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Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty,

Summer classes have officially ended! We know you have all worked hard to get ahead in your studies, and now it is time to celebrate. While you enjoy the rest of your summer off, we here at the blog will also be taking a short break.

Expect regular blog posts to resume at the beginning of the fall semester, September 2, 2015. In the meantime, if you have any questions please e-mail Prof. Jane Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

Happy summer!

New York Public Library

New York Public Library


Dear Potential Candidates,

Writer's HouseI hope you are each well and enjoying the summer.  If you are receiving this e-mail you’ve previously expressed interest in the Writers House Intern Program, Autumn 2015. The program is scheduled 16 weeks. As it stands, we’ll commence the term either the week of Monday, September 28th or Monday, October 5th.  In either case, that Monday would be mandatory for all participating interns. Please know all interns work a 24 hour per week schedule. There is a $200 per month stipend paid-out to each intern.

If you are still interested in being considered, please reply to the following:

  1. Who are the authors on our list you enjoy reading the most?
  2. What genres do you enjoy the most?
  3. If needed, could you start on either September 28th or October 5th?
  4. Would you like to be considered for the subsidiary rights internship too? (SEE RED BELOW)

Also, please review and choose (by number) up to three categories (in order of interest).

  1. SCT/SOU: Literary fiction.
  2. ALV: Science fiction/ fantasy. YA. Middle grade. Non-fiction.
  3. BR: Young adult. Middle grade. Literary fiction. Upmarket fiction.
  4. J/T: Upmarket non-fiction. Literary fiction. Upmarket fiction. Thrillers. Crime fiction. Narrative non-fiction.
  5. NO: Children’s picture books, children’s books. YA. Middle grade. Adult fiction and non-fiction.
  6. SY: Women’s fiction. Non-fiction. YA. Literary fiction. Upmarket fiction.
  7. BH: YA. Romance. Paranormal. Historical fiction. Women’s fiction.
  8. AC: Guy books: sports, military, etc. Thrillers. Mysteries. Crime fiction. YA. Middle grade. Non-fiction.
  9. V/A: Books about young girls discovering themselves. Picture books. Middle grade. YA. Upmarket fiction. Literary fiction. Nonfiction.

SUBSIDIARY RIGHTS:

“We are a very busy department looking for a candidate who is organized, responsible, takes initiative and who has excellent time-management skills. Experience in Subsidiary Rights a plus, but not necessary.”

Aside from various administrative tasks, the Subsidiary Rights Intern will assist with the following:

•             Managing authors copies from foreign publishers and audio publishers
•             Maintaining the Foreign Rights library
•             Managing book requests from publishers
•             Sending large book submissions to foreign agents
•             Analyzing royalty statements

For more information on the Writers House Intern Program, please call or e-mail Michael Mejias at 212-685-2400 x 150 or at mmejias@writershouse.com


ScribeNetScribe seeks a dynamic, technically savvy, Editorial Developer to assist in the development of our editorial processes and training. A candidate must possess solid editorial skills and be adept at electronic publishing. Following a period of training in Scribe’s basic methodology and approach, the Editorial Developer will be responsible for developing the methods, approaches to accessibility, changes in sequence, and other processes that will be needed to successfully develop publications in computer-driven publishing. The Editorial Developer will work collaboratively with our editorial staff to develop, test, document, and train Scribe and subscriber staff in the methods we develop.

Duties:

  • Editing publications
  • Develop editorial processes (including testing and documentation)
  • Train editors

Qualifications:

Candidates must be focused, highly organized, computer savvy, and have strong copyediting skills. Advanced use of Microsoft Word, knowledge of the standard style guides, and full comfort in electronic workflows are necessary. An ideal candidate will be excited by current developments in publishing, especially electronic books. Knowledge
of HTML, XML, experience delivering professional training, or fluency in another language (especially Spanish) is preferred.

