Publishing Resources


Job Listings Jobs in Publishing • Sponsored by the Association of American Publishers, this job-search site features positions nationwide throughout the publishing industry and includes publishing resources about the industry as a whole.

Chicago Artists Resource (CAR): Jobs • Artist-curated directory of professional resources, job postings, and calls for artists. Serving artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, dancers, and actors.

Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP): Jobvine • Chicago Women in Publishing’s exclusive job-posting site connects employers with publishing professionals. Requires CWIP membership.

Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC): Writers' Line Job Board • Lists jobs posted by employers seeking professional writers. Requires IWOC) membership. Job Listings • Up-to-date employment opportunities “” for those seeking employment in media-related careers.

Philanthropy News Digest: Jobs Corner • Job listings from U.S.-based foundations relating to philanthropic occupations. Sponsored by the Foundation Center.

Publishers Lunch Job Board • An online publishing hub that posts national publishing job opportunities. The nationwide job-search feature is affiliated with Publishers Marketplace, a networking organization.

Publishers Weekly: PW JobZone • Classified staff and some freelance job listings, updated daily from the book industry’s leading international newsmagazine.

Job Search/Career Advice • Enormous trove of cover letters and letters for consultants, available free from CareerLab, a career strategy and leadership development firm.

Ed2010 • Online community of young working and aspiring magazine editors, featuring job-hunting information, resources, education, and regional subgroups (including Chicago).

Freelance Opportunities

American Journal Experts (AJE) • Academic author services company. Connects academic authors and researchers to experienced editors, illustrators, reviewers, and translators.

Bibliocrunch • Allows authors to connect with a curated list of book editors, designers, marketers, and other publishing professionals.

Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP): Freelance Directory • Connects employers to publishing freelancers, including writers, editors, proofreaders, designers, indexers, and more. Requires CWIP membership.

Edanz • Connects academic authors to experienced editors.

Editage • Connects academic authors to experienced editors based on subject-matter expertise.

Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA): Job List • Enables authors, employers, and others looking for publishing help to connect with experienced freelance writer, editors, indexers, researchers, and other communications professionals. Requires EFA membership.

Elance • Online hirer/freelance matchmaker. A myriad of freelance jobs are available. Create a profile to develop an online presence. Site handles payment transactions and provides tax documents.

Independent Writers of Chicago: Find a Writer • Connects employers to professional writers with a wide range of communications expertise, including marketing, public relations, advertising, healthcare, journalism, and web content. Requires IWOC membership. Freelance Marketplace • Listing board where freelancers can showcase their work for editors and other hiring agents.

Internships Internships • Listing of current internships in book publishing, some paid, many offering college credit.

Ed2010 • Online community of young working and aspiring magazine editors, featuring job-hunting information, resources, education, and regional subgroups (including Chicago).

Salaries & Fees

Editorial Freelancers Association: Editorial Rates • Member-reported ranges for freelance editing, “”broken down by type of editorial work, pace of work, and range per hour. Salary Survey • Review of salary data on media-related jobs contributed by readers, both staff and freelancers. Data is divided by geographical region and then by industry segment and sub-segment.

Staffing Agencies

Creative Directory • Paid listings of Midwest creative companies, independents, and staffing firms in film, video, audio, print, multimedia, and corporate communications. May be helpful for those looking for a team member to fill a creative need, such as photography, production, or printing.

Digital People • A recruitment agency specializing in creative, interactive, and marketing professionals in the Chicagoland area.

Lynn Hazan & Associates • Places candidates in full-time, part-time, project-based, and temp-to-perm positions. Specializes in marketing and communications placement.

Paladin • Connects marketing, creative, communications, and digital professionals to top companies.


DePaul University. DePaul offers more than 150 graduate and doctoral degrees in writing and publishing, business, technology and computing, communications, education, law, liberal arts, health and science and more.

Graham School of General Studies • Extensive range of instruction in publishing, writing, and editing. Courses are affiliated with the University of Chicago and U of C Press, offering individual courses as well as a Certificate in Editing.

StoryStudio Chicago • Center for creative and business writing classes, workshops, events, and networking. Also features a Youth Institute for younger writers.

UIC External Education • University of Illinois at Chicago’s extension course offerings for professional development and personal enrichment, including business, professional, and grant writing courses.

W3 Schools • Vast and free training site covering virtually all technical subjects involved in constructing a website. Information is regularly updated.


APSS • CWIP members can join APSS (Association of Publishers for Special Sales) at a discounted rate of only $60 (a $30 savings!) because CWIP is a partner organization. The APSS is a treasure trove of book sales and marketing opportunities for those interested in selling to the very large non-bookstore market.

