Internship: 650

650 is searching for media and communications interns for the summer. The position is remote, and applicants are expected to 8-12 hours a week for school credit. Interns will be working primarily on social media, email marketing, and website maintenance.

650 is a showcase group that hosts spoken word and other book-related events. Though they have printed anthologies, their main niche is in readings and staged events that are made viewable via video archives, podcasts, and broadcasts.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualities:

  • Working knowledge of email servers such as MailChimp and HootSuite
  • Working knowledge of social media and blogging platforms, including WordPress
  • Working knowledge of PowerPoint and Excel

Intern responsibilities will include:

  • Email management
  • Establishing and/or maintaining social media platforms and profiles (ie Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, Instagram, and LinkedIn)
  • Event Promotion and ticket sales
  • Call for entries
  • Post-event promotion
  • Press releases/call for entries to trade media

Students interested in applying should send a cover letter and resume as soon as possible to info@Read650.com.

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“But unless we are creators we are not fully alive. What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint of clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts, or having some kind of important career.”

Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water

Charged with powerful themes that inspire the reader to question their own morality, the power of love, and humanity’s purpose, all the stories written by Madeleine L’Engle are as memorable for their plots and writing as they are their emotional impact. L’Engle had a long and prosperous career in writing, winning a plethora of awards and honorary degrees over her career for her published novels and poetry collections (of which she wrote over 50). She wrote up until the end of her life in 2007, at the age of 88.

L’Engle’s most famous science fiction series is The Time Quintet, which was lead by Newbery Award Winner A Wrinkle in Time and followed by its sequels A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Wind in the Door, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. A Ring of Endless Light and The Austin series are also a good collection of hers to explore. Many of her books also cameo or use spin-offs of characters starring in her other works, giving her books a feeling of an wholeness in the worlds she creates.

Internships: Roldale Inc.

Rodale Inc. is currently accepting applications for paid, part-time summer internships.

Roldale is an independent magazine publisher, responsible for some of the largest and most established health an wellness lifestyle brands. Their most popular titles include Women’s Health, Runner’s World, Bicycling, and Roldale’s Organic Life. Their internship experience is designed to provide a helpful boost to both an intern’s career development and personal enlightenment. They offer real world opportunities in editorial, design, advertising, marketing, online, public relations, and beyond.

Summer internships last 11 weeks from June through August. In addition to involvement within their assigned departments, interns participate in scheduled meet-and-greets and seminars with Rodale leadership, social events, and other networking opportunities. Interns must be able to commit to working on-site 30 hours per week.

To apply, check out open internships on their career oppurtunities page. Selecting a role will take you to a page with further details on the position. Applications are accepted either through LinkedIn or by registering for a free account on their website. 

National Poetry Month: Celebrating June Jordan

Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

The Center for Black Literature, in partnership with the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College and Brooklyn Public Library, will celebrate the life and works of June Jordan.

Poet, playwright, and essayist Jordan (1936–2002) was one of the most widely published and highly acclaimed African-American writers of her generation. During her career, she produced 27 volumes of poems, essays, libretti, and work for children, June Jordan was also known for her fierce commitment to human rights and progressive political agenda. Jordan engaged the fundamental struggles of her era: over civil rights, women’s rights, and sexual freedom. A prolific writer across genres, Jordan’s poetry is known for its immediacy and accessibility as well as its interest in identity and the representation of personal, lived experience—her poetry is often deeply autobiographical; Jordan’s work can also be overtly political and often displays a radical, globalized notion of solidarity amongst the world’s marginalized and oppressed. Her volumes include Some Changes (1971), Living Room (1985), and Kissing God Goodbye: Poems 1991-1997 (1997) Biography excerpted from Poetry Foundation.

Admission is free. Please be sure to RSVP.

TNR Editor Talks & Book Signing: Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop

Monday, April 24 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Join New Republic editor ERIC BATES and MICHAEL ERIC DYSON, author, Georgetown professor and New Republic contributing editor, in conversation about Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America—Dyson’s urgent, heartfelt, and eloquent new book on race relations in the United States. Read Dyson’s excerpt for the New Republic here: Tears We Cannot Stop.

Admission is free. $5 for a special subscription to The New Republic. Please be sure to RSVP.

Building a Mystery: Four Writers on Crafting Crime Fiction

Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street),
New York, NY 10003

What does it take to plan a murder? Four crime fiction novelists talk about writing stories that kill. It’s Edgars (TM) Awards week in New York, which means the nation’s mystery writers have come to town to celebrate the genre. In this conversation, four crime novelists will discuss the dark alleys of writing and publishing, and what it really takes to live a life of crime. Featured writers include: Reed Farrel Coleman, Julia Dahl, Lori Rader-Day, and Alex Segura.

