimes sneak peeks inside their offices, we'll take you into their worlds so you can learn about the book industry.

Barbara Marcus, President and Publisher of Random House Children's Division, Part 1

For our third "REAL TALK Publishing" feature, we talked to Barbara Marcus, the President and Publisher of Random House's Children's Division. As the head of the division, Barbara handles ALL things children's books, but she has a special place in her heart for marketing. In fact, she did the marketing campaigns for the Harry Potter series and helped with R.J. Palacio's modern classic, WONDER!

In Part 1 of this three part interview, Barbara talks about the start of her career, the part of her job that makes her "heart sing" and how she manages to keep track of all things Random House Children's. Keep an eye out for Part 2, which will be posted on Thursday, May 15th, and will talk about some of her favorite marketing campaigns. Potter fans...you won't want to miss it! Part 3 will go live on Thursday, May 22nd.


Chip Kidd: Associate Art Director at Alfred A. Knopf, Part 3

For our second "REAL TALK Publishing" feature, we talked to Chip Kidd, the Associate Art Director at Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House. Chip told us about his graphic design philosophies, his day-to-day responsibilities, the favorite covers that he's designed  --- including JURASSIC PARK --- and more. Read on to see the final part of our interview with Chip! If you missed the earlier segments, catch up on Part 1 here and Part 2 here!


Chip Kidd: Associate Art Director at Alfred A. Knopf, Part 2

For our second "REAL TALK Publishing" feature, we talked to Chip Kidd, the Associate Art Director at Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House. Chip told us about his graphic design philosophies, his day-to-day responsibilities, the favorite covers that he's designed  --- including JURASSIC PARK --- and more. Read on to see Part 2 of our interview with Chip, and be sure to come back on Tuesday, April 22nd for Part 3! If you missed Part 1, you can read it here.


Chip Kidd: Associate Art Director at Alfred A. Knopf, Part 1

For our second "REAL TALK Publishing" feature, we talked to Chip Kidd, the Associate Art Director at Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House. Chip told us about his graphic design philosophies, his day-to-day responsibilities, the favorite covers that he's designed  --- including JURASSIC PARK --- and more. Read on to see Part 1 of our interview with Chip, and be sure to come back on Tuesday, April 15th for Part 2 and Tuesday, April 22nd for Part 3!


Sarah Harrison Smith: Children's Book Editor for the New York Times, Part 3

Here is the third part of our “REAL TALK Publishing” feature with Sarah Harrison Smith, the Children's Book Editor at the New York Times. In the past two weeks, we’ve brought you Part 1, which highlights her job responsibilities and her high school self, and Part 2, which focuses on her childhood reading habits and the influence of her children. In the final part of our interview, Sarah talks about everything else --- what to look forward to in 2014, words of wisdom, what it's like to work for a world-renowned news organization and more.


Sarah Harrison Smith: Children's Book Editor for the New York Times, Part 2

We continue our REAL TALK Publishing feature with Sarah Harrison Smith, the Children's Book Editor at the New York Times! Last week we featured Part 1 of her interview, where she talked about her job responsibilities and her past --- you'll never guess her teenage career aspirations! Below you can find Part 2, where she talks about her favorite books from her childhood and the way her own children help her in her role.
 

Sarah Harrison Smith: Children's Book Editor for the New York Times, Part 1

We kick off our "REAL TALK Publishing" feature with Sarah Harrison Smith, the Children's Book Editor at The New York Times! We met with Sarah at The New York Times building and she told us about her job --- from her day-to-day responsibilities to her favorite (and least favorite) things that she does --- as well as the books she loved as a kid, advice she has for book critic hopefuls, the ways her own children help her do her job and what to expect from the children's book section in 2014. She also gave us a sneak peek at The Book Review office, and even showed us her bookshelves (see the photo, below!)