Bad Advice From Bad Women

Thursday, June 8 at 7 pm to 9 pm

Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center
172 Allen St
New York, NY 10002

Your favorite feminist bookstore hosts your favorite writing women for a night of dazzling wit and rudeness. Suzy Exposito, Clover Hope, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Namara Smith, Brittany Spanos, and Darcie Wilder share their latest/oldest/best/funniest work while Charlotte Shane hosts.

Copies of TigerBee Press books and Darcie’s Literally Show Me A Healthy Person will be for sale, along with plenty other titles from past and future Bad Advice readers.

Admission is free and on a first come-first serve basis.

Jonathan Shaw & Joe Coleman

Thursday, June 8 at 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

Local legend Jonathan Shaw was the first tattoo artist to ever appear on The Late Show with David Letterman. Maybe you’ve seen his likeness depicted by Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Art Spiegelman on the cover of The New Yorker. Or you might know him as the tattooed thug playing opposite Clint Eastwood in the movie Tightrope. You may have seen the magazine Jonathan Shaw founded back in the 90s, International Tattoo Art. Or you could have read his novel, Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes, published by Johnny Depp’s HarperCollins imprint, or his recent visual exploration of tattoo art, Vintage Tattoo Flash.

Now Jonathan is back with a new book that mixes memoir, art, societal observations, and more. This is more than a simple history of an outlaw artist’s creative growth; this is a journey through the underbelly of modern culture, and exploration of the people, places, and events that have defined his life and molded him into who he is today.

Admission is $15. Feel free to purchase your ticket online.

Franklin Park Reading: LaValle, Reynolds, Fierro, Chaffee, Buntin

Monday, June 12 at 8 pm to 10 pm

Franklin Park Beer Garden
618 St. Johns Place
Brooklyn, NY 11211

We’re celebrating our new season with a Summer Blockbuster! Hear provocative new lit from stellar authors Victor LaValle (The Changeling, The Ballad of Black Tom), Jason Reynolds (Ghost, All American Boys), Julia Fierro (The Gypsy Moth Summer), Jessie Chaffee (Florence in Ecstasy), and Julie Buntin (Marlena), cool off with $5 drafts, and get a shot at our authors’ books in our free-to-enter raffle!

Admission is free.

Book Launch: Away with Words by Joe Berkowitz

Tuesday, Jun 13 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Powerhouse @ the Archway
28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street @ the Archway)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Join us for a night of storytelling, jokes, and pun games to celebrate the release of Away With Words! Featuring appearances by Dana Schwartz, Ariel Dumas, Jerzy Gwiazdowski, and the Champions of Punderdome!

Admission is free. RSVP is appreciated. RSVP by either filling out the “Bookings” form at the bottom of this page or sending the name of the event and number of attendees to this RSVP email.

Psychoanalyzing Seinfeld with Sherry Amatenstein and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Wednesday, June 14th at 7 pm

Book Culture
536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025

Please join us for a special event with Sherry Amatenstein, author of How Does That Make You Feel?, and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, author of Seinfeldia. The two authors will be discussing their books, as well as analyzing the neuroses of Seinfeld characters!

Admission is free.

Link of the Week: Penguin Random House Acquires Apparel Company, Out of Print

Penguin Random House, according to a recent article by Publishers Weekly, has just acquired the company Out of Print, which creates and sells literature themed clothing, accessories, and home goods.

Out of Print was founded in 2010 by Todd Lawton and Jeffrey LeBlanc and “is dedicated to celebrating our favorite stories while promoting literacy in underserved communities.” The company’s mission includes helping to fund literacy programs through each person made from the company. “It also supports the authors, publishers and artists who made these iconic works an integral part

Todd Lawton and Jeffrey LeBlanc

of our lives.”

Penguin Random House intends to “greatly expand its author- and imprint-brand-based merchandising capabilities.” The publisher, through this acquisition, will intend on expanding its “expertise in product sourcing, creation, licensing [and] distribution.” Authors will also be able to capitalize on the success of the retail business by incorporating it into their promotional efforts, including social media, while also building their relationships with readers.

