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link of the weekWe’ve all had moments when we wished we could talk to an author about their work, their process, their life. Author events are common enough, especially in cities like New York and Boston, but they tend to be executed on a more formal level.

If discussing a book with its author sounds appealing, then BooktheWriter.com might be the perfect resource for you. With genres ranging from memoir and poetry to fiction and food, there’s something for everyone. The list of authors to choose from is packed with those whose books have been on the New York Times Bestseller list, and authors who may not have always been writers, like Christina Haag, who is still in acting, and former investment banker William D. Cohan. Authors are magazine and newspaper writers too, which provides for a variety of writing styles.

Click the banner below to visit and explore Book the Writer’s website!

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Stories are cornerstones of culture, whether they be communicated orally, by manuscripts copied by hand, or through the modern publishing system. What we produce is said to be a reflection of who we are as a society. So what does the lack of diversity in publishing say about the industry and its important role as a promoter of culture?

11-3Publisher’s Weekly held a panel discussion on October 16th to discuss diversity in the publishing industry workforce and the effect it has on what books are published. Publishing is not well-known for its racial and cultural diversity, and the discomfort regarding this problem is increasing. We Need Diverse Books, a “grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature” (Source) was launched last spring in a three-day campaign that was designed to raise awareness, brainstorm solutions, and take action on behalf of diversity. Even Buzzfeed and NPR have contributed to the discussion on why diversity is important to readers, culture, and the publishing industry.

One of the highlights taken from the discussion was the issue of power within publishing. Publishers often explain the lack of diversity in books as a problem of an unwelcoming market, but authors who are trying to wade into these controversial waters pin it on an unwelcoming industry. Blame for why there is a lack of diversity can be pinned on anyone and anything imaginable, but pointing fingers won’t bring change. As Jim Milliot, PW’s editorial director, said, “It can’t just be one segment of the industry working on this. We all have to get involved in changing this situation” (Source).

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PC: Oregon APWA Diversity Committee

Daniel José Older, a contributing writer at Buzzfeed, agrees that the responsibility to promote diversity falls on the shoulders of everyone who is involved, but he goes a step further. “Ultimately, editors and agents hold exactly the same amount of responsibility that writers do in making literature more diverse,” he said. “The difference is, editors and agents have inordinately more power and access in the industry than writers do. As Arthur A. Levine’s executive editor, Cheryl Klein said: ‘It’s important to have advocates at every stage, from editing to marketing, from librarians to authors, so it’s an industry-wide effort’” (Source). There’s something to be said about agents and editors who recognize the need for diversity and seek out ways in which they can affect change for both the author and for the industry as a whole. Agents and editors may not have the most power, but they are the ones that stand between authors and the publishers; they are the ones who have the power to make the industry listen.

“Your ability to imagine that there is a market has to do with your ability to imagine that those people exist. And if [you] can’t imagine that people of color actually exist and can buy books, then you can’t imagine selling books to them. That’s not just about a company corporate diversity policy; it’s about actually knowing what’s going on in communities of color.”
Ken Chen, poet and director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop

But what if the industry refuses to listen, and instead relies on the traditional, and increasingly out-dated, way of doing business? Johnny Temple is the founder of Akashic Books, an independent publishing company that is “dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction by authors who are either ignored by the mainstream, or who have no interest in working within the ever-consolidating ranks of the major corporate publishers” (Source). “If the industry doesn’t get more economically and ethnically diverse, it’s just going to be a pit that people are not going to be able to climb out of,” Temple said, “as this certain cultural sphere becomes less relevant to the population at large” (Source).

What good is a publishing industry that doesn’t maintain its responsibility to the culture as a whole? Diverse voices are relevant and necessary to shaping and reflecting modern culture as it really is. Diversity shouldn’t remain an option, or a “mission,” so to speak, but should become something that occurs organically. We’re not there yet, but with the changes that the digitalization of publishing is bringing, what better time to do some restructuring?

Also, check out our post on the 2013 Publisher’s Weekly Salary Survey.


CBC Children's Book CouncilA Not-To-Be-Missed Event!

