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O, The Oprah Magazine

O2-omag-header-logo-nov-2014-949x534Title: Associate Editor

Location: New York, NY

Description:
O, The Oprah Magazine is seeking an associate editor to conceive, pitch, assign and edit the front-of-book section Live Your Best Life, 6 to 8 pages monthly. Job requires some knowledge of pop culture and a hunter-gatherer’s nose for compelling personal stories, as well as a feel for the O sensibility and tone. Must also pitch stories for, and occasionally assist on, monthly feature well packages. Interest in, and knowledge about, food edit is not essential but a big plus. Candidates must have minimum three years of experience at a major consumer magazine.

To Apply:
Click Here to submit an online application.

 

HarperCollins

logoTitle: Editorial Assistant

Location: New York, NY

Description:

  • Assist in coordinating the publication process from manuscript to book, including drafting contracts and securing permissions, licensing, and photographic procurement as needed.
  • Solicit, organize, and handle author bios, photos, and digital author profile.
  • Monitor the production schedule and maintain communication with authors and agents.
  • Read, edit, and judge submissions, publicity, copyediting, and design documents.
  • Prepare and respond to routine correspondence, answer telephones, and take messages as appropriate.
  • Receive and sort correspondence, make travel arrangements and appointments, maintain and update files and records.
  • Prepare expense reports and process invoices.
  • Draft fact sheet copy, selling copy, and flap copy as needed.
  • Coordinate material for in-house planning and pre-sales meetings.
  • Manage the Instagram account and assist with general social media presence.
  • Compile and submit galley orders to production.
  • Manage Edelweiss e-galley requests, poster requests, and marketing video requests.
  • Manage and carry out title-specific mailings to bloggers.
  • Perform administrative duties as necessary.

Basic Requirements:

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Detail-oriented, well-organized, and able to set priorities under pressure
  • Ability to interact confidently with internal and external executives in a personable and professional manner
  • Ability to identify and troubleshoot departmental issues before they become problems
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Exceptional writing skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Loves books!

To Apply: 
Click Here to apply online.

 

Lowenstein Associates

Title: Digital Marketing Assistant, Literary Agency

lowensteinlogo2Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Lowenstein Associates seeks a Digital Marketing Assistant to handle multiple aspects of the agency’s digital business, including the development of social media campaigns, digital publishing initiatives, and client’s online platforms.

• Advise authors on promotion, marketing, and brand development, with a focus on social media
• Develop partnerships and cross promotions with publishers to maximize awareness and potential sales of all titles.
• Be the point of contact for the marketing, publicity, and editorial contacts for clients’ titles
• Identify growth opportunities and digital trends and recommend new opportunities to grow the client’s digital presence
• Performs general administrative duties including scheduling, ordering books and supplies, database and records management, and other processes

We seek a self-starter who thrives in a small, tight-knit office. Candidates should have a firm grasp of the fundamentals, but be excited by what’s happening in the business today, and be eager to create new ways to foster discussion of our books online.

Strong administrative skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office are a must. Prior experience in a literary agency or publishing house is desirable, as is experience with digital marketing and a grasp of the ebook landscape. Interest in non-fiction a plus. Opportunity to build own list.

Job requirements and compensation commensurate with experience. Inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree and at least one year work experience in an administrative or office-type environment. Publishing experience VERY strongly preferred.

To Apply:
Email cover letter and resume together as ONE WORD DOCUMENT ATTACHMENT to emily[at]bookhaven[dot]com


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Self-publishing versus traditional publishing. Publishers versus Amazon. Has the beginning of the end of print books arrived? Are publishers a pointless middleman or do they still serve a purpose?

The world of publishing is experiencing some turbulence, and with that, a lot of uncertainty and questions that can’t be answered as well as most of us want. We have people who staunchly defend the publishers, and those who believe that it’s time for them to realize the pit they’re in. But I think it’s safe to say that many of us are in the middle, watching and waiting to see where the digital innovations and reader needs carry the industry.

Yet out of the uncertainty and upheaval comes discussion, which is healthy for the industry because everyone has their own experience to contribute.

