Internship: DeFiore and Company

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DeFiore and Company is starting the hiring process for a Spring 2017 intern.

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.

Intern duties may include: reading and responding to queries and manuscripts, writing reader reports, filing, sorting mail, and providing basic office support.

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.

Interns should be willing to commit 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of three months.

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

Please be aware that internships at DeFiore and Company are for-credit only.

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quote of the week

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

mitchalbomapcredit_jennyrisherBestselling author Mitch Albom is recognized around the world for his inspirational works and active participation in charities. Having started his career as a sports writer, Albom moved on to start a literary career that deal with such interpersonal topics as mortality, morality, faith, and love. Besides Albom’s account of his relationship with a sociology professor confronting his terminal illness in Tuesdays with Morrie, 41ujrsfhmfl-_sy346_his first serious work separate from sports columns, Albom’s other works—such as The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, The Time Keeper, and The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto—all carry a weighty message that demand reflection after reading. Some of Albom’s charities are S.A.Y. Detroit, Working Homes/Working Families, A Time to Help, and Have Faith Haiti.

Internships: The Countryman Press

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The Countryman Press, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, is seeking an intern for the months of January through April 2017 to assist with a variety of publicity, editorial, and administrative tasks supporting our list of cooking, lifestyle, and travel titles. Interest in one or more of these subjects is preferred, though not required.

Responsibilities in this position are wide-ranging and provide significant opportunities for learning. Duties include reviewing submissions and preparing for editorial board meetings, researching photos, marking reprint corrections, drafting copy for catalogs and press releases, executing publicity mailings, and maintaining social media accounts. Candidates must be detail oriented and eager to learn, with excellent written and verbal communication. Applicants should be motivated, independent workers who can work on multiple time-sensitive projects and prioritize deadlines.

If interested, please e-mail your résumé and cover letter, as attachments, to Aurora Bell (abell@wwnorton.com), with the subject line Countryman Internship.

Link of the Week: PRH’s Introduces Student Loan Repayment Assistantance Program

Penguin Random House announced the launching of their new student loan repayment assistance program, set to begin in January 2017.

penguin_random_house_2014_logo_detail_whiteWorking with student loan pay down provider Gradifi, Penguin Random House is creating a program to provide finical assistance to employees that will help them manage and pay down student loan debt. This aid will extend to full-time employees who have been with PRH at least one year. Considering the burden and economic hardships young professionals face while trying to manage their student loans and beginning their professional careers, actions such as this is a show of support from a major publisher that (hopefully!) could catch on in other companies and help future publishing professionals focus more on their futures and less on paying off their degrees.

Alumni in the Spotlight: Andrea St. Aubin

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Andrea St. Aubin graduated from the MS in Publishing Program in December 2014. Originally from South Carolina, Andrea received a BA iscreen-shot-2016-11-14-at-12-31-25-pmn English from the University of South Carolina in June 2013. It was always her dream to move to New York City and pursue a career in book publishing, so she wasted no time when applying to grad school. She was very fortunate to be accepted into the Pace Publishing Program and to be chosen as a graduate assistant. Andrea’s favorite fiction author is Haruki Murakami, and she dreams of visiting Japan one day. She is a big kid at heart and will always watch cartoons and Disney movies. More than anything, Andrea loves the magic of words and storytelling.

Breana Swinehart: Hi Andrea! Could please share what your current official job title is and what your work involves?

Andrea St. Aubin: I am an Assistant Production Editor at Penguin Random House, working specifically with the imprints Putnam, Riverhead, Avery, and Blue Rider Press as part of the copyediting team.

Bre: How did you find your current position?

Andrea: I found this position by looking at the Penguin Random House career website. I was very lucky because I actually had no connections in this department. I landed this job with the help of my experience and never giving up.

Bre: Could you explain some of the work you do, such as how your department interacts with others in the company?

