HTML, The New “60 WPM”

By • Jun 26th, 2009 • Category: 26th Story, Big Ideas, Technology, Web/Tech

HTMLBack in the day…my day :) that is…when you applied for an entry level position in Book Publishing, you had to take a typing test and type at least 60 words per minute to even be considered. I am not kidding.

Now, basic knowledge of HTML is the new requirement for membership. At least according to me. Seriously, Kathryn, our Rotational Associate, came to us with HTML skills, and it comes in handy every single day — to the point where I realized I needed to learn 101 HTML skills to stay ahead of the curve.

Cut to a few weeks ago when I got an email from Maggie Hilliard at DailyLit telling me that their newly formed Digital Publishing Group was offering up a “free,” basic HTML class (I say this very quietly for fear that everyone’s going to realize what I already know — which is to say that this group is a gift to publishing and I’m afraid there won’t be room for me if I miss the email and don’t RSVP fast enough). To make this offer even more insanely appealing, the class was being taught by DailyLit founder Susan Danziger‘s husband, Albert Wenger, a partner at Union Square Ventures. Check out their portfolio and you’ll know why I placed such high value on this offering.

Space was limited. First RSVP, first serve.

To say I hit the “Reply YES” button so fast your head would spin, would be an understatement.

The class took place last night. I’d say there were about 25 people there — seemed to be a mix of age and gender (though mostly women, and mostly younger!) — and I’m proud to say there were 5 HarperCollins peeps in the crowd (woo hoo @DominicanPie — I should have known you’d be there. I knew as soon as I met you that you get it.).

It was the most potent, amazing, useful, 2.5 hours I’ve spent in a long, long, time.

THANK YOU ALBERT! And thank you Susan Danizger and Maggie Hilliard for bringing this group together. You guys are amazing, and Book Publishing is lucky to have you.

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  • Susan Danziger

    Great to hear that you enjoyed the session. If folks are interested in joining the Digital Publishing Group and finding out about upcoming events, they can sign up at And don’t worry Debbie, we’ll be sure to make room for you!

  • beli

    It is rather hard for generation from 60′ and 70′ to get in touch with technology improvements in the last two decade. I am a computer programmer and I have similar problems like yours. But we will definitely not surrender.

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