Job of the Week: HarperCollins New Editorial Services Team in New Jersey

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LOGOHarperCollins is developing a new Editorial Services team in Princeton, NJ, and is currently seeking out candidates for hire for a few positions.

This is a new team that will be working with the managing editorial team in New York. HarperCollins will be starting with a team of proofreaders and looking for individuals with all levels of professional experience.

Positions include, but are not limited to:

  • Associate, Editorial Services
  • Digital Productions Assistant
  • Assistant, Editorial Services
  • Inventory Assistant
  • Etc.

To see a full list of job openings including higher levels head to HarperCollins job listings page.

HarperCollins is hoping to hire candidates now and throughout October. To apply, find the job you are seeking from the job listings linked above and click the job you desire.

Pace University’s MS in Publishing Program Hosts the China Publishing Group

In September, Pace University’s MS in Publishing program hosted a delegation from the Beijing-based China Publishing Group (中国出版集团公司). cpgFormed in 2002 when China joined the World Trade Organization, CPG now publishes more than 16,000 new titles annually, including ebooks and audiovisuals. It also delivers information services online and in print. According to Publishers Weekly, CPG reported revenues of US$1.4 billion, profits of US$138.5 million, and total assets of US$2.7 billion in 2015.

CPG is headed by Mr. Tan Yue (谭跃), a big advocate of managerial training and development as a source of innovation and competitive advantage. CPG conducts ongoing scientific research in publishing technology so that its printing and copying facilities remain state of the art for both print and electronic media.

This is Pace’s fourth executive program for CPG. Participating were Mr. Tan’s top managers from fourteen business units:

  • China National Publications Import & Export Corp. (CNPIEC), which oversees the import of foreign books, the licensing of Chinese-language translation rights to foreign titles, and the export of Chinese-language books and translation rights to China’s best titles
  • China Publishing & Media Holdings Corporation
  • China Publishing & Media Journal
  • China Translation Corporation
  • Commercial Press International, Ltd., established in 1897, the oldest publishing house in modern China
  • CPG Digital Media Co., Ltd. (including its audiobook division)
  • Encyclopedia of China Publishing House, Ltd., led by the head of the delegation, Mr. LIU Guohui (刘国辉)
  • Orient Publishing Center
  • People’s Literature Publishing House
  • Rong Bao Zhai Publishing House
  • SDX Joint Publishing Company, Ltd.
  • Sino-Culture Press
  • Xinhua United Distribution Group Corporation, which oversees the Xinhua Bookstore chain of over 200 stores
  • Zhonghua Book Company established in 1912

china publishing groupCo-directed by professors Xiaochuan Lian and Kirsten Sandberg, the three-week program focused on the future of publishing, particularly trends in digital strategy, content marketing, and operations; digital rights management, intellectual property law, smart contracts, and blockchain technology; and innovation through incubation, integration, partnership, and acquisition.

Bloomberg, RosettaBooks, and Simon & Schuster each hosted the delegation for tea, tour, and talk. Guest lecturers included publishing professionals at the top of their game (listed alphabetically):

cpg group awardsThe executives received their certificates of program completion from Sherman Raskin, professor and director of the publishing program, Dr. Nira Herrmann, dean of Dyson College, and Dr. Uday Sukhatme, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs for Pace University. Assisting throughout the program were graduate students Mr. Li Zhongke and Miss Wang Qingke, with support from their classmates Anna Bailey, Kevin Mercado, and Breana Swinehart.

Many thanks to all who participated!

Written by: Kirsten Sandbergsandberg

Find her full bio here!

Media & Tech: Where the Jobs Are

Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

mediatechKumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn
One University Plaza
Flatbush Avenue, between Dekalb Ave. and Willoughby St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Leading recruiters from the hottest operations in the business discuss the dynamic opportunities available in the booming media and tech sector and share insight on the do’s and don’ts of the job search. Brush up on the skills you need to land a position in this exciting field.

