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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.

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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
    • https://journalism.columbia.edu/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
    • du.edu/publishinginstitute
    • “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
    • https://english.wsu.edu/creative-writing/editing-and-publishing-certificate/
    • “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!

Sincerely,

Kime J. Sims.

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Apartment Vocab. 101 – pt. 1

Boston calls! The apartment search has begun and you have started downloading all the apartment apps you could find. You have scoured numerous Craigslist postings and found a good but obscure apartment site called Rent Cafe, and are now thinking of calling a few and getting some more information. But wait! Before you do, please read the apartment vocab below.

Because just like in school, the vocab was dry to get through but always helped in the log run!

*p.s. The following vocab is in the “foundation” to “working” knowledge order, apologies to those alphabetical folks!

Apartment Vocab 101:

Apartment:

A living space that can range from a studio to a 4 bedroom (rare 5 bedroom)

    • Can take many forms: standalone building with a few separate rooms, a room in a larger complex, a condo in a building owned by an individual, you name it and it probably exists.
    • The possibility of it being in a brownstone building that has super old plumbing and heating is fairly likely since Boston is an old town.
    • The front entrances will mainly have a locked main door that leads to a foyer or can open directly into your apartment
    • Can be run by a Landowner (see below) or a Building Management company (see below)
      • You can sign a lease for an apartment from either of these two
      • Real estate agent (or broker/ see below) can help connect you to owners and will try to get you to fill out the paperwork through them. This can work but just verify with the owner before you fork over any cash.
    • In Boston, some listings will say apartment, but they will be a room inside a house. If this isn’t what you want just be aware!

Landowner/ Lease owner:

Civilian/Business owner who runs a building, house, or portion of the housing and handles all the leasing and renting out of the apartments

  • Normally 1-2 people running the business (can be a family business).
  • They may have a maintenance crew on staff.
  • The term can be used for both apartments and houses
  • They can be either the best or the worst, often have differing leases and make sure to cover your self and read the lease thoroughly.

Building Management:

A company that owns a building and has a management staff that handles the daily operations and an on-staff management crew

  • Term applies to apartments and apartment complexes
  • You will normally work with an agent on staff to fill out your paper work for the lease
  • Many building managements companies are able to do virtual walkthroughs if you are unable to see the location

Apartment Complexes

Apartments that are stacked together to make small communities that tend to offer better amenities than traditional apartments

  • A rare sight in a city as old as Boston
  • They do exist in South Boston (pricey most of the time) and in Chelsea (cheaper but not the best area/ further from the city)
  • Have more amenities: pool, gym, central air and heat (yes this is a luxury), a shared common space, and occasionally will have a playground for children.
  • Can be more expensive than other apartments, but it is a trade off for the convenience and newer amenities
  • Real Estate Agent
    • They are all over the place!
    • If you are on the Zillow.com or Apartments.com train, then you will find that most of your inquiries will be answered by agents.
    • The agent’s license is easy to get in Boston and many young people will get it and make helping people find apartments their side or main hustle.
    • They can be either helpful or kind of negative, so don’t let them tell you things like:
      • “That price range isn’t possible in this city”
      • “If you want it, send me a deposit now and I can hold it”
    • There are some Real Estate Agencies that have very specific listing that are not online. This can be an advantage.
    • Many times they will find the room you want under the specifics you desire and the owner of the building/house pays the broker’s fee (see definition on part 2)
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A Masters in Publishing? That exists?!

Hello, Fellow Bookworms!

Before deciding to go to graduate school, I had no idea that a master’s program existed for publishing and editing. I thought if you wanted to become a book editor you had to start at the bottom, like in the Devil Wear’s Prada. You take all the crap you can just to gain experience. But one day, I came across an article about a girl who attended the publishing program at Emerson College and had been able to get the experience she needed to get a foot in the proverbial book heaven’s door. So, I began my research into publishing programs in the U.S.

I’d like to share with you some of my findings before I decided to attend Emerson College. For me, I knew that I didn’t want to be in New York, where the main hub of publishing houses is. Coming from the medium-sized city of Fort Worth, Texas, I knew moving was going to be a transition without the culture shock of New York City. Hence, I chose the second biggest market: Boston.

Below are the main publishing programs in the U.S. Gathered from discussions online, notability, and accessibility to internships, I’ve ranked the masters and certificate programs.

The Top Five by Program Reputation and Accessibility to Internships:

One of the hardest parts about choosing to go into publishing is that it is a narrowed field that is little talked about. What people don’t know is that there are all kinds of jobs and programs outside of editing in publishing! There are marketing teams, production departments, sales and growth, design artists, literary agents, well-known editorial, and so much more! So if you love books and want to work them, there are so many ways to do it and places to go with it.

I hope this article has helped! Check out my other article, Publishing Certificates: What they are and how they could be useful.

Until next week,

Goodbye Bookworms!

Sincerely,

Kime J. Sims.

 

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The Journey Begins

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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