Internship: 650

650 is searching for media and communications interns for the summer. The position is remote, and applicants are expected to 8-12 hours a week for school credit. Interns will be working primarily on social media, email marketing, and website maintenance.

650 is a showcase group that hosts spoken word and other book-related events. Though they have printed anthologies, their main niche is in readings and staged events that are made viewable via video archives, podcasts, and broadcasts.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualities:

  • Working knowledge of email servers such as MailChimp and HootSuite
  • Working knowledge of social media and blogging platforms, including WordPress
  • Working knowledge of PowerPoint and Excel

Intern responsibilities will include:

  • Email management
  • Establishing and/or maintaining social media platforms and profiles (ie Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, Instagram, and LinkedIn)
  • Event Promotion and ticket sales
  • Call for entries
  • Post-event promotion
  • Press releases/call for entries to trade media

Students interested in applying should send a cover letter and resume as soon as possible to info@Read650.com.

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“But unless we are creators we are not fully alive. What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint of clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts, or having some kind of important career.”

Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water

Charged with powerful themes that inspire the reader to question their own morality, the power of love, and humanity’s purpose, all the stories written by Madeleine L’Engle are as memorable for their plots and writing as they are their emotional impact. L’Engle had a long and prosperous career in writing, winning a plethora of awards and honorary degrees over her career for her published novels and poetry collections (of which she wrote over 50). She wrote up until the end of her life in 2007, at the age of 88.

L’Engle’s most famous science fiction series is The Time Quintet, which was lead by Newbery Award Winner A Wrinkle in Time and followed by its sequels A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Wind in the Door, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. A Ring of Endless Light and The Austin series are also a good collection of hers to explore. Many of her books also cameo or use spin-offs of characters starring in her other works, giving her books a feeling of an wholeness in the worlds she creates.

Internships: Roldale Inc.

Rodale Inc. is currently accepting applications for paid, part-time summer internships.

Roldale is an independent magazine publisher, responsible for some of the largest and most established health an wellness lifestyle brands. Their most popular titles include Women’s Health, Runner’s World, Bicycling, and Roldale’s Organic Life. Their internship experience is designed to provide a helpful boost to both an intern’s career development and personal enlightenment. They offer real world opportunities in editorial, design, advertising, marketing, online, public relations, and beyond.

Summer internships last 11 weeks from June through August. In addition to involvement within their assigned departments, interns participate in scheduled meet-and-greets and seminars with Rodale leadership, social events, and other networking opportunities. Interns must be able to commit to working on-site 30 hours per week.

To apply, check out open internships on their career oppurtunities page. Selecting a role will take you to a page with further details on the position. Applications are accepted either through LinkedIn or by registering for a free account on their website. 

Link of the Week: Incorporating Augmented Reality Into Books

Traditional print books and ebooks are getting technological facelifts that aim to make readers’ experiences more immersive, and publishers are only just starting to discover the possibilities.

Considering the constant advancements in technology, coding print books for e-readers is far from the end of the evolution timeline for interactive books. Established publishers are currently exploring how to use phone apps to interact with readers, such as what’s being done by Melville House‘s HybridBooks Project and Sourcebooks’ DragonHunters trilogy. These examples typically use apps as quick ways to search text in a book or to give pictures 3-D effects.

What it looks like to view the Modern Polaxis app over images in the book.

Modern Polaxis and Head and Neck Anatomy, which are both successful Kickstarters, use their apps as crucial storytelling and learning components respectively. While HybridBooks Projects and DragonHunters don’t require apps to fully appreciate or understand the material in the book, Modern Polaxis and Head and Neck Anatomy include so much information across these platforms that having just a copy of the book is having only half of the full experience.

What it looks like to read a Sensory Fiction book with all the gear needed.

There are even projects that take the blend of books and technology beyond including apps and ebooks. Sensory Fiction is one company that aims to accomplish this by using a vest and a digital e-reader to generate physical reactions (like temperature and vibrations) to complement what’s being read.

The amount of progress being made in the world of book publishing to create new and memorable reading experiences using technology feels like it’s only just beginning. There’s going to be room for exploration and growth in this area that will impact the future of publishing, whether it’s discovering new ways to incorporate technology or helping to carry-out ideas that become the norm in publishing. These changes happen so fast, it’s important to be aware of now and consider as we move forward with our publishing careers.

Open Board Positions at the WNBA-NYC

The Women’s National Book Association chapter in New York City is currently looking to fill two board positions: Treasurer and Chair of Publisher Outreach. These are only available to WNBA members ($20 for students and $50 for non-students) and both are excellent ways to get more involved in volunteering, experience nonprofit work, network, and promote women in the book world.

Treasurer

The Treasurer works with the President, Membership Chair, and Programs VPs to create and maintain the annual budget. The treasurer also handles receipts, reimbursements, payments, and other chapter finances. The new Treasurer will start at the end of May 2017, and will receive full training from our current Treasurer, Andrea Baron.

