Pace Library: A Useful Resource for Grad Work

While writing and researching papers for graduate courses, a useful resource to keep in mind is the Pace Library. Offering digital archives exclusive to Pace students, extensive journal and article databases, and an easy-to-navigate book catalogue, the library is perfect for discovering academic works and sources to help with kind of assignment. The library offers private study rooms, hosts events for students, and offers research guides and video support.

Located at the main campus downtown, the library can also be accessed through the tabs on your Blackboard page.

Spotlight: Publishing Research Quarterly

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Alex Grover, a recent grad, just had a book review published in Publishers Quarterly.

The journal analyzes content development, production, distribution, and marketing of books, magazines, journals, and online information services in relation to the social, political, economic, and technological conditions that shape the publishing process. Its broad coverage shows how different sectors of the industry operate, from editorial decision-making to order processing.

Topics include product development, marketing, finance, and print and online distribution as well as the relationship between publishing activities and the publishing industry’s constituencies among industry, government, and consumers. The journal presents scholarly articles, research reports, review papers, essays, surveys, memoirs, statistics, letters, notes and book reviews.

Do you want to publish your article in this journal?

You can visit the homepage of Publishing Research Quarterly  to register for an online subscription and for full details on their aims and scope, editorial policy, and information on article submission.

ASBPE Young Leaders Scholarship

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The ASBPE Young Leaders Scholarship was created to foster interest in the American Society of Business Publication Editors by younger B2B editors, designers, and videographers who are advancing in their editorial careers.

The scholarship is sponsored annually by ASBPE, and allows younger editors, designers, and videographers – who might otherwise be unable – to attend the ASBPE National Conference. 2016’s conference will be held this summer at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. The conference contains editorial sessions and the ASPBE National Awards Banquet.

These scholarships are open to all business editors, including print and Web, as well as B2B designers and videographers. Scholarships pay the conference registration fees and hotel room costs for the winners. Transportation to and from the conference, any non-conference meals, and other incurred costs are the responsibility of the winners or their publishing companies.

Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be 30 years of age or younger (on or about July 15, 2016)
  • Have worked at least 2 years as an editor at a business publication
  • Be sponsored by their publication’s chief editor
  • Plan to continue in the business press as a career
  • Not be a previous ASBPE Young Leaders Scholarship winner

To apply for the scholarship, please read the guidelines and fill out the application form. The submission deadline for all materials is 11:59 pm, CDT, April 1, 2016.

Resource Spotlight: Publishing Research Quarterly

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Publishing Research Quarterly is an international forum for the publication of original peer-reviewed papers offering significant research and analyses on the full range of the publishing industry. The journal analyzes content development, production, distribution, and marketing of books, magazines, journals, and online information services in relation to the social, political, economic, and technological conditions that shape the publishing process. Its broad coverage shows how different sectors of the industry operate, from editorial decision-making to order processing.

Topics include product development, marketing, finance, and print and online distribution as well as the relationship between publishing activities and the publishing industry’s constituencies among industry, government, and consumers. The journal presents scholarly articles, research reports, review papers, essays, surveys, memoirs, statistics, letters, notes and book reviews.

Do you want to publish your article in this journal?

You can visit the homepage of Publishing Research Quarterly  to register for an online subscription and for full details on:

  • aims and scope
  • editorial policy
  • article submission

Link of the Week: WordRates

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A brand new resource was launched on October 19th, Wordrates.com. WordRates is a publishing platform for journalists to share payment structures, rate editors, and sell pitches. The project was launched on Kickstarter in April 2015 and by May 24,2015 the project reached its goal. They raised almost $10,000. Writer Scott Carney founded the site to bring transparency to the Byzantine world of magazine publishing.

According to Galleycat:

The site contains a database of magazines, blogs and newspapers that work with freelance writers. The entries for these publications include crowd-sourced ratings and comments from writers on the publication, as well as ratings of individual editors. In addition, if you sign up for the free membership, you can access publication details like pay rates, kill fees and advertising rates, along with masthead information. If you sign up for a premium account ($35 for six months, $50 a year), then you can access contact details for individual editors. You can also browse the site by best rated (Wired, Outside, Fast Company) or lowest rated (Details, Town & Country, Allure) or newest/oldest.