Attendees include:

Doug Melville, chief diversity officer, tbwa worldwide
Doug Melville, chief diversity officer, tbwa worldwide
Dan Geiger, recruiter, buzzfeed
Dan Geiger, recruiter, buzzfeed
Katie Hopkins, technical Recruiter, mic
Katie Hopkins, technical Recruiter, mic

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Newton, Recruiter, refinery29
Lauren Newton, Recruiter, refinery29
Moderator: Peter Brooks, head of search marketing, the muse
Moderator: Peter Brooks, head of search marketing, the muse

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admission is free, RSVP Here

Greek American Writers Association

Saturday, October 8 at 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St.

athens21Join Harry Dounchis, Perry S. Nicholas, Maria Sebastian and host Penelope Karageorge and enjoy a dazzle-dazzle program of poetry, music and literary intrigue. Harry Dounchis, Ph.D., will premiere his page-turning novel, Sand Hill Interns, about two young Stanford U. biochemists and a billion-dollar marijuana plot. Perry S. Nicholas, award-winning poet, will present work from his collections including The River of You and Beginnings: Poems to Greece and Back. Maria Sebastian, an acoustic singer/songwriter will perform her original songs. Maria has opened for dozens of national acts and recorded with many of their members.

$10 cover fee, which includes a glass of wine or soft drink and the program.

Invisible Men: Panel Discussion Celebrating Flores Forbes’ New Book

Monday, October 10 at 6:15 pm-8:15 pm

Columbia University
116th St. & Broadway

Reading and discussion of Flores Forbes’ new book Invisible Men: A Contemporary Slave Narrative in the Era of Mass Incarceration

invisible_men_poster_480_300_s_c1Flores Forbes, a former leader in the Black Panther Party, has been free from prison for twenty-five years. Unfortunately that makes him part of a group of black men without constituency who are all but invisible in society. That is, the “invisible” group of black men in America who have served their time and not gone back to prison.

Flores ForbesInvisible Men is a book that will crack the code on the stigma of incarceration. When Flores Forbes was released from prison, he made a plan to re-invent himself but found it impossible. His involvement in a plan to kill a witness who was testifying against Huey P. Newton, the founder of the Black Panther Party, had led to his incarceration. While in prison he earned a college degree using a Pell Grant, with hope this would get him on the right track and a chance at a normal life. He was released but that’s where his story and most invisible men’s stories begin.This book weaves Flores’ knowledge, wisdom, and experience with incarceration, sentencing reform, judicial inequity, hiding and re-entry into society, and the issue of increasing struggles and inequality for formerly incarcerated men into a collection of poignant essays, finally, giving invisible men a voice and face in society.

Admission is free.

 

Amy Kurzweil with Tahneer Oksman: Flying Couch

Monday, October 10 at 7:00 pm

BookCourt
163 Court Street

Brooklyn, NY

event_kurzweilEnjoy a reading, audience Q&A, and book signing with Amy Kurzweil, author of her debut book, Flying Couch.

Flying Couch, tells the stories of three unforgettable women. Amy weaves her own coming-of-age as a young Jewish artist into the narrative of her mother, a psychologist, and Bubbe, her grandmother, a World War II survivor who escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto by disguising herself as a gentile. Captivated by Bubbe’s story, Amy turns to her sketchbooks, teaching herself to draw as a way to cope with what she discovers. Entwining the voices and histories of these three wise, hilarious, and very different women, Amy creates a portrait not only of what it means to be part of a family, but also of how each generation bears the imprint of the past.

flyingcouch_cover-web_resA retelling of the inherited Holocaust narrative now two generations removed, Flying Couch uses Bubbe’s real testimony to investigate the legacy of trauma, the magic of family stories, and the meaning of home. With her playful, idiosyncratic sensibility, Amy traces the way our memories and our families shape who we become. The result is this bold illustrated memoir, both an original coming-of-age story and an important entry into the literature of the Holocaust.

Admission is free. Check out her Facebook event page here.

 

Volunteer opportunity: Folio: Show

folio_logoThe Folio: Show is a major magazine trade show that will be held at the NY Hilton Hotel on November 1-2.

An arrangement has been made for students to gain free admission to the show if you are willing to help out at the sessions.

Requirements for the volunteer work includes:

  • checking passes, or
  • handing out forms

folio:showYou will have the opportunity at some point during the show to sit in on sessions and talks by industry leaders.  You can also tour the exhibit hall and talk with different publishers, printers, and other vendors. This is a great networking opportunity to take advantage of.

Folio: is dedicated to providing magazine publishing professionals with the news, insights, and best practices to keep them in tune with today’s media industry trends

If you would like to take a look at the full schedule of events, click here!

