What It’s Like to Work at Booklist

Decided last night to watch The Best of Everything (1959), a Valley of the Dolls-style movie about three young secretaries slaving away at a New York City publishing house and trying to work their way up to the vaunted position of “EDITOR.”  I was dumbstruck by the movie’s unfaltering realism. Why, this is exactly how things play out at Booklist!

When our esteemed Editor & Publisher Bill Ott makes a new hire (always in tuxedo, of course) these are the exact words he says:

And when that excited new employee goes buzzing through the office with the good news, not a single typist fails to offer congratulations:

Oh, but it’s not all hand-shakes and hoorays. You gotta be tough at Booklist. How tough? Joan Crawford tough:

It’s a hard job, but somebody’s got to do it.




About the Author:

Dan Kraus is Booklist's Editor of Books for Youth. He is also the producer and director of numerous feature films, most notably the documentary Work Series, and the author of several YA novels, including Rotters and Scowler, both of which won the Odyssey Award. Follow him on Twitter at @DanielDKraus.

6 Comments on "What It’s Like to Work at Booklist"

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  1. Bill Ott says:

    Kraus, you’re suppposed to be reading (days, nights, and weekends)not watching movies.

  2. Daniel Kraus says:

    Interestingly, Miss Bender is shown reading ZERO TIMES after that “Do your reading” speech.

  3. lynnrutan@charter.net' Lynn Rutan says:

    HA! You nailed it, Daniel! That’s why my reviews are always late – I’m trying to dress like Joan Crawford and I can’t get my pearls fastened!

  4. kaitestover@kclibrary.org' Kaite Stover says:

    I could do it. I could tell a writer, “Your work is no good.” In fact, I have. In a dark bar, when no one is listening.

  5. I could tell an author what I think. So many times I’ve read books by my favorite authors…until they start sounding repetitious. Then I’m finished with that author and onto the next one. I’ve often thought, I could write a book better than this. So I did.

  6. Rebecca says:

    I’m still wondering why Bill wasn’t wearing a tuxedo when I got hired? Hmpf.

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