Great post by Emma Barnes on menial publishing jobs that do nothing to help either the publishing industry or the (mostly) women who end up in these junior positions.
We are guilty of keeping junior publishing roles menial and manual. Further up the ladder, we are guilty of failing to help the women we’ve hired to be successful in management roles. Why are junior publishing roles menial? Why are we still getting humans to do the work of computers? On every level, it’s ridiculous. Humans cost companies a fortune. They require management by other, more expensive humans. They get bored easily, because of their big brains. Administrative, repetitive, rote, data-entry work isn’t their forte. So they make mistakes — typos, copy-and-paste errors, calculation errors. The humans in question have likely spent a fortune on an education and could be using their brains for thinking, and creative tasks. They joined publishing because they wanted to create wonderful books.