The CBC Forum Committee is pleased to present the final event in this year’s “Storm the Gates: Innovations in Direct-to-Consumer Branding, Publicity, and Marketing” Forum series:

CBC ForumMarketing: How outside companies can help you with outreach

Our Forum Committee has reached out to successful companies to hear about the different ways that they can help publishers’ marketing, publicity, and digital media teams engage children, teens, caregivers, librarians, and teachers.

This not-to-be-missed panel will offer key insights from companies including Riffle, Next Big Sound/Book, Book Bub, and Sanborn Media Factory, and will be moderated by talent from Masthead Media.

Alliance buildingDate & Time:

Wednesday, October 22 from 3:30-5 PM

Refreshments from 5-6 PM

Location:

Manny Cantor Center

197 E Broadway at Jefferson St.

New York, NY 10002

Easily accessible from the F train’s East Broadway stop!

The newly-renovated Manny Cantor Center is a gathering place and an inspired space for the entire community to learn, to laugh and to connect. Learn more.

Registration required here by Monday, October 20 at 5PM.

Moderator:

  • Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich, Managing Partner & President of Editorial Operations at Masthead Media


Panelists:

Sample questions for Forum panelists include:

  • Why do you think your particular approach to digital marketing can help publishers better market their books? Have you gotten direct responses from your clients and concrete data proving that your approach works? In other words, can you prove that what your company offers can directly move copies and generate revenue?
  • Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have long been self-promotion tools for authors. How can authors take advantage of new avenues for promoting their brand and their books? Are there new digital tools on the horizon that you would recommend? How would you work directly with an author to help them take advantage of marketing themselves online and beyond?


Remote Access:

If you are a CBC member who is unable to attend in person, you may register to access the meeting remotely.

RSVP here by Monday, October 20 at 5PM ▸▸

Learn more about the CBC Forum Committee here ▸▸

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The feud between online retail giant Amazon and the Hachette Book Group does not seem to be making its way towards a resolution any time soon.  New York Times columnist and Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman recently weighed in with his opinion.  The following article in Publishers Weekly gives a brief overview of the situation:

publishers-weekly“Amazon’s ongoing dispute with the Hachette Book group over e-book sales terms seems to have turned into a litmus test on publishing in the digital era. It has also shone a brighter-than-usual light on Amazon itself, prompting a number of stories questioning the company’s size, and approach to doing business. Now New York Times columnist and Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has waded into the battle, declaring without reservation that Amazon ‘has too much power’ and that the company ‘uses that power in ways that hurt America.’

amazon“While Krurgman acknowledges that Amazon is not a monopoly, ‘a dominant seller with the power to raise prices,’ he says that it is actually a ‘monopsony,’ or a dominant buyer in a marketplace with enough power to push prices downward. Krugman dismisses Amazon supporters who contend that the e-tailer is just doing the business of capitalism and giving consumers what they want. To Krugman the issue revolves around the question of marketplace power and how that power is wielded.

HACHETTE“Krugman is more concerned with the market share and economic power Amazon has accumulated, even if it did so by being smarter than its competitors. He compares Amazon to a textbook example of the monopolistic abuse of power, J.D Rockefeller’s Standard Oil, noting Amazon has ‘immense’ market power, even beyond its market share, and says that, like Standard Oil, some of Amazon’s business practices are out of line.

“He declares, ‘So can we trust Amazon not to abuse that power? The Hachette dispute has settled that question: no, we can’t.’”

To read Paul Krugman’s original post in the Opinion Pages for The New York Times, click here.

To read our previous blog posts chronicling this dispute, click here and click here.


Quote of the Week

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“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
Gustave Flaubert

 

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October 18, 1pm
The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
Ghost tour at the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage.
Come with us on an excursion to The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage where Poe spent his last days. Sean H. DoyleD. Foy, and Dolan Morgan will read their ghost stories first in the Poe Park Visitor Center, and then we will take a tour of Poe’s penultimate resting place.

Click here for full event details.