Andrea: The production editorial department is essentially the copyediting and proofreading group. We work closely with managing editorial and the production teams to ensure that t’s are crossed, i’s are dotted, and that en- and em-dashes are used correctly… among other things, of course. We’re the team you come to ensure correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style. I also get to check book jacket proofs and am in charge of checking reprint corrections as well as overseeing paperback conversions. I have always valued paperbacks, so this is a very important job to me.

Bre: What was it about this particular field of publishing that made you interested in pursuing it?

Andrea: I knew I wanted to work in a department that would deal more directly with the words themselves. Copyediting and proofreading is a form of protecting the dignity and truth of the content, making sure that the finished product is of expected quality. I know how troubling it can be as a book lover to see a mistake, so I love that I can be a part of catching them.

Bre: Tell us some aspects of your job that you love—what are some things that make your excited about what you’re doing now?

Andrea: I love when I catch a mistake that may have been overlooked the first time around. Normally there are very few mistakes, so it is always a fun surprise to find one and fix it. Looking at book jacket proofs and seeing how their text copy changes is interesting as well. It has to be seen by every department, so you never know who might suggest what. Working with all the different departments and coordinating with them is very fulfilling. I love feeling like I’m part of a larger team. At the end of the day, my favorite thing about my position is, of course, being surrounded by books! Seeing the books you have worked on being sold in book stores? Now that is the ultimate reward.

Bre: You’ve worked in the past with the Women’s National Book Associationcan you explain how that helped you with your professional career?

Andrea: Being a part of the WNBA is great because you get to interact with other strong and intelligent women who have worked in the industry. There are many great connections, but it is also a wonderful inspiration to be surrounded by likeminded people.

Bre: Could you share more details about the path you took to get where you are in publishing?

Firstly, remember that everyone’s path is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. I knew I wanted to work in publishing when I was in middle school. At first I wanted to work for a fashion magazine, but after having an encouraging high school English teacher, I decided I wanted to work in book publishing.

In undergrad I majored in English, and I worked for the university press for several months for some experience. I knew I wanted to move to New York right after undergrad, but I wanted a secure way to get my foot in the door. In my junior year of undergrad I applied to several graduate publishing programs. In the end I chose Pace because of its tight-knit program and the opportunity I received to be a graduate assistant.

During my second semester in the program I began interning at a book packager called MTM Publishing. I highly recommend MTM for anyone who would like to start out with an independent company. I continued with MTM even after I graduated in December 2014 and worked there up until I started at Penguin in May of this year. Throughout that time, I continued to lologook for positions with larger companies, but I was not successful. It took a year and a half from the time I graduated from Pace to land the job I have now. I am very glad I had the dedication and patience to continue searching and interviewing, and that I had a group of people who believed in me never to give up.

Bre: Looking back on your time at Pace, how do you think your educational experiences from the MS Publishing Programs helped you prepare for your current job?

Andrea: The program definitely taught me valuable knowledge about the industry that I may never have been able to learn elsewhere. It is a great feeling to know about how different departments work before jumping into a big company. Knowing the terminology and understanding the hierarchies made me feel more confident when I first began.

Bre: What were some of the highlights of your graduate experience?

Andrea: My favorite part of the program was being able to learn all of this wonderful information from these amazing professors who have worked or are working in the industry. I am so thankful I could learn from Professor Soares, Professor Levitz, and Professor Lian. All of the professors were great, but these three in particular were important in my publishing journey. Professor Raskin was a great support as well and always encouraged me to keep going. I also loved working on the blog as a graduate assistant in the computer lab and being able to interact with my classmates as they came in to work on homework and papers. We were a community who all supported one another and strived for similar goals.

Bre: What advice would you give students entering the field to set themselves apart from other applicants?

Andrea: Try to make as many connections as you can. This can be difficult at first, especially for more quiet and shy individuals like myself. However, if you never try to talk to someone, you will never know what could arise from that connection. The program was great for meeting different people in the industry because of the various speakers we had. If you don’t feel like you can introduce yourself to someone personally, grab their business card, and shoot them an email, thanking them for the lecture. That could be the start of a relationship.

