It’s National Reading Group Month at the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA), and everyone is invited to celebrate women in books!
One of the first events of this month that students (and guests) can attend is a panel hosted by the WNBA on October 6th.
The Women’s National Book Association was established on November 13, 1917, in New York City by a group of women booksellers shut-out of the American Booksellers Association and the Booksellers’ League. Many of them joined forces over another cause—women’s suffrage—in the fall of that year. In fact, on October 27, just two days before the WNBA founders first gathered at Sherwood’s Bookstore in downtown Manhattan to discuss forming a women’s booksellers group, many of them had assembled as a group in a huge parade to support New York State’s referendum on women’s suffrage. That year, suffrage passed, making New York the first state in the East to grant women the right to vote. And that year, when the WNBA was founded, some thirteen women launched their efforts in connecting, educating, advocating, and leading in the literary world—an enterprise still going strong 100 years later.
The Women’s National Book Association will be celebrating its Centennial during the last week of October, 2017 with a national board meeting and a series of stellar, celebratory events.
We are looking to fill one exciting internship opportunity in New York City available starting in November of 2016 and running through November of 2017. Interns will work remotely but will also meet regularly with the Executive Board members and Committee Chairs. The hours of the internship will vary but will be a minimum of 20 hours a month.
This is an unpaid position but each intern will have a free membership to the organization during the term of the internship.
This is an exciting opportunity not only to gain experience working with a 503c non-profit but also to interact with the publishing professionals who work in all aspects of the industry—as well as people who love books!
TITLE/Position: Centennial Planning Intern
Essential job responsibilities include:
- Provide editorial assistance, including photo research, for the WNBA Centennial publication
- Work on developing and updating the WNBA’s National and Centennial websites
- Assist with the Coordination of the National Centennial Lecture Series
- Assist in the development of Celebrating Women’s Voices (100 books lists – one for Fiction and one for Non-Ficiton) that will be made public in March of 2017
- Help with organizing the national meeting/centennial celebrations
- Attend meetings with key board and committee members
TO APPLY: Email your resume to Valerie Tomaselli — firstname.lastname@example.org
“Life is too short to be lived badly.”
— Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return
Author and illustrator of the Persepolis Series, Embroideries, The Sigh, and others, Marjane Satrapi is a famous Iranian-French graphic novelist who’s work covers topics from coming-of-age stories to feminism to revolutions. Satrapi was born in Iran and spent most of your young life here before moving to France, where she still lives today.
We Need Diverse Books is an organization that campaigns for the production of children’s literature that is more inclusive and embracing of diverse, non-majority characters.
WNDB is a non-profit grassroots group that describes themselves as being “committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality.” WNDB advocates for “all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.” WNDB’s mission is to give children the opportunity to see themselves in more books so that they may identify with characters, feel empowered and visible, and be more interested in reading.
Volunteering, donating, or attending any of the the WNDB programs helps to spread their vision. With it being Banned Books Week, and more than half the books highlighted on the banned book’s list being “by authors of color, or contain[ing] events and issues concerning diverse communities,” it’s a good time to help a cause that combats this and brings awareness to something that encourages making different voices more accessible to readers.
The Authors Guild is seeking a detail-oriented and motivated marketing intern to work at our New York office. The internship will provide experience working in a literary non-profit that advocates for authors and provides educational and business services to authors. The intern will work closely with a small marketing and development team and will have regular meetings with a supervisor to review their work and answer any questions.
- Assisting with a recruitment initiative to inform authors about new membership categories and encourage them to join the Guild, including identifying and contacting authors
- Surveying authors by phone to discuss the services they need from a Guild
- Pitching, developing, and, if accepted, writing articles for our website geared toward MFA/writing students
- Developing social media content for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- Staffing and helping coordinate virtual and in-person literary events
- Providing administrative support to a marketing and development team
- Detail-oriented and organized, with a passion to learn about the industry
- Resourceful and creative, takes initiative
- Ability to prioritize tasks with multiple ongoing projects
- Proficient with Microsoft Office, WordPress, and social media platforms
- Manages schedule and works with colleagues to meet deadlines
- General knowledge of contemporary authors and current releases; familiarity with literary organizations and publications
- Interest in learning about and protecting authors’ rights and writing as a profession
This is a part-time internship that will run from mid-September to mid-December. Intern must be able to work a minimum of ten hours per week in our New York City office. To apply, please send a concise cover letter, resume, and sample tweets for any three of the articles on authorsguild.org to email@example.com. Please consult our website and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter) for more information about the Guild.