 

October 18, 7pm
KGB Bar’s Red Room, 85 East 4th Street New York, NY
10079098.47We love it when so many of our favorite poets get together, for two reasons: 1) It’s the classiest excuse for a drink we can think of, and 2) it reminds us of why we moved to New York in the first place. That might sound sappy and nostalgic for the long, long bygone, but there’s still nothing like gathering in the village for some original, irreverent, and unafraid stanzas. Tonight at InVerse: A Poetry Reading, Michael Robbins (Alien vs. Predator) will share from his new collection, The Second Sex, already receiving wide acclaim for bringing a pop readership to poetry. Also appearing is Aaron Belz, whose Glitter Bomb is a delightfully down-to-earth series, half art, half jokes (because you’ve got to have a sense of humor when writing poems about going to Starbucks), as well as Bianca Stone with her graphic-poetry hybrids. Vanessa Gabb, co-founder of Five Quarterly, and Jason Koo, founder of Brooklyn Poets, will also share from their newest books.

This event is free.

 

Oct. 19, 1pm-2pm
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, New York 10025
Reading and conversation with the treasured author of Number the Stars, The Giver, and many other favorite works for kids and teens. Number the Stars, the Newbery Medal-winning novel about the Occupation of Denmark in the Second World War, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Also appearing will be Sean and Christine Astin, who have purchased the film rights and are proud to be adaptingNumber the Stars for the screen. Ages 9 and up.

Tickets: $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers

 

October 20, 7pm
Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
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Bacon. McDonalds. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet (“choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover”) and decrying the worst offenders (“kale is the early morning of foods”). Fans flocked to his New York Timesbestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave—hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”

Click here for event page.

 

October 22, 7:30pm-9:30pm
The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY 
Christopher Ricks gives three lectures hosted by the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. The series is inspired by T. S. Eliot’s vision of the literary critic, as one who aims “to exhibit the relations of literature—not to ‘life’ as something contrasted to literature, but to all the other activities, which, together with literature, are the components of life.” On October 22, Ricks will lecture on “Just Like a Woman? Bob Dylan and the Charge of Misogyny.”

Tickets are $20; Click here for more details.

 

 


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Skyhorse Publishing

Title: Editorial Assistant

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NYSkyhorse-Publishing-logo

Requirements: 
• 4 year college degree or equivalent experience
• Minimum 2 years trade editorial experience for the Assistant Editor level
• Excellent organizational skills
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
• Interest in fiction and nonfiction
• Ability to learn and adapt new systems a plus
• Excellent writing skills

Description:
The Editorial Assistant will also provide administrative support including answers phones, helps with editor’s schedule, keeps track of projects’ due dates, and liaise internally with departments including marketing, publicity, sales, and managing editorial.

To Apply:
Click Here to see original posting and apply online.

Title: Production Assistant

Type: Full-time

Location: NYC

Requirements:
• 4-year college degree or equivalent work experience
• Prior office experience; previous internship or employment in publishing a plus
• A demonstrated interest in book publishing; interest in production, printing, and manufacturing a plus
• Excellent communication and follow-up skills
• Ability to manage multiple responsibilities in a deadline driven environment
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
• Strong command of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook

Description: 
1. Provides administrative support (files, scans text corrections, etc.)
2. Updates and monitors schedules with printers, typesetters, and in-house departments
3. Requests design templates, schedules, and pricing quotes from printers
4. Prepares and updates purchase orders
5. Reviews printer samples and advance copies for quality control
6. Provides support to the Manufacturing Manager for production/manufacturing duties as well as for select editorial tasks

To Apply: 
Click Here to see original posting and apply online.

 

 

 

Food and Wine

Title: Digital Freelancerlogo

Type: Full-time

Location: NYC- Midtown

Requirements: 

  • Proficiency with all social media platforms
  • Sharp accuracy and proofreading skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet daily deadlines
  • Familiarity with CMS and other database tools
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to coordinate with various teams to secure assets.