The company, as well as its co-founders, will continue to be based out of their New York headquarters. The pair will also serve as Managing Directors for Penguin Random House, reporting to Alison Rich, VP of Publishing Innovation Development.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Executive Assistant to Company Owner

Fletcher & Company was co-founded by Christy Fletcher in 2003, when she and a former business partner left positions as vice presidents at Carlisle & Co to set up their own company. In 2008, Christy Fletcher became sole owner of Fletcher & Co. and the agency expanded into management and production.

Today, Fletcher & Co. is a full-service literary management and production company dedicated to writers of upmarket non-fiction as well as commercial and literary fiction.

Minimum Requirements:

• Candidate is extremely organized
• Excellent multi-tasker
• Able to manage and prioritize tasks with grace and good humor
• Should also be creative and engaged with the world outside of publishing
• Ability to manage relationships and work well with others (in writing, in person, by phone) is crucial
• Candidates should have 1-2 years full-time paid assistant (non-intern unless full-time) experience in publishing, film/tv, media, or in a related field

Responsibilities Include:

• Managing the calendar (scheduling appointments and reservations)
• Answering incoming calls
• Maintaining a database
• Tracking and processing contracts and payments
• Generally facilitating the day-to-day flow of the office I
• Provides project management support for a broad range of clients and projects, corresponding directly with writers, editors, studio executives and their assistants
• Expected to read, provide coverage with editorial feedback, track and evaluate incoming submissions, as well as client work and writing samples (proposals, works-in-progress, scripts, articles, etc.)

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a resume with a detailed cover letter to Veronica Goldstein at veronica@fletcherandco.com. The cover letter should explain how your experience is relevant to the position.

San Francisco, CA

Seeking Full-Time Production Designer

Founded in 1984, Weldon Owen US is a high-quality, nonfiction, adult book publisher specializing in producing innovative, richly illustrated lifestyle books in the categories of food and drink, sports and fitness, popular science, craft and design, and popular culture for the global market, delivering approximately 100 books a year. It illustrates great ideas, break down complex skills so anyone can learn them, and entertain and inspire along the way a wide range of readers’ passions, be they practical, creative, adventurous, or all-out fun.

Minimum Requirements:

• Ability to juggle multiple large and small design and administrative aspects of long-term projects, efficiently tracking progress, negotiating evolving deadlines, and maintaining up-to-date schedules
• Eagle eye for consistency, understanding of print production processes, and ability to trouble-shoot files and mark up proofs for color correction
• A strong knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop is essential. A working understanding of Word, Excel, and other standard applications is also useful
• Comfortable working in files or delegating such work to interns and outside freelancers
• Happy to work with a variety of personality types and can respond constructively to feedback from team members, authors, clients, and sales teams
• Can meeting creative challenges head on and finding innovative solutions to budget or time constraints
• Good sense of typography and layout, and an eye for beautiful imagery.
• Experience developing multi-page editorial content for magazines and/or books, and is curious and interested in food & drink trends and topics
• Enjoys the production involved in creating beautiful books, and is consistently able to improve and push projects forward despite challenging deadlines and client needs

Responsibilities Include:

• Helping to guide the majority of our 100+ book titles per year through to completion
• Working with publishers, editors, designers and production team to maintain schedules, trouble-shooting and renegotiating deadlines as needed to ensure final product deliveries meet overall internal and external needs
• Routing files through production cycles, trafficking files through approval rounds internally and externally and providing final assets for internal and external use
• Providing technical assistance to design team, reviewing final files and is responsible for making sure files are routed to printer
• Managing all pre-press checks and preparing ozalids, creating CTP pdfs and transferring files to printer
• Maintaining top standards for files, printed product, and archives
• Working with freelancers to make sure they properly set up and supply files, adjusting and correcting files in house as necessary
• Working with production department to ensures all specifications are being adhered to
• Organizing reprint corrections with production, design & editorial teams
• Ensuring that ISBN and pricing and logos used are correct and in line with our standards
• Providing design services and overall support for art directors and creative director
• Creating various marketing and promotional materials including print, online, signage for company and specific book titles as well as our marketing catalogs
• Reworking designs to accommodate unexpected shortfalls or overages in content
• Conducting photo research
• Helping Art Directors prepare mood boards to commission illustration and photography
• Reworking existing designs for co-editions
• Helping to manage design interns
• Managing external hard drives for the design teams

