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“The book itself is a curious artifact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn’t have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, a human eye, and a human mind. It is not one-of-a-kind, and it is not ephemeral. It lasts. It is reliable. If a book told you something when you were fifteen, it will tell it to you again when you’re fifty, though you may understand it so differently that it seems you’re reading a whole new book.”

Ursula K. Le Guin, “Staying Awake: Notes On the Alleged Decline of Reading,” Harper’s Magazine

Ursula K. Le Guin is an American novelist, poet, and essayist who is most recognized for her influential work in the science fiction and fantasy genre. Though private with her personal life, she is famous for the quality and sophistication of the characters and worlds she creates. She received many accolades to commend her influential writings, including winning multiple Hugo Awards, Nebula Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and receiving a National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is also one of the few women to be given the honor of being made a Grand Master of Science Fiction.

With numerous inspirational titles that are all great and thought-provoking reads, some of Le Guin’s better known books to start with are her Earthsea series, the Hainish Cycle series, The Lathe of Heaven, and Lavinia.

Link of the Week: Hootsuite

Hootsuite helps interns and/or employees who handle social media platforms stay organized and informed while managing posts across multiple channels.

Social media is crucial in publishing, and being on top of what is getting posted where and keeping track of analytics for multiple sites can be tricky to balance. Known as being one of the most reliable social media dashboards, Hootsuite is a social media manager that hosts noteworthy social media sites (such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Tumblr, YouTube and Google+) in one place to allow users to easily cycle through them without clicking between tabs, schedule and post messages to one or all platforms, track mentions of your business and related tags, and analyze traffic on all attached channels. Hootsuite is meant to make utilizing social media sites simpler while also showing areas of potential growth and weakness to get the most out of each platform.

By using Hootsuite and other social media tools, interns and employees can get a stronger handle on how to optimize their communication with followers and better operate these aspects of the business.

 

Pace Event: Dyson Dialogue

MS in Publishing Program alumni Kristin Dolan will be speaking at Pace University’s Dyson Dialogues event alongside of Professor Aditi Paul’s Intro to Communications class. Hosted by Dean Hermann, this talk will focus on the accomplishments Dolan has accumulated throughout her career—many aspects which are relevant to publishing industry positions.

As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of 605, Dolan is in charge of the overseeing the daily aspects of running a business, including leading sales, research, finance, marketing, and more. She is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Dolan Family Ventures, and is also a member of the Board of Directors for AMC Networks and The Madison Square Garden Company.

Date/Time of Event: Tuesday, April 4th 10:40am to 12:00pm

Location: Lecture Hall North, 2nd floor, 1 Pace Plaza

To RSVP for this event, please email Ben Gordon at BGordon2@pace.edu.

 

Link of the Week: HarperCollins Bots Recommend Books Through Facebook Messenger

HarperCollins has added two new AI services to Facebook Messenger, which are designed to give on-demand book recommendations.

Publishers are continuously working to find new ways to interact with readers and give recommendations online as effectively as Amazon has managed to. As the first publishers to utilize Facebook and the Facebook Messenger feature, HarperCollins has added two new bots that Facebook users can access: BookGenie and Epic Reads. BookGenie is available on HarperCollins main Facebook page and the YA-focused Epic Reads is available on their Facebook page.

It all begins with you engaging either BookGenie or Epic Reads in a Facebook Messenger conversation. From there, the bots ask questions to determine what books you may be into, starting with a book you’ve recently read and how you enjoyed it. After you stumble upon a title that looks interesting to you, the bot provides a link directly to the HarperCollins website to encourage people to buy from them.

It’s interactive, definitely, and a fun way to get to know new titles directly from the publisher. While it’s not nearly as pervasive as what Amazon does with their recommendation bars on search pages—especially since they restrict their recommendations to books published only  by HarperCollins—it’s a new way to get people to feel more connected to the HarperCollins brand and have fun while doing it.

Job Opportunity: Office Assistant/Data Administrator for Diversion Books

Diversion Books, a fast-paced, innovative indie publisher, is seeking a dynamic and self-starting individual to join the team as an Office Assistant/Data Administrator. Their small staff is enthusiastic, rigorous, and dedicated to the world of books and we are hoping for an A+ multitasker and team player that brings enthusiasm, organization, technical ability, a passion for great books, and unique vision to the workplace.

What they’re looking for:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a professional office—book publishing house a plus
  • Office administrative assistant handling myriad details that keep a business running.
  • Assist the Publisher
  • Organizing online marketing promotions
  • Tracking sales data and analyzing results.
  • Analyzing and revising title metadata

The successful candidate must have the following skills:

  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple projects at once in a fast-paced environment. Must be able to maintain a high level of responsibility with strong attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Excellent organization and project planning skills with flexibility and openness to new ideas
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a tight-knit team with confidence and professionalism.
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office including Excel, Google Docs, and online networking

Other responsibilities include:

Office Management

  • Perform office management including:
    • Computer issues: setting up computers and accounts for new employees, troubleshooting tech issues, scanning important documents, maintaining the printer.
    • Assorted mailings.
    • Maintaining office supplies
    • Maintenance banking activities processing and filing payments.
  • Basic administrative support.

Data Management

  • Plan and execute select sales promotions, both single title and catalog-wide. Record and analyze results.
  • Tracking and analyzing sales data.
  • Reviewing and augmenting title metadata
  • Contract processing and tracking data.
  • Process direct orders for books including orders placed by authors and direct orders by non-retailer organizations (including international orders), from invoicing to payment to shipment.
  • Copyright registration filing

If you’re interested in the position, please contact Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

Job Opportunity: Publishing Assistant for EverAfter Romance

EverAfter Romance, a division of Diversion Publishing Corp, is a fast-paced, innovative, and forward-looking indie romance publisher, and they’re looking for a dynamic, self-starting, and highly organized multitasker to join their close-knit team as Publishing Assistant.

