Link of the Week: Greenpeace

Greenpeace, a non-governmental environmental organization, focuses its campaigning on worldwide issues such as climate change, deforestation, overfishing, anti-nuclear issues, and now a long-running battle against Resolute Forest Products over the forest company’s logging practices in Canada’s boreal forest.

Greenpeace unexpectedly tabled a booth this at this year’s BookExpo. Their presence at the trade show and the subsequent ads in Publisher’s weekly were “designed to pressure Resolute to modify its forest practices and also to drop a lawsuit it brought against the environmental organization.”

Resolute Forest Products first filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace in Canada in 2013, charging the organization with defamation and economic interference. Then came another lawsuit in May 2016 in Georgia alleging RICO violations and defamation. Greenpeace believes this is an infringement on free speech and aims to silence the group and possibly other advocacy groups as well.

Greenpeace brings this issue up to publishers due to the fact that publishers are buying products from resolute Forest Productions. Greenpeace took a petition to BookExpo, that was signed by more than 100 authors, calling for publishers to stand up for free speech by opposing the Resolute lawsuits and pressure Resolute into engaging in more sustainable forest practices.

“The message isn’t that publishers are the bad guys,” Rodrigo Estrada, a spokesman for Greenpeace, said, “we want to show them we aren’t the enemy.”

Kingston, NY

Seeking Part-Time Production Designer

Luminary Media began documenting the organic, steady growth throughout New York’s Hudson Valley in the summer of 1993. The goal was to nourishing and support the creative and cultural life there. They support titles such as Chronogram magazine, Explore The Hudson Valley, Upstate House, and Upstater magazine.

Luminary Media has grown in the last 3 years to add a full-service creative marketing & media agency. This division conceptualizes digital content (web, video, sales & marketing collateral) as well as publishes custom print publications for multiple clients.

Minimum Requirements:

• Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite (primarily InDesign and Photoshop)
• Excellent communication and time management skills
• Experience using Doubleclick for Publishers, Asana, Google Apps, Mail Chimp or other email marketing platforms, and/or WordPress a plus but not required
• Web design/ HTML/ CSS a plus

Responsibilities Include:

• Assist in the creation, formatting, design, and layout of the advertising content of our magazines
• Assist in the creation, formatting, design, and layout of company promotional pieces and web-based banner ads

If you are interested in this position, please apply online.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Editorial Assistant, Computer Science

Springer Nature is one of the world’s leading global research, educational and professional publishers. It is home to an array of respected and trusted brands and imprints, with more than 170 years of combined history behind them, providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. Every day, around the globe, our imprints, books, journals and resources reach millions of people, helping researchers and scientists to discover, students to learn and professionals to achieve their goals and ambitions. The company has almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries.

Minimum Requirements:

• Bachelors degree with at least 6 months of office experience
• 1-2 years’ experience in either science publishing or journal publishing is preferred
• Very strong Excel skills required to manage tracking projects across a portfolio of journals
• Laser focus and attention to detail; exhibiting strong orgainzational and analytical skills are a must
• Ability to set own schedule as well as team schedule and follow up on multiple projects as appropriate
• Excellent written and oral communication skills; thorough knowledge of office procedures including efficient filing
• Must be able to act diplomatically in representing Springer
• Strong computer skills required in MS Word, and Excel; database and other software capabilities

Responsibilities Include:

• Handle non-strategic issues to maintain scholarly journals: office point of contact when Editor is traveling, prepare new editorial agreements for Editors, update internal systems, request checks, maintain addresses Editorial Boards, etc.
• Schedule journal issues and analyze/prepare future scheduling