If you are available for a day or half-day on either of these dates and would like to volunteer, please send an email to Puboffice@pace.edu with your preferred day and time, and your name will be forwarded to the coordinator, who will contact you directly about the scheduling.

 Please send an email by Monday, Oct. 24th if you are interested.

Send an email right away if you’re interested. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Penguin Classics: Cover to Cover Book Launch

On Tuesday, September 27, the students in the Magazine Production and Design course got the chance to go to the opening lecture in the Labor, Literature and Landmark Lectures Series at the General Society Library, founded in 1785. The lecture was in honor of the 70th anniversary of Penguin Classics and the launch of a new book, Classic Penguin: Cover to cover to coverCover. Elda Rotor, Vice President and Publisher of Penguin Classics, and Paul Buckley, Senior Vice President and Executive Creative Director, spoke about the process of creating the covers for the Penguin Classics.

The lecture started with a simple question: “What makes a classic?” After sharing her opinion that classics are the books that have had readers in the past, and will be guaranteed to have readers in the future, Rotor moved on to discussing specific projects and covers that have been created by Penguin Classics. Buckley said that they wanted to “let the titles do the work,” and that the typography should encapsulate the “flavor of the book.”

Rotor and Buckley also discussed the new use of Penguin’s traditional orange and white tri-band, which has never before been used in American publications by Penguin, in the Penguin Orange Collection. Buckley discussed how he wanted to add a new level of creativity to the basic design by adding additional dimensions, like having images weaving in and out of the bands. This is something that we all strive to do with cover design: maintain the traditional branding of books and magazines, keep the recognizable images, while also finding something new to do with the old designs.

When discussing books like Lord of the Flies and The Haunting of Hill House, Rotor and Buckley talked about finding the right imagery to accompany the book. Even though the final covers are not always what they originally imagine, but they always end up being the perfect representations of the books. For example, in discussing The Haunting of Hill House, the house is actually barely scene in the far background of the cover, which instead dramatically depicts a single pivotal scene from the book in the forest.

Elda Rotor, VP, Publisher, Penguin Classics, with Pace students at the book launch.
Elda Rotor, VP, Publisher, Penguin Classics, with Pace students at the book launch.

Rotor and Buckley’s lecture on cover design at Penguin Classics covered topics of science fiction books, horror books, international books, collections and series of books, and even touched on the process of dealing with authors and estates. However, what it really boiled down to was the importance of the cover for a book. As Rotor put it, the cover is “sparking [the reader’s] imagination and curiosity,” as their first impression of the book ultimately comes from the cover. After the lecture, copies of the new book Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover, were available for purchase and signing. It was truly a great experience to be able to hear from the people that really work hard to make sure the visual of a book is stunning. It was a great learning experience that the Magazine Production and Design class had the unique opportunity to experience.

Kevin BakerWritten by: Kevin Baker

Kevin Baker is a graduate student studying magazine publishing at Pace University, with a particular interest in design and editorial work. In the past, he has worked as an intern at his undergraduate college magazine at York College of Pennsylvania, YC Magazine​, as an writing, proofreading, and fact-checking intern.

Rosetta Books

 

 

 

One Exchange Plaza
55 Broadway, Ste 2002
New York, NY 10006

Seeking Full Time Sales and Distribution Associate.

RosettaBooks is looking for a reliable, technically savvy, versatile person to handle a variety of sales, distribution, and operations tasks. As part of a small and collaborative team, the associate will work primarily on print and ebook distribution, analytics, and database management, but will be expected to support other departments as needed.

The associate will have the opportunity to develop a range of industry skills, as well as showcase their own talents and interests. Applicants should be eager to learn about many sides of the publishing industry. Successful candidates will demonstrate a knowledge of distribution systems, personal initiative, and the ability to solve problems in a fast-paced, energetic team setting.

Minimum Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree
• 1-2 years of experience in relevant field
• Previous experience with Biblio and ONIX preferred, but not required

Responsibilities include:
• Manage our various distribution systems, databases, and ONIX feeds
• Input metadata into Biblio/Coresource/KDP/Lightning Source/etc.
• Generate reports on sales, inventory, marketing campaigns
• Manage vendor relationships, fix bugs, and report external errors
• Make bulk sales, place direct sales, mail author copies
• Manage warehouse and Ingram support team communications
• Track inventory and manage reprints
• Research sales trends/comp titles, and help manage sales team
• Work with printers to request quotes and comparisons
• Assist with website changes, upkeep, and redesign
• Support production and marketing staff as needed

Contact Hannah Bennett at HR@rosettabooks.com.
Send a resume and cover letter with the subject line “Distribution Associate”

penguin-random-houseThe Random House Division is seeking a Production Assistant.

