Here is the background for the basis of this question. I know that I'm good at two things, reading and writing. I know that I love two things, reading and writing. I went to school to study my passion, which was literature and I now have a master's degree in the field. My goal had always been to be a university professor, but after rounds of rejections I have decided to pursue something else. I think, other than publishing, becoming a professor is fraught with politics, timing, and personal preference -- at least in the literary fields. I'm 26 right now, and for the first time I am not looking to be in school again. I am simultaneously terrified and hopeful. My question is, what types of careers are out there for people like me? If anyone is an editor, how did you do that? If anyone is an agent, how did you do that? These jobs seem to have a mystical quality to them because unlike studying medicine, which leads to a job as a doctor, there is no set path for jobs in the literary world. Additionally, having a literature degree doesn't carry the street cred to get your foot in the door. Comments, hints, discussion are all invited for this forum. I have posted this more to quell my anxious heart.