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The Sweet (and Not So Sweet) Smell of Success: Life in Publishing, Part 6

“Mr. Shipman”  is the alias for a dynamic VP at a publishing house who has also taught courses in writing and publishing. His younger self, however, might not have regarded the  path to his current success as unimpeded as it now appears in retrospect: “I’m pretty sure my full-time starting salary in 1985 was an alarmingly low $11,000.  (So much for the go-go 1980s).  Editorial assistants have always been underpaid (and I was used to regarding a chintzy TA stipend as a ‘salary’) but what the hell…