Admission is $15. Purchase your ticket online.

Passerbuys x Chandelier Creative Present: Paper vs. Pixels

Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Passerbuys Lounge at Canal Street Market
265 Canal Street
New York, NY 10013

In a climate where print sales are going down and our lives increasingly revolve around stories we read online, publishers are faced with the challenge of grabbing our attention and standing out amongst a constantly expanding landscape of new (and often free) media. As publications seek solutions to this problem from a design perspective, they weigh the options for how to best reach their target audience. Are apps the way forward? Do readers desire more visual content? How can we translate content intended for print into something optimized for consuming on mobile devices?

The panel discussion will explore consumer reading habits and publishing’s use of technology and design in the Internet era with speakers Renda Morton, Executive Director of Product Design at The New York Times, Omar Sosa, Founder & Art Director of Apartamento Magazine, Thessaly La Force, Editor-in-Chief at Garage Magazine and will be moderated by Jorge Balarezo. “Paper vs. Pixels” is part of Truth-tellers & Troublemakers’ salon in collaboration with Passerbuys.

Admission is free. Please be sure to RSVP.

Link of the Week: Incorporating Augmented Reality Into Books

Traditional print books and ebooks are getting technological facelifts that aim to make readers’ experiences more immersive, and publishers are only just starting to discover the possibilities.

Considering the constant advancements in technology, coding print books for e-readers is far from the end of the evolution timeline for interactive books. Established publishers are currently exploring how to use phone apps to interact with readers, such as what’s being done by Melville House‘s HybridBooks Project and Sourcebooks’ DragonHunters trilogy. These examples typically use apps as quick ways to search text in a book or to give pictures 3-D effects.

What it looks like to view the Modern Polaxis app over images in the book.

Modern Polaxis and Head and Neck Anatomy, which are both successful Kickstarters, use their apps as crucial storytelling and learning components respectively. While HybridBooks Projects and DragonHunters don’t require apps to fully appreciate or understand the material in the book, Modern Polaxis and Head and Neck Anatomy include so much information across these platforms that having just a copy of the book is having only half of the full experience.

What it looks like to read a Sensory Fiction book with all the gear needed.

There are even projects that take the blend of books and technology beyond including apps and ebooks. Sensory Fiction is one company that aims to accomplish this by using a vest and a digital e-reader to generate physical reactions (like temperature and vibrations) to complement what’s being read.

The amount of progress being made in the world of book publishing to create new and memorable reading experiences using technology feels like it’s only just beginning. There’s going to be room for exploration and growth in this area that will impact the future of publishing, whether it’s discovering new ways to incorporate technology or helping to carry-out ideas that become the norm in publishing. These changes happen so fast, it’s important to be aware of now and consider as we move forward with our publishing careers.

Internships of the Week

New York, NY

Offering Literary Agency Internships.

William Clark is a native of Virginia and was educated in the United States, France, and England. Moving to New York in 1992, he worked at several agencies, including Virginia Barber Literary Agency and William Morris Agency, before founding the agency in 1997.

He is a Conservator member of the Young Lions Program at the New York Public Library, PEN American Center, a sponsor of The Moth, and a member of The Author’s Guild and Shambhala Meditation Center of New York.

Minimum Requirements:

• Applicants who can demonstrate a motivating passion for literature and the world of books
• Experience in critical reading, writing, copy-editing or developmental editing are preferred
Basic research and organizational skills are required
The ideal intern possesses both a keen appreciation for quality non-fiction and fiction, and a sense for the commercial potential of material.

Responsibilities Include:

• Interns report directly to Mr. Clark on a flexible schedule for a minimum of 10 hours per week
• Develop an eye for literary merit as well as commercial viability
• G
ain valuable experience and exposure in the international publishing community
• Preparation of detailed readers reports for discussion
• Aid in development of book projects
• Minimal clerical work.

Internships are unpaid, though college credit is possible. Interested individuals in their junior year of college or later should apply in the month preceding the internship period by email to intern@wmclark.com with the subject line: “Intern Application.” The email should include: the reasons why the applicant is interested in working in a literary agency; the last five works of non-fiction and fiction read; and a resume in the body of the email (no attachments are accepted).