Authorlink • Serves as an online publishing community, linking authors, agents, editors, and readers together. Professional services guide authors in creating e-books and print books. Also includes publishing news across the industry.

Baker & Taylor • Top wholesale distributor to school, public, and specialty libraries; a major figure in the book-publishing industry.

Browne and Miller Literary Associates • Chicago's premier literary agency, specializing in full-service representation of a select clientele.

Chicago Book Review • Highlights Chicago’s publishing world by reviewing Chicago-based and Midwestern books. Lists bookstores, authors, literary events, etc., in and around Chicago and the Midwest.

Chicago Publishing Network (CPN) LinkedIn Group • Connects publishing professionals across Chicagoland and the Midwest so they can learn about job openings, other publishing companies, and different types of publishing.

Folio • Online presence of all sectors of magazine publishing that offers job postings, webinars, helpful articles, and resources. Self-described as “magazine publishing professionals with the news, insights, and best practices to keep them in tune with today’s media industry trends.”

Independent Publishers Group (IPG) • Major small-press distributor that markets “titles from independent presses to the book trade” in both print and e-book format. Includes an extensive linked listing of its publishers.

Ingram Content Group • “World’s largest wholesale distributor...of books and audiobooks to booksellers, librarians, and specialty retailers.” Site provides industry info and a focused look at a key book-industry organization.

Jane Friedman • Publishing industry insight, online classes, books, events, and resources for writers.

Publishers Marketplace • Major online gathering spot offered by Publishers Lunch where publishing professionals, for a monthly fee, can trade info, news, book deal reports, databases, and more. Job openings throughout the publishing industry are regularly posted.

Publishers Weekly • Site of the 131-year-old international news magazine dealing with the book industry; offers free access to Publishers Weekly JobZone postings and subscriber access to articles, reviews, and newsletters.

The Book Designer • Publishing consultant Joel Friedlander’s award-winning blog on all aspects of the publishing industry. Contains articles and insight on self-publishing, hybrid publishing, typography, graphic design, social media, legal issues for writers, and more.

The Independent Publishing Magazine • Provides essential information, resources, and reviews of publishing service providers. Covers self-publishing, hybrid publishing, traditional publishing, book marketing, publishing technology, and general industry news.


Academy of American Poets • Major literary organization fostering careers in and appreciation of poetry through an info- and activity-rich site featuring a vast database of poets, poems, essays, and related materials.

American Book Producers Association (ABPA) • Organization of professional book producers (or “book packagers”) who create books, wholly or in part, for other publishers and for non-publishers.

American Booksellers Association (ABA) • Largest national trade organization for independent book merchants, providing education, services, products, and business information since 1900.

American Library Association (ALA) • Organization devoted to advancing libraries, information services, and the profession of librarianship. ALA sponsors educational, career, and advocacy initiatives, as well as events and conferences.

Association Media & Publishing • Organization serving the needs of association publishers, business operation executives, communications professionals, designers, and content generators and the media they create. Formerly known as the Society of National Association Publications (SNAP).

Association of American Publishers (AAP) • Principal trade association of the book-publishing industry, serving U.S. publishers of all sizes and types through advocacy, information, and market-specific initiatives.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) • National nonprofit writing organization supporting writers, teachers, and writing programs through informational publications, career services, competitions, and an annual conference.

Book Industry Study Group (BISG) • Major research association focused on the business side of publishing, offering results via publications for sale and free resource directories on trade issues, statistical data, and international publishing.

Chicago Creative Coalition (C3) • Group for communication-arts creatives, including graphic and web designers, illustrators, photographers, copywriters, and educators. Offers business and technology educational programs as well as networking opportunities.

Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) • Non-profit that strives to build community and foster creativity by providing access to the space, education, and resources necessary to create and self-publish literary and visual work.

Chicago Self-Publishing Group • Free group that provides information, resources, and networking opportunities for anyone interested in self-publishing. Monthly educational meetings featuring speakers from all aspects of self-publishing, including editors, print book and ebook designers, writing coaches, book marketing consultants, author website designers, and more.

Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) • Open to anyone interested in the publishing industry, CWIP is an organization dedicated to helping our members make industry connections and creating a vibrant and useful community of successful professionals. Whether you're male or female, a seasoned publishing veteran, aspiring author, or simply considering a publishing career, CWIP can help you achieve your goals.

Chicago Writers Conference (CWC) • Non-profit organization dedicated to connecting Chicago area writers and publishing professionals through conferences, workshops and literary events.