The most successful applicants will be organized, detailed, and comfortable keeping a budget.

Chair of Publisher Outreach

 The Chair of Publisher Outreach is a new position created to promote successful collaboration between the WNBA-NYC and local publishers. The chairperson will be responsible for maintaining relationships with publishers in order to give our chapter increased visibility in the industry, ties to local authors, and potential partnerships for events, donations, and other opportunities. This position is open to start immediately.

The most successful applicants will have some experience in the NYC publishing industry, though this is not required. Applicants should excel at communication and organization.

Anyone interested in being considered for one of these board positions, please email Hannah Bennett at president@wnba-nyc.org with a brief explanation of your interest in the position and a current resume.

Internship: The Bent Agency

The Bent Agency is looking for an adult fiction intern at their literary agency for the summer. This is a great opportunity internship to learn more about an agent’s work and decision-making process for anyone searching for flexible summer internships at agencies; the internship is remote and only requires 10 hours a week of commitment.

It requires familiarity with current New York Times bestsellers and interest in at least two of the following genres: humor, memoir, upmarket women’s fiction and literary suspense.

Students interested in the position can apply by send an email with “Adult Fiction Intern” as the subject line to intern@thebentagency.com. You must also explain why you want the internship, say something about yourself, and/or include a resume. The last thing you need to ensure is in your email is a list of the last 10 adult fiction books you’ve read and a list of your top ten favorite fiction books of all time.

Internship: DeFiore and Company

DeFiore and Company is currently looking for an intern for Summer 2017, starting late April or early May.

DeFiore and Company is a literary agency looking for someone interested in learning about all aspects of publishing. As literary agents working as liaisons between authors and publishers, they have a comprehensive vantage of the publishing industry. An intern will gain a great understanding of the literary agency business and the publishing process—from query to submission to publication. The intern will be responsible for reading and responding to queries and manuscripts, writing reader reports, filing, sorting mail and basic office support.

Potential candidates should be motivated, well-organized, responsible, and have excellent communication skills. Some experience critically evaluating fiction and non-fiction work is necessary, as well as a love of books, an extensive knowledge of current titles, and a strong interest in the publishing business.

The weekly schedule is flexible, though interns should be willing to commit 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of three months. Internships at DeFiore and Company are for-credit only.

Those interested in applying should send an email with a resume and cover letter to ashley@defliterary.com at Ashley Collom’s attention ASAP. Please be sure to include ‘resume’ in the subject line.

Any further questions about this opportunity may be sent to Gabrielle Piraino at gabrielle@defliterary.com

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“[Publishing] is a collaborative enterprise… you have to surround yourself with good people and help them to do what they do well, as opposed to micromanaging.”

Roberta “Robbie” Myers, “Face of Elle,” Forbes Magazine

Robbie Myers has been the editor-in-chief of Elle since 2000, and she’s forged her way to the position after an extensive career in many other areas of magazine publishing. From being an editorial assistant at Rolling Stone, assisting Andy Warhol at Interview, and working in editorial departments at InStyle and Seventeen among countless other magazines, Myers has earned the reputation of an industry leader and fashion icon.

Myers prides herself in how well she works with an supports her staff. Since working at Elle, she’s also made it her goal to ensure that content is on multiple media platforms and can survive in other mediums outside traditional printed magazine publishing. Myers is also not afraid to address serious political and social issues at Elle and has rather famously addressed an article from The New Republic that challenged the idea that women’s magazines could not do ‘serious journalism’ or write ‘literary articles,’ further gaining her much deserved respect.

Link of the Week: National Library Week

“Libraries Transform” is the theme for this year’s National Library Week, which started on April 9th and will end on the 15th.

With observance led by the American Library Association (ALA), one week every April is dedicated to recognizing the importance and contributions of libraries and librarians nationwide. This week will include events such as National Library Workers Day, National Bookmobile Day, and Take Action for Libraries Day, as well as other celebrations.

To commemorate specific, timely aspects of the library industry, the theme of this year’s week is “Libraries Transform.” “Libraries Transform” is meant to draw attention to how libraries have grown throughout American history, and how they still strive to be an essential resource and hub of knowledge for the community.

Libraries around New York are posting activities to take part in, and getting involved is also easy to do to show support for the work of local libraries and librarians.

WNBA Event: Publishing and the Political Conversation

The Women’s National Book Association is hosting a panel discussion exploring various relationships between publishing and politics. Moderated by Kendra Levin, the executive editor at Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, the talk will circulate around topics from the promotion of books that promote activism to balancing customer demands with political beliefs.

The panelists featured at this event include Marissa Baker, the national account manager at Perseus Distribution; Gabriella Doob, the associate editor at Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins; and Cathy O’Neil, the author of Weapons of Math Destruction an a contributor at Bloomberg Media.

The panel will be held on April 18th at 6:00 PM in the Random House Auditorium (1745 Broadway). Admission price is $10 for members and $5 for students. To register for the event, please click on this link.