Editors Wanted at the Bookwoman

If you’re a recent graduate or alumni looking to enhance your resume and to give back to the literary community, this may be the opportunity for you!

Members in good standing are invited to apply to join the editorial team of The Bookwoman, the official publication of one of the oldest and most prestigious book organizations in the United States.

These voluntary Assistant Editor positions are a great opportunity to enhance your online publishing experience and boost your résumé.
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Responsibilities include creating content, liaising with chapter correspondents, and compiling, editing, and formatting the online publication in Constant Contact. (Experience is great, but training will be given to successful applicants.)
Email Nicole Ayers at: newsletter@wnba-books.org, with “Assistant Editor Position” as the subject line. Include your name, contact information, and WNBA chapter.
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WNBA membership is $50 for regular members and $20 for students.

Student Appreciation Dinner 2017

Pace University’s MS in Publishing Program celebrated the hard work and accomplishments of students and alumni at this year’s Student Appreciation Dinner on April 13. The event was enjoyed by faculty and guests of the program.

Professor Sherman Raskin, the Director of the MS in Publishing Program and the Pace University Press, started the night off by sharing his pride in the program and the community created and fostered through it.

Established publishing industry professional and advisory board member Frank Gatti, the first guest speaker of the night, followed Professor Raskin’s lead by speaking about the talented staff and students of the program. Gatti also spoke about the unique education the program provides future publishing professionals, and how important their education from Pace is in contributing to their success in the industry.

Denolyn Carroll, who is both an alumni of the program and a former professor, was the second guest speaker of the night. Carroll spoke warmly about how Pace influenced her academic, professional, and personal journeys. She spoke about how she left Jamaica to move to New York to work in magazine publishing after she completed her undergraduate education, and how Pace helped her accomplish her goals by providing well-taught, relevant courses. Carroll also reflected on how Professor Raskin awarded her the Times Mirror Scholarship, making her the first recipient of the award at Pace. This recognition for her work in graduate school was important and meaningful for her. For her, one of the greatest strengths of the program is that the professors genuinely care about their students and do everything they can to help students succeed. As she spoke about her lengthy career in magazine editing, earning the title of Editorial Operations Director at Essence among many other achievements, Carroll still had plenty of positive memories about her time teaching at Pace to share.

The final speaker of the night was the Graduate Assistant of the Multimedia Lab, Kevin Mercado. Mercado told the dinner’s attendants how he found out about the program after attending an information session Professor Raskin hosted at his undergraduate school, SUNY Albany. Mercado considered himself “recruited” at this event, and he said he’s come a long way from when he first entered the program. From narrowing down his interests and defining his career path, to connecting with other Pace alumni and students, Mercado expressed gratitude to Professor Raskin and the program for all of the opportunities he’s had.

The talking didn’t stop after the speeches were over—everyone present spent the night networking and exchanging stories about their time at Pace while they ate. It was amazing to see how many friendly and successful people are connected to Pace, and how willing everyone was to connect with each other. The event definitely celebrated its students, but it also was a celebration of how important the program has been and is, in launching successful publishing careers.

Link of the Week: PEN America Literary Gala

Macmillan’s CEO John Sargent was named PEN Literary Gala’s publisher honoree this year, and his acceptance speech was aligned with PEN’s cause of protecting freedom of speech and expression in literature.

PEN America is a human rights and literary community that’s part of the worldwide organization, Pen International. PEN’s purpose is “to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible,” which they manage by hosting fundraisers and events enforcing the importance of protecting writers’ rights and abilities to create art and freely communicate their experiences.

The annual PEN Literary Gala raises money for writers and gives awards to noteworthy figures in the literary community that embody their mission, with Macmillan‘s Sargent receiving one of the highest honors of the night. Sargent’s acceptance speech further emphasized the publishing industry’s investment in the First Amendment and how publishing professionals need to look beyond their personal beliefs when deciding what books to publish.

Other PEN honorees of the night include musician Stephen Sondheim, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, and The Women’s March.

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