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This week’s LotW features Publishing Perspectives, a website that is described as “an online magazine of international book publishing news and opinion” (Source). The website is categorized into several different topics, such as self-publishing and children’s, and includes a blog for the most recent publishing news updates and a discussion segment that is designed to encourage “provocative questions and food for thought on the current state of publishing to our readers” (Source). Readers are encouraged to post their own opinions, to lend their voices to the discussion.

Anyone can subscribe to their daily newsletter for free.

 


paullevitzIt is an honor to have Paul Levitz serving as the David Pecker Distinguished Professor for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Mr. Levitz is a comic fan, editor, writer, and executive.  He formerly was president and publisher of DC Comics and presently teaches Publishing Comics and Graphic Novels and Publishing Transmedia at Pace University.  He is currently working on a book on Will Eisner and the birth of the graphic novel for Abrams Comic Arts.

To read Professor Levitz full biography, click here.

His first lecture will take place tomorrow, Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Pace University, 163 Williams St, 18th floor, from 6-8p.m., where he will be discussing how we as publishers define our mission in an era when our own audiences are constantly connected: to each other and to the flow of raw data, old and new.

Professor Jane Denning had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Levitz as he assumes his new role.   The pair discussed what he hopes to accomplish as the David Pecker Distinguished Professor as well as some advice he has to offer to current Pace M.S. in Publishing students.

Prof. Denning:  Hi Paul, thank you for agreeing to do this interview!  Congratulations on being named the Visiting David Pecker Distinguished Professor for the 2014-2015 academic year.  What do you hope to accomplish this year at Pace?

Prof. Levitz:  Thanks, Jane.  I’d like to extend my reach to the students who aren’t able to take my two courses.  I haven’t had the courage to do online teaching, so I miss out on a fair number of the program’s students, and hopefully the lectures will be available to them.

Legion of SuperheroesProf. Denning: As the Visiting David Pecker Distinguished Professor, you are expected to give two lectures throughout the course of the year.  What do you want students to take away from these lectures?  Any pearls of wisdom you can impart for us now?

Prof. Levitz:  I don’t know if they count as pearls of wisdom, but I’m exploring the future of publishing models in my first lecture, since the world around us is changing so rapidly.  One of the points I make is that publishing has to move from a banking model to more of a venture capital approach…but to make sense out of that you probably have to listen to the whole talk.
Prof. Denning: Many of our students here at Pace have varied interests within the world of publishing.  When you were first starting out in the industry, what prompted you to pursue the publishing of comics and graphic novels?

Prof. Levitz: Comics is a very unusual field in its accessibility, and even more so when I was a kid.  Because of the structure of comic conventions and the zine world, I was able to get to know most of the industry’s creative people while I was in high school.  That’s not possible today, and would have been impossible in the ‘70s if I had made a similar effort in other publishing worlds that I loved, from sf to mysteries to the magazine field.

The Golden Age of DC ComicsProf. Denning:  As the President and Publisher of DC Comics for eight years you have a unique perspective on the industry, are there any recent developments/trends in the comic book industry that you’ve noticed?  Where do you think comics and graphic novels are headed given that so many beloved characters are being brought to life on the big screen (i.e. The Amazing Spider-man, Man of Steel, Thor: The Dark World)?
Prof. Levitz: The movies bring a lot of fresh capital to the comics field and its creators, but it’s much more interesting to me to watch the explosion of new subjects and genres that are being explored in graphic novels.  In Japan, the manga market is about a third of their publishing industry, compared to the 2% of ours that is comics-driven.  The wide range of subjects for manga is part of that, and I’m hopeful that as our subject range continues to increase, so will our share of publishing.

Prof. Denning:  If a student is interested in the comic book industry, what is the best way to break in?  Should they be attending Comic Con?

Prof. Levitz: Comic conventions are great places to learn about the field, and you don’t have to start with the giant shows.  Smaller events like MoCCA Fest, here in New York, or Comic Art Brooklyn, are great ways to get a taste of the avant garde of comics…and full of young people with so much in common with our students.  The energy is amazing.   And another approach is simply to hit a great comic shop, and start talking to the folks behind the counter.  Even more than indie bookstores, comic shops tend to have passionate fans of the field working there.

