Book Industry Guild of New York (BIGNY) Barge Bash

Book Industry Guild of New York


The Book Industry Guild of New York (BIGNY)’s will host their annual Barge Bash celebration on June 8, 2016.This year will mark the 35th year of this event.The annual event offers a relaxing opportunity for professionals from book publishing and related industries to connect and enjoy an evening cruising along the Hudson River. The sailing includes live music from The Faustones, buffet dining, and an open bar for beer, wine, and soda.

Both embarkation and disembarkation will take place at World Yacht, West 41st Street and the Hudson River. Boarding begins at 6:00 pm, with departure from the dock scheduled for 7:30 pm. Participants who do not wish to remain onboard for the sailing must leave the vessel prior to

Important Information

Purchase deadline is Sunday, June 5, 2016.
Where: World Yacht, West 41st Street and the Hudson River
When: Wednesday, June 8 2016. Boarding begins at 6:00 pm. Embarkation is 7:30 pm; disembarkation begins at 9:30 pm. The event concludes at 10:00 pm.
Admission:$99 for sailing, open bar, and entertainment.
All major credit cards are accepted online. Cash and checks are also accepted.

Barge Bash information and tickets are available via the BIGNY website:

Job Alert- HarperCollins Assistant Publicist


HarperCollins Publishers Logo. (PRNewsFoto/HarperCollins Publishers)

HarperCollins is seeking an Assistant Publicist to work in their Harper, Ecco and Harper Perennial imprints!

This an entry-level opportunity.


•Provide administrative support to two Publicity Directors
•Provide support on all aspects of book publicity campaigns including:
◦pitching and scheduling author interviews and events;
◦coordinating author travel;
◦writing press materials;
◦responding to calls from the media, authors, and booksellers;
◦researching and maintaining media contact lists and database;
◦escorting authors on tour and to media and bookstore appearances in and around New York City.
•Provide general administrative support to the department.


• 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
•Prior internship experience in publishing or publicity preferred
•Ability to multi-task and manage time effectively
•Ability to excel in a fast-paced/high pressure environment
•Ability to work independently
•Excellent written and oral communication skills
•Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
•Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; social media knowledge a plus
•Tapped into pop culture a plus

Apply Here: Assistant Publicist

Job Alert- HarperCollins Assistant Publicist

HarperCollins Publishers Logo. (PRNewsFoto/HarperCollins Publishers)

Harper Collins is seeking a Assistant Publicist.

The Assistant Publicist provides administrative and publicity support for the Harper imprint. This position supports two people who work on a variety of titles including political non-fiction, celebrity memoir, commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction.
•Provides administrative and publicity support to Director and Senior Manager.
•Assists with writing press releases, pitch letters and other promotional materials to support publicity campaigns
•Helps reach out to targeted press.
•Assists with coordinating book events and book signings for authors.
•Orchestrates publicity mailings for major book campaigns.
•Organizes author schedules; books travel for authors on tour.
•Generates media contact lists, books events and media.
•Shares department assistant duties such as mail sorting, answering phones, and sending book requests.


•4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
•Prior internship experience in publishing or publicity preferred
•Ability to multi-task and manage time effectively
•Ability to excel in a fast-paced/high pressure environment
•Ability to work independently
•Excellent written and oral communication skills
•Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
•Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; social media knowledge a plus
•Able to travel to author events in NYC


Apply here –The Assistant Publicist

Internship- SkyHorse Publishing


Skyhorse Publishing, one of the fastest growing independent publishers in America, is seeking energetic, team-oriented interns to work in various departments such as finance, royalties, operations, and HR. This is a paid summer internship, ideally suited for someone eager to learn and grow in this industry. The internship would run from June 6th through August 26th, but dates are flexible depending on candidates’ needs.

As an intern, the candidates will be responsible for assisting their manager/department with daily tasks and for seeking out learning opportunities.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
• Helping maintain employee files, updating and obtaining missing documents
• Filing remaining physical invoices and digitalizing invoices
• Organizing files on server
• Creating Mailing Lists according to common categories and interests
• Scanning contracts
• Updating title information for the backlist
• Attending weekly meetings

Length of Internship: June – August (3 months)
Requirements: • Pursuing BA in English or related field
• Prior internship/experience in publishing preferred
• Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and very well-organized
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Passion for books and book publishing
• Up-for-anything attitude
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Location: New York, NY
Application Due Date: May 23rd, 2016
Payment: $9.00 per hour
How To Apply For This Internship: To apply, please email with resume, position applying for, and cover letter. Applications missing cover letters will not be considered.

