Swoon Spotlight: Claire T. — Autobiographical Notes
As part of our ongoing effort to give you a glimpse behind the scenes of publishing, we have a new feature on our blog: Swoon Spotlight! Every week we’re going to introduce you to a Swoon Reads staff member, who has volunteered their time, energy, and enthusiasm to the imprint—while still being amazing at their regular jobs! This week we are featuring Claire T. Check back every day at 2pm to learn more about Claire, her job, and her thoughts on life in publishing.
What did you study in school?
Biology and Religious Studies (they were two very separate majors, not combined). Biology was intentional (once upon a time I wanted to be a marine biologist). Religious studies was accidental, I just loved the professors and kept taking their classes.
Do you use your degree in your current job?
Not even a little bit… well, that’s entirely not true. Religious Studies was a lot of reading and critical thinking, writing and forming coherent arguments, so I do actually use those skills every day. I also did a lot of math for my science classes, which I use frequently (although I will never understand why I had to take calculus).
What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
I worked as a receptionist at an auction house. It was an auction house that bought and sold farming equipment all over Canada. And I also worked at a museum in Australia, which was amazing and included dissecting dolphins.
How did you get into publishing?
I always loved books, and in high school I got a summer job at a small book distributor which sold medical and business textbooks. Through that company I made enough connections to get an internship in NYC one summer during college. After college I just applied to any and every position that was posted. The best advice I was ever given – and will always pass on – is just get your foot in the door ANY way you can and then work your butt off.