• Preparation of incoming manuscripts for production and publication e.g., photocopying of manuscripts and labeling/organization book files, thorough scrutiny of manuscripts for internal consistency and completeness (as well as supplying camera-ready front matter material for each manuscript, including Table of Contents and Index when needed), completion of all internal forms to be circulated with manuscripts
• Logging of outstanding permissions and solicitation of permissions from the appropriate publishers/outside authors and/or interaction with Springer authors/editors to assist in the securing of permissions
• Soliciting peer reviews for prospects and signed projects as needed or as directed by Editor
• Preparing contract folders, arranging royalty payments for Series Editors, supporting monitoring and processing of reprints
• Under supervision of Editor, fulfilling Author/Editor needs, preparing a “before, during and after” relationship with the author
• Generating back cover copy and book marketing plans for Editor’s review and approval (in close cooperation with Editor and product management)
• Acting as liaison between Authors, production department and promotion departments after manuscripts have been submitted to production
• Maintenance of projects database for proposals, upcoming and published books
• Use Microsoft Office software, including Excel, Word and Outlook, plus additional database software, including internal systems: BFlow, JFlow, etc.

General Team Support:
• Maintain large database of information about guest editors and editorial records for high-volume journals. This primarily includes data entry, but also organization of files in a transparent way for use by others on the team
• Maintenance of Sharepoint database for archive and pipeline
• Prepare materials for conferences, including assistance in PowerPoint presentations
• Coordinate ongoing production, marketing, special sales, HR, conference, and other internal departments deadlines, keep track of them, and broadcast to group
• Perform related duties as required

If you are interested in this position, please apply online. Please submit your application by July 15, 2017.

New York, NY

Seeking Freelance Production Designer

The Experiment is an independent book publisher, launched in 2009, focused on a wide range of nonfiction—much of it practical—including food (and how to grow, cook, and enjoy it), health and fitness, psychology and personal development, parenting, relationships, sexuality, science, and nature. They’re called The Experiment because every book is a test of new ideas—and because they’re motivated by the curiosity and wonder of the unknown that drive every scientific experiment. Their books enlighten, empower, and entertain readers with new or freshly presented ideas, stories, and practices. Their scale is intimate, our books far-reaching.

Minimum Requirements:

• In-depth knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, and font management software
• Must know how to set up master pages in InDesign
• Must know how to create style sheets in InDesign (Paragraph, Nested, Character, and Object)
• Must have advanced knowledge of, and a passion for typography (You should know what H&Js are, as well as orphans and widows.)
• Must know proofreader marks
• Must know how to properly prepare mechanicals to go to press
• Must have excellent layout skills
• Must be attentive to detail
• Must be a problem-solver
• Have the ability to take direction from the art director
• Have the ability to work autonomously
• Be easy-going and communicative
• Have excellent written and verbal skills

Responsibilities Include:

• Typesetting
• Text corrections
• Flight-checking
• The design of marketing materials (print + digital), galleys and back covers
• Reworking existing designs for co-editions
• Photo research
• Securing image rights

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to Sarah Smith at

Boston, MA

Seeking Full-Time Sales Representative

For nearly two centuries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing has published some of the world’s most renowned novels, nonfiction, children’s books, and reference works. As part of a leading global learning company, it is uniquely positioned to create educational and entertaining content for multiple channels and in various formats, from hardcovers and paperbacks to e-books and mobile apps. Its distinguished author list includes eight Nobel Prize winners, forty-seven Pulitzer Prize winners, thirteen National Book Award winners, and more than one hundred Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients. HMH publishes such distinguished authors as Philip Roth, Temple Grandin, Tim O’Brien, and Umberto Eco, and a celebrated roster of children’s authors and illustrators including Lois Lowry, Chris Van Allsburg, and David Wiesner. HMH is also home to The Best American series; The American Heritage and Webster’s New World dictionaries; Betty Crocker, Better Homes and Gardens, How to Cook Everything, The Gourmet Cookbook, and other leading culinary properties; the Peterson Field Guides; CliffsNotes; books by J.R.R. Tolkien; and many iconic children’s books and characters, including Curious George, The Little Prince, and The Polar Express.

