WHAT IT IS
A fully remote, paid editorial training program for BIPOC editors, designed to provide a broad overview of the day-to-day work of an editor. Broken down into three parts, the training program combines key editorial skills with valuable hands-on experience, guiding trainees through the editorial process while also giving them the opportunity to add a live project to their resume. There are weekly summits from Sourcebooks employees in all areas of publishing about how they work with editorial to bring books to the shelf. The program ends with a three-week intensive with the production department to get experience with copyediting, proofreading, and production editing.
HOW IT STARTED
We began the Editorial Training Program in August of 2020. Each ten-week program is structured for four remote BIPOC trainees; we anticipate completing three 10-week programs each calendar year. Approximately thirty of our staff members have been involved in the creation and execution of this program. The next program will be in Fall 2023, and we are opening up applications for those interested on the Sourcebooks website. Sign-up here to get program notifications.
- 10-week program
- Remote—using a mix of Teams meetings, Microsoft Office filesharing, and recorded webinars, trainees are asked to commit 10-20 hours per week
- Paid—each trainee receives a stipend upon completion of ETP
- Trainees are added to freelance hiring pipeline
Quotes from some of our former trainees:
“Everyone’s willingness to share their knowledge and experience was a welcomed surprise. There was no limit to what we could learn.”
“The program taught me so much about the publishing industry and gave me confidence to pursue my career. This program helped me see that I do have the skills to be an editor with the right guidance; managers and editors willing to give advice and feedback. I never would've thought I'd get an opportunity like this. Forty years old, mother of five....most internships are looking for recent college graduates. I hope the ETP continues to look for candidates outside the box because the publishing industry can benefit from the unique perspectives of people of color.”
“The Sourcebooks Editorial Training Program is the most comprehensive editing training I’ve ever had. It’s a must for BIPOC professionals interested in getting invaluable, hands-on editing experience from leading industry experts.”
“Sourcebooks ETP is an amazing training program that provides a robust look at the editing department and publishing as a whole. I’ve gained a better understanding of my path into the publishing industry because of the hands-on projects (including acquiring, launching a book, and first reads) and weekly meetings with industry professionals.”
—D. Ann Williams
"If a book titled Letters to a Young Editor existed, this program would be the personification of it. I couldn't wait to wake up every Monday morning to edit."
"The Editorial Training Program was really informative and helpful. We were able to work with real manuscripts and learn the process from acquisitions to marketing. I loved having so many professionals available to guide us and give us real, honest feedback. This is a great program for aspiring editorial professionals!"