Around Town: The New York Comic Con and More

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The New York Comic Con is coming to town!
Mark your calendars, folks! The New York Comic Con will be at the Javits Center through October 9–12. Beyond the usual attractions, there will be panels discussing the future of self-publishing and finding success in comics, among others. Find the full list here.


October 5th, 2014
97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007
Join Barnes & Noble for a New York Comic-Con Super Week Science Fiction and Fantasy Audiobook Performance and Q&A with Fred Berman (narrator of the Walking Dead series), Matthew Brown (narrator of Amy Kathleen Ryan’s Skychasers series, Mary E.Pearson’s Jenna Fox Chronicles, and Julie Cross’s Tempest Trilogy), and Rebecca Soler (narrator of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles). Leanna Renee Hiber will be moderating.

October 6th, 2014, at 7 pm
150 E 86th St., New York
Acclaimed actor, director, producer and now memoirist, Alan Cumming seems to succeed at everything he tries. And yet it’s so hard to hate him for it. The enviable man of many talents speaks tonight with author Tom Santopietro about his memoir, Not My Father’s Son, his relationship with his father and his family’s deeply buried secrets.

Event is free.

October 7th, 2014
150 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028
One of life’s most simple pleasures is to be read to. Emma Galvin (narrator of Darren Shan’s Zom-B Series), Katherine Kellgren (performer in Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles), and Sean Runette (narrator of Andrew Fukuda’s Hunt Triology series) will tell us what it’s like to be the voice doing the reading.

1318_Coverspy_Book_Swap_3.thumbnailOctober 10th, 2014, 7:00pm-8:30pm
828 Broadway at 12th Street
Strand’s Super-Spooky Book Swap + Costume Contest!
Have Nancy Drew’s classic bob? Know a Brooklyn buddy whose beard screams Captain Ahab? Maybe that mink coat your grandma gave you doubles perfectly for Edward Gorey’s!

Let Strand and CoverSpy help you gear up for Halloween in style with a book swap and literary costume contest… Bring three books to trade and come dressed as a favorite character or author for the chance to win awesome prizes! We’ll take care of the rest including wine, Argo Tea, goodies from Billy’s Bakery, Sigmund’s Pretzels and giveaways from Strand, The Bean and other NYC hotspots. Admission is $15.

Jobs of the Week: Taylor & Francis Group, Rodale, and Grosset and Dunlap


Taylor & Francis Group

Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 10.42.28 AMTitle: Editorial Assistant/Research

Location: NYC

Ideal candidates will be extremely well organized and have the ability to balance a variety of responsibilities / handle many projects simultaneously. Some publishing experience preferred.

Qualified candidates will possess a B.A. or equivalent educational experience, a facility with standard computer programs (Windows, Microsoft Office, internet research skills, etc.), and impeccable language (grammar and spelling) and communication (oral and written) skills.

Routledge, one of the world’s leading commercial academic publishers, seeks an Editorial Assistant for the Routledge Research program. The Routledge Research program is Routledge’s home for leading edge research books and is one of the largest and most distinctive monograph programs in academic publishing. Routledge Research was created in 1995 and has since expanded to include all areas of the Social Sciences and Humanities.

The Editorial Assistant will support two Editors with all phases of the book publication process in the fields of Education, Psychology, Classics and Archaeology, Law, and Library and Information Science – from the conceptual stage to the finished book and beyond. The Editorial Assistant will be responsible for a variety of tasks including preparing manuscripts for transmittal to production; soliciting and chasing peer reviews of book proposals and manuscripts under consideration; creating and maintaining reports, forms, and files; monitoring schedules, delivery dates, and publication dates ensuring publication to schedule; liaising and communicating with other departments, external authors, and editors around the world; maintaining databases and systems; drafting and sending author and contributor contracts; writing copy for marketing materials; and responding to other internal and external enquiries as needed. Responsibilities may include convention travel, market research, and related tasks.

To Apply:
For consideration for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to: to the attention of Jessica Flores in the Human Resources Department. Please state salary history, salary requirements, the position being applied for, and the source of the advertisement. *Only responses with salary history and salary requirements will be considered. No phone calls please. Human Resources Department Taylor and Francis Group 711 3rd Avenue, 8th Floor, NYC 10017 EOE

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logoWomen’s Health – Rodale

Title: Editorial Assistant, Women’s Health

Type: Full-time

Location: NYC


  • Several editorial internships under his/her belt
  • An interest in integrative health, psychology, relationships, fitness, and food
  • A strong service-journalism sensibility
  • A proven ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure

Women’s Health magazine is seeking a creative and enthusiastic Editorial Assistant to support the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial staff. This individual will be expected to participate actively in a fun culture of innovation and teamwork. The position is based in Women’s Health’s New York office.

