In my last post,
I promised to address the question of whether not being in Toronto limits your career opportunities.
First, don't let your home base discourage you. Yes, there are more English-language magazines published out of Toronto than any other place in Canada, but there are also more people competing for the jobs at those magazines.
Research what opportunities are available in your home town by checking job boards and the member lists of publishing associations like Magazines Canada,
the Canadian Business Press
, the Atlantic Magazines Association
and the British Columbia Association of Magazine Publishers.
Make connections with other editors through local chapters of industry associations like the Professional Writers Association of Canada
And don't be shy about calling up other editors and offering to take them out to lunch, just to meet them and chat about the industry. I occasionally get together for brunch with magazine peeps in my hood, outside of any organized association, and it's great to just talk about anything magazine related that's on our minds. Making and maintaining friendships in the industry is important because people who aren't in it can't fully understand it, and you need those people who get it to offer advice throughout your career.