Prof. Denning:  As our students gear up to enter the workforce, what sort of skills should they really develop while in the program so they can embark upon a successful career in publishing, whether in editorial, marketing, sales, or production or any other aspect of the business?

World's FinestProf. Levitz: Learn all the technical skills they can: photoshop, in design, programs for e-book creation, and enough accounting for self-defense.  Use your social media time to see how publishers and authors function in that space, and think about how it can be done better—so many of our students’ first jobs are social media-related now.  Learn how publishing companies think: that’s one of the virtues of having professors who have functioned in the industry.  Develop the habits of a publishing person: don’t browse looking for books you like, stalk a bookstore for knowledge, paying attention to which companies are publishing which titles, what seems to be selling, and watch how people make their selections.   And develop networking skills: the people you meet in this program will include folks whose career paths will intertwine with yours.


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Dena Mekawi is a current Publishing graduate student at Pace University, and also holds the position of Youth Representative for the Women’s National Book Association. This article was included in the WNBA’s October Newsletter. 

One of the most memorable conferences I attended as a Youth Representative was on August 18, 2014, with special guest Malala Yousafzai. Secretary general of the United Nations, Bank Ki-moon, and education advocate and co-founder of the Malala Fund, Malala Yousafzai joined the audience for an interactive conversation about the Millennium Development Goals. Questions were asked from young people about how we can all play a part to achieve the MDGs, from boosting education, eliminating poverty and hunger, empowering women and girls to protect the environment, improving maternal health, and combating infectious diseases. Amy Robach moderated the discussion, news anchor with ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA).

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 2.22.23 PMMalala spoke out again a year after her first speech at the United Nations, where she shared her near death experience being shot by the Taliban. This year she is back sharing her story on how she never gave up on her beliefs on education, and she wishes every child the same opportunity. First way to do this is to advocate to our community, she demands that we need to make sure every child is going to school, also to do work on the ground and overseas. She discusses how Malala Fund is slowly making a difference worldwide. Malala says that education has brought change to the community; she encourages everyone to change the concept of bravery. Before Malala was abducted she had a passion for learning and was campaigning for education rights. Malala says, “If a girl isn’t getting an education, I can see her future getting married at the age of 13- 14, and that’s all her life, she would never realize that yes she’s a human being and has an identity, and she should be accepted in society, and she should be treated with equal rights. She would never know these things without education.” Malala explains that from her experiences, that a child doesn’t want anything but just a pen and a book.

Amy Robach asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon how the crisis worldwide would impact the MDG goals. Secretary General explains how we are seeing many dedicated committed young leaders like Malala and like everyone else. Secretary General says, “One may think I’m just a young girl or young boy, I don’t have any power, but each one of you can make a difference. You are the rear voices; we must walk with the young people.” Malala states, “The strength of a woman does not depend on her physical strength but rather on her skills and education.” Malala explains how we need to believe in the power of our voices, and her message is to highlight the issues and address them.

As a student living in New York, I do feel lucky to have access to education. However after witnessing Malala’s struggle and hearing her fight for educational rights, allowed me to really reflect on all the things we might take for granted. We need to translate our blessings into advocacy for youth and women worldwide that are waking up everyday praying for quality education, clean water, ending of violence against women, gender equality and every other human rights that they should be living by. We need to take control of our society and use our voices to represent millions globally, we need to use social media to start movements and implement change day by day. I do see a brighter future; because of the strong young leaders that are taking control I hope to see more girls like Malala fighting for what they believe.

logo_wnbaAs the current UN DPI/NGO Youth Representative for the Women’s National Book Association, not only did I have the privilege to attend this moving and inspirational discussion, I was given the opportunity to take a picture with Malala, and shared a moment with her that was memorable, and one that I will truly cherish forever. This young girl is living proof that every single person with a powerful story, and with a strong belief can make a difference. We need to stand up for what we believe, and keep fighting towards equality and women’s rights.