I was lucky to have a handful of connections, and a few helped me land interviews. However, I had no connections when I landed my job at Penguin. I truly believe that my experience and my knowledge helped to set me apart from the other applicants—always keep learning and gaining experience. Stick it out as long as you can. Your drive and determination will allow you to prevail.

Lastly, be yourself! You will be working with the person who interviews you, so you want to be honest with both yourself and the interviewer.

Bre: Where do you see yourself professionally in the future, possibly 5 to 10 years into your career?

Andrea: In five to ten years I hope to be in a senior role, whether it be in production editorial, managing editorial, or editorial. I also hope that I will be working with children’s picture books. I love working with adult fiction and nonfiction now, but picture books are my ultimate goal. Even though I did not immediately enter the children’s book field, I know that what I am doing now will be incredibly valuable.

Bre: Thank you so much for your insights! Is there anything else you would like to mention to students reading this?

Andrea: If at first you don’t succeed, try again. If this is truly your dream, don’t give up. I know how hard it can be when you don’t achieve what you want at first. But everything you do has meaning, as long as you believe in it. Surround yourself with people who believe in you when you have days when you can’t seem to believe in yourself. However, if you find that what you thought you wanted is no longer what you want, then that is okay. The most important thing you can do is to try. This life is yours, so follow your heart, whenever you can.

Bre: Thank you, Andrea, for your thoughtful and encouraging responses! 

The Robert L. Edgell Scholarship and the William Littleford Scholarship

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Each year, the Business Press Educational Foundation (BPEF) (http://www.siia.net/Divisions/ABM-Association-of-Business-Information-Media/BPEF) awards the Robert L. Edgell Scholarship and the William Littleford Scholarship to two students from Pace University’s MS in Publishing Program who demonstrate an understanding of, and an interest in, the business-to-business media industry.

This year, one student will be awarded the Edgell Scholarship, and one student will be awarded the Littleford scholarship. This is a scholarship of $1000 paid directly to the student at the Spring MS in Publishing Advisory Board meeting (date TBD).

The 2017 Edgell and Littleford Scholarships, given by American Business Media, is a wonderful opportunity to explore B-to-B publishing and to think about how your publishing skills apply across industries.

To apply, interested students must submit their application to Professor Jane Denning (jdenning@pace.edu) at 551 Fifth Avenue, Room 805F, no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 17th, 2017

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Students are required to submit the following materials:

  • A copy of your current resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation—one from a professor in the program and one from a current or former employer
  • A 2-5 page double-spaced personal essay on why you would like to intern for a B to B magazine, focusing on what you hope to gain from the experience or a 2-5 page double-spaced essay on what you see as the value of B to B magazines in the digital age.

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About Connectiv: Connectiv is the global business information association that accelerates innovation for leading and emerging content, data and technology companies.

To learn more about Connectiv, click here: http://www.siia.net/connectiv

Formerly ABM and SIIA Content &
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About BPEF:

The Business Press Educational Foundation (BPEF) Internship program gives college students the chance to work at business media companies, in either editorial or non-editorial roles. BPEF, affiliated with Connectiv, the Business Information Association, was established in 1985 by Harold W, McGraw Jr., then-chairman of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

Since then, BPEF has actively promoted the business media industry among college students nationwide through a unique internship program and various scholarships. Over the last two decades, BMEF has placed over 700 students in internships and awarded more than 75 scholarships.

To learn more about BPEF, click here.

What is B2B Media?

B-to-B media is critical to how business professionals make decisions, buy products, set strategies and more. In an overview video veteran b-to-b journalist Matthew Weinstock says, “This is a way to sink your teeth into a subject matter, and become a subject-matter expert, and then learn how to craft that into a story that really impacts the reader.”

