Lindy Hess, who passed away early last week, spent the past 25 summers helping recent college graduates with literary aspirations get a foot on the lowest rung of the publishing ladder as the director of The Columbia Publishing Course (formerly The Radcliffe Publishing Course, until it moved to New York in 2001).
Book publishing, an industry whose low entry salaries have not increased significantly in decades, even as financial setbacks have made those same jobs harder to get, continues to be a romantic ideal for many English majors.
This was where Ms. Hess fit in. It wasn’t really about the course itself, a “six-week intensive in all aspects of book and magazine publishing,” as graduates were instructed to call it on their résumés, although it did serve as a sort of primer to the publishing world. Read More