New York, New York

Responsible for administrative support for a busy department including but not limited to sending packages to vendors and freelancers, setting up meetings and taking notes, making travel arrangements, preparing T&E reports, tracking attendance, office copy distribution of book samples, ordering office supplies, updating vendor and departmental phone lists, and general office management. Will help maintains our library of sample copies. Provides preliminary castoffs for all original publications as titles are transmitted for copyediting and design. Using information from SAP and MyHouse, compiles and distributes various production schedules, spreadsheets, and other reports. Updates data in SAP and Filemaker as required.

Requirements:

  • College education required (or equivalent experience) and some prior office experience required, preferably in publishing, project management, or a graphic arts-related field.
  • Computer proficiency essential with working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point)
  • Familiarity with FilemakerPro, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop helpful.
  • Candidate must be personable, extremely energetic, and attentive to detail, highly organized, flexible, and able to juggle multiple tasks and successfully prioritize them, with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication, time-management and organizational skills required for this fast-paced environment as well as the ability to work well numbers.
  • Interest in learning the nuts and bolts of book production essential.

Apply online at http://bertelsmann.contactrh.com/jobs/11053/15562160

 

penguin-random-houseThe Random House Publishing Group is seeking a Publishing Operations Assistant.

New York, New York

Responsible for all administrative support for SVP, Executive Director Publishing Operations, including but not limited to answering phones, Xeroxing, filing, faxing, sending packages, handling correspondence, setting up meetings, making travel arrangements, preparing T&E reports, tracking attendance, office copy distribution, ordering office supplies, updating vendor and departmental phone lists, and general office management.

Under minimal supervision, will process, track, and check reprint corrections in both physical books and e-editions. Pulls sample copies for the backlist reprint meeting, prepares meeting notes. Maintains our library of sample copies. Submits titles and reviews proofs for books going into the digital print program. Provides preliminary castoffs for all original publications as titles are transmitted for copyediting and design. Using information from SAP and MyHouse, compiles and distributes various production schedules, spreadsheets, and other reports including the daily reprint memo. Routes and tracks cover mechanicals. Updates data in SAP and Filemaker as needed.

Requirements:

  • College education required (or equivalent experience) and some prior office experience required, preferably in publishing, project management, or a graphic arts-related field.
  • Computer proficiency essential with working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point)
  • Familiarity with FilemakerPro, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop helpful.
  • Candidate must be personable, extremely energetic, and attentive to detail, highly organized, flexible, and able to juggle multiple tasks and successfully prioritize them, with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication, time-management and organizational skills required for this fast-paced environment as well as the ability to work well numbers.
  • Interest in learning the nuts and bolts of publishing essential.
  • Must successfully complete our proofreading test.

Apply online at http://bertelsmann.contactrh.com/jobs/11053/15562283

 

wylie agency

The Wylie Agency is seeking a Full Time Agent Assistant

New York, New York

The Wylie Agency is seeking a highly motivated individual to join its New York team as an agent’s assistant.

Responsibilities will include handling client communications, reading and evaluating manuscripts, and working with contracts and payments.

Requirements:

  • Must be able to prioritize multiple tasks and handle special projects as they arise.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a necessity
  • Candidate must be detail-oriented and extremely well-organized.
  • At least one to two years of prior work experience in an office environment is preferred; experience in the book publishing industry is a plus, but not mandatory.
  • Familiarity with and enthusiasm for the authors we represent (please see www.wylieagency.com).

Contact: Kristina Moore, kmoore@wylieagency.com

Please send a resume and cover letter to the attention of Kristina Moore at kmoore@wylieagency.com

Upcoming Event: 30th Annual New York Book Show!

Book industry guild of new yorkbigny book show posterThe Book Industry Guild of New York’s 30th Annual New York Book Show will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Battery Gardens.

