It’s the dream of many, many people who are as rabid about books as I am. Working with something you’re passionate about is an easy recipe for a job that you love. When it comes to working with books, there are a few ways to go about that. In this post, we’ll look at some careers that book lovers should consider getting their teeth sunk into. Whether it’s about spreading the love of literacy or getting up close and personal with the latest page-turner.
Start a blog
If you like writing as much as reading, but you’re not ready to put out a magnum opus, then starting your own blog can be a great way to start making a little extra cash. This is particularly good for those who want or need to work from home. Affiliate schemes and other marketing partnerships can help you monetize that blog, though you might never earn a huge salary from it. To make it worthwhile, write about your passions and make sure any marketing partners you team up with share those passions. One great opportunity for book lovers is offering the opportunity to review and support authors and publishers. It will definitely keep the stream of new reads coming in strong.
Get involved in your library
Libraries are hugely important parts of our society. They promote a more literate society and facilitate anyone’s love of reading, no matter their socio-economic status. If you want to be a part of that process, then look into working at your library. It’s likely they’re going to need all the support they can get. But working in a library doesn’t involve sitting around all day, reading until someone comes in looking for a book. You’re going to have to get into the process of cataloguing and organizing books. You’ll deal with suppliers and logistics. You might even have to look at public library design ideas and make the premises more suited to its visitors.
Scouting the next big thing
Working in the industry itself might be on your list of goals. But beware that a lot of the jobs in the writing industry are a bit like the old adage of working in the sausage factory. Once you see how they get made, you can get a bit jaded. Especially if you’re working as a reader for someone like a publisher or an agent. A much more exciting option is working as a literary scout. These are the people travelling to book fairs, signings and conferences on the hunt for the most exciting material. You’ll get paid to find the books with the most potential, scouting them for international releases or even potential movie and television adaptations.
A passion for books is a most worthy passion. That passion can turn to profit if you’re willing to let it. Whether you want to work from home or get out into the wide world. You just need to make sure you have the skills to go with that passion.
*This is a collaborative post