Key responsibilities include: Performing administrative tasks for the Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief,
working closely with the senior members of the Editorial Team in a support capacity, assisting with magazine copy flow and administrative needs, researching stories for the magazine and Women’s Health branded projects, pitching and writing about news & trends for various departments, and writing and/or editing front-of-book articles.

To Apply: Visit Rodale’s website and apply online.



GrossetDunlapGrosset and Dunlap, Penguin Young Readers

Title: Assistant Production Editor

Type: Full-time

Location: NYC


  •  A 4-year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Prior office experience
  • Strong copy-editing and proofreading skills with high attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask and work quickly yet effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency with MS Word and MS Excel

Penguin Random House seeks an Assistant Production Editor for Grosset & Dunlap, part of the Penguin Young Readers Group. The imprint has a strong trade, mass market, and school presence. It publishes fun and informative books for children, 0-12 years of age. In addition to popular chapter book series, it expands in-house brands such as: The Little Engine That Could, The World of Eric Carle, and Llama Llama; it continues the legacy of Beatrix Potter; publishes Grosset Vintage ? a series of children’s books with mid-century origins, leads the non-fiction market with its Who Was and Smithsonian programs; and works with Cartoon Network and other licensors on media tie-in publishing.

The Assistant Production Editor will work on all phases of text and cover processes, from manuscript to bound books, routes production materials, and assisting with data maintenance.

Responsibilities include:

– Copyediting covers and manuscripts and proofreading typeset pages
– Reviewing and fact-checking sketches and artwork for consistency and accuracy
– Routing and tracking materials to and from editorial, design and production
– Maintaining the department’s production notes
– Working on other managing/production editorial projects as needed

To Apply: Fill out the online application.

The PW 2014 Publishing Salary Survey

While digital has disrupted much of the industry, some characteristics of the workforce remain the same.

PW Racial Diversity“Employees at publishing houses worked a little bit longer each week and made a little more money in 2013 than they did in 2012. Those were just two of the findings of PW’s annual salary survey, which was conducted this summer and which, for the first time, featured a number of questions on racial diversity in the industry. While it’s no surprise that the publishing sector is overwhelmingly white, the lack of diversity is a bit eye-opening: of the 630 respondents who identified their race, 89% described themselves as white/Caucasian, with 3% selecting Asian and another 3% indicating Hispanic. Only 1% said they are African-American.”

Some interesting findings:

  • Out of a total of about 800 respondents, 61% said there is little diversity in publishing, while 28% were ambivalent and 11% said they did not think diversity was an issue.  The publishing industry’s diversity (or lack thereof) directly affects what kind of books are put into print, and most industry members agree there needs to be “more advocates for books involving people of color throughout the business.”
  • The workforce is dominated by women (74%), but men earn more overall because of higher rates of employment in management.
  • The pay gap between men and women in publishing persisted in 2013, with the average male employee earning $85,000 per year and the average female employee earning $60,750 annually, up from $56,000 the year before.

PW chart

  • The top complaint among employees in publishing was the increased workload, with 58% of survey respondents claiming they were dissatisfied with the two hour weekly increase (about 47 hours/week, up, up from 45 the previous year).
  • However, publishing employees were satisfied with their jobs overall: 85% of respondents reported being at least some-what satisfied with their current positions.
  • Most publishing industry employees seem to have overcome the fear that the sector is facing collapse: 54% of respondents said they were very confident or extremely confident in the future of publishing.
  • Self-publishing is also having an impact on the industry, according to the survey. Fifty-five percent of respondents said their companies acquired books from self-published authors in the past year; among trade publishers, that portion was higher, at 67%.

Click here to read the full article.

W.W. Norton Music eMedia Internship Opportunity

WWNortonMusic Editorial Internship

W. W. Norton’s electronic media department is seeking an intern to assist the music team with editorial and production tasks from October 2014 through January 2015. Duties will include, but not be limited to, working with page proofs, cataloging and organizing digital assets, and preparing audio and video files.

Candidates must be interested in book publishing as a career, particularly in college textbooks. The ability to read music, utilize notation software, and understand basic music theory is preferred, but not required. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, organized, self-starting, comfortable working with minimal supervision, willing to learn new programs and skills on the job, and has excellent communication skills. Knowledge of Windows OS and Microsoft Office is required. Specific work hours are flexible, but interns usually work 3 or 4 days a week, up to 20 hours total per week.

If interested, please contact Professor Jane Denning at

Alumni in the Spotlight–Robb Pearlmann and Jessica Napp

For this month’s Alumni in the Spotlight, Jessica Napp (2000) interviews her fellow alumna and colleague, Robb Pearlman (1994). 