 

The United Nations Live & On-Demand

I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb (Little, Brown and Company, 2013)

Shelf Awareness Children’s Review: Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan


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Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just…start.”
– Ijeoma Umebinyuo


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October 24, 7pm
2289 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
From shining shoes to shining portrayals on the silver screen (Moonstruck, The Godfather II, Do the Right Thing), Danny Aiello delivers his autobiography, I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else.

 

October 27, 7pm
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

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Whether she’s playing Hillary Clinton to Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin on SNL or climbing walls (real or metaphorical) on Parks & Recreation, Amy Poehler rides a wave of ironic, yet upbeat humor. In this much-awaited debut, the multi-talented celeb writes with winning candor about sundry topics under the sun including, but not limited to, her experiences as a child of two Massachusetts teacher parents, early career calamities, television fame, movie fortune, and family happiness. This aptly-titled affirmation qualifies as the perfect shelf companion to Fey’s Bossypants.

Note: A limited amount of wristbands will be distributed at 10:00 am with purchase of Yes Please to enter the event space.
October 28, 1pm
555 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017

Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac
Mick Fleetwood not only contributed his last name to the famous rock band, but the Fleetwood Mac drummer is its only member who has been there ever since in its 1967 beginnings. In this candid memoir, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer describes the group’s complicated, often fractious relationships as they created their music and toured. He also frankly describes the effects of fame and sudden wealth had on him personally. (P.S. Fleetwood and Fleetwood Mac are still thriving. Their 2013 tour was their most successful outing ever.)

October 27, 7pm-8pm
The Strand, 828 Broadway at 12th Street, 3rd floor. Unknown
Just in time for Halloween! Strand hosts an all-star roster of horror hotshots moderated by New York Asian Film Festival co-founder and Horrorstör author Grady Hendrix. Joining Grady for the evening will be horror director JT Petty; Ellen Datlow, World Fantasy Award Winner, consulting editor at Tor.com and editor of the collections Lovecraft’s Monsters and The Best Horror of the Yearseries; John Langan, Sarah Langan, and Laird Barron.

Buy a copy of Horrorstör or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout.

 

October 30, 6:30pm-9:30pm
A Conversation with Edward Norton & Samson Parashina Moderated by Fred Guterl

Join Absolute Travel for an intimate conversation on the intersection of travel, conservation and sustainability with Edward Norton, award-winning actor and UN Ambassador for Biodiversity; Samson Parashina, MWCT’s President, Chairman of the Board & Champion of the Earth recipient; Katie Losey, Absolute Travel Director of Marketing and Founder of Absolute Awareness; and moderator Fred Guterl, Executive Editor of the Scientific American.

Tickets are available from the Absolute Travel website. All tickets for this event must be purchased through Absolute Travel. 100% of profits go toward supporting the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust’s anti-poaching efforts.


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Lukeman Literary Management Ltd.

Title: Assistant Literary Agent

Location: NYC/Remote

Requirements:

  • Very tech-savvy and highly detailed oriented, with excellent organizational skills
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Proficiency with Windows and Mac, and advance knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Photoshop, PDF and FTP uploading and Epub conversion
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously in an organized manner.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven ability to exercise considerable discretion in handling information of a confidential and/or sensitive nature
  • Strong and meticulous follow-up
  • Ability to troubleshoot technical problems
  • Ability to be flexible, and to learn quickly

Preferred Experience

  • Previous office experience in publishing and/or in handling similar tasks strongly preferred.
  • Experience in a technical and/or production department of a publisher or literary agency
  • Experience uploading to Amazon KDP, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play and B&N.
  • Experience with an FTP program like Filezilla, and experience working with metadata in Excel
  • Experience with EPUB conversion and ebook layout, and ideally with Altantis and Stanza
  • Experience with Ingram/Lightning Source and/or POD layout and uploading
  • Experience with online publicity and social networking
  • Experience with website design, such as Frontpage
  • Foreign languages a plus
  • Knowledge of contracts and comfort in working with them

 

