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Academic and Professional Publishing: A Look at the Other Side

If trade books are everything you love about books, the opposite goes for academic and professional publishing.

Remember in college when you had to buy a $200 book for class and then never used it again? That is Academic Publishing. High costs due to heavy research and productions costs + trying to keep relevant with the time! (*cough this is why they have so many editions of textbooks)

Academic book publishers work with trade books indirect sale and promotion from the company that makes the books and get them to the manufacturing plants or works with companies that collaborate for mass wholesale.

All of the Big Five sell in trade book publishing, and some dabble in the others. Trade books make up the majority of books sales.

Academic Books 

These books tend to live as textbooks in schools and colleges across the country. They cost a lot more than traditional trade books because they are a smaller niche and a smaller genre with more research and authority.

These books are for elementary, middle and high school used for required reading or for classwork guidance and instruction. Pretty much any required reading in a classroom setting can be considered non-trade books. These books tend to be written with the input of industry professionals—teachers and professors—add their input. Entire schools will often buy one book on a mass scale like a 10th-grade chemistry book.

Some books that are originally sold as trade books, take Great Gatsby for example, can be sold in schools as academic book editions. If a classroom wanted to get enough copies, they could go through an academic book company. The textbook company could have their sales rep work with the trade publishers sales rep and other connections to make a deal for these specific schools.

Professional, Technical, and Reference Books

Specialized books created for field professionals. These field cover:

“accounting, medicine, psychology, computer science, architecture, etc. come from “professional publishers” that specialize in those areas. These are very authoritative and can include in-depth books on very niche areas within the subject matter or general reference materials.”

These are the books that only apply to people within a specific field of study or learning. These books tend to update said professionals on new developments, laws, studies, and advancements within the realm of their jobs.

These are books that can be so niche you would think they were on Half Price Books “We don’t know if anyone would buy this” pile, and they would give you $.001 cents for it. You would then leave after selling your tween stage Twilight books, that one copy of Illiad you never read, and a myriad of other books doubting justice in the world.

Ok, that was me angry ranting, but these books are really dull and dry and serve a purpose- one that is not pleasure but knowledge.

Take the below for example:

Cch Accounting for Income Taxes, 2018 Edition [Book]

from Wolters Kluwer, CCH/ Business / Economics · Paperback · Non-fiction · 506 page

“CCH Accounting for Income Taxes (2018) provides guidance on the application of Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification Topic 740, Income Taxes. Now available in eBook format – download to your computer instantly. Now available in eBook format – download to your computer instantly.”

Only my attorney would read this book to go to bed at night. Anywho, I think you get the gist. I didn’t know this category existed, and find it fascinating! Imagine editing that?!  I shiver to think the thought.

I hope this overview has been helpful!

Have a great day Bookworms!


Kime J. Sims.


Who Are “The Big Five”? And Why Are They Important?

One of the first things people think when they hear that you want to work in publishing is they assume you aim to be part of “The Big Five.” “The Big Five” as the industry likes to call them are the largest conglomerate of publishing houses in America. They are constantly growing and are pushers of the American book market.

Per an article by titled, “What the Big 5’s Financial Reports Reveal About the State of Traditional Book Publishing” author Thad McIlroy states that:

“In April 2015 Publishers Lunch (firewall) took a stab at calculating the overall U.S. book publishing market share of the big 5ers (using Association of American Publishers data). (With qualifiers) the report listed. That’s over 80% of the U.S. trade publishing pie. Sounds a bit high, but it reveals the swath these companies cut.”

“Penguin Random House    37 %
HarperCollins                     17.5 %
Simon & Schuster              11.7 %
Hachette                                   9 %
Macmillan               (possibly 5 %)”

You can read the rest of his article here.

In the current day, the 5’ers have grown even more as they continue to buy up small publishing houses and combine their markets.  Below is a short overview of who they are and maybe a bouncing place for you to see if they have an office or internship near you!

  • Penguin Random House
    • Info: Has almost 250 imprint and publishing houses
    • Subsidiaries: Random House Publishing Group, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; Crown Publishing Group; Penguin Group U.S.; Dorling Kindersley; Mass Market Paperbacks, Penguin Group U.S.; Random House Children’s Books; Penguin Young Readers Group, U.S., etc.
      • Random House Offices
        • 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
        • (212) 782-9000
      • Penguin Offices
        • 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
        • (212) 366-2000
      • Dorling Kindersley
        • 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
        • (646) 674-4000
Penguin Random House Branches
Penguin Random House Branches


  • HarperCollins
    • Info: subsidiary itself, of a larger global company News Corp.
    • Subsidiaries: William Morrow; Avon Books; Broadside Books; Harper Business; HarperCollins Children’s; HarperTeen; Ecco Books; It Books; Newmarket Press; Harper One; Harper Voyager US; Harper Perennial; HarperAcademic and Harper Audio, etc.
    • 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
    • (212) 207-7000
Harper Collins Publishing House Branches.
Harper Collins Branches


  • Simon and Schuster
    • Info: covers adult, children’s, audiobooks, and digital book publishing
    • Subsidiaries: Atria, Folger Shakespeare Library, Free Press, Gallery Books, Howard Books, Pocket Books, Scribner, Simon & Schuster, Threshold Editions, and Touchstone, etc.
    • 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
    • (212) 698-7000
Simon & Schuster Publishing House branches
Simon & Schuster Branches.


