Inkluded’s First Reading to Support WNDB’s Internship Grant Program

Inkluded will be hosting their first reading in support of the We Need Diverse Books Internship Grant Program, Wednesday, March 15th at 7pm(doors open at 6:30). Authors speaking at the event include: Leigh Stein, Cristina Moracho, Mia Alvar, and Jazmine Hughes.

Inkluded champions diversity in publishing by supporting like-minded organizations toward actualizing their missions and goals and, in doing so, encourages along inclusivity amongst publishing professionals and readers of all ages.

WNDB’s Internship Grant Program provides economic assistance to applicants of diverse backgrounds interested in pursuing highly valuable, but low-paying children’s publishing internships—internships that might not be accessible otherwise. Without internships on their resumes, applicants are always disadvantaged when pursuing careers in publishing. Already, eleven participants of the program have landed entry-level positions in publishing; so, the program is working. Inkluded would like to help WNDB expand their program.

Tickets are $20. Due to limited space, only 40 tickets available for this event.

Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama Set Record with PRH Book Deal


Former US president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama will have their forthcoming books published by Penguin Random House (PRH), a joint deal that is estimated to have cost PRH approximately $60-65 million.

This is a record-breaking amount of money for a publisher to pay for a book written by a president and/or a first lady; the next most expensive presidential book deal goes to Bill Clinton’s autobiography My Life, which cost Knopf Publishing an estimated $15 million to acquire.

Although there are no details released at this time about what the books will actually be about, when they’ll be published, or who will edit them, PRH is confident that the impressive literary ability of Barack and the icon status of the first black president and first lady will make these books have strong sales and will be promising, profitable backlist titles.

Barack’s been praised for his writing talent, exhibited in his previous books, and has out-earned his initial advances for them as well, which is an encouraging sign to PRH—even though the book deal prices for those projects were significantly lower. Previously written nonfiction titles from Barack are Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, and of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters.

Michelle’s only title so far is American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, and her book with PRH is expected to be more literary.

Other books written by past presidents and first ladies past to look into while waiting for the Obamas’ books include John F. Kennedy’s A Nation of Immigrants, Ronald Reagan’s An American Life, George Bush’s Decision Points, Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices, Lady Bird Johnson’s A White House Diary, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s autobiography.

Mother Jones Named Magazine of the Year

Mother Jones was named “Magazine of the Year” on last night on the National Magazine Awards for “finding ‘new ways to engage audiences and continue its practice of fearless journalism.'”

Mother Jones is a reader-supported nonprofit news organization that does independent and investigative reporting on everything from politics and climate change to education and food (plus cat blogging). Some 9 million people come log on to the site each month. Mother Jones  publishes an award-winning, 200,000-circulation magazine, and have recently launched a new podcast.

Other winners during last night’s awards gala included: New York Magazine and New York Times withe three awards each, California Sunday for design and photography, and Modern Farmer for general excellence in special interest magazines. Here is a complete list of winners from the night.

The National Magazine Awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia Journalism School.

In the News- Consolidation at Leading Magazine Publishers

Self MagMajor magazine publishing companies such as Hearst, Condé Nast, and Time Inc. have restructured and consolidated several groups in their respective print titles in order to keep costs down to combat the growing digital world of publishing. Print titles like Self Magazine at Condé Nast have committed to a digital-only brand. Other magazine have joined staffs at several groups into one category. A larger digital investment appears to be the only strategy that can save magazine brands as readers are continuing to shift their general attention to online media outlets.

“We have long believed that collaboration is the key to ongoing creativity and innovation, and we’ve seen its success in action over the past hearst-logofour years,” said a spokesperson for Hearst, “Brands refine their individual points-of-view, and dynamic editors expand their skills and talent to the benefit of all.”

To read the full article, please click this link.

United Nations Day

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Today is National United Nations Day! The 24th of October is honored in the United Nations as being a day to commemorate the organization’s work throughout the world since 1948. October 24th was chosen in particular because it is the anniversary the UN’s official start date. There’s a concert tonight in celebration of this occasion at the UN Assembly Hall with the theme of “Freedom First.”

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-2-27-00-pmCaitlin Morrow, a graduate of the MS in Publishing Program at Pace, is one of the UN representatives for the Women’s National Book Association and has this to add to the day’s recognition:

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For anyone looking to get involved, there’s still time as well to put in an application to be a UN Youth Representative for the WNBA.

 

Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Literature Prize

The Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded on Thursday to singer/songwriter Bob Dylan. Dylan is the first American to win the prize in more than two decades since Toni Morrison won in 1993—and the surprise culmination of years of far-out betting speculation.