The ideal candidate is publishing savvy and enthusiastic, loves all things romance, and lives and breathes genre fiction. They are looking for someone comfortable with technology—an Excel spreadsheet master, a social media expert—who will be a team player, while being able to work independently. If you understand the publishing process and ecosystem from firsthand experience, have critical thinking and problem solving skills, and possess excellent communication skills, you are exactly who they want to fill this position.

This position is full time and receives healthcare benefits.

EVERAFTER PUBLISHING ASSISTANT WILL:

  • monitor production schedules and gather materials from authors;
  • design and format interior and cover files;
  • provide quality control: check over delivered files and work with authors/designers to fix errors;
  • ingest titles and files and follow them through the approval process until the pub date;
  • manage and grow social media platforms;
  • manage and develop company websites;
  • process all direct-fulfillment book orders including all author orders;
  • implement targeted publicity or marketing plans as they come up. E.g., reviews solicitation or ads;
  • update files as authors provide them, including metadata, interiors, and covers;
  • learn all areas of the company in order to troubleshoot issues as they arise; and
  • assist with offset print runs, preparing sales conference materials, sales tracking and reporting, and other administrative tasks; and
  • assist with the company’s nonfiction program.

Diversion Books is a leading independent publisher based in New York City, combining decades of traditional experience with new, innovative publishing strategies. Committed to the discovery of new voices as well as the rejuvenation of yesterday’s bestsellers, Diversion believes in establishing creative partnerships with authors. Frontlist is published with full print capability, and sales and distribution are handled in conjunction with Ingram Publisher Services. Diversion also publishes eBook titles in collaboration with The Associated Press, Science News, and The Washington Post. Diversion’s goal is to connect great books with avid readers.

Launched in July 2015, EverAfter is the premiere romance imprint for indie and hybrid romance authors. With the expertise and distribution arm of a traditional publisher, EverAfter gives its New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling romance authors a platform for finding new readers beyond the eBook world.

Anyone interested in the position should send their resume and a cover letter and resume to info@diversionbooks.com, and also make sure to include salary requirements for the position in the email.

Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama Set Record with PRH Book Deal


Former US president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama will have their forthcoming books published by Penguin Random House (PRH), a joint deal that is estimated to have cost PRH approximately $60-65 million.

This is a record-breaking amount of money for a publisher to pay for a book written by a president and/or a first lady; the next most expensive presidential book deal goes to Bill Clinton’s autobiography My Life, which cost Knopf Publishing an estimated $15 million to acquire.

Although there are no details released at this time about what the books will actually be about, when they’ll be published, or who will edit them, PRH is confident that the impressive literary ability of Barack and the icon status of the first black president and first lady will make these books have strong sales and will be promising, profitable backlist titles.

Barack’s been praised for his writing talent, exhibited in his previous books, and has out-earned his initial advances for them as well, which is an encouraging sign to PRH—even though the book deal prices for those projects were significantly lower. Previously written nonfiction titles from Barack are Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, and of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters.

Michelle’s only title so far is American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, and her book with PRH is expected to be more literary.

Other books written by past presidents and first ladies past to look into while waiting for the Obamas’ books include John F. Kennedy’s A Nation of Immigrants, Ronald Reagan’s An American Life, George Bush’s Decision Points, Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices, Lady Bird Johnson’s A White House Diary, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s autobiography.

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“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world, and you have to do it all the time.”

Angela Davis during a lecture at Southern Illinois University

Angela Davis is a lifelong activist icon for many movements, from feminism to race to prisoners’ rights. As a scholar, philosopher, and writer, Davis is able to bring attention and advocate on academic and literary platforms for important social issues.

One of Davis’s most famous title Women, Race, & Class provides a poignant look at the women’s liberation movement, civil rights issues, and classism in America. Other notable titles from Davis include her follow-up Women, Culture, & Politics, Freedom is a Constant Struggle, and her self-titled autobiography.

Link of the Week: Women’s National History Month

The official site for Women’s National History Month is documenting all the major American institutions that are taking part in “commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history” this March.

The Library of Congress and National Archives and Records Administration are just two of the many noteworthy organizations that are participating in Women’s National History Month. The official site for Women’s National History Month is a great jumping-off point to finding out what is being done to honor women in American history.

The literary and publishing achievements of women are also being recognized outside of government-funded establishments. Big publishers like Penguin Random House are featuring a reading challenge of books written exclusively by women. The New York Public Library is also dedicating this month to sharing everything from digital collections of published works by and about women to posts about notable leading ladies in books. These sources are all good to look into for getting into celebrating a month of the importance and strength of women.

Celebrating Women’s History Month: The Women’s National Book Association Sends a Book-a-Day to the President and the New Administration

March is Women’s National History Month, and there’s no better time than now to commemorate the literary work and accomplishments of published female authors. The Women’s National Book Association is celebrating its centennial this year, and this is a signature program of the celebration.

Each day, a book will be sent to the president. Each book is written influential woman with powerful and timely themes. The list is also being sent to members of Congress and government officials. The first book of the month is Catherine Drinker Bowen‘s Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention

To make the occasion more memorable, each book will include a bookmark designed specifically for this program.

This initiative aims to enlighten and inspire mutual feelings of “equality, diversity, and justice,” as explained in a letter to the President by Pace MS in Publishing Professor and WNBA National President Jane Kinney Denning.

Click this link to check out what other events are planned for the WNBA’s Centennial Year.