Location: Dania Beach, FL or Philadelphia, PA
Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with duties and ability. Standard Scribe benefits package includes health insurance, a retirement plan, and vacation time.
Contact: Send a resume and cover letter to Mark Fretz via e-mail at mfretz@scribenet.com


Cleis PressCleis Press/Viva Editions is seeking publishing interns to help our dynamic publishing team, now located in Jersey City, New Jersey.

You will work directly with the Director of Marketing and Marketing Associate to help with promoting books and authors through print, electronic and online media as well as special events in the New York area. You will gain experience in:

-Developing targeted media lists, press materials and themed pitches to national and niche media outlets
-Following up on media inquiries by sending review copies and info
-Posting & monitoring social media to promote titles and authors
-Updating marketing/publicity pages on the websites
-Assisting during publicity events, readings and book launches
- Working with marketing, production and editorial management

The internship is unpaid and candidates must commit to 12-16 hours per week in the office for a term of 10-12 weeks.

Requirements

Candidates must register for academic credit internship with their college or university (fall, spring, summer) with official documentation on school letterhead confirming this information for acceptance.

We are looking for an undergraduate student who is majoring in Publishing, Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, or English. This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with some experience in creating content for Web and social media. Familiarity with email databases or web analytics tools would be considered when choosing the best applicant for this position.

Please send resume and cover letter with a writing sample (1-2 pages) via email to Susan Twum-Bahh, at  Stwumbaah@cleispress.com.


 

YOUR EXPERT NATIONYOUR EXPERT NATION Inc is a full-service marketing firm, launched by book publishing veteran Bridget Marmion in Spring 2012 and working with industry experts around the country.  Our clients include publishers, writers interested in supporting the marketing and publicity professionals on their publisher’s team, or writers planning to publish their own work. Your Expert Nation offers marketing, publicity, social media including set up, coaching, and strategic services, as well as a series of Events.

DUTIES: The Project Manager/Executive Assistant will be expected to perform an equal blend of project management and administrative Tasks. You would maintain the current, in place processes to help the office and multiple projects run smoothly. Our experienced new colleague would be expected to suggest improvements that will increase productivity.

Provide administrative support of all sorts, which includes keeping the project management (Solve 360) database current, and using its features to maintain and track office and Project/Expert workflow. Responsibilities would include tracking Proposal/Project flow of each project and general follow up.

There will be increased responsibility in campaigns and client contact based on candidate’s experience, interest and ability.  This would include a role in assembling and promoting our popular bi-monthly event, our CONFERENCE ROOM CONFAB series.  Admin tasks include setting up, attending and minutes for our important weekly, quarterly and annual meetings, Expert/Client meetings in person and/or via Webex calls, plus misc follow up with the campaign team; tracking Project fees and payments; general back up for a busy company owner.

Have you been down-sized recently or retired early but still want to work with Authors and marketing professionals, but at 24 hours a week, not 60 hours a week:)? We’re looking for someone interested in marketing in this ever-changing world and willing to wear a few hats in our small firm, to help us ‘bring more eyes to the work’ of a growing list of clients and to move our great projects along efficiently.

This is a part-time job, 24 hours a week, working in the YEN office off Union Square, in office two days, ideally on Monday and Wednesday, 10:00-4:00. Days can be discussed. Working remotely for the balance of the hours.  The salary is $480 a week. W-9 form is provided. ONLY THOSE ABLE TO COMMIT TO A LONG-TERM PART-TIME JOB (MINIMUM OF 18 MONTHS) SHOULD APPLY FOR THIS POSITION.  Position available September 1.

Requirements for the position:

  • Project Management and extensive office experience
  • Experience in book publishing
  • Highly organized
  • Discreet and reliable
  • Experienced in Misc Office Procedures and Systems, databases. Solve 360 coaching provided
  • PC and Mac experience
  • Excel, Microsoft Office, PowerPoint
  • Social Media Sophistication a Plus
  • Marketing Experience a Plus
  • Photo/Design Experience a Plus
  • Event Management Experience a Plus
  • Tech/Computer Trouble Shooting Skills a Plus

Please e-mail Prof. Jane Denning at jdenning@pace.edu for more information on how to apply.