  • Hachette Book Group
    • Info: an off shoot of the 2nd largest book publisher in the world. Hachette Livre.
    • Subsidiaries: Grand Central Publishing; Little, Brown and Company; Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers; Faith Words; Center Street; Orbit; Yen Press; Hachette Audio; and Hachette Digital. Read about Forever, Hachette’s Romance line, and about Forever Yours, their digital-first Romance line, etc.
    • 237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
    • (212) 364-1200
Hachette Books Publishing House
Hachette Branches


  • Macmillian Publishers
    • Info: global trade book publishing company, publishes a lot of college/ academic books
    • Subsidiaries: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Henry Holt and Company; Picador; St. Martin’s Press; Tor/Forge; Macmillan Audio; and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, etc.
    • 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
    • 646-307-5151
Macmillan Publishing House Branches
Macmillan Branches


I know that was a little long! Thanks for sticking with me!

Overall, “The Big Five” are in essence the small 200. There are so many small houses that work under each company that there are always new and growing ways to join in on the industry where ever you are at. Many of the smaller companies are able to focus on non-mainstream projects and independent ideas that help bring the ever-changing market we have today. I hope this has been helpful!

And please don’t forget to send any of your questions and comments in the section below!

Happy Hunting Bookworms!


Kime J. Sims.

I compiled the above information from The Balance Career. Thanks! Link here and here.


Looking for More Information?!

A few other great current articles to read about the 5’ers are: (more on who the Big 5 are) (current state of publishing in 2018) (other offshoots of the growing industry of publishing) (internships with the big 5!) (analysis of the Big five’s impact on the industry)



Apartments Housing Moving to Boston

Apartment 101 – pt 2

So you from 101, pt.1, you found out what people are involved in the apartment process, so now let’s talk about the nitty gritty- Money. Below are some details on what costs to expect and the process you will probably go through in getting that key to your first Boston apartment.

Broker’s Fee

The dreaded fee that many poor college students and professionals try to avoid.

  • This is a fee charged by the real estate agents for their time and effort.
  • On postings you will see “broker’s fee paid by owner” other times it will say, “broker’s fee paid by tenant”
  • The fee tends to be the cost of one month’s rent

Lease Deposit/ Security Deposit

The money you pay your landlord/building management BEFORE your application has been accepted.

  • The lease deposit is an amount of the building/owner’s choosing that allows you to say, “I definitely want this place and don’t want anyone to get it.” Because as much as it stinks, the housing market in Boston does move very fast. So if you like a place, it may not be there 2-3 weeks after you first put it on your “maybe” list.
  • Example:
    • I paid $300 to hold my room after I narrowed down my pics to three and had started the applications of all three. I paid it before I started the application process (see Rental Application).
  • Sometimes this fee is refundable.
  • Sometimes called the “holder’s fee”

Rental/ Lease Application

The legally binding document you sign before moving in that states the apartment rules and regulations for paying rent, company, pets, etc. READ CAREFULLY.

  • Be Cautious!
  • The application process can be a smooth and easy process or hard one
  • Things you will need:
    • Bank statements
    • Your credit score
    • Social security number
    • License
    • Proof of Income:
    • For co-signers, they need all of the above as well and have to fill out paper saying they are liable if the rent goes into default
      • Co-signers cannot be two parent’s combined, one parent must make enough/have enough in funds
    • If you work, you must show your last 2-3 pay stubs (or proof of earnings)
  • IMPORTANT: you or your cosigner must make 3x what the rent costs for the year
    • My apartment costs $2100 a month
      • So we had to prove we had 2100 x 12 = 25,000
      • And that 25,000 x 3 = 75,000
    • If you have multiple roommates, your cost can be a factor by how much you will be paying for rent.
  • Co-Signer
    • A person, normally a parent, who accepts financial responsibility for your apartment if you or your roommates are unable to pay.
    • Their credit will be dinged if the rent goes into default instead of the rentee.

Down Payment

The money you pay your landlord/building management AFTER your application has been accepted.

  • Okay so you paid your deposit, but that doesn’t mean the place is yours.
  • You have to 1st:
    • Submit the application
    • Get approved
    • Sign the Lease
    • And then here is where it differs…
  • Some locations ask you to pay before you move in the:
    • First month’s rent, and last month’s rent (and the broker’s fee if you are paying it)
    • If your rent is 2000 for a 1 bedroom in Brighton, then your down payment would be:
      • First (2000), Last (2000), and Brokers (2000)
      • These total= $6000 before you even move in!
    • Some locations will allow you to pay out the last and broker’s fee in terms for the first 6 months, so it’s worth it to ask!
    • A lot of times, they will apply your security deposit to this amount!