If you are interested in this position, please apply online. Please include your CV detailing your salary expectations. They’d also love to know more about you than just what’s on your CV, so feel free to send a letter, video or comic monologue whatever showcases your passion for the company and the work you’d be doing and they’ll view it.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Designer

Established in 1933, the Crown imprint is a leading publisher of bestselling fiction and critically acclaimed narrative nonfiction in categories that include biography and memoir, history, science, politics, and current events.

Minimum Requirements:

• Candidate is creative, organized, process-oriented, passionate about publishing
• Has 1-2 years design experience
• Passion and expertise for Typography and Design
• Thorough knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator
• Print production knowledge and skills
• Ability to organize, prioritize, and work independently to meet deadlines
• Collaborative spirit and positive attitude when working with internal and external partners
• Ability to think creatively to be an effective problem solver

Responsibilities Include:

• Creating original covers, illustrations and photo research.
• Designing mechanicals, trafficking work, and preparing and delivering files for print
• Work closely with the Art Director

If you are interested in this position, please apply online. Please include a link to your portfolio.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Editor—Interior Design, Gardening & Lifestyle

The Monacelli Press is a leading publisher of illustrated books in fine art, design, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, gardening, lifestyle, graphic design, photography, artisanal crafts, art instruction, and photography technique.

Minimum Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree
• At least 3-5 years of editorial and acquisitions experience within the publishing industry, preferably with illustrated books
• Excellent interpersonal skills, good judgment, ability to balance multiple projects, sense of humor
• Proven experience in acquiring and publishing multiple high-quality, profitable, and critically viable projects
• Ability to conceptualize ideas, acquire books, and work with authors at a fast pace
• Established relationships with agents, industry colleagues, and design professionals
• Great negotiation skills
• Superior verbal and written communication and presentation skills
• A proven track record of turning ideas into books
• Comfortable in a small company setting where you may need to perform duties outside of your job description, and where collaborative work is the norm
• Exceptional time-management skills and the ability to multi-task across departments, activities, and projects
• Must be highly disciplined, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and well organized with superior ability to manage time, prioritize, meet deadlines, and work independently
• Strong understanding and awareness of general marketplace and relevant market segments within industry
• Keen proofreading skills
• Proven editorial skills in shaping excellent written text
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), graphics programs (InDesign, Photoshop)

Responsibilities Include:

• Acquire, develop, and edit titles with critical and commercial potential within the assigned categories (lifestyle, interior design, home decor, gardening)
• Obtain production quotes, run profit and loss statements, prepare acquisitions materials
• Work directly and negotiate contracts with authors and agents as well as with book packagers and publishers on coeditions
• Shepherd manuscripts through the design, editorial production, and production process from concept to bound book
• Work with the marketing and publicity department to develop marketing and promotional plans
• Write fact sheets, jacket, and catalog copy
• Present titles at various sales meetings
• Effectively and sensitively communicate and maintain productive relationships with high-level experts and authors
• Extensively research the subject areas, current trends, and the competition

If you are interested in this position, please apply by sending a resume and cover letter to careers@monacellipress.com.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Digital Coordinator

The Experiment, operated by its founder-proprietors, has been publishing books since September 2009. They publish a wide range of practical and narrative nonfiction, mainly for adults but also occasionally for kids, across a spectrum of subjects, from eating healthfully (for oneself and the planet), parenting, relationships, creativity, fitness, psychology, and personal development, to popular science, math and logic (including puzzle books), memoir and biography, and history. They are a collegial, extremely hard-working crew with offices near Gramercy Park in Manhattan.