To view the full video, click here.

quote of the week

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

Maya Angelou

la-et-jc-maya-angelou-dies-20140528Maya Angelou is one of the most prominent American writers, activists, and creative minds in our recent history. Angelou has an extensive list of published works, including the famous biography of her youth I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Heart of a Woman, and Letter to My Daughter, among other titles. Angelou also has published poetry collections. Angelou, throughout her life, has accumulated over 50 honorary degrees, as well as winning the highest civilian honor from President Barack Obama later in her life. She was still actively writing and working on other art and civil awareness projects until her death in 2014.

Link of the Week: Learning to Judge a Book by Its Cover

In an attempt to teach AI systems to design book covers independently, data scientists at the Kyushu University in Japan have created an algorithm that teaches computers to determine book genres by their cover.

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Data scientists at Kyushu, Brian Kenji Iwana and Seiichi Uchida, created a program that would allow computers to compare book covers with their content to judge what sorts of designs people associate with certain genres. Based off of a sample size of 137,788 book covers across 20 genres, “the algorithm listed the correct genre in its top 3 choices over 40 percent of the time and found the exact genre more than 20 percent of the time,” doing the best at determining cookbooks and travel books. Despite the need for more experimenting, the idea of an AI either providing aid for book designers or completely taking over this task leaves a lot of room for speculation on the the future of book designers.

WNBA and UN Youth Representative Opportunity

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Women’s National Book Association United Nations (UN) Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Youth Outreach

To support an increase in youth participation at the United Nations (UN), the DPI/NGO Relations Section now offers several new opportunities for young people to get involved. Beginning Fall 2011, two youth representatives (18 to 32 years old) have been added to each official NGO-accredited representation. They can attend weekly NGO Briefings and Communications Workshops, partake in the UN DPI/NGO Annual Conference, and other meetings, briefings, and conferences.

For more information, visit http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations.

The Women’s National Book Association is looking to Pace University’s MS in Publishing program to fill one of these positions commencing January 2017 through December 2017. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning more about NGOs to gain experience at the UN, as well as a wonderful resume building opportunity.

The designated Youth Representative will be under the supervision of the UN DPI/NGO main representative (Jill A.Tardiff). This position requires a commitment to the motivations of the Association and the UN, as well as excellent organizational skills, self-motivation, and the ability to work well with minimum direct supervision. The main representative and/or NY-based alternate representative will meet with the intern in person intermittently, and will be available by phone and e-mail. Attendance at monthly WNBA-NYC board meetings is highly recommended. The Youth Representative will receive a membership in the Association (for the duration of the assignment) complete with all related benefits.

Duration: January 1 thru December 31, 2017 (pending approval, DPI/NGO 2016 Annual Review)

Overall duties:

  • Work with the UN DPI/NGO Main Representative and two Alternates on achieving the Association’s mandate “… to support and respect the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and to disseminate information and news about the U.N. in our capacity (advocacy) as a non-consultative non-governmental organization (NGO)” and to actively plan and participate in UN and UN agency (namely US Fund for UNICEF) programmes and activities.
  • Attend at least one weekly briefing (Thursdays, 10A-12P) per month, provide report.
  • Attend the DPI/NGO Orientation Programme and/or Communications Workshop, provide report.
  • Attend the annual DPI/NGO Conference (usually held in September) when said event is held at the UN HQ.
  • Write one article per calendar year (topic TBD) for The Bookwoman, national publication of the Women’s National Book Association.
  • Write one article (every other issue) for The New York Bookwoman, WNBA-NYC chapter publication.
  • Contribute to the annual WNBA DPI/NGO report (June).
  • Contribute to the UN DPI/NGO Youth Blog.
  • Other duties to be determined.

Application deadline: Letter of intention with writing sample (non-fiction, 350-500 words) to be sent on/before November 18, 2016.

Contact: Please send your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in this position to Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

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