New York, NY

Offering Editorial Internship

With origins dating back to 1478, Oxford University Press (OUP) is the world’s largest university press with the widest global presence. Our Global Academic Publishing program spans the entire academic and higher education spectrum, including a wide array of scholarly and general interest books, journals, and online products.

Minimum Requirements:

• Applicant must be preferably enrolled in a degreed program with at least one year of schooling completed
• Excellent communication and research skills, as well as an ability to work towards a deadline
• Candidate should be highly organized, attentive to detail, and capable of juggling multiple assignments at once.
• Some understanding of project management (e.g., PRINCE2, PMP) is preferred, but not required
• Familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite, specifically Word and Excel
• Ability to commute to our New York City office for the duration of the position

Responsibilities Include:

• Assist the digital publishing manager in maintaining the throughput of content to three online products (Oxford Medicine Online, Oxford Clinical Psychology, and AMA Manual of Style)
• Support the larger editorial digital development team in necessary tasks, including Quality Assurance of content
• Shadow other roles, including XML content specialists
• Attend our product team meetings and gain exposure to basic project management techniques
• Support “print side” editors in verifying content for online publication

Please submit a resume and cover letter to their online career site.

New York, NY

Offering a Publicity Internship

American Management Association is a world leader in talent development, advancing the skills of individuals to drive business success. AMA’s approach to improving performance combines experiential learning—learning through doing—with opportunities for ongoing professional growth at every step of one’s career journey. AMA supports the goals of individuals and organizations through a complete range of products and services, including classroom and virtual seminars, webcasts, webinars, podcasts, conferences, corporate and government solutions, business books and research. Organizations worldwide, including the majority of the Fortune 500, turn to AMA as their trusted partner in professional development and draw upon its experience to enhance skills, abilities and knowledge with noticeable results from day one.

Minimum Requirements:

• BA/BS required
• Demonstrated interest in publishing required
• Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
• Excellent organizational skills and a keen eye for details
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, creative writing ability
• Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and work independently in a busy environment, and also work as a team member on projects

Responsibilities Include:

• Proof publicity press material and coordinate printing of publicity material.
• Send out review requests and bound galleys.
• Coordinate review copy and seasonal catalog mailing to our distribution center in SLK.
• Provide assistance in updating and maintaining publicity database
• Conduct publicity research for select books using outside database (Cision) and author questionnaire.
• Maintain NetGalley which includes: upload ePub file; share widget with marketing, editorial, and author; approve requests; and archive old titles.
• Post reviews, press kit, book awards, and webcasts and podcasts to PIM.
• Assist publicity director on lead books and other select titles.
• Handle call for information from PW, Library Journal, Choice.
• Post entries to AMACOM Books Blog using WordPress.
• Assist Publicity Director with social media.
• Other related duties.

AMACOM, American Management Association’s Publishing Division (www.amacombooks.org) is looking for an intern in the publicity department assisting the publicity director. if you would like apply, please Please apply on our website under AMA Careers.

New York, NY

Offering Marketing Internship

Films Press is a media and entertainment company. Using a combination of original content creation, high quality production, and impactful distribution channels, Fabled Film properties connect across generations of parents and their children.

The team has experience with early stage startups as well as running large, growth oriented businesses.  Expertise in writing, illustration and visual design; filmmaking, digital animation and app creation as well as brand building, sales strategy, digital marketing, publishing and licensed products.

Minimum Requirements:

• Excellent writing and communication skills
• Strong attention to detail
• Ability to multitask and juggle multiple projects
• Strong research skills
• Familiarity with social media platforms
• Previous experience with publishing and content marketing is appreciated, but not required.
• Ideal candidates should have a strong interest in children’s books, films and toys.
• Ideal candidates should be familiar with various social media platforms (including, but not limited to, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Goodreads).

Responsibilities Include:

• Interns will work closely with the in-house marketing director to execute marketing plans for The Nocturnals, a new middle grade childrens brand with books, animated shorts and online activities
• Interns will be expected to write original content for our website and social media and write pitch letters
• Generate marketing materials (social posts, blog posts, flyers, digital banners) and follow up on select pitches to bloggers
• Draw up social media campaigns optimized for multiple platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and perform research to update database marketing contacts for booksellers, librarians, teachers, bloggers and the media on MailChimp
• Assist the marketing director with other day-to-day tasks
• The intern will also be expected to execute daily mailings of books and other materials as well as drop off packages at the post office.