Chicago Writer’s Association (CWA) • Membership association for all writers and aspiring writers. Serves as a writer’s community to foster growth, unite writers, and get work out there.

Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) • National professional alliance of self-employed workers in publishing and communications that works to raise the professional status of its members.

Freelancers Union • Connects nearly 265,000 freelancers to group-rate benefits, resources, community, and political action to improve their lives and their bottom lines.

Graphic Artists Guild (GAG) • National alliance of illustrators, designers, web creators, production artists, and other creative professionals united to pursue common goals.

Illinois Woman's Press Association (IWPA) • Organization of communications professionals whose objective is to maintain and improve the professional standards of members in mass communications in Illinois, to promote their interest, and to provide for the sharing of ideas and information.

Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) • Major trade association of independent publishers that provides co-op marketing programs, education, and advocacy within the publishing industry.

Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC) • Nonprofit professional association of Chicago-area freelance writers, providing educational and social programs, networking opportunities, and other member benefits.

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) • International organization geared toward the communications field, including public relations, graphic design, marketing, editing, and printing, with chapters worldwide and throughout the U.S., including Chicago.

Metcalf Institute • Organization dedicated to scientific and environmental journalism, facilitating communication between news media and the scientific community, and educating journalists on marine and environmental reporting.

Midwest Writers Association (MWA)• a networking base for experienced, professional non-fiction writers. Members work across the media spectrum from magazines, newspapers, websites and corporate publications to books, trade journals, film, speech writing and texts.

National Association of the Self-Employed (NASE) • Association for U.S. self-employed and micro-businesses, providing a broad range of benefits and support to help the smallest businesses succeed.

National Writers Union (NWU) • Labor union for freelance writers in the U.S. working in all genres, media, and formats, focused largely on contracts and other legal issues. Offers member health plans, a job hotline, and discounts on professional goods and services.

Newspaper Association of America • Major member-based organization representing the newspaper industry, concerned principally with marketing, public policy, diversity, industry development, newspaper operations, and readership issues.

Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network (SPAWN) • Organization with information, resources, and networking for writers, editors, illustrators, graphic designers, photographers, small publishers, and self-publishers. Includes member directory, industry articles, and links to relevant services.


99 Designs • Website for affordable, professional book cover design.

AgentQuery • Free searchable database of over 900 reputable literary agents, providing full profiles and current contact info to help writers navigate the publishing world.

Association of Authors' Representatives • Directory of more than 1,000 literary agents.

Chicago Manual of Style Online • Provides recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices for the digital age.

Goodreads • World’s largest site for readers and book recommendations, with a mission to help people find and share books they love.

Google Docs • Free online collaboration site from the major search engine for creating and sharing documents and other project-related material.

Lawyers for the Creative Arts • Provides free legal services to financially eligible clients in all areas of the creative arts, including literary, visual, performing, entertainment, and arts education.

Library of Congress • Research arm of the United States Congress and the largest library in the world with online resources available to the public.

Merriam-Webster • Free online, searchable version of the major dictionary, also features its thesaurus, children’s dictionary, Encyclopædia Britannica’s short-entry version, Spanish Central, word games, and more.

Shelfari • Site where books meet social networking. Allows users to create a virtual shelf to show off their books, connect with friends, discover new titles, and voice opinions.

LibraryThing • An online community of book lovers that features book cataloging, discussions, reviews, and networking.

United States Copyright Office • Official U.S. agency through which writers, composers, and other creators of written intellectual property may apply for and secure exclusive right to their works.

Webopedia • Extensive information technology (IT) dictionary covering web terminology and common technology topics. Geared toward a general non-tech audience.


Annual CWIP Publishing Fair • Typically held in the spring, CWIP sponsors a general Publishing Fair that features local authors, publishers, and other publishing-related services.

AWP Annual Conference • Major four-day literary gathering presented by the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. Program includes more than 300 events of featured presenters and over 400 publishers.

BookExpo America (BEA) • Largest U.S. book-industry trade show, where thousands of publishers and related companies exhibit for booksellers, librarians, and the public. Offers educational events, literary agent meetings, author readings, and networking.

Chicago Humanities Festival • Sprawling six-week fall series of lectures, performances, panels, classes, exhibitions, and other explorations of the humanities; teachers and students free, most others $5.

Printers Row Book Fair • Two-day outdoor literary showcase in early June held in historic South Loop Printers Row. Sponsored by the Chicago Tribune and featuring some 200 exhibitors, as well as multiple stages for author readings and other literary events.