Minimum Requirements:

• Actively present, maintain, sell and service all HMH Trade titles to selected accounts in the educational reseller channel
• Will prospect for, and open, any new accounts in this channel
• Serve as the internal Sales contact for K12 sales representatives to facilitate K12 customer interest in trade product offerings
• Work with HMH publishers, marketing, publicity, inventory and sales to position existing and future titles and projects at these accounts
• Work closely with marketing staff both internally at HMH and externally at the customer level
• Develop successful relationships within the accounts
• Communicate account information, business trends, and new opportunities-publishing or otherwise-as they relate to appropriate HMH imprints or departments
• Provide regular and weekly forecasting on frontlist titles (and backlist titles where required)
• Participate in meetings throughout the HMH publishing process

Responsibilities Include:

• Must have excellent title presentation skills
• The ability to manage complex account technology successfully to respond appropriately and accurately to account needs and schedules
• Must have an understanding of educational market roles, needs and goals, and publishing functions and roles
• The ability to meet deadlines, schedule workloads, make high level presentations to large groups, and to communicate concisely and accurately

If you are interested in this position, please apply online.

Carla Hayden & Louise Erdrich Honored With WNBA Awards

Carla Hayden and Louise Erdrich

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and novelist, poet, and bookstore owner Louise Erdrich have both been named winners of the 2017 Women’s National Book Association Awards.

Usually awarded to one person a year, the WNBA decided to present the award to two people this year in honor of their centennial. Hayden was awarded for her involvement in the business of books and Erdrich for her involvement in the creation of them.

Jane Kinney-Denning, WNBA National President, said, “These two women, via their work, have made significant cultural and societal contributions [that] are deserving of this prestigious award.”

Hayden and Erdrich will be honored at the WNBA’s centennial celebration on October 28 in New York.


“The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”

– Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

Chuck Palahniuk, author of the award-winning novel Fight Club, which was very famously adapted into a feature film, is an American novelist and freelance journalist. Palahniuk describes his work as “transgressional” fiction.

Palahniuk often wrote his books with distinct similarities. The characters represent people who have been marginalized in one way or another by society, and often react with self-destructive aggressiveness. Beginning with Lullaby, the style of his novels changed to mostly satirical horror stories.

Palahniuk is the recipient of the 1997 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and the 1997 Oregon Book Award for Best Novel both for Fight Club) and the 2003 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award for Lullaby. He was also nominated for the 1999 Oregon Book Award for Best Novel for Survivor and the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel for Lullaby in 2002 and Haunted in 2005.

In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs

Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 pm

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs presents essays from a chorus of twenty-nine luminaries singing the praises of their favorite Beatles songs. Arranged chronologically by the date of the song’s release, and including a note from Paul McCartney, these essays highlight both the Beatles’ evolution as well as the span of generations their music affected. From Beatlemaniacs who grew up listening to the iconic albums on vinyl to new fans who download the songs on iTunes, each contributor explores a poignant intersection between Beatles history and personal history. Editor Andrew Blauner hosts readings by distinguished authors who have contributed to the anthology, including Touré (I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon), Elissa Schappell (Blueprints for Building Better Girls), and Rebecca Mead (My Life in Middlemarch) read from their essays, and discuss the Beatles’ legacy and impact, culturally, historically, and individually.

Admission is free. A copy of the book is $23.

LGBTQ Pride Month: A Conversation with Broadway Artists-Activists

Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 pm

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Frenchie Davis, Nathan Lee Graham, and Wilson Cruz —three artists and advocates of LGBTQ communities, who have shared stories of LGBTQ people of color through their art—engage in a special Pride Month conversation. Cruz is best known as Angel in Rent on Broadway, Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life, and Junito on Noah’s Arc (the first network TV show revolving around queer men of color). Davis is a singer who has appeared on American Idol and The Voice and in Rent on Broadway. Graham played Todd in the Zoolander movies, and his theater credits include Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and Hit the Wall. Davis and Graham recently appeared in The View Upstairs, a musical about a 1973 fire in a gay bar in New Orleans that killed 32—the deadliest massacre of LGBTQ people in American history until the Pulse attack of a year ago. They speak with Kevin Nadal, executive director of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies.

Admission is free. Reservations are required. Reserve your seat here.