Internship -College Board Editorial Assistant


SpringBoard is the College Board’s English Language Arts and Mathematics curriculum for students in grades 6 – 12. The SpringBoard content development team is seeking a fulltime, paid summer intern to work closely with us on a variety of educational publishing projects over the next several months.

Position Description
Position: Intern: English Language Arts Editorial Assistant/Content Development Assistant
Available: 5/31/2016

SpringBoard® is the College Board’s comprehensive print and digital instructional program in English Language Arts and Mathematics for all students in grades 6–12. SpringBoard offers research-based instructional strategies and practices that provide a clear road map forward and helps students take ownership of and accountability for their own learning.

The SpringBoard unit seeks an in intern to work as an Editorial Assistant, supporting the projects of the English Language Arts content development team. The Intern actively supports the development and refinement of ELA curriculum, assessments, and instructional programs for SpringBoard, including both print and digital learning products.

Working under the supervision of the Director of ELA Content Development, the Intern executes an array of tasks including recording content metadata into Excel databases, marking up book PDFs with required changes, relaying files to production vendors, checking changes once they are made, logging corrections, organizing project files, and reporting on project progress. The Intern may also assist with passage and image research, digital product quality assurance, content editing and copyediting, and assessment reviews. Content development projects require an impeccable attention to detail, commitment to product quality, and ability to work to challenging deadlines.


  • Work with the ELA Editors and Director to execute product plans, supporting the development of SpringBoard ELA content in both print and digital formats
  • Coordinate with vendors who are correcting files to ensure that changes are made as directed; traffic files and track project status
  • Make corrections to SpringBoard Digital using the Editorial interface
  • Attend project status meetings to report progress as well as workflow and content issues
  • Review and approve content through production stages, working directly with editors and vendor
  • Create and maintain project documentation, including spreadsheets and the reprints log
  • Conduct literature searches; apply for reprint permissions
  • Perform review of audio files of literature passages

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Education:Completion of coursework toward BA or BS degree required; coursework in English preferred

One to two years of experience in educational publishing or related media
Experience with the conventions of publishing such as style sheets and proofreader’s marks
Experience working in print and digital formats
Related Skills & Other Requirements
Strong interest in educational content for 6–12 students
Strong interest in instructional technology and digital media
Excellent communication, writing, and editing skills
Meticulous attention to detail
Demonstrated creative ability and problem solving skills
Strong analytical skills and ability to work with data
Strong interpersonal skills
Ability to work well as part of a team
Intermediate to advanced proficiency with MS Office, including Excel
Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (InCopy and InDesign)
Ability to learn new processes quickly

  • Internship would start would start in early June.
  • Duration: (10 week program)
  • Location(s): New York City headquarters / select regional offices
  • Paid / Fulltime internship

Contact: Send resume and email expressing interest to:
Sarah Balistreri, Director, ELA Content Development 


Introducing the New M.S. in Publishing Graduate Assistants and Student Aides!

The M.S in Publishing blog would like to officially welcome and introduce you to the Graduate Assistants and Student Aides for the 2016-2017 academic year. Learn more about your classmates and their positions within the department.


Breana Swinehart
Graduate Assistant ,  MS Internship 

Breana Swinehart is an incoming graduate student in the MS Publishing program. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she went south to receive her BA in English, with a focus in Creative Writing in Fiction and Poetry, from the University of South Florida in 2015. During undBioergrad, she was an editor for USF’s undergraduate literary inquiry. Breana went on to apprentice for a year under a literary agent and was able to further cement her interest in the process of taking a query and seeing it through to becoming a published work. While she’s interested in receiving more intensive knowledge and experience in publishing through the program, she’s mostly excited to be able to make a career out of her hobbies of reading and editing other people’s work.