One special feature is the Pitchlab. On the site it explains that Pitchlab is where “Writers with great ideas can submit pitches, which are then reviewed by our team of mentors. If the idea passes the review process, the mentor will then work with the writer to hone the proposal into a perfect pitch and then take it out to the marketplace to find an appropriate publication, just like a literary agent does in the book publishing world.”

The site has been described as “Yelp for journalists.”

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Jordan Forney is a Graduate Assistant for the M.S. in Publishing program at Pace University. She is currently pursuing a career in the book publishing industry. She’s a proud alumnus of Seton Hill University and calls the United States Virgin Islands home. 

Link of the Week: Internship Resource Page

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This week I want to take the chance to feature our own internship resource page!

Over the last months, we’ve been busy updating the page so that it serves the needs of students like you in the best way possible! It is a work in progress, however, so please do comment with suggestions on how we might expand the page. What are things you wish you could see more of on the resources page, and on the blog overall?

In addition to drawing attention to our Resources page, I think it’s appropriate to include a few tips on finding and securing a job or internship. Now is the time!

One of the greatest things about being in a publishing program like Pace’s is the fact that being here puts you in the middle of people who are moving in the same general direction as you. As I’ve been told in multiple classes, “your classmates will be your friends and colleagues in the industry. Get to know them.” It’s important that each student take advantage of the circles they are in, but also that they expand beyond it. Another great part about the program is that your professors and staff are active in the field, which means you have direct connections that will go a long way in securing your first job or internship–if you take advantage of them.

So for tips:

1. Be Creative in your Approach
Applying online the way a publisher or company requests is exactly what everyone else is doing. Consider how you might engage with them differently; perhaps Twitter and Facebook are your friends in this case. Thinking outside the box in your approach to securing a job or internship is a perfect way to put your skills on exhibit in the public sphere!

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2. Keep Your Options Open
Tailoring your options to what you think you will like may limit where you’re applying. Desperation is an excellent motivator, and sometimes you just need to get your foot in the door somewhere. The publishing industry may be difficult to break into, but it’s possible if you are dedicated to it. As the Society of Young Publishers advises,

Don’t set your mind on one job – any experience in publishing is valuable – even working on a book publisher’s reception (you get to know the names, companies, authors that your employer deals with). Also, knowledge of other areas of publishing – e.g. marketing or sales – could be highly beneficial for your job in editorial, because as an Editor, you will need to take a keen interest in the market and sales and production of your titles. You also might find out that you prefer different areas of publishing rather than your first career choice. Remember any experience that you can get is valuable.

So don’t let a job or internship title dissuade you! Unless you loathe marketing or sales, don’t rule them out as options.

3. Networking, and More Networking
And finally, courtesy of Margaret Maloney’s blog, here are a few tips on networking strategy:

  • Find someone you want to meet
  • Contact that person
  • Use your interview to learn more
  • Write thank-you notes immediately

Be sure to check out her entire post for more details.

Many tips out there on the internet are great, acting as general guidelines for how to approach this entire process. However, be sure to take yourself into consideration because you’re the most important element of the equation. You bring something unique to the table, and it’s your job to figure that out and present it well.

Good luck to those of you on the hunt!

Jobs of the Week:

 

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Editorial Assistant – Portfolio/Sentinel/Current

CurrentType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Join the Editorial team at Penguin Random House! We are seeking a proactive Editorial Assistant to work in our Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current imprints. Reporting to two editors, the Editorial Assistant will provide administrative support, read and evaluate submissions, and oversee the entire editorial process. This job opening is an exciting opportunity to learn about the editorial process for a diverse set of nonfiction titles!

Specific responsibilities include:

1. Assisting the editorial staff with various day-to-day tasks, such as logging book proposal submissions, drafting contract requests, and tracking payments and invoices.
2. Evaluating manuscripts and writing reader?s reports for any promising submissions.
3. Providing editorial backup by offering editorial feedback, liaising with authors, etc.
4. Liaising with the Production department and ensuring their deadlines are met.
5. Writing flap copy, title information sheets, and catalog copy.
6. Providing administrative support for two editors, such as scheduling meetings, booking conference rooms, making copies, filing, etc.

Requirements: 

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Strong ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Prior experience with project management
  • Outstanding ability to think creatively and critically
  • High attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word
  • Interest in working with nonfiction books

To Apply: 
Please apply using our online application process (here), and please include your resume and cover letter.

 

 

WWNortonDigital Media Editorial Assistant – Astrology & Geology at W. W. Norton

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
W. W. Norton & Company is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support the digital media editor for college astronomy and geology courses.