Gotham Rising: New York in the age of Art Deco

Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers
939 Lexington Avenue (between 68th and 69th Streets)
New York, NY 10065

Discover New York in the jazz age with Jules Stewart, journalist, historian and author of Gotham Rising: New York in the 1930’s and Anthony Robbins, a twenty-year veteran of the New York City Landmarks Commission and author of New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture.

Gotham Rising describes the city’s architectural, economic, social and cultural renaissance after the Wall Street Crash. New York Art Deco surveys Art Deco sites in all five boroughs.

Admission is free.

BookExpo America 2017- A First Time Experience

BookExpo America is where Publishing Professionals gather to exchange valued information on new titles, breakout authors, and many, many ARCs. As a first-timer to this trade show event, it is very overwhelming at first glance. Left and right, ARCs are being signed and distributed. Major publishing houses like Macmillan and HarperCollins are represented in whole sections decorated with large rugs and smaller companies are housed within booths throughout the show floor.

As someone who is experiencing BookExpo for the first time, I thought it best to take a second to look around and get a good feel of what is going on around me. It is easy to get lost in the shuffle and it is important to soak it all in. If you have a short window to visit BookExpo, as I did, then you should not take too much time soaking it in. After I walked around for a bit, I made sure to network with publishers such as Soho Press, Penguin Random House, and Arcadia Publishing. I saw this as a learning opportunity, a chance to network, and a fun event all wrapped into one.

I made sure to heed Professor Richter’s advice and checked out what events were happening on each day of BookExpo and also brought in my own bag to carry all the free stuff in, though I was given a free tote as soon as I stepped into the building. I ended up going with 17 new books and a sore shoulder. Nevertheless, it was exciting to meet publishing professionals and authors who all gave me advice and encouragement on my future publishing endeavors.

The Adult Book Editors’ Buzz Panel

There are a wide range of people to meet, events to participate in, and books to obtain. Everywhere you look, there are people mingling, trading business cards, and sharing stories and information that will benefit their publishing careers. I can only imagine how attending BookExpo as a publishing professional will differ from my experience as a student.

Of course, this is just my experience. Articles from the Tampa Bay Times, and the Star tribune offer more insight what is was like at this year’s BookExpo.

Link of the Week: Subway Library

New York’s three major public library systems, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Transit Wireless joined forces to launch Subway Library, an online service that offers free eBook downloads to subway-goers.

The six-week promotion will offer free eBooks, eShorts and excerpts from full-length novels to transit riders by simply connecting to the TransitWireless WiFi at any MTA station. These short stories and excerpts are intended to be read during short half-hour to an hour daily commutes.

Along with this promotion, a Library Train—a subway car resembling the Rose Main Reading Room inside the 42nd Street branch of the NYPL—will alternate running along the 6th and 8th Avenue corridor lines of the E and F trains. Along with the newly designed subway car is a social media challenge where riders can share photos of themselves by Subway Library posters or in the Subway Library train to win one of six possible prizes, including three Amazon Kindle Voyages.

E-books and short stories offered come from the New York Public Library’s permanent collection. Subway Library is powered by SimplyE, the free library eReader app.

Quote“Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”

― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

Born Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto, Pablo Neruda became known as a poet at 10 years old. Neruda wrote in various styles including: surrealist poems, a prose autobiography, and passionate love poems like his 1924 collection, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair.

Neruda was regarded as “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language,” by Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez and “one of the 26 writers central to the Western tradition” in The Western Canon by Harold Bloom. Neruda received numerous accolades including the International Peace Prize, the Lenin Peace Prize, and the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Neruda was a close advisor to Chile’s socialist President Salvador Allende and in fact, Neruda was nominated as a candidate for the Chilean presidency in 1970, but ended up giving his support to Allende, who later won the election as the first democratically elected socialist head of state.  Allende then appointed Neruda as the Chilean ambassador to France from 1970–1972.

A bust of Neruda stands on the grounds of the Organization of American States building in Washington, D.C.