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Lorena Jones

Lorena Jones

Chronicle Books

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Lorena's work combines: Writing, Business, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life

Publishing Director

I develop, edit and publish nonfiction books people love to use and keep.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    English Language and Literature, General

    University of California-Berkeley

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Editors:

Bachelor's Degree: Writing, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Realizing I could write well in a rhetoric class at Cal.

  • 2.

    Did a summer internship at my hometown newspaper, but the work was too impermanent for me.

  • 3.

    Realized I loved my work study job in the library because I loved being around books ALL the time.

  • 4.

    Wrote a young editor at Chronicle Books (who became a bestselling author), to ask for an internship.

  • 5.

    Discovered I loved the creativity and many skills that go into making visual books.

  • 6.

    Used my internship to get my first salaried editorial asst job in (of all places) Texas.

  • 7.

    Got a mid-level editorial job at a Bay Area indie publisher, where I worked my way up to publisher.

  • 8.

    Returned to Chronicle as a Publishing Director 18 yrs after I started there as a college intern.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    You should go into political science or law because you have drive and are a compelling communicator. If you're an English major you can be a teacher, but you'll never make any money.

  • How I responded:

    I decided I didn't care about making money as long as I could support myself. And that if I did what I was passionate about, work I could do every day and never ever get tired of doing, I would be successful.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I needed to put myself through college. I maxed out my work study eligibility and worked 20-28 hours a week while carrying a full course load and graduating in 4 years. I graduated without debt, which gave me freedom to pursue my interests.