Minimum Requirements:

• Highly detail oriented
• Unceasing initiative-taker and problem solver
• Happy to work both independently and collaboratively
• Should have superior organizational skills with a strong ability to prioritize, multi-task, and adhere to schedules and deadlines
• Must have knowledge of or experience with ebook production and a comfort with databases and spreadsheets
• Familiarity and/or experience in any of the following is preferred: Sigil (or similar such as FlightDeck), epubcheck, KindleGen, Adobe Creative Suite, CSS/HTML/RegEx, and Excel
• Experience with Firebrand, or other title management system, is a plus

Responsibilities Include:

• Routing ebook files through our conversion house
• Performing QA checks and remedying issues
• Occasionally creating simple ebooks in-house
• Ensuring that critical deadlines are met
• Compile, enter, update, and maintain all metadata in our title management system (Firebrand) and on our website (WordPress)
• Monitoring retailer sites to ensure they are displaying correct content, creating tip-sheets, coordinating with all departments to ensure you have timely and correct information, and independently resolving day-to-day issues

If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirement to jobs@theexperimentpublishing.com.

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

–Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist

Oscar Wilde, an Irish playwright, poet, and novelist, became one of London’s most popular playwrights during his time with plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest.

Wilde spoke highly of aestheticism and made attempts at several forms of literature including publishing a book poetry, lecturing on the new “English Renaissance in Art” in the United States and Canada, and became a journalist when he returned to London. Wilde became one of the best-known personalities of his day, known for his wit and flamboyant dress.

While The Importance of Being Earnest was still running in London, Wilde had the Marquess of Queensberry prosecuted for criminal libel. The Marquess was the father of Wilde’s lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. The trial revealed evidence that caused Wilde to drop his charges and led to his own arrest and trial for gross indecency with men. After two more trials, Wilde was convicted and imprisoned for two years. After he was released, Wilde left to France and began his final work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, a long poem commemorating the harsh realities of prison life.

BookCon 2017

Saturday, June 3 – Sunday, June 4 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (5:00 pm on Sunday)

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001

BookCon is the event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Experience the origin of the story in all its forms by interacting with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see. BookCon is an immersive experience that features interactive, forward thinking content including Q&As with the hottest talent, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and so much more. BookCon is the ultimate celebration of books, where your favorite stories come to life.

Admission is $45 for a Saturday pass and $40 for a Sunday pass. Tickets are still available online.

Drunk Education presents: Roasts of Literary Men

Monday, June 5 at 7:00 pm

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Drunk Ed. returns to Housing Works for another evening of mocking literary men. Roasts:

• Candace Bryan on Twain
• Kay Gabriel on Eugenides
• Erik Hinton on Zizek
• Paula Mejia on Thompson

Drunk Education is the world’s premiere source of drunk knowledge since 2013.

Admission is free. If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP on Facebook.

Brooklyn Independents Poetry Series: Ugly Duckling Presse

Monday, Jun 5 2017 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Central Library, Brooklyn Collection
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Readings from Constance DeJong, Mónica de la Torre & Karen Emmerich (translator of Eleni Vakalo).

Ugly Duckling Presse is a nonprofit publisher for poetry, translation, experimental nonfiction, performance texts, and books by artists. UDP was transformed from a 1990s zine into a Brooklyn-based small press by a volunteer editorial collective that has published more than 200 titles to date.

Admission is free.

Link of the Week: Unbound

Unbound is a crowdfunding publisher that gives people the tools, support and freedom to bring their ideas to life.

According to a Huffington Post article, 3 Ways Indie Authors Can Use Social Media to Attract Readers, Unbound is a lesser known crowdfunding site specifically designed to support independent authors by gathering resources to publish a manuscript.

Described as a “team of writers, designers, publishers and producers working together in a converted warehouse in central London,” the people at Unbound say that, “Half of us spend our time finding, commissioning and making our books. The other half builds Unbound and looks after our community.” The ‘community’ at Unbound have “pledged over £3 million to Unbound projects to fund everything from an anthology on race and identity in contemporary Britain to a compilation of terrible old video games you’ve probably never heard of.”