Students interested in the position should send their materials (concise cover letter, resume, and sample tweets for any three of the articles on authorsguild.org) as soon as possible to:
Publishers Weekly has recently posted their annual Salary Survey for the Publishing Industry.
For anyone looking into careers in the publishing industry, it helps to research the current atmosphere and understand what you’re getting yourself into. The Salary Surveys are a good tool to use to see what the statistics are and what overall salaries look like so you can have a better understanding of what you should be negotiating for when you look at job offers, what job security looks like, details to better help you plan for the long-term, and so on. It’s interesting to note that the Salary Surveys seem to have similar problems every year—racial diversity is severely lacking, men make more than women, there’s an overall dissatisfaction with pay and too much work with no recognition or advancement. Perhaps if we’re more aware of these changes that need to be made, as we move into the industry we can be more cognizant of what we can do to make these statistics shift in a positive direction.
Besides Publishers Weekly, some other useful sites to consider while searching down the Google-rabbit hole for information on salaries in publishing are PayScale and GlassDoor.
“If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway. It’s easy to tell when a question is coming from a good place. Then listen some more. Sometimes people just want to feel heard. Here’s to possibilities of friendship and connection and understanding.”
—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a nonfiction essayist, a novelist, poet, playwright, and a short story writer. Born in Nigeria, Adichie studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half before coming to America to study communication and political science (from Drexel University and Eastern Connecticut State University); she later received her master’s degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University.
Some of her more well-known works include Americanah, The Thing Around Your Neck, Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus, and We Should All Be Feminists. Adichie has hosted TED talks and had her work featured in The New Yorker, Granta, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. She’s also racked up many awards and honors, including winning the New York Times Notable Book, People and Black Issues Book Review’s Best Book of the Year, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction.
Random House is hosting their Open House event on Thursday, December 15.
Open House is hosted three times a year, and is a day-long event that brings together the biggest names in publishing for a full day of interactive author panels and book talks, as well as behind-the-scenes looks of publishing at Random House.
Tickets must be purchased before the event and sell-out quickly. Ticket purchases come with access to the events all-day, a light breakfast and boxed lunch (one of 4 options given, including gluten-free and vegetarian), a canvas tote with up to $150 in books and goodies, early copies of books, a signed copy of Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime” novel, and so much more!
Authors featured on this year’s panel include: Jodi Picoult, George Saunders, Trevor Noah, Diana Gabaldon, Jon Meacham, Fannie Flagg, Lindsey Lee Johnson, Allison Pataki, Sana Krasikov, and Laura McHugh.
Ticket Purchasing Information: Tickets can be purchased here and go on sale Friday, September 23rd at 9 AM and sell out very fast. Tickets cost $85 per person, and seats are chosen when you register.
Date/Time for Event: Thursday, December 9 from 9:00 AM until about 5:30-6:00 PM
Location: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
695 Park Avenue (Entrance on 68th Street between Lexington and Park)
New York, NY 10065
This week’s link takes a look at how the National Book Foundation (NBF) has announced that they will be honoring Cave Canem with Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at this year’s National Book Award Ceremony.
Cave Canem is a non-profit center located in Brooklyn, NY that commits itself to supporting and encouraging black poets and literary writers. According to NBF’s website, the Literarian Award is given to “an individual for outstanding service to the American literary community, whose life and work exemplify the goals of the National Book Foundation to expand the audience for literature and to enhance the cultural value of literature in America.” This will be the first time this award was given to an organization and not an individual person.
The NBF is a non-profit organization that made it their mission to bring more attention and appreciation to great literary writers, poets, and works in America. The National Book Award Ceremony is something the NBF describes as being for books what the Oscars are for movies. The ceremony will be held on November 16 in New York, New York.
“Without community, there is no liberation… but community must not mean a shedding of out differences, nor the pathetic pretense that these differences do not exist.”
– Audre Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House,” Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
Audre Lorde was a Black feminist, poet, writer, lesbian and civil rights activist. Lorde was a born and raised New Yorker who dedicated her life and her art to calling out racism, homophobia, and sexism. Lorde is known for expressing herself with passion and boldness, taking any topic or oppressive groups head-on. Her book Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches was published in 1984 and deals with themes of oppression, identity, love, racism, homophobia, and sexism.