Description:
Food & Wine is seeking a full-time digital freelancer to assist with daily site upkeep, scheduling, social media platforms, QA, research and other various projects.
The ideal candidate will have excellent attention to detail, take initiative, possess a high level of organization, be able to multi-task and effectively collaborate with others as well as work independently.

To Apply: 
Contact Keri Hansen at kerianne.hansen@foodandwine.com

 

 

For those of you who are interested in procuring a job outside of New York

 

wiley-wordmark-headerJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc

Title: Marketing Coordinator

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Requirements: 
• Be qualified to a bachelor degree standard
• Have prior marketing experience implementing and managing marketing campaigns & promotions, ideally both online and offline
• Be able to demonstrate an understanding of how data can effect decisions made within a marketing division
• Be able to demonstrate understanding of the commercial factors and influences within a business, beyond just marketing
• Be able to identify priorities in workload, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously
• Display strong relationship management skills, including the ability to build rapport successfully, form and maintain strong relationships and partnerships at all levels of business
• High level of computer literacy with Microsoft Word, Excel and an aptitude for learning in-house systems

Description:
We are looking for a motivated Marketing Coordinator to work within our innovative marketing department. The position will give you an opportunity to contribute directly to the overall growth of the business but also be directly responsible for a wide variety of marketing activities, from campaign implementation and management, to contributing to developing strategy across multiple channels, both digital and offline. You will be working closely with our wide range of retail, media & industry partners, supporting events while using communication channels such as email (EDM) and social media to grow and engage with communities. You will also work globally with our overseas offices developing marketing opportunities outside your primary focus of Australia and New Zealand.
This is a busy position so you must have exceptional organisational skills and have the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously. We expect you to be commercially savvy, understanding the importance of data, ROI and measurable results.
As a key member of this highly skilled, tightly-knit group, you will be a critical player in our future growth and success as a team.

To Apply:
Please submit both your resume and cover letter in order for us to process your application.
‘Immigration sponsorship and international relocation support is not available for this position.’

 

 


link1The role that agents play in the publishing process cannot be understated. They champion books for authors, utilizing their networks to get the word out, using their experience to get the best possible deal. Agents are vital to getting a book sold to a traditional publishing company.

Agents are also important to editors who are looking to expand their publisher’s catalog and establish their viability as editors. An editor who has a solid network of agents who know what the editor likes to acquire is a priceless line of communication.

But how do authors find a good match? And how do editors expand their agent networks when they’re buried under the responsibilities of their role at a publishing house? The first answer is networking. But in a world of internet connectivity, there’s another option to supplement face-to-face networking: QueryTracker (QT).

QueryTracker is a site designed to provide lists of literary agents and publishers, to provide information about them, and to track personal query information. It simplifies the process of tracking down agents who fit your criteria, all while collecting data like average response times, reviews, and comments from authors who’ve found their agents using QT.

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Features of the site include forums for users to post questions and network, lists of top publishers and agents (and who they represent), as well as a place for users to keep track of all their query information.

For those of us looking into a career in publishing, it’s important to develop relationships with agents. QueryTracker is a good place to start becoming familiar with names of agents and smaller publishers.

 


AbramsAbrams has four upcoming internship opportunities for the spring 2015 semester!

Company profile: ABRAMS is the preeminent publisher of high-quality illustrated books for adults, adolescents and young children. ABRAMS is the publisher of bestsellers such as the wildly popular “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, award-winning cookbooks of Alton Brown and the stunning photography of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s “Earth from Above” series. ABRAMS is conveniently located in the NYC mid-town Chelsea area. Visit our website at www.abramsbooks.com.

Application Final Deadline: January 9, 2015.  We are currently accepting applications.

Period of Assignment: mid-January through mid-May 2015 (approximate); 12 – 16 hours per week

Applications:  You will need an updated resume and cover letter.

Below you will find the internship description along with the necessary qualifications.

Internship #1:

Title: Intern – Children’s Books – Spring 2015

Department: Marketing & Publicity

Job Classification: Unpaid.  College course credit only.

