Free Tickets to “The Making of a Bestseller: From Acquisition to Market”

Professors Jane Kinney-Denning and Manuela Soares will be moderating an exciting event next week with the Women’s National Book Association called “The Making of a Bestseller:  From Acquisition to Market.”

The event features Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. The panel will include Helen Simonson, her literary agent, and the Random House publishing team responsible for making Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand a success.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about how a book becomes a bestseller, directly from top Random House executives.

This event will take place on Wednesday, November 9, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Wix Lounge.  Pace University has a number of comp tickets available to students.  If any students are interested in attending this panel for free, please contact Professor Kinney-Denning at by Monday, November 7th.

For more information about this WNBA event, please see their website:  (Students obtaining a ticket through Professor Kinney-Denning do not need to register for the event online.)

The Making of a Bestseller: From Acquisition to Market

Please join the WNBA-NYC Chapter at one of our most anticipated events this Fall:
“The Making of a Bestseller: From Acquisition to Market”

Featuring Helen Simonson, author of
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
When: Wednesday, November 9
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: The Wix Lounge
10 West 18th St. (2nd Floor), NYC, NY

How exactly does a book become a Bestseller?

Can a title be easily predicted as one by the agents, editors, and publicists that work on it?

Find out from a bestselling novelist and the publishing team behind her!

Published by Random House in 2010, Helen Simonson’s debut novel has been a tremendous success! The hardcover edition of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand peaked at #13 on The New York Times Bestseller List. The paperback edition spent 28 weeks on The Los Angeles Times’s Bestseller List, 36 weeks on the The New York Times Bestseller List (debuting at #10); and 42 weeks on NPR’s Bestseller List for Paperback Fiction. Major Pettigrew was listed in Amazon’s Best of 2010, Janet Maslin’s Top 10 Books of 2010, and “O” Magazine’s Top Books of 2010. Ms. Simonson was awarded the 2010 Indie Next Award, the 2010/11 Waverton Good Read Award, and given honorable mention to the 2011 Hemingway Foundation/Pen Award. Major Pettigrew has been published in 20 countries and translated into 18 languages. The film version is set to be produced by the Mazur Kaplan Company and Warner Brothers-based Langley Park Pictures.

Panelists joining Ms. Simonson include:

Julie Barer (Literary Agent, Barer Literary Agency)
Avideh Bashirrad (Vice President, Marketing Director, Random House)
Karen Fink (Assistant Director of Publicity, Random House)
Susan Kamil (Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, RandomHouse/Dial Press)
Jane von Mehren (Publisher, Random House Paperbacks)

Moderated by: Pace University MS in Publishing faculty Jane Kinney-Denning, Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach, and Manuela Soares, Director of the Graduate Seminar.

Refreshments, plus an opportunity to mingle with attendees and panelists before and afterwards!

This event is free for WNBA members; $10.00 for non-members. All RSVPs and payments must be made in advance by November 8.


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Report from the Trenches: PubWest Conference

I am a current M.S. in Publishing student, and the Production Manager at ABC-CLIO, LLC in Broomfield, Colorado. I will be on a panel of print and production professionals at the  PubWest Conference in Las Vegas from November 3-5.  Our topic is digital process and workflow.  It’s not too late to sign up and join us in Las Vegas for seminars and networking with other like-minded publishing professionals.  See the link below for full conference information:

This is a great opportunity to meet and greet a varied publishing community west of the Misissippi River!  New York is a great place to live and work, but west of the “Big Muddy” is fantastic!

– Don Schmidt
Production Manager at ABC-CLIO, LLC

Report from the Trenches: New York Comic Con

Interest in comics and graphic novels is steadily expanding – just ask anyone who attended the sold-out New York Comic Con this weekend.  The crowds started as far back as the nearest subway stop – 3 avenues away from the Jacob Javits Convention Center, which was home to this year’s NYCC.  Walking towards the convention center, you could easily pick the Comic Con attendees out of the crowd.  Many wore elaborate and impressive costumes, and all were excited to see their favorite comics creators.

I attended the Comic Con this Friday at the suggestion of Professor Paul Levitz, who is teaching the new course Publishing Comics and Graphic Novels this semester.  He encouraged the class to attend what is a highly important event, not only for comics fans, but also for publishers.  The marketing, sales, and promotional opportunities afforded to publishers at the Comic Con are unparalleled.  Many booths were handing out free comics, artwork, and even promotional t-shirts.  Comics retailers had just about everything imaginable for sale. I myself went with the intention of buying nothing, and ended up emptying my wallet.

The show floor of the Comic Con is easily the largest part of the convention (and the most overstimulating!).  But looking at the Con from the perspective of a publishing student, I believe the panels represent some of the best educational opportunities.  The panel I attended was called “Archaia Entertainment Presents: How to Make a Great Indie Graphic Novel.”  This panel consisted of editors, writers, and artists that work with Archaia.  Because of the diversity of the panel, I was able to learn a little about the process of accepting new proposals from both the publishing side and the creator side of the business.  Such opportunities to learn from professionals in the business are immensely valuable.

Of course, the Comic Con is mostly an extremely fun, high-energy convention – a chance to meet friendly comics fans, talk with artists and writers, get the autographs of favorite celebrities, and people-watch in a crowd of amazing costumes.  What more could you ask for on a Friday afternoon?

For more information on the Comic Con, check out the website:

Also, see the Publisher’s Weekly article on the convention here.

WNBA-NYC Hosts National Reading Group Month Event!

When: Thurday, October 20th, 6:30PM – 9:00PM

Where: Asian American Writers’ Workshop

The NYC chapter of the Women’s National Book Association would like to invite you to attend their event to celebrate National Reading Group Month. You will meet such renowned authors as Scott Spencer (author of Man in the Woods, A Ship Made of Paper, and Endless Love) and Julie Otsuka (author of The Buddha in the Attic), among others.

For more details, please read this informative flyer. If you are interested, kindly e-mail by October 18 to reserve your space.