Robb PearlmanRobb Pearlman is the Associate Publisher of Universe Books, Calendars, and Licensing at Rizzoli New York, and is the editor of pop culture titles including The Joker: An Illustrated History of the Clown Prince of CrimeZombies on FilmThe Princess Bride: A Celebration, and Stuck on Star Trek. He is the author of Fun with Kirk and Spock (Cider Mill Press, 2014), 101 Ways to Kill a Zombie (Universe, 2013), Nerd Haiku (Lyons Press, 2012), Spoiler Alert!: Bruce Willis Is Dead and 399 More Endings from Movies, TV, Books, and Life (Lyons Press, 2010), The Q Guide to Sex and the City (Alyson, 2008), and the upcoming Game of Thrones: In Memoriam and Game of Thrones: The Starks (both Running Press, 2015), and 101 Ways to Use a Unicorn (Universe, 2015); two books for children: Leaf Dance (Little Simon, 2001), Passover is Here! (Little Simon, 2005), and the upcoming Groundhog’s Day Off (Bloomsbury, 2015); as well as two storybook engagement calendars: Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (Universe, 2011) and Disney’s Winnie the Pooh (Universe, 2011). Robb has had successful events and signings around the country including San Diego ComicCon, New York ComicCon and BookCon, the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention, and book and comic book retailers in Los Angeles, New York, and New Jersey. He has performed at the Nerdnite Nerdtacular, and has had essays featured on the Los Angeles and Las Vegas CBS websites,, and

Jessica Kapp


Jessica Napp is currently Associate Director of Publicity at Rizzoli New York, an integral part of its parent company, the Italian communications giant RCS Media Group.  Rizzoli New York is a leader in the fields of art & architecture, interior design, photography, haute couture, gastronomy, performing arts, and gay & alternative lifestyles.  She is also the VP of Communications for the Women’s National Book Associaton (WNBA) NYC Chapter and the PR and Marketing rep to Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, NY. To read a complete interview with Jessica, click here.


In a galaxy far, far away, two Pace MS Publishing alums happened to meet on the job and for the last seven years they have been working together in harmony!

When I started working at Rizzoli in 2007 it was a surreal experience. On the one hand, I knew a handful of people from previous jobs, so in some ways, those early transitional days were super easy because at least 5 people knew my name. On the other, I was the stereotypical new kid, needing to learn a whole new crop of names and faces. And in that mix was Robb!  I had heard of Robb before, but somehow we had yet to meet. I worked with his partner at Abrams, we had both worked at S&S, but in different divisions, and now, here we stood in the halls of Rizzoli, circling and bantering, and realizing we had one more connection (other than good taste in people) – The MS in Publishing program at Pace!

Our working relationship over the years has evolved into a friendship like no other, so I am proud to have had the opportunity to interview Robb for this blog.  Now, mind you, if you can’t keep up with Robb, don’t read the post. Synapses will be firing on all levels and not laughing is not an option.

Jessica:  Hi Robb, and thank you for agreeing to do this interview. It has been 20 years since you graduated from the MS in Publishing program. Can you tell us a bit about what you have been doing and how your career has developed since then?

Robb: Hi Jessica, it’s my pleasure, and thanks so much for reminding me how old I am. I can’t believe it’s been that long! After graduating from Pace, I worked in the subsidiary rights departments for Disney/Hyperion and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. I decided to transition to the editorial side of things, and moved to Rizzoli as a senior editor. I’m now the Associate Publisher of Universe Books, Calendars, and Licensing. I acquire and edit pop culture, entertainment, and children’s books such as Zombies on Film, The Princess Bride: A Celebration, The Bow Tie Book, Miroslav Sasek’s This is The World, and The Joker: An Illustrated History of the Crown Prince of Crime; I direct our calendar program, which publishes calendars based on television and movie properties like Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Family Guy, Downton Abbey, Clueless, and Dirty Dancing, institutions like MoMA, The National Gallery of Art, Amnesty International, The Library of Congress, and artists including Masha D’yans, Lotta Jansdotter, Rob Ryan, and Vermeer. I’m very lucky that my geeky personal interests serve me well in my professional life!

Fun with Kirk and SpockJessica: Please tell me a bit about how your educational experience at Pace prepared you for your publishing career.