Essential job responsibilities:
• Management of manuscripts in all stages of production – Sending manuscript to be reviewed by college instructors. Setting and adhering to schedules. Preparing manuscript for copyediting and production.
• Telephone and message management – Professionally interacting with authors, college faculty, marketing, and sales staff to relay messages, follow-up on requests/information and in general, anticipating when to proactively act on messages (including relaying messages with a sense of urgency).
• Document management – Faxing, copying, printing, emailing. Organizing and maintaining files.
• Creating and editing Excel and Word documents to support projects and/or office responsibilities.
• Data Management – Extracting data from internal web based information portals. Aggregating data from various sources. Information gathering and following up.
• Project management – Collaborating with and providing support to media editorial team to move numerous different projects forward in order to meet publishing deadlines.
• Market research – Assisting media editor with research on market trends in online learning.

Requirements: 
• Bachelor’s degree.
• Employment eligibility to work with W. W. Norton & Company in the US is required.
• Must be able to work full business hours in our NYC location.
• Excellent organizational, verbal and written communications skills.
• Must be able to anticipate needs and deliver timely, relevant solutions and actions.
• Must be able to develop rapport and relationships with all levels of employees. Must be seen as knowledgeable and capable of handling sensitive, critical information.
• Must be proactive, flexible and adaptive in a rapidly changing environment and adjust with a “can-do” attitude.
• Must be self-directed and independent.
• Must have good time management skills, be organized, and be capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing across departments, activities, and projects.
• Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes.
• Must have a demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of electronic media as it applies to education and/or learning.
• Must have strong research skills.
• Must have a passion for learning new software programs.
• Subject matter expertise is not required, but applicants should note whether they have taken any college-level chemistry or astronomy courses.

Technical Skills
• Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google Docs. Proficiency with both Windows and Mac OS. Proficiency with Photoshop and InDesign a plus.
• Mastery of email, calendar management, and file management tools.

To Apply: 
Qualified candidates should apply by sending a copy of their resume and cover letter to: recruiting@wwnorton.com. PLEASE BE SURE TO INDICATE WHICH POSITION YOU ARE APPLYING FOR IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

 

Publicity Assistant – Simon & Schuster

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Location: New York, NY

Description: 
The Simon & Schuster imprint is seeking a Publicity Assistant or Associate Publicist to work closely with an Associate Director and a Senior Publicist in a very active publicity department with a dynamic publishing program. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn all aspects of the book publishing process and work on commercial fiction and non-fiction titles.

Responsibilities include administrative duties, as well as involvement in all aspects of publicity campaigns including: Creating press materials; booking tours; and pitching media

Requirements: 
· Must be organized and have excellent phone and computer skills. Strong written communication is important as well as the ability to multi-task and be flexible.

Preferred Skills/Experience:

· Previous PR assistantship or internship with a literary agency or book publishing house is preferred. Minimum Education Level Bachelor’s Degree.

To Apply: 
Apply online here.

Internship Alert: Kodansha Comics

Intern Wanted
Fall Paid Editorial Internships

We’re recruiting paid editorial interns for the fall. See below for the requirements, and submit your resumes and cover letters to 
kodanshacomics@randomhouse.com!

Kodansha Comics Editorial Intern
Penguin Random House Publisher Services is seeking two part-time paid interns for fall 2015 to work as part of our Kodansha Comics team in New York City. The interns will perform diverse tasks spanning editorial, production, and marketing, giving them a chance to become familiar with every aspect of how an American manga publisher operates. As one of their primary roles will involve proofreading, the interns will need to be extremely detail-oriented, and prior experience with writing, editing, proofreading, or translation is preferred.
Responsibilities and duties
  • Proofreading manga, ads, and other materials prior to publication
  • Assisting the production manager or director of publishing with data entry and checking related to production and sales
  • Other tasks depending on individual strengths and skills
  • Hours are flexible and can be tailored to fit your schedule, up to 14 hours per week.
Requirements
  • Familiarity with manga or comics
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Candidates will be required to pass a brief proofreading test.
  • Prior experience as a writer, proofreader, copy editor, or fact checker strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of or interest in the Japanese language is an advantage, but not required.
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and/or Illustrator is an advantage, but not required.

Note: After applying through Kodansha, former Pace Publishing graduate Noelle Webster has offered to speak on behalf of any Pace students. Email her at n-webster@kodansha-usa.com