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Art Department Assistant – Penguin Random House

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.15.24 PMType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Penguin Random House is looking for an Assistant to support the Art department, which works on titles for our Blue Rider, Penguin, Penguin Classics, Plume, and Viking imprints. This job opening is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in learning about the inner-workings of a fast-paced Art department in a large publishing house!

Specific responsibilities include:

1. Providing administrative support to the Art Manager and the department as needed.
2. Creating and updating databases, master lists, and individual title information sheets with cover/jacket statuses, title data, and art/design sources.
3. Collecting and verifying art and design sources for each cover/jacket as they are approved.
4. Assisting the manager in the licensing of images for book covers.
5. Processing cover images for uploading to online sites.
6. Fielding and responding to requests from internal departments for cover/jacket printouts and files.
7. Assisting staff designers with obtaining high-resolution images.
8. Processing departmental invoices for payment.

Requirements: 

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Prior office experience
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Excellent organizational skills and a strong ability to multitask
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Knowledge of Mac systems
  • Prior experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator preferred

To Apply: 
Apply online.

 

Editorial Assistant, Economics – W. W. Norton

WWNortonType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
W. W. Norton & Company is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support editors of print supplements and online-learning content for college textbooks in Economics.
Essential job responsibilities include:
•Management of manuscripts in all stages of production – Sending manuscript to be reviewed by college instructors. Setting and adhering to schedules. Preparing manuscript for copyediting and production. Reviewing manuscript for content/grammar errors.
•Communication and message management – Professionally interacting with authors, college faculty, marketing, and sales staff to relay messages, follow-up on requests/information and in general, anticipating when to proactively act on messages (including relaying messages with a sense of urgency).
•Document management – Faxing, copying, printing, emailing. Organizing and maintaining files.
•Creating and editing Excel and Word documents to support projects and/or office responsibilities.
•Data Management – Extracting data from internal web based information portals. Aggregating data from various sources. Information gathering and following up.
•Project management – Collaborating with and providing support to media editorial team to move numerous different projects forward in order to meet publishing deadlines.
•Market research – Assisting media editor with research on market trends in online learning.

Requirements: 
•Bachelor’s degree.
•Employment eligibility to work with W. W. Norton & Company in the US is required.
•Must be able to work full business hours from our NY office.
•Excellent organizational, verbal and written communications skills.
•Must be able to anticipate needs and deliver timely, relevant solutions and actions.
•Must be able to develop rapport and relationships with all levels of employees. Must be seen as knowledgeable and capable of handling sensitive, critical information.
•Must be proactive, flexible and adaptive in a rapidly changing environment and adjust with a “can-do” attitude.
•Must be self-directed and independent.
•Must have good time management skills, be organized, and be capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing across departments, activities, and projects.
•Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes.
•Must have a demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of electronic media as it applies to education and/or learning.
•Must have strong research skills.
•Must have a passion for learning new software programs.
•A background in and/or passion for economics is preferred.
•Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Proficiency with both Windows and Mac OS. Proficiency with Photoshop and InDesign a plus.
•Mastery of email, calendar management, and file management tools.

Please note – this job description is not designed to cover all activities required of the employee.

To Apply: 

Qualified candidates should apply by sending a copy of their resume and cover letter to: recruiting@wwnorton.com. Please be sure to indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line.

 

Marketing Assistant – Simon & Schuster

UnknownType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
This position reports to the associate publisher and provides administrative support to the marketing group which includes four marketing managers overseeing the publication of over 200 titles per year. As a crucial link between S&S marketing staff and other depts, the marketing assistant will: Prepare & distribute seasonal & weekly selling materials to S&S sales group; Review catalog and online copy for every book published by the imprint; Prepare presentation materials for seasonal sales conferences; Track marketing expenditures for titles published under S&S imprint and process them through accounts payable; Write & distribute weekly report on marketing activity for all lead titles; Research & provide reporting on online influencers & communities crucial to success of books published under S&S imprint; and Contribute content & support for social media accounts managed by the imprint.

