Manuela Soares is a full-time faculty member, Associate Director of the Pace University Press, and Director of the Graduate Seminar (2004-present) in the MS in Publishing Program. Prior to teaching, Soares had a 30-year career in the publishing industry, working in both books and magazines. Most recently, she was Managing Editor for the Scholastic Trade Book division (overseeing eight hardcover imprints and the publication of the first five Harry Potter books). Before that, she was a Senior Editor at Rizzoli International.
As the Director of the Graduate Seminar (690A and B), Soares works with students writing their Master’s thesis. She also teaches Marketing, Children’s Book Publishing, General Interest Books, Entrepreneurship, and Ethics in Publishing.
In addition to her teaching duties, in 2015 Soares became Associate Director of the Pace University Press. As Associate Director, she reviews new submissions and oversees the day-to-day activities of the Press from manuscript to bound book, supervising two Graduate Assistants and a Student Aide and working with the journal editors and production editors.
She is a member of the Editorial Board of Springer-Verlag’s Publishing Research Quarterly, where some of the Graduate Theses papers from 690B have been published in abbreviated form.
Her own published works encompass magazines, journals, and books including: The Joy Within with Joan Goldstein (Simon & Schuster), One Hand Clapping with Rafe Martin (Rizzoli), Butch/Femme (Crown Publishing), Scholastic Bookfiles: A Reading Guide to A Wrinkle in Time, Heart Throbs: The Best of DC Romance Comics (pseudonym Naomi Scott, Fireside Books), ESP McGee and the Dolphin’s Message (pseudonym Jesse Rodgers, Avon Books), “The Purloined Ladder” (Journal of Homosexuality, V.34, Issue 3-4), among others. In 2011, she contributed a short short story to the anthology Sudden Flash Youth, (Persea Books). In 2013, she wrote a cookbook with artist Jeanne Betancourt, Farm Stand Fresh. In 2017, one of her short stories will be included in an anthology from Tagus Press.
An avid photographer, her photographs are in private collections and have been used for the covers of three books of poetry, various blogs, and included in several exhibitions.