About halfway into my 4-year degree at The City College of New York I met David Unger, head of the school’s publishing certificate program (PCP). The PCP was a well-known secret in a way, and those of us, English majors, a few design or communications majors, were recruited, pretty stealthily. I was asked what my intentions were after graduation. I had already felt the pressure, a slow realization that I would have to go into education because what else was there for me, as someone who loved to write and loved books, as someone who decided to pursue English/Creative Writing as their degree of choice? I don’t know why publishing hadn’t come to mind until I met David, and later Cathy who co-ran the program together. Publishing wasn’t just an option it became the option for me.
The nitty gritty of publishing was broken down in the PCP and we learned a lot about the acquisitions process: how to write a P&L, how to sell your book to a bookseller, how to copyedit. Ultimately many of our goals were to be editors once we graduated and many of us would have diverging paths.