The Swedish Academy commended Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” while secretary Sara Danils later added, for those expressing surprise at their choiceimgres, that “if you look far back, 5000 years, you discover Homer and Sappho. They wrote poetic texts which were meant to be performed, and it’s the same way for Bob Dylan. We still read Homer and Sappho, and we enjoy it.”

Simon & Schuster, Dylan’s longtime publisher, was set to release the updated and revised version of Dylan’s The Lyrics: 1961-2012—now priced at $60, after the first version was released as a limited edition in 2014 priced screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-1-04-07-pmat $299—on November 8, but spokesperson Adam Rothberg tells us “we will be accelerating publication” with a new release date still to be determined. And S&S publisher Jonathan Karp said in a statement: “We congratulate Bob Dylan on this extraordinary honor. For decades, he has fused poetry and music with groundbreaking artistry.”

Other awards Dylan has won for his art includes multiple Grammy awards, as well as a Lifetime Grammy Award for his music, and a Quill Award for his memoir, Chronicles: Volume 1, among countless others.

Happy 100th Birthday Roald Dahl!

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Today marks the 100th birthday for the late, great Author, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot, Roald Dahl. Dahl lives on through his amazing work such as James and the Giant PeachCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatildaThe WitchesFantastic Mr FoxThe BFG, and The Twits among otherssome of which were adapted into successful screenplays and films.

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Dahl had a way with words throughout his writing career, which the Huffington Post compiled in an article titled “50 Amazing Words Roald Dahl Made Up” You can click the link and read some interesting words that Dahl used in his stories.

“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it,” Roald Dahl

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Prof. Denning Named President of WNBA

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Prof. Jane Kinney-Denning, the Executive Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach was named the national President of the Women’s National Book Association in June of this year. The WNBA http://www.wnba-books.org was founded in 1917 and will be celebrating the organizations Centennial in 2017. 

It is a wonderful organization for anyone interested in books and networking all over the country.  If you are interested in joining the NYC Chapter, click here: http://www.wnba-nyc.wildapricot.org/page-1518245

Student membership is only $20.00! Click the picture to read the most recent WNBA newsletter. 

Link of the Week: Independent Presses

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When publishing is discussed on public forums, often only the biggest houses garner attention. Examples of high profile news coverage include the Amazon vs. Hachette disputes, and the price-fixing Apple vs. the Big Five issue. It’d be inaccurate to say that independent publishers don’t receive attention, but the influence they have is limited when it comes to the general population.

This week, I found an article on Flavorwire that highlights 25 successful indie presses, emphasizing the fact that their success is the reason many consider right now the “Golden Age of Independent Publishing.” The attention given to the Big Five is understandable: they’re the ones with the most push in the industry, and many measure their health as an indicator of the health of publishing in general. But there’s something to be said about the success of indie publishers, and with the increase of startups and unique niche publishers (Two Dollar Radio, for example, or Future Tense Publishing), it could be said that big publishers have more low-level competition that challenges their assumed positions of power.

Check out that “25 Independent Presses that Prove This Is the Golden Age of Indie Publishing” and let us know what you think! Is it really the Golden Age of Publishing? Are there too many new indie startups?

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L top to R bottom: Dzanc Books, Melville House, Artistically Declined Press, New Directions, Other Press, and Feminist Press.

 

Also, check out these recent Indie press-related articles:

Another piece of notable news: this year’s Indie Bookstore Day was a success! It was the first annual, and due to its widespread success, plans for 2016’s event are in the works, Publisher’s Weekly reports. Read the full report here.

 

Kathy Sandler Honored by National Graphic Arts Society in New York

Professor Kathy Sandler was honored by the National Graphic Arts Society, Gamma Epsilon Tau, which presented her with their prestigious Gold Key Award on May 28th in New York City.

Kathy SandlerAttending the event were many industry luminaries, including Bo Sacks, and Professor Sandler’s family – husband Nick, son Teddy, and daughter Mirabel, and her sister Julie. Professor Soares also attended the event.

Professor Sandler is an industry leader in publishing technology and has been recognized for her skill and vision throughout her career. She has worked in both magazines and books, spending 20 years at Hearst Magazines, then at Meredith Publications, where she was involved in developing digital editions for Parents and Fitness magazines.  She later moved to Scholastic, where she facilitated the launch Scholastic’s digitally curated library, Storia. Currently, she is the Senior Manager, Content Applications and Digital Workflow Development, at Penguin Random House.

Professor Sandler has been included in the list of the 40 most Influential People in Publishing by Folio Magazine. A past president of Women In Production, Sandler has  also served on the boards or committees of many industry organizations, including of the Association of Graphic Communications, the American Business Press Production/Manufacturing Technology Committee, the IDEAlliance PRISM and
DIM-2 Committees, and the Publishers Symposium.

For more information about  Gamma Epsilon Tau, click here.

By Professor Manuela Soares