7534, East 57 Street,
Carlisle, MA 4234,
Date: 1st April, 2007.
417, Park Avenue North,
New York, NY 15325-1236
I am writing to express my keen interest in the Editorial Assistant position you advertised with the University of Chicago Center for Career Services. I will be receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree in English this coming July, and I am eager to join a small publishing house where I can use my skills in writing, editing, proofreading, research, and critical analysis. Based on my knowledge of Dickinson Press publications and objectives, I believe that my educational background and abilities would be an excellent match for the Editorial Assistant position.
Through my academic work in English language, literature, and writing, I am prepared to make meaningful contributions to editorial discussions and to function as a member of your editorial team. In addition to my university training, I have held editorial positions with Bricolage, the University of Chicago undergraduate literary arts journal, and with Steubing Press, a small publishing house specializing in non fiction and regional publications for the Pacific Northwest. These volunteer and intern positions have provided me with experience in editing, proofreading, fact checking, production scheduling, working with off-site vendors, sales, marketing, and customer service. My positions with a small publication and a small press have taught me to manage my time efficiently to meet deadlines, adapt readily to new responsibilities, work as a team member, and function well under pressure. The writing skills that I developed through my background as an English major have been further refined in both of these positions, where I learned to write concise, persuasive descriptions of new publications for press releases, catalog statements, and website content. Both positions afforded me an in-depth understanding of the important and varied behind- the-scenes work involved in book publishing.
I hope you’ll agree that the combination of my academic training and my internship work in publishing has provided me with excellent preparation for the demands of a literary editorial position with Dickinson Press. Thank you for your time and consideration. I will contact you within a week to follow up on your receipt of this application.