Rachel Diebel
Graduate Assistant , Pace Press

Rachel Diebel graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a BA in English Literature in May of 2016, where she enjoyed analyzing Edith Wharton,accidentally founding a student filmmaking program, and hiking in the Olympics. She hails from a tiny town of 500 people in Eastern Oregon and is now pRachel Diebel Photo Paceursuing her masters degree in the (much) bigger city of New York, where she is living with two other Oregonians to ensure that she doesn’t forget her Pacific Northwest roots. Rachel hopes to work as an editor at a young adult publishing imprint because she believes that the books we read when we are young are the ones that change us the most.



Taylor Lear
Graduate Assistant , Pace Press

Taylor Lear is a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, where she received bachelor degrees in English and Advertising. She spent her undergraduate career working at an independent bookstore, studying abroad in Oxford, and reading arguably too much Shakespeare. She itls currently working on her masters degree in Publishing at Pace University, and is optimistic that she will fall in love with New York City as much as she fell in love with Athens, Georgia. Taylor is currently interested in pursuing publicity and marketing for her post-graduate career, but she is excited to learn about all other areas of publishing during her time at Pace.




Zhongke Li
Graduate Assistant , Student Aide

Zhongke Li is a student from Sichuan Province, China. He graduated this summer majoring in Publishing and Editing from the Beijing Institute of Graphic and Communication.  He interned at the biggest textbook publishing company in China, People’s Education Press. Li also has experience working with other media forms, like Weibo (Chinese twitter). He is passionate about book publishing and wants to produce content that audiences of all ages will be entertained by.


Anna Bailey
Graduate Assistant , Student Aideanna-bailey

Anna Bailey is a first year student in the M.S. Publishing Program, who graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication Studies. During her undergraduate career, she worked at a small publishing company consisting of just four writers and editors; there she learned she had a passion for editorial work, which she plans to pursue through this program. During her free time, Anna likes to relive her old childhood dream of becoming a poet and participating in fantasy hockey.


Kevin Mercado
Graduate Assistant , Lab Assistant

Kevin Mercado will be the new Graduate Lab Assistant at Pace University. He was born and raised in New York City, but took some time away from the city to complete his Bachelor’s degree in the state’s capkevin-mercadoital at the University at Albany. There he majored in English and double-minored in Business and Journalism. While at UAlbany, he joined college chapters of national and international organizations such as Amnesty International and Peace Action and was the Opinions Editor of the school paper, the Albany Student Press. He recently discovered his passions for the technical aspects of books and book making from his experience managing and creating a section for a weekly circulating paper and is excited to return home to further develop his publishing skills. During his down time he probably watches too much TV, reads, and manages his own writing blog.

Internship Alert!

Other Press seeks a Subsidiary Rights Intern to support the department. The internship will be Full-time and Paid, located in New York, NY.
Requirements: Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must. The ideal candidate is highly organized and detail oriented. Previous experience or knowledge of subsidiary rights is a plus, but not required.

Responsibilities include tracking the flow of submissions to publishers and subagents around the world, aiding in the development of rights guides, sales and production materials, processing contracts, and organizing book fair attendance. This position will work closely with the Subsidiary Rights Director. Because we are a small, highly collaborative press, this position will also occasionally overlap with the Editorial Department and will be expected to read and thoughtfully evaluate manuscripts, in addition to other occasional editorial assignments. This intern position has the potential to develop into a permanent Assistant Position with full benefits.

About Our Company: Other Press publishes literature from America and around the world that represents writing at its best. We feel that the art of storytelling has become paramount today in challenging readers to see and think differently. We know that good stories are rare to come by: they should retain the emotional charge of the best classics while speaking to us about what matters at present, without complacency or self-indulgence. Our list is tailored and selective, and includes everything from top-shelf literary fiction to cutting-edge nonfiction — whether it’s political, social, or cultural — as well as a small collection of groundbreaking professional titles.
Contact: Lauren Shekari
Special Instructions: Please send cover letter and resume to and use the subject line ‘Subsidiary Rights Internship’.

Internship Alert!

New York based literary agent Linda Epstein of Emerald City Literary Agency is seeking an intern for 15-hours/week. 5 hours/week at her home office in Long Island (light office work, filing, organizing, screening queries, and doing Internet research), with 10 additional hours/week remotely (reading manuscripts and writing reader reports). Linda represents picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction.20130223_130419

A strong candidate will love reading children’s literature and be comfortable reading across genres. There is a $50/week stipend plus an endless supply of (self serve) organic, fair trade coffee. Must like dogs (a lot) and have a sense of humor. Before emailing your resume and cover letter to, please read her blog, The Blabbermouth Blog and familiarize yourself with her client’s work.

