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Moving to Boston Guide: An Introduction

You have had a chance to compare your options and have decided that the best way to grow your future career in publishing (or other fields) is to move to Boston, and you are ready to work out the logistics of moving to Boston.

I would like to share with you my complete beginner status and knowledge of moving from Fort Worth, Texas to Massachusets. After several mishaps with our tarps at the 3am  and an over 30-hour non-stop trip, we made it to Boston in one piece.

There is nothing easy about moving your life across the country, but it doesn’t mean you can go into it prepared. Over the next few articles, I’d like to help explain ways that you can move to Boston in a much better fashion than I did. If you’re moving from a different country or even somewhere within the U.S., your city could be completely different from how one of America’s oldest cities has adapted.

Over the course of this segment, I hope I can show you the answers to your questions and feel free to ask more! boston

Some of the topics I’ll cover are: 

  • What to look for in an apartment?
  • How do you get a place to live if you can’t visit the city?
  • How do you safely handle a lease so you don’t get stuck somewhere and can’t get out if it turns to crap!
  • What items should you bring and not!
  • How to adult: Expenses, utilities, rent, banking, etc.
  • Traveling in Boston and the craziness that ensues!
  • Renter’s Insurance?!
  • Moving to Boston is no small feat, and but you don’t have to be an expert to learn it. It just takes some research, planning, and effort to make your dreams come true.
  • And many more!

These are just a few of the topics I hope to touch on. I’m by no means an expert, but I am coming to be foolishly in love with the coolness in the air and the winding subway trains. So, if you found this article, skip ahead! Find the question your looking for or follow my newsletter to see when your question will get answered!

Please feel free to put your questions in the comments, and I can answer them in my weekly “Buxom Questions Answered” segments!

Until then,

Talk later Bookworms!

Sincerely,

Buxom Books

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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