About Fight and Fish

I’ve always wanted to be fiction editor.

The idea of sitting in a corner office in late Autumn puffing away on a pipe while I read over drafts of the next “Catch-22” or “The Kite Runner” has intrigued me since middle school. Never mind the fact that most editors don’t get to sit around leisurly in corner offices smoking pipes and reading stories all day.

In order to make this dream a reality, I majored in creative writing in college, got very mediocre grades, did not pursue an internship with a publisher, and then went to China to teach English for three years after graduating with my undergrad degree. Then, after deciding that I would pursue textbook publishing in China (I was hoping that the English editorial job market there would be easier to break into than in the U.S.), I moved to New Jersey (more affordable than New York) in order to try to get an entry level editorial position in NYC (“Stellar plan, Josh!” you’re probably saying aloud. “I’m amazed you aren’t a senior editor at Random House.”).

This, I thought, would be a great idea. I would get an entry level job with a major American publishing company, spend about two years there, then leverage the experience to get a senior editorial job at a textbook publishing company in China.

I sometimes forget the details. This is why I neglected to develop contacts in the industry before dropping everything, and moving from China to New Jersey without a job. After trying everything I could think of to get a job with the big name publishers and realizing that I would soon be penniless and had nothing attractive on my resume to warrant an interview with them. I turned to finance.

Four and a half years later, I still work in finance (JP Morgan). However,  my heart is still with books, or more specifically, stories. I haven’t quite given up hope of a career involving stories. But these days, I think I have a better chance at some day selling some of the stories that hike through my head than of becoming an editor.

This blog does three things:

1. Allows me to test out story ideas.

2. Helps me scratch my writing itch (I enjoy writing as much as I enjoy reading).

3. Hopefully entertains you and maaaaaaybe some of the stories or essays will stay with you.

Thanks for reading!

Josh

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5 Responses to About Fight and Fish

  1. love the idea of this site! what a great project. i worked in publishing for a bit so i’m interested to watch you get there, too!

    thanks for stopping by my blog.

    ab

  2. joshsuds says:

    Thanks! I appreciate the support 🙂 I’ll definitely be reading your posts.

  3. LKD says:

    I want to get into publishing as well, and I’ve also done a fair bit of moving around! Thanks for reading my blog, I’ll be keeping up with yours! 🙂

  4. joshsuds says:

    Thanks for checking in! I should have a new post up sometime this weekend. Btw, this challenge may interest you: http://eatmovewrite.com/2010/09/14/diary-of-a-stay-at-home-writer-why-you-should-be-writing-short-stories/

  5. sundryandco says:

    Have you considered setting up your own publishing company?

    Good luck with whatever path you take!

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