Young to Publishing Group eBook Discussion Panel Next Week

The Young to Publishing Group is excited to announce their eBook Brown Bag Lunch!

Please join the YPG on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 from 12:30-1:30 in Hachette’s 13th floor Atrium (46th & Lexington) for a discussion on how enhanced eBooks go beyond the realm of ordinary books and how these new products are facilitating a transformation in the publishing business and media industry at large. Pack your bags, bring your lunch, and prepare for the future!

The panel, which will be moderated by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Director of Programming & Business Development, Digital Book World, includes Liz Kessler, Digital Managing Editor, Hachette Book Group; Dan Sanicola, Director of Digital Assets, Penguin; Sue Fleming, VP Director of Content and Programming for Digital, Simon & Schuster.

For more information and to RSVP (it’s free!):

The Young to Publishing Group (YPG) strives to give entry-level employees a chance to build a community outside of their own publishing house and to educate themselves about the industry as a whole. YPG is an initiative of the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

Pace Students Attend AAP Young to Publishing House Party!

On the evening of November 17th, a few students in Pace University’s M.S. in Publishing program got all dolled up and made their way to 1745 Broadway, the home of Random House, Inc. The Association of American Publishers’ Young to Publishing Group was hosting its inaugural House Party: A Celebration of the National Book Awards.

After walking through the large glass doors and making our way through the impressive lobby, we got our tickets and headed up to the even more impressive party rooms. We were handed red envelopes that contained book passages and were instructed to spend the evening searching for the guest that had the matching passage in order to receive a prize. This created a wonderful opportunity (especially as students and industry-hopefuls) for us to network with the other guests.

The Young to Publishing Group was created by the AAP to allow young people in the industry to build a community that extends beyond their own publishing houses. For us, this led to a room of hundreds of people who were in our shoes not too long ago and have stepped into the industry successfully. That’s hundreds of brains to pick for advice and tips on our current concerns, such as how to be successful in an internship and how to find a job.

We had the chance to talk with publishing professionals from St. Martin’s Press, Simon & Schuster, and even the AAP, all while enjoying the music, hors d’oeuvres (which consisted of mini burgers, fries and dumplings), and open bar. And although we didn’t buy any of the charity raffle tickets, we enjoyed walking around the tables and seeing what prizes were available. About halfway through the evening we were ushered into the largest room to watch allof the young professionals cheer for their books during the National Book Awards, which were projected on to two huge screens at the front of the room.

The party was a huge success, and was a fantastic experience for us as students. The tickets were $40 apiece, which any graduate student will agree is a painful amount to spend on a party. But the opportunity to attend a real publishing cocktail party, complete with “swag bags” (free books, a pretty awesome perk), was well worth the price. It allowed us to refine our networking skills and make industry connections that will undoubtedly be extremely valuable in our future careers. It was a great experience, and I would strongly encourage any student to take advantage of any similar opportunity that pops up in the future.

Around Town November Events List, Courtesy of the WNBA

  • Nancy Pearl, author of the popular “Book Lust” series will appear at NYPL’s Midtown Branch on Monday, November 15th @ 6:30pm.  Visit Nancy’s website for more information.
  • Jonathan Franzen and Lorrie Moore will appear at The 92nd Street Y on Monday, November 15th @ 8:00pm.  Click here for more information.
  • Zadie Smith will appear at the New York Public Library’s Live@NYPL on Monday, November 22nd @ 7:00pm.  Click here for more information.
  • Salman Rushdie will appear at The 92nd Street Y on Monday, November 22nd @ 8:00pm.  Click here for more information.
  • And, lastly, I hope you’ll Eat, Drink & Be Literary at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the new year.  See the line-up for 2011 @

Pace University/Random House Informational Session on Careers in Book Publishing

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The MS in Publishing program is proud to host Deborah Friedman, Human Resources Assistant for Random House and representative of the American Association of Publishers, who will speak to students about publishing careers at Random House.

Her talk will cover, among other things, what publishers look for in potential employees, what to include or avoid when crafting a resume, and the types of careers available at Random House.

  • The session will take place on Tuesday, December 7th in room 806 (the  Multimedia Lab) at 6:00 in the Midtown Campus.
  • Please email by Monday, December 6th to reserve your seat as limited space is available. (Please note that Students in Prof. Bachiman’s PUB 636 are already counted as attendees)

Becca Worthington of AAP/ assisted in coordinating this talk. is an initiative of the Association of American Publishers’ Diversity, Recruit & Retain Committee.  It is a “one-stop shop” for information about the book publishing industry, publisher profiles, industry events, and constantly updated jobs listings for entry level and above (as well as internship) positions in the book publishing field. One of the most important ingredients for a vibrant publishing industry and literary culture is a richly diverse talent pool. Our work centers on exploring and expressing new viewpoints and different ideas, and it is essential that the talent we draw into our industry, in every facet of the business, reflects a wide range of perspectives and experiences. Publishing houses have finance, marketing, sales, publicity, design, editorial, legal, and production departments, not to mention many, many more! gathers together job and internship listings from over 35 different publishers; provide information on the types of publishers and the departments within them; and can even help match college majors with particular jobs in publishing.