Crowdfunding, like with that of Unbound is what the Huffington Post describes as one of three ways to use Social Media to attract readers. Unbound will fund the book, publish it, launch it with promotion and all the while, keep the author well informed on the status of the book throughout the process.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Digital Pre-Media Associate

Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a leading US trade publisher and a division of the third largest trade and educational book publisher in the world, Hachette Livre. A global publishing company based in France, Hachette Livre is a subsidiary of the French media company, Lagardère. HBG is headquartered in New York, with offices in Boston, MA; Lebanon, IN; Nashville, TN; Boulder, CO; Philadelphia, PA; and Berkeley, CA. HBG also owns Hachette Book Group Canada, Inc., a marketing and publicity company based in Toronto, ON.

Minimum Requirements:

• At least 3 years experience in the publishing industry with experience in digital printing
• Working understanding of book design files and PDF print standards
• Working experience with Adobe Creative applications, particularly InDesign
• Proven ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
• Creative thinker who anticipates problems and tries to finds technological solutions to improving workflow
• MS Excel skills for generating insightful data reporting metrics
• Enthusiasm for book production and team approaches
• Capable of working both independently and collaboratively with all levels of management
• Excellent English communication skills
• Strong background with Mac OS

Responsibilities Include:

• Coordinate digital print file pre-press work, which involves verifying title data, adjusting trim sizes, making color changes, eliminating print effects, and pre-flighting files for titles going to digital print vendors.
• Maintain PDF workflow tools, such as export settings, application plug-ins, Epson printers, paper and ink supplies, and color calibration devices.
• Work with production partners to outsource as necessary to deliver materials on schedule.
• Communicate scheduling requirements to Inventory, Manufacturing, and Art Departments.

If you are interested in this position, please apply online.

Nashville, TN

Seeking Full-Time Associate Publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing

HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. is a world leading Christian content provider. With nearly three-hundred years of publishing expertise, the company produces bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, and curriculum in both traditional and digital formats. Its two foundational publishing groups, Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, house the works of the world’s most renowned Christian leaders. The company is home to Olive Tree Bible Software, an innovative biblical resource that makes studying God’s Word accessible anywhere, and Bible Gateway, the world’s largest Christian website. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Grand Rapids, MI, Spokane, WA, and international operations in Mexico City, Mexico, and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Minimum Requirements:

• Mastery of the English language, especially in written form
• Ability to understand and analyze standard financial documentation such as income statements and balance sheets
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office software, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Management, leadership, and professional development experience
• 8 years in publishing with 2 or more years in a leadership role
• Bachelor’s Degree in English or Journalism from a four-year university
• Understanding of the Christian book marketplace, including authors, consumer demand, retail environment (physical and online), and competition
• Well-read in Christian and general market nonfiction books.
• Proficiency in Chicago Manual of Style
• Strong task management
• Efficient product development management
• Can lead meetings with specific desired outcomes
• Public speaking
• Critical thinking to accomplish crucial business needs with firm deadlines

Responsibilities Include:

• Editorial staff management and team building: develops, oversees, and manages the editorial staff. Holds regular one-on-one meetings and helps editorial staff as necessary; conducts annual employee alignment meetings and reviews; hires and trains new employees
• List Management: Acquires publishing lists and/or develops author–driven or proprietary products and assures products are coordinated with other divisions, scheduled for best sales success, and contracted in time for annual planning and presentation to sales. Ensures we are publishing to our target categories and stated revenue goals; Plans for ancillary products including derivatives and format conversions
• Author/Product Acquisition: identifies and pursues potential author targets or brands; creates book concepts for target authors as needed; makes initial contacts and sets meetings; prepares proposals and makes presentations at Ed Board and Pub Board meetings; manages proforma approval process for his/her projects; negotiates terms through signed deal memo and long-form contract
• Strategic Planning and Financial Analysis: assists Publisher in future business planning as it relates to annual budgeting, content and acquisitions, and measuring financial objectives. Participates in yearly strategic initiatives as requested by the ELT and SVP/Publisher; prepares for monthly Executive Business Review
• Publisher Support: meets regularly with Publisher to monitor key business metrics and other various day-to-day needs; and represents the division when Publisher cannot be present
• New Initiatives for Growth: able to strategize and analyze profitable business models for special projects and new growth initiatives