*The internship is once a week from June 6th through August 19th, with the possibility of extending for the fall semester.*

Alumni in the Spotlight : Carrie Conta

Alumni in the SpotlightIn this alumni interview, Brittany Fuller  speaks with Carrie Conta, an MS in Publishing graduate who has furthered her publishing career as the Advertising and Promotion Manager for HarperCollins Publishers’ Adult division.

Carrie Conta
graduated in May 2010 with an MS in Publishing, and went on to work for Springer Publishing before being hired by HarperCollins Publishers. Since then, she has worked in their Client Services, Harper 360, and Advertising and Promotion departments. Before diving head-first into her Publishing studies and into her new life in New York, Carrie graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in History, and volunteered at the National WWI Museum, Liberty Memorial, in Kansas City. When she’s not researching swag or creating ads, she can be seen writing, catching up on terrible television, and creating tabletop games with her husband.

Brittany F
: Where do you currently work and what is your job title?
Carrie: I am the Advertising and Promotion Manager for HarperCollins Publishers’ Adult division.

Brittany F: What does your job as Manager in Advertising and Promotion entail? Can you describe some of the work you do and how your department interacts with the other members of the company?
Carrie: The majority of my job involves creating advertisements, social media assets, and promotional items, as well as coordinating shipments and manning the booth for conventions. That “swag” you get when you visit BookCon or Comic Con? It’s fun to say I research and design that!

Brittany F: What is it like to work for a prestigious and innovative company like HarperCollins?
Carrie: From day one, you’re surrounded by people who not only know the ins and outs of the industry and have cultivated the careers of many bestselling authors, but you’re also around people who just love to read. It’s a large company, but there are opportunities to get to know your coworkers with book clubs, networking events, and groups like HarperCollins Emerging Professionals, which was helpful when I was starting out.

Brittany F: Why did you choose the particular field or aspect of publishing you are currently in? How did you get this job?
Carrie: I actually joined the company in our Client Services department, assisting the sales team. I had taught myself the Adobe Suite in college, primarily Photoshop, and was able to put those skills to work a few times in creating sales materials. I still love sales, but over time I wanted a chance to really put my design skills to work. In my first few years at HarperCollins, I was also given the opportunity to visit or volunteer at BEA and New York Comic Con, which gave me the chance to look at all the interesting “swag” various marketing teams were using to promote their latest titles (plus, I was able to nerd out over my favorite books and authors). From there, I found a position in our Advertising and Promotion department, and I was lucky enough to get the job. My experience in the company and self-taught skills didn’t hurt, though I know finding the right job at the right time has some degree of luck to it.

Brittany F: What are some of your favorite parts of your job and some of the biggest challenges?
Carrie: I can’t describe how cool it is to create a promotional item for a book I’m really thrilled about. T-shirts, tote bags, headphones, sunscreen bottles, whatever. I just made custom cookies and am researching sunglasses options, for crying out loud! It changes all the time, so I’m never bored. The challenge that comes with that, though, is there are a lot of time constraints, so you need to be able to prioritize and turn pieces around rather quickly. Some pieces take up to a month to produce once final files are sent to the vendor. For some books you may not have art or final copy in until just before the deadline. From there, you need to send the current design to a number of people to sign off on and it may make several rounds of changes, which can be rapid-fire or take weeks. Like I said, I’m never bored.

Brittany F: What are the perks and highlights of being part of the publishing industry?
Carrie: Free books! I don’t think I’ll ever get over the joy of holding an ARE for a title I’m excited about. Also, you can never underestimate how wonderful it is to be around like-minded people. I’ve been lucky in having wonderful coworkers and supportive mentors who enjoy publishing, are passionate about books, and want you to succeed. It’s an ever-changing industry, and I honestly believe that, regardless of what shape books take in the future, people will always be passionate about reading. To have the chance to contribute to that is a privilege. Continue reading “Alumni in the Spotlight : Carrie Conta”