Writing, Translation & Freelance

Work in this sector encompasses a large range of professions.  Possible work areas include:

  • Content writing
  • Media relations
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Research and teaching
  • Distribution and sales
  • Copyediting and copywriting
  • Proofreading
  • Medical and technical writing
  • Freelance writing
  • Editorial assistance
  • Publishing assistance
  • Translation and interpretation

Typical Employers

Typical employers in traditional publishing can be categorized into the following areas:

  • Trade and professional publications. Papers and books for the general reading market. General topics include but not limited to, advertising, marketing, architecture, automotive, aviation, business, computers, education, electronics, energy, environmental science, farming, food, health, media, music, photography, science, travel, transportation and more.
  • Consumer magazines. General topics for consumer magazines include but not limited to, arts & culture, business, entertainment, lifestyle, home & hobby, special interest, sports & outdoors, travel & tourism, women, youth, children, news & opinion, etc.
  • Alternative media.  This type of employers focus on e-books (Kindle, iPad, other e-readers), audiobooks, or other types of digital publishing opportunities.
  • Literary agents. Literary agents represent your work directly to editors or publishers.  They also look after negotiations with contract details.

Industry Profiles

Career Profiles

To learn more about different career options in this sector, visit the following web sites:

Career Books & Magazines

Recommended books (available at CaPS):

  • A career in language translation: Insightful information to guide you in your journey as a professional translator
  • Career opportunities in journalism
  • Career opportunities in writing
  • Career opportunities in the publishing industry
  • Career Books (Available in the McGill Library)

Articles of Interest

Job Resources

The following links provide a list of job boards, internships and volunteering opportunities.
Note: To find internships, you can also use keywords like "internship" in some of the job boards to find opportunities.

Writing Associations

Translation Associations

Book Publishers, Magazine and Newspapers

The following links provide a list of publishers. Some sites are searchable by locations and categories.

Literary Agents

Literary agents represent authors to publishers. They are selective about who they will represent. In general, they only accept a few clients in each year.


The following links provide a list of translation agencies. 

Please note that CaPS and McGill do not endorse any particular websites/services; the listing is for your information only.
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