If you are interested in applying for this position, please apply online.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Assistant Editor, Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Little, Brown and Company began publishing books for children in 1926. It currently publishes a distinguished and diverse list of about 135 books a year. Today the group is divided into three imprints: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers features a core list of picture books and hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction for middle grade and young adult readers; LB Kids produces novelty and brand/licensed tie-ins; and Poppy publishes paperback original series for teen girls.

Minimum Requirements:

• 2-3 years previous children’s editorial publishing experience
• B.A. preferred
• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of children’s book marketplace
• Experience with editing picture books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult nonfiction and fiction preferred
• Strong interest in narrative nonfiction preferred, journalism background a plus
• Knowledge of and contacts in the industry are a plus, as is an ability to identify new talent
• Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office Word and Excel required; knowledge of PPT, Bookscan, databases, and ability to produce reports a plus
• Strong communication skills (verbal and written) with the aptitude to communicate effectively in both individual and group settings regardless of audience
• Must be results driven, and take appropriate steps to achieve goals while taking ownership of situations as needed
• Proven ability to deliver timely, accurate work product and demonstrate good follow up and follow through
• Drives change and innovation by improving work product or process, and challenges established norms where appropriate
• Proven ability to build supportive and constructive relationships within and outside of the organization; takes the lead in inspiring others to work together for mutual benefit
• Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time effectively while also ensuring accuracy of work through attention to detail

Responsibilities Include:

• Manage book projects through all phases from manuscript to bound book
• Correspond directly with authors, artists, and agents
• Coordinate all book elements (permissions, illustrations, contracts, profit & loss forms)
• Prepare title fact sheets, catalog copy, flap copy, and metadata for assigned titles
• Provide materials and information for sales, marketing, and publicity for assigned titles, coordinate reprints and paperbacks, and update metadata for backlist
• Work with Hachette adult editors and imprints to identify and coordinate potential nonfiction young reader adaptations
• Read submissions and provide readers reports

If you are interested in this position, please apply online.

Burbank, CA

Seeking Full-Time Associate Editor, Young Reader

DC Entertainment (DCE), home to iconic brands DC, Vertigo and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its iconic content across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games.

Minimum Requirements:

• BA/BS degree in English, Journalism, Publishing, or Art preferred
• 3–5 years editorial experience, kids’ book publishing experience strongly preferred
• Ability to meet or exceed deadlines required
• Knowledge of art (ability to discuss composition, design, etc.) required
• Developmental editing experience required
• Copyediting and proofreading skills (CMOS) required
• Knowledge of and contacts in the publishing industry preferred
• Membership in/knowledge of Young Adult/kids’ organizations such as SCBWI preferred
• Mac/PC proficiency required

Responsibilities Include:

• Develops and performs content and line edits for an average of Middle Grade titles
• Manages the creative process from conception through publication
• Ensures that schedules and budgets are met, and product quality meets or exceeds DC’s editorial standards
• Seeks ways to keep ongoing series fresh and exciting
• Builds and maintains an extensive list of author and agent contacts in the kids’ and Middle Grade space
• Identifies and develops new editorial products for the DC Universe in the Middle Grades arena
• Writes tipsheets, cover copy, catalog copy, and other relevant material, and ensures that Sales and Marketing have the required materials in advance of due dates to partners and distributors
• Ensures that content is developmentally and thematically appropriate for the intended reading levels and age groups
• Supervises and develops junior staff members
• Performs other related duties as assigned

If you are interested in this position, please apply online.