Requirements: 
Previous experience in publishing is a requirement.

To Apply: 
Apply online here.

 

Production Assistant – Rolling Stone

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 5.27.06 PMType: Part-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Rolling Stone Magazine seeks a well organized, detail oriented, energetic, experienced design production professional. We are looking for an InDesign expert comfortable working on print layouts and digital files. He or she should have a demonstrable history of exceptional work for print editions and be proficient on all stages of magazine pre-press production working individually and as part of a team. The ideal candidate will be highly organized with a knack for project management, in addition to having good communication skills. The position reports directly to the design director and will work in collaboration with the magazine art direction team.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
• Flowing text using Adobe InDesign (K4) and InCopy.
• Applying and maintaining copy and typographic formatting.
• Advancing layout and cover designs through editorial/copy editing process.
• Inputting changes from the art and editorial departments and circulating proofs.
• Specifying color correction and retouching requests for high resolution imaging.
• Placing high-resolution art in layouts and using Photoshop to convert image file formats and color specifications.
• Placing fractional ads into existing layouts when needed.
• Producing and publishing PDF versions of covers and various layouts for use online and/or for promotional use.
• Trouble shooting production requirements for unusual printing demands especially on covers.
• Preparing final Epson proofs of all pages and covers to confirm quality before going to press.
• Offering general support to art department with a wide range of tasks, making clipping paths and other digital modifications to art etc.
• Executing elaborate digital design refinements when needed on covers.
• Providing production support for Rolling Stone special interest publications throughout development and pre press stages.

Requirements: 
• Minimum 3-5 years experience in print production for magazines or other comparable high quality print publications
• Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite programs: CS6 (InDesign/K4, InCopy, Photoshop, Illustrator)
• Experience with PDF formatting
• Knowledge of XML and procedures for attaching art to files in Adobe InDesign K4.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Ability to multi-task and shift priorities in a fast-paced, lively environment

To Apply: 
Apply online at Mediabistro.com


Intern Wanted

 

We are accepting applications for interns at Manhattan’s premier boutique literary agency. We are a busy, fast-paced agency that works with a variety of both fiction and non-fiction clients. The right candidate should be computer literate, organized, detail-oriented, and have the ability to multi-task. You will provide general office support in addition to reading/reviewing queries and manuscripts. You will also assist in our growing e-books division. This position will provide excellent training and an introduction to the book publishing industry. This is an un-paid internship. Starts immediately. Hours are 10am to 6pm, three days per week.

 
Please submit your resume with cover letter to hremployeehire@gmail.com.  No telephone calls please.

Note to Students: This Agency is willing to accommodate your evening class schedules, so don’t hesitate to apply!

 


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This week I want to take the chance to feature our own internship resource page!

Over the last months, we’ve been busy updating the page so that it serves the needs of students like you in the best way possible! It is a work in progress, however, so please do comment with suggestions on how we might expand the page. What are things you wish you could see more of on the resources page, and on the blog overall?

In addition to drawing attention to our Resources page, I think it’s appropriate to include a few tips on finding and securing a job or internship. Now is the time!

One of the greatest things about being in a publishing program like Pace’s is the fact that being here puts you in the middle of people who are moving in the same general direction as you. As I’ve been told in multiple classes, “your classmates will be your friends and colleagues in the industry. Get to know them.” It’s important that each student take advantage of the circles they are in, but also that they expand beyond it. Another great part about the program is that your professors and staff are active in the field, which means you have direct connections that will go a long way in securing your first job or internship–if you take advantage of them.