A luxury that you will not have when you first move-in unless you pay $100-$500 a month EXTRA on top of your rent.


An all-encompassing term that means your: gas (cooking stove), gas (heat), electricity, Internet WiFi, and water.

  • Some apartments will offer some of these in the rent (my apartment covers water and heat)
  • You can find all utilities paid apartments
  • Expect to spend about $100 a month on utilities to be same
  • Summer can be cheaper, but watch out for A.C. units that pull a lot of energy because your electricity bill will feel it.


A cute furball or snuggler who you want to bring with you or get once you get here.

  • They are a lot of work but worth the love
  • Check with the landlord if you are not sure on pets
  • This tends to be in the lease as well
  • Cats can be easier to care for when it gets really cold, you don’t have to walk them!


What you eventually call your apartment instead of referring to “back home.” A place to call your own.

  • That place that you will claim as your own for when you need a safe area to scream, laugh, and complete homework or just take a much-needed sleep.
  • A place that is worth all the craziness you will go through to find it!

That concludes the vocab section! If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me a question below or send an interweb message my way from my “contact me.” Thanks again, everyone!

Until Next Time,

Happy Apartment Hunting Bookworms!


Kime J. Sims.


Why You Should NOT Move to Boston: An Interview with Edmund Bullock

Boston is a little city with a big reputation. There are thousands of people that move here every year. We took to the library and interviewed everyday Bostonians to answer the question: Is Boston a good place to live and why?

When people imagine Boston, they see a historically rich and culturally diverse city. But what they don’t see are the thousands of students and professionals that move here every year to make their marks on the world. They are on the T (the subway) and they are on the streets walking from one place to another through Copley square. In both of these, their eyes are fixed on one thing- getting where they are going. The tourists not so much.

Being in this city, there is an air about it. The curvature of the glass skyscrapers meets cobblestone streets in clashes of the modern vs. historical. Whether you are moving here for school or work or otherwise, we hope to delve into some of your queries and provide an answer to the what many people are wondering: Is the expense of living in this beautiful city worth it? We are going to interview some of the resident Bostonians and get their take on life in one of America’s oldest and most culturally diverse cities.

Welcome to Moving to Boston: Bonker’s for Boston
The following Podcast is my interview with Edmund Bolluck, a father, community member, and self-published author.


Toes in the Water: Certificate Programs in Publishing

Depending on the skills you hope to polish, a publishing program may or may not be for you. There are some ways to see if the field is for you without spending $60k, relocating, and spending two years of your life!

If you don’t want to complete a full master’s program, but want to see what publishing is about/ get a step in the door you could try out a publishing summer course or Certificate Program. The credits from these could also apply to the graduate school you chose if you check beforehand!

Certificate programs offer great overview courses and can give you a hand up when applying for the internships or entry-level jobs in your town. The biggest cities for publishing are New York, Boston, Portland, Memphis/Nashville, Houston, and Washington D.C. This isn’t to say that you can’t find a position in your city! There are publishing houses, both big and small across the United States.

If you want to expand your writing skills and understanding of the field check out the following programs!

Publishing Overview Programs:

  • Columbia University
    • 6-week course
    • The Columbia Publishing Course
    • “The first three weeks of the course are devoted to book publishing and the following two weeks are devoted to the magazine and digital publishing, with the sixth and last week being a combination of all the interests presented by the course. The sixth week also heavily focuses on career planning in preparation for having students apply for jobs.”
  • University of Denver
    • Certificate of Completion/ 6-Quarter Hours of Graduate Credit
    • 4 weeks in the summer
    • “The Denver Publishing Institute is the ideal launching pad for your career in book publishing. During four weeks, it will introduce you to the exciting and ever-changing world of book publishing. The course will provide a solid educational foundation and an excellent network for your subsequent job search.”
  • Arizona State University
    • Scholarly Publishing Certificate Program
    • Nonfiction Writing and Publishing
  • Rosemont College
  • Washington State University
    • Department of English Editing and Publishing Certificate
    • 15 hours
    • Pullman, WA
    • “The Editing and Publishing Certificate (EPC) is a career-oriented curriculum that allows students already attracted to the field of editing and publishing to pursue a cohesive track where they gather editorial tools and practice them in real-life workplaces. Because our offerings uniquely combine literary, creative, digital, and technical writing skills, the certificate allows flexibility for students to build on their individual editorial interests and pursue related careers.”

Well, depending on where you live and your financial situation this could be a great option to get away for a summer after graduating or maybe take the online courses!

But the question is it feasible to move across the country or even to another state? If you are struggling with this question, trying out one of these programs is a great way to gains skills or test the field before dedicating your time and resources.

There are many other programs out there and options! Please let me know if you find other you feel should be added to the list.

Thanks again Bookworms!


Kime J. Sims.