1 Battery Place, Battery Park,
New York, NY, 10004
6:00 pm–9:00 pm

The Book Industry Guild of New York (BIGNY) event encourages, recognizes, and celebrates excellence in print and electronic book production and design. The 30th Annual Book Show awards include the following categories:

  • Books
  • Book Series
  • Covers
  • Covers/Self-Published Books
  • Cover Series
  • Magazines and Journals

As part of an ongoing commitment to enhance literacy, BIGNY will donate all books in the book show to organizations dedicated to promoting literacy.

Ticket prices are $100. Ticket prices include event admission, a buffet dinner and open bar. The event space will feature a display of the show’s award winners.

BIGNY President Jody Saunders Ray
BIGNY President Jody Saunders Ray

BIGNY is a New York-based organization that serves the publishing industry and community. Since its inception in 1926, the Guild has provided professional development opportunities by hosting social and educational events, seminars, industry trips, and more. The Guild produces the annual New York Book Show, which celebrates outstanding achievements in book design and manufacturing. BIGNY also proudly organizes charitable events to promote literacy in the New York City metropolitan area

 

Twitter: @BIGofNY  
Instagram:
bigofny 
Facebook:
Book Industry Guild of New York

To purchase tickets, visit newyorkbookshow.com

For additional information, please contact Tim Hoey:
publicrelations@bigny.org, timhoey95@gmail.com
Phone: 973.714.0707

Thursday, September 29th at 7:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street

JoyceJoyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. Her books include the national bestsellers “We Were the Mulvaneys” and “Blonde” (a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize), and the New York Times bestsellers “The Falls” (winner of the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger) and “The Gravedigger’s Daughter.” Her essay collection “Soul at the White Heat” is new from Ecco Press this fall.

 

Admission is free.

Cave Canem Presents: New Works

Friday, September 30th at 5:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street

RodaleRodale Inc. is an independent, healthy, happy living company based in Emmaus, Pennsylvania and New York, New York. Known for launching the organic movement in the U.S. in 1942, the company operates today with a mission to “inspire health, healing, happiness and love in the world. Starting with you.” Through a broad portfolio of best-in-class brands, Rodale reaches more than 100 million people globally through multiple distribution channels, including magazines, books, online, mobile, e-commerce, direct-to-consumer, social, and video.

Rodale Books is currently seeking a Full-Time assistant for the New York City office, who will provide editorial and administrative support for both an executive editor and the director of subsidiary rights.

Responsibilities include:
-General administrative support to the executive editor and the director of subsidiary rights
-Communicating with authors, agents, writers, photographers, foreign publishers, translation co-agents, rights contacts and other clients
-Book fair scheduling and general support
-Evaluating book proposals and writing readers reports
-Fielding unsolicited submissions
-Drafting correspondence
-Creating fact sheets, catalog copy, sales scripts, and P&L requests
-Checking and trafficking page proofs
-Mailing packages
-Trafficking of internal materials
-Submit check requests for author payment
-General editorial and subrights research
-Ordering books/office supplies
-Handling production requests and submitting invoices for the sale of files to sublicensees

Ideal candidate will possess:
-Bachelor’s degree
-At least one year of experience working as an editorial assistant/intern
-Excellent written communication skills
-Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
-A creative thinker who is always on the lookout for new, more efficient ways of doing things
-Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
-Flexible, personable attitude; Ability to develop cordial and professional relationships
-Ability to publicly present ideas and information
-Proven ability to accommodate evolving responsibilities and last minute changes
-Must be a team player and have the ability to multitask
-Demonstrated interest in sports and active-lifestyle activities

Contact Stephanie Schoenly
stephanie.schoenly@rodale.com

Banned Books Week 2016

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Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge

The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Coalition seeks to engage

various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship.

This year, Banned Books Week is celebrating diversity.Image result for banned books week nyc

 In addition to our sponsors, Banned Books Week received generous support from Penguin Random House and DKT Liberty Project.


The 2016 celebration will be held September 25-October 1.

A series of events are held in honor of Banned Books week in libraries, bookstores and though online webinars (some can be found below). Follow these link to see some interesting events being held in New York City:

Bannedbooksweek.org
American Library Association
New York Public Library

Also, to get an understanding of what kinds of books do get banned or challenged, take a look at this link listing the top ten banned or challenged books in 2015.Image result for banned books week nyc