Description:
we are seeking a tech-savvy and self-motivated individual for the position of Assistant Literary Agent, answering directly to the President. The position will be primarily focused on all-things ebooks related—converting and formatting files ready for ebook production, uploading them to various platforms, social networking, online publicity, jacket design, POD layout, and overseeing a network of domestic and international distribution. The position will also be heavily focused on books in translation, so while the candidate is only required to speak English, he/she must also be at least comfortable in working with titles in other languages. While the position is tech-heavy and primarily focused on ebooks, it will also sometimes include the traditional duties of an assistant literary agent, administrative and editorial, dealing with authors, editors and others, and assisting the President as needed. It will also require working with contracts and overseeing a network of freelancers. The position will entail an endless and ever-changing array of technical duties, and as no two days will be the same, we need someone who is flexible, adapts easily to change, fast-working, and open to constantly learning in an ever-changing tech environment. This is an exciting opportunity to learn the workings of a literary agency and ebook publishing, in a hands-on position with much responsibility.

The ideal candidate will be very tech-savvy, an independent worker with outstanding administrative skills, a personable demeanor and a love for books, especially commercial fiction. The position will require the candidate to work with highly confidential and sensitive manuscripts, files, passwords, and sales and financial data, so the candidate must be highly trustworthy and have references demonstrating such. This position will also require the candidate to work remotely much of the time, so the candidate must feel comfortable being self-motivated and highly-disciplined. It will allow the candidate great freedom and flexibility of work days/hours—but also require that work goals are met. This position may also occasionally entail editing and/or copyediting, so editorial experience is preferred. The accuracy of every technical detail is crucial, so the candidate must be meticulous and detail-oriented. The position offers room for growth for the right candidate.

To Apply: 
Please email your cover letter and resume to noah@lukeman.com

 

 

mms-logo-header1Metro Media News

Title: Copyeditor

Type: Part-time

Location: NYC

Requirements:

  • 3 years of experience editing or proofreading for a newspaper or magazine
  • Knowledge of InDesign and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Excellent knowledge of AP Style
  • Good writing skills, including headline writing
  • Comfortable working on a deadline
  • Newspaper design skills a plus

Description: 
Metro, the world’s largest and fastest growing online and print media company, is seeking a part-time copy editor for the New York office. This position will be responsible for proofreading pages in all three editions of Metro US. The position requires excellent knowledge of AP Style as well as grammar, spelling and attention to detail. The candidate should be familiar with a wide variety of topics, as you’ll be responsible for reading news, entertainment and sports pages. The position also will require flexibility in scheduling

To Apply: Visit this site to apply.

 

 

Little Bee Books

logoTitle: Editorial Assistant

Location: NYC

Requirements: 
• Bachelor’s degree
• Prior internship or 1–2 years publishing and/or office experience in children’s publishing
• Exceptional writing skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Must have an understanding and awareness of general children’s marketplace and publishing industry
• Self-directed and independent with the ability to follow through consistently on assignments
• Good time management skills, organized, capable of multi-tasking across departments, activities, and projects
• Detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy
• Excellent grammar, spelling, communication, and writing skills
• Copyediting/proofreading experience preferred
• Mastery of email and calendar management tools, specifically Outlook
• Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Must be available to start within four weeks

Description:
We are currently seeking an Editorial Assistant to provide administrative and editorial support to the Editorial Director of little bee books.

Main responsibilities:
• Traffic and log editorial materials on active projects. Update editorial commissioning schedules on a weekly basis and circulate to relevant staff.
• Organize Editorial Director’s calendar as necessary. Make travel arrangements, set up meetings, and book meeting rooms.
• Liaise with other departments (design, production, sales and marketing, publicity, etc.) to relay messages, follow-up on requests for information, and in general, anticipate when to proactively act on messages.
• Communicate with authors, artists, and agents.
• Create tip sheets, budget drafts, and cover copy for children’s books.
• Proofreading, collating advances, keyboarding text corrections.
• Create and send standard letters/acknowledgements – e.g. proposal rejections/freelance applications.
• Read and evaluate manuscripts or drafts and write reader’s reports.
• Answer phones, e-mail, photocopy, mail material, file correspondence, log invoices, process expenses, and handle general editorial tasks as needed.

To Apply: 
Please email your résumé and cover letter to careers@littlebeebooks.com


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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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.


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