Taking a Small Break

Now that the semester is over, all of us here at the Pace MS in Publishing Program would like to wish everyone a good summer and good rest. The Pace MS in Publishing blog will be taking a brief break as well, but rest assured, we will up and running at the start of the Summer I semester on May 30th.

To students who are graduating this semester, congratulations and may your future in publishing be bright. For those of you returning for the Summer semester, rest up and good luck with classes.

Have a great summer everyone!

Lisa Sharkey on Changing Careers

Lisa Sharkey, Senior Vice President, Director of Creative Development at HarperCollins Publishers and The 2016-17 David J. Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professor shares with The Reset how she transitioned from working on television news to working on book publishing.

In the article titled, Looking for Substance, Sharkey explains that after a five year long conversation with Jane Friedman, then CEO of HarperCollins she decided to leave her job at Al Roker Productions, and Good Morning America Senior Producer before that, to pursue book publishing.

She says that she was looking for a job with “more substance and something more closely aligned with my values.” Sharkey is now celebrating ten years in book publishing.

Steve Schapiro presents The Fire Next Time

Monday, May 15 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

Join Steve Schapiro, Quincy Troupe and Steven W. Thrasher as they discuss James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, now available in a special illustrated edition from TASCHEN featuring photographs by Steve Schapiro.

First published in 1963, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time stabbed at the heart of America’s so-called “Negro problem.” As remarkable for its masterful prose as it is for its frank and personal account of the black experience in the United States, it is considered one of the most passionate and influential explorations of 1960s race relations, weaving thematic threads of love, faith, and family into a candid assault on the hypocrisy of the “land of the free.”

Now, James Baldwin’s rich, raw, and ever relevant prose is reprinted in a letterpress edition with more than 100 photographs from Steve Schapiro, who traveled the American South with Baldwin for Life magazine. The encounter thrust Schapiro into the thick of the movement, allowing for vital, often iconic, images both of civil rights leaders—including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Fred Shuttlesworth, and Jerome Smith—and such landmark events as the March on Washington and the Selma March.

Admission is $20. Purchase your ticket online.

Brooklyn Independents Poetry Series: Hanging Loose Press

Monday, May 15 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Central Library, Brooklyn Collection
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY11238

Readings from Justin Jamail, Thomas Devaney & Jiwon Choi

The first issue of Hanging Loose magazine was published in 1966. The name was inspired by the format — mimeographed loose pages in a cover envelope — and that, in turn, was inspired by a very low budget. But the format was also meant to get across a point of view: that poetry is for now, not for the Ages. Hanging loose has published some 220 books and 107 issues — well over 10,000 pages of poetry, prose, and art — of Hanging Loose magazine.

Admission is free.

Claire Dederer & Ada Calhoun

Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

What happens when a happily married mother of two suddenly finds herself totally despondent and, simultaneously, suffering through an erotic reawakening? Claire Dederer’s Love and Trouble: A Midlife Recokning finds her in just this predicament. Tracking between her present as a middle-aged mom in the grip of a unfamiliar hunger and her past as a teenager beset by hypersensitivity and longing, Dederer exposes herself and her life, capturing something universal about what is like to be a woman, a daughter, and a wife.

Claire will be joined in conversation by Ada Calhoun, bestselling author of St. Mark’s is Dead, whose brand-new essay collection delves into the contradictions of marriage and its attendant joys, defeats, and complications. Finding yourself bored with your partner, beset by desire for people you didn’t marry, and fed up with your spouse’s mistakes–it’s the stuff that doesn’t make it into many cliches about marriage. In Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, based on one of the most-shared stories from the New York Times‘ Modern Love series, Calhoun turns over the stones that these cliches are built out of and examines what’s underneath.

Admission is $15. Purchase your ticket online.

PLG Fiction Book Group

Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30 pm

Greenlight Bookstore
632 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Led by Greenlight general manager Alexis, the fiction book group in Prospect Lefferts Gardens discusses paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics. For May, the group discusses Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.

Admission is free. Purchase the book online for $14.45. Current book group picks are always 15% off at Greenlight, in the store or online.