Fabled Films Press can make arrangements for course credit where possible; Internship is unpaid. Please send a resume and brief cover letter outlining your interest in their internship program to info@fabledfilms.com. Please include on your resume any appropriate social media accounts that can be taken into consideration (i.e., usernames for Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, Goodreads etc.). when applying, please indicate which specific weekdays you can commit to working from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (minimum 3 days per week). Unfortunately, Fabled Films Press is unable to provide any assistance regarding housing.

Open Board Positions at the WNBA-NYC

The Women’s National Book Association chapter in New York City is currently looking to fill two board positions: Treasurer and Chair of Publisher Outreach. These are only available to WNBA members ($20 for students and $50 for non-students) and both are excellent ways to get more involved in volunteering, experience nonprofit work, network, and promote women in the book world.

Treasurer

The Treasurer works with the President, Membership Chair, and Programs VPs to create and maintain the annual budget. The treasurer also handles receipts, reimbursements, payments, and other chapter finances. The new Treasurer will start at the end of May 2017, and will receive full training from our current Treasurer, Andrea Baron.

The most successful applicants will be organized, detailed, and comfortable keeping a budget.

Chair of Publisher Outreach

 The Chair of Publisher Outreach is a new position created to promote successful collaboration between the WNBA-NYC and local publishers. The chairperson will be responsible for maintaining relationships with publishers in order to give our chapter increased visibility in the industry, ties to local authors, and potential partnerships for events, donations, and other opportunities. This position is open to start immediately.

The most successful applicants will have some experience in the NYC publishing industry, though this is not required. Applicants should excel at communication and organization.

Anyone interested in being considered for one of these board positions, please email Hannah Bennett at president@wnba-nyc.org with a brief explanation of your interest in the position and a current resume.

Internship: The Bent Agency

The Bent Agency is looking for an adult fiction intern at their literary agency for the summer. This is a great opportunity internship to learn more about an agent’s work and decision-making process for anyone searching for flexible summer internships at agencies; the internship is remote and only requires 10 hours a week of commitment.

It requires familiarity with current New York Times bestsellers and interest in at least two of the following genres: humor, memoir, upmarket women’s fiction and literary suspense.

Students interested in the position can apply by send an email with “Adult Fiction Intern” as the subject line to intern@thebentagency.com. You must also explain why you want the internship, say something about yourself, and/or include a resume. The last thing you need to ensure is in your email is a list of the last 10 adult fiction books you’ve read and a list of your top ten favorite fiction books of all time.

Internship: DeFiore and Company

DeFiore and Company is currently looking for an intern for Summer 2017, starting late April or early May.

DeFiore and Company is a literary agency looking for someone interested in learning about all aspects of publishing. As literary agents working as liaisons between authors and publishers, they have a comprehensive vantage of the publishing industry. An intern will gain a great understanding of the literary agency business and the publishing process—from query to submission to publication. The intern will be responsible for reading and responding to queries and manuscripts, writing reader reports, filing, sorting mail and basic office support.

Potential candidates should be motivated, well-organized, responsible, and have excellent communication skills. Some experience critically evaluating fiction and non-fiction work is necessary, as well as a love of books, an extensive knowledge of current titles, and a strong interest in the publishing business.

The weekly schedule is flexible, though interns should be willing to commit 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of three months. Internships at DeFiore and Company are for-credit only.

Those interested in applying should send an email with a resume and cover letter to ashley@defliterary.com at Ashley Collom’s attention ASAP. Please be sure to include ‘resume’ in the subject line.

Any further questions about this opportunity may be sent to Gabrielle Piraino at gabrielle@defliterary.com

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“[Publishing] is a collaborative enterprise… you have to surround yourself with good people and help them to do what they do well, as opposed to micromanaging.”

Roberta “Robbie” Myers, “Face of Elle,” Forbes Magazine

Robbie Myers has been the editor-in-chief of Elle since 2000, and she’s forged her way to the position after an extensive career in many other areas of magazine publishing. From being an editorial assistant at Rolling Stone, assisting Andy Warhol at Interview, and working in editorial departments at InStyle and Seventeen among countless other magazines, Myers has earned the reputation of an industry leader and fashion icon.

Myers prides herself in how well she works with an supports her staff. Since working at Elle, she’s also made it her goal to ensure that content is on multiple media platforms and can survive in other mediums outside traditional printed magazine publishing. Myers is also not afraid to address serious political and social issues at Elle and has rather famously addressed an article from The New Republic that challenged the idea that women’s magazines could not do ‘serious journalism’ or write ‘literary articles,’ further gaining her much deserved respect.