Pace gave me a working knowledge of all of the different departments and functions that make up a publishing company. As if my inability to do simple arithmetic wasn’t enough, I knew, thanks to my accounting class, that I would be completely ill suited to working in finance.  Anywhere. In any capacity whatsoever. My first publishing job was in the subsidiary rights department, and I know I would never have known what a subsidiary right was without the class I took at Pace. It’s funny, so many people—even those working in publishing—don’t understand what the department does, but subsidiary rights are a huge moneymaking revenue stream for any company. Working in that department also gave me access to every other department, both inside the company and in my licensees. I was able to work with the editorial, sales, and marketing teams at the home and school book clubs and fairs, large print and audio publishers, and scouts and producers at studios and production companies. While at Simon & Schuster, I was the brand manager for Raggedy Ann, Nancy Drew, and the Hardy Boys, and I was able to reach back to my legal and financial classes at Pace when negotiating licensing contracts. Pace gave me the multi-faceted groundwork upon which I could build my career (and my calculator gave me the ability to calculate royalty percentages.)

101 Ways to Kill a ZombieJessica: Have you always been interested publishing? Where did that passion come from?

Robb: I have. Even when I was young, maybe six or seven, I was interested in the idea of publishing- how books came to be in the library or bookstore, how the words got on the pages, the pages into the book, the books onto the shelves. I could spend hours in the bookstore or library, just surrounding myself with piles of books and thumbing through them all. One of the first books I tried to take out of the library was, coincidentally, a Hardy Boys book.  I was tripped up by the word “motorcycle,” so my mom and the librarian steered me toward the more age-appropriate early readers. I was very fortunate to have parents who valued reading and education, so I was never without easy access to a book.  Plus, as an only child, it was a great way for me to entertain myself on rainy days or, thanks to my debilitating allergies and hatred of playgrounds, a delightful summer’s day. I wrote my first book in fourth or fifth grade—it was called “Herbie” and was about a blueberry or a Smurf knockoff of some sort.  I wrote and illustrated it, and, with my aunt’s help, bound it into a hardcover book. I still have it on my bookshelf next to my other books. Unlike some of today’s bestsellers, the binding has held even after all this time! One of the best gifts I ever received was an electric typewriter. It weighed about a million pounds and had a tendency to overheat and melt the ribbon. The vibrating keys would often make my fingers numb, but it was entre into the world of writing something for myself.

Robb Pearlman at ComicCon

Jessica: What do you think are the essential skills current students need to leave the program with in order to succeed in the industry?

Robb: Given that publishing a book is a collaborative endeavor, one of the most important skills is to listen and appreciate what other people have to say. Now that’s not to say that other people are right all the time—they’re not—but no department or person works alone, and without cooperation and open discussion nothing’s going to happen. And if something does happen, it’s not going to work as well as you think it would. I think it’s invaluable to understand, at least minimally, what other departments do, and the reasons they do them. With the exception of sociopaths, your colleagues are going to want each and every book to succeed. I think Pace’s ability to provide insight into all aspects of the publishing process is an invaluable tool to understanding other perspectives on the process. In order to thrive, you have to be able to adapt to the changes in the industry and the world. Holding on to the past, and resenting the present state of affairs, whether it’s ebooks or lack of retailers or trends in reading, is self-defeating. Things are changing every day, and if you don’t allow yourself to continue to learn, try new things, and new ways of doing things, you’re going to dig yourself into such a rut the young whippersnappers tweeting and posting and blogging are going to leave you behind and you’ll be archived along with the fax machines and word processors.

Spoiler AlertJessica: In addition to your day job as Associate Publisher, you are also an author.  Tell us about the books you have written and what it is like to be on both sides of the industry.

Robb: I’ve written 10 books so far, with (hopefully) three or four more on the way in 2015 and 2016.  I write pop culture books, like Fun with Kirk and Spock Kirk-Spock, which mashes up the classic Dick and Jane books and the crew of the Enterprise, 101 Ways to Kill a Zombie, 101 Uses for a Unicorn, Nerd Haiku, and Spoiler Alert, in which I give away the endings to books, movies, television shows, and life.  Editing and writing are two different skills, and it’s fun for me to use both parts of my brain. It’s a great privilege to be able to be on both sides of the publishing equation, and I don’t take it lightly. I know what editors go through every day, so I try to make the process as smooth for them as possible. I make sure my editor understands that I know what the process is, how important deadlines are, and that I know what they’re going through.  I do my best not to get too “authory” on them- meaning I’ll try to keep my demands to appear on Good Morning America and at the top of the New York Times bestseller list to a minimum. You think I’m kidding, but these are things authors have said to me. That and “I’m sure Oprah would give a blurb for this if you would just ask her.” I think I’ve done pretty well on that front—to my count I’ve only had one unpleasant discussion (and my editor and I were on the same side of that discussion), but you’d have to ask my editors about that.

Thanks, Robb!  I appreciate you taking the time to do this interview. Can we go to ComicCon already?