So for tips:

1. Be Creative in your Approach
Applying online the way a publisher or company requests is exactly what everyone else is doing. Consider how you might engage with them differently; perhaps Twitter and Facebook are your friends in this case. Thinking outside the box in your approach to securing a job or internship is a perfect way to put your skills on exhibit in the public sphere!

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2. Keep Your Options Open
Tailoring your options to what you think you will like may limit where you’re applying. Desperation is an excellent motivator, and sometimes you just need to get your foot in the door somewhere. The publishing industry may be difficult to break into, but it’s possible if you are dedicated to it. As the Society of Young Publishers advises,

Don’t set your mind on one job – any experience in publishing is valuable – even working on a book publisher’s reception (you get to know the names, companies, authors that your employer deals with). Also, knowledge of other areas of publishing – e.g. marketing or sales – could be highly beneficial for your job in editorial, because as an Editor, you will need to take a keen interest in the market and sales and production of your titles. You also might find out that you prefer different areas of publishing rather than your first career choice. Remember any experience that you can get is valuable.

So don’t let a job or internship title dissuade you! Unless you loathe marketing or sales, don’t rule them out as options.

3. Networking, and More Networking
And finally, courtesy of Margaret Maloney’s blog, here are a few tips on networking strategy:

  • Find someone you want to meet
  • Contact that person
  • Use your interview to learn more
  • Write thank-you notes immediately

Be sure to check out her entire post for more details.

Many tips out there on the internet are great, acting as general guidelines for how to approach this entire process. However, be sure to take yourself into consideration because you’re the most important element of the equation. You bring something unique to the table, and it’s your job to figure that out and present it well.

Good luck to those of you on the hunt!


 

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August 11th – Radiator Launch Party

Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street

New York, NY 10012

Time: 7pm

The launch of a new literary journal from Praytell. Created in recognition of the creative minds of Brooklyn & NYC, Radiator is full of ideas from both up and coming and established local talents. Please join us for a brief reading, social gathering, snacks and beer. With readings from Kurt Boone, Christine Friar, Joshua Max Feldman, Meredith Haggerty, David Tomas Martinez, Bianca Stone, and Chris Messer.

Click here to read more about the readers! This event is free.

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August 13th - Secret Histories: Austin Grossman & Lev Grossman

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Time: 7:30pm
Writers and brothers Austin Grossman (Soon I Will Be Invincible, You) and Lev Grossman (The Magicians Trilogy) return to Greenlight to discuss their most recent works, which infuse everyday life with the thrill of the uncanny. In a master work of alternative history and Lovecraftian suspense, Austin’s brand-new novel Crooked asks: what if Richard Nixon, our most reviled president, was really a pivotal figure caught in a desperate struggle between ordinary life and horrors from another reality? Lev’s trilogy of books The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician’s Land (just released in paperback), bring the spellcasting of C. S. Lewis and J. K. Rowling into a very real world, where sex, self-interest, and thwarted good intentions have a way of affecting the magical (and vice versa). Join us for a unique conversation with two talented authors exploring their “realist magic” worlds.

42937August 13th – Daughters of Brooklyn: Debut Novelists Read

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Time: 7pm

An evening featuring Tanwi Nandini Islam and Naomi Jackson, whose debut novels share a setting in Brooklyn, home to so many families who call somewhere else home. Born to immigrant parents, Islam’s and Jackson’s heroines wrestle with competing cultural messages, gender norms, and a poignant sense of placelessness, all while navigating the tribulations of teenhood in America.

In Islam’s Bright Lines, the Bangladeshi Saleem family raises three girls on Cambridge Place: rebellious Charu, bookish adoptee Ella, and runaway Maya, who seeks refuge from her abusive father. Home and homeland come into conflict again in Jackson’s The Star Side of Bird Hill, when the Braithwaite sisters, Dionne and Phaedra, are torn from Brooklyn and sent to Bird Hill, Barbados to live with their grandmother.

This event is free, but you must register. 

 

 


Quote of the Week

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“She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”
—J. D. Salinger, “A Girl I Knew

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