Job Description: ABRAMS seeks an organized intern for the Spring 2015 semester to join a busy Children’s Marketing and Publicity department. The internship provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the publishing industry and to get hands-on experience working in a fast-paced environment. The marketing and publicity intern will work closely with the children’s marketing and publicist planning and executing national and local media campaigns and marketing plans, coordinating mailings, and assisting with everything from event planning, print and social media outreach, to media contact database management and market research. The right candidate will have a strong interest in a career in publishing, pay attention to detail, exhibit a positive and energetic work ethic, and be familiar with internet research, blogs, and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. This internship is for college course credit only.

Qualifications: We are especially interested in applicants who can demonstrate exceptional writing skills, resourcefulness, and the ability to prioritize tasks. Experience using Cision and Title Management is a plus. The ideal candidate is able to work between 12 and 16 hours per week.

To apply, e-mail resume and cover letter, indicating “Intern – Children’s Marketing & Publicity” to jobs@abramsbooks.com

Internship #2:

Title: Intern – Children’s Literature – Spring 2015

Department: BYR/Amulet/Abrams Appleseed

Job Classification: Unpaid.  College course credit only

Job Description: The Abrams Children’s Division (Books for Young Readers, Amulet Books, and Appleseed Books) is looking for a Spring 2015 intern to work closely with the editorial group on our list of picture books, novels, board books, novelty, and non-fiction for children ages 0 to 18. The intern should have an interest in current children’s literature and learning more about the publishing process. The intern will work closely with the editorial staff—reading and evaluating submissions, typing correspondence, maintaining departmental filing, updating contact databases, and assisting on creative editorial projects. Beyond editorial, the intern will interact with sales, marketing, publicity, design, and production departments, offering a broad introduction to the publishing world.  This internship is for college course credit only.

Qualifications: Intern should be proficient in Word and Excel, and have excellent internet research skills with a demonstrated interest in current children’s literature and the publishing process.

To apply, e-mail resume and cover letter, indicating “Intern – Children’s Literature” in the subject line,to jobs@abramsbooks.com

Internship #3:

Title: Intern – Marketing & Publicity – Spring 2015

Department: Marketing & Publicity

Job Classification: Unpaid.  College course credit only.

Job Description: ABRAMS seeks an organized intern for the Spring 2015 semester to join a busy Adult Marketing and Publicity department. The internship provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the publishing industry and to get hands-on experience working in a fast-paced environment. The marketing & publicity intern will work closely with both teams planning and executing national and local media campaigns and marketing plans, coordinating mailings, and assisting with everything from event planning, print and social media outreach, to media contact database management and market research. The right candidate will have a strong interest in a career in publishing, pay attention to detail, exhibit a positive and energetic work ethic, and be familiar with internet research, blogs, and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Qualifications: We are especially interested in applicants who can demonstrate exceptional writing skills, resourcefulness, and the ability to prioritize tasks. Experience using Cision and Title Management is a plus. The ideal candidate is able to work between 12 and 16 hours per week. This internship is for college course credit only.

To apply, e-mail resume and cover letter, indicating “Intern – Marketing & Publicity” in the subject line to jobs@abramsbooks.com

Internship #4:

Title: Intern – Adult Editorial – Spring 2015

Department: Adult Editorial

Job Classification: Unpaid.  College course credit only

Job Description: ABRAMS is seeking an intern for the Spring 2015 semester to work closely with the editorial group on our list of illustrated books which cover a variety of categories including cooking, fashion, photography, interior design, humor, pop culture, performing arts, sports and many others.  The intern will work closely with the editorial staff – reading and evaluating submissions, typing correspondence, maintaining departmental filing, updating contact databases and assisting on creative editorial projects.  Beyond editorial, the intern will interact with sales, marketing, publicity, design and production departments offering a broad introduction into the world of publishing.  This internship is for college course credit only.

Qualifications: Intern should be proficient in Word and Excel, have excellent internet research skills with a demonstrated interest in developing their editorial skills and learning about the publishing process.  They should have an interest in the arts, trending culture and visual publishing.

To apply, e-mail resume and cover letter indicating “Intern – Adult Editorial” in the subject line to jobs@abramsbooks.com

 


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