New Faculty | Jason Wells

Welcome to Pace, Professor Wells!

Jason M. Wells is the Books Marketing Director at the American Psychological Association, where he and his team promote APA Books, APA Videos, APA Style, Life Tools, and Magination Press Children’s Books. Previously Jason worked for almost 15 years at Abrams, where he invented and maintained for over a decade the marketing and publicity activities for the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, among other bestselling and award-winning titles. Jason has also held marketing and publicity roles at Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Disney, and Rodale. He lives in Washington, DC, has previously taught at the Columbia Publishing Course, and has a master’s degree in information science. Follow @booksjasonwells on Twitter. Jason Wells joins the M.S in Publishing program, teaching Children’s Book Marketing online. 

Speed Mentoring

MS in Publishing students got a rare opportunity to meet one-on-one with publishing industry leaders including Sara Nelson, VP & Executive Editor at HarperCollins; and Jean Feiwel of Feiwel & Friends, at the program’s first Speed Mentoring event.

Students moved from table to table, talking with five industry professionals of their choice. Some of those professionals included alums like Clare McGlade Perret, Senior Production Editor at Simon and Schuster, Jessica Napp, Associate Director of Publicity at Rizzoli International, Ebony LaDelle, Senior Marketing manager at HarpersCollins; and Maggie Gibson, Children’s Production Assistant at Penguin Random House. Others were: Phoebe Ye, VP and Publisher at Crown Books for Young Readers, Dave Caplan, Creative Director at Little Brown Books, Keith Kahla, Executive Editor at St. Martin’s Press, Caroline Acebo, Director of Foreign Rights at Brower Literary and Management and Robb Pearlman, Associate Publisher at Rizzoli International.

Students also got to talk to faculty outside of their usual classroom setting, including Karen Holt, Richard Johnson, and Jennifer Romanello, who were able to share their own vast experience in the industry.

In addition to networking with these industry professionals, students got a closer look at the many career paths available within publishing. The mentors were from different fields including editorial, production, design, sales, marketing, publicity, and subsidiary rights. The wide range of professionals let students focus their time on the fields that most interested them, and to learn more about those with which they weren’t familiar.

Speed Mentoring took place the first week of December. But don’t worry if you missed out — the event will be held again in April 2020!

J.D Salinger Exhibition – The New York Public Library

An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.” – J.D. Salinger

From now until January 19, 2020, the New York Public Library is home to a new exhibition featuring manuscripts, letters, photographs, books, and other artifacts taken directly from J.D. Salinger’s archive.

Organized by Salinger’s son, Matt, and his widow, Colleen, these items are on loan from the J.D Salinger Literary Trust and this is the first time they have been shared with the public.

Some of the items in the exhibition include the original typescript of The Cather in the Rye, family photographs from Salinger’s childhood, a bookcase from his bedroom, and more.

The exhibition is free to the public and will be available until January 19, 2020 in the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.  Check it out before it’s gone!

For more information, click here. 

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is right around the corner, and what better way for the publishing department to get into the holiday spirit than with spooky, suspenseful stories? Here’s an excerpt from a literary classic, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.”


I knew that sound well, too. It was the beating of the old man’s heart. It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.

But even yet I refrained and kept still. I scarcely breathed. I held the lantern motionless. I tried how steadily I could maintain the ray upon the eve. Meantime the hellish tattoo of the heart increased. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder every instant. The old man’s terror must have been extreme! It grew louder, I say, louder every moment!

Happy Halloween! You can read the full story under the cut.

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