Job Opportunity for New Graduates!!

POSITION: Senior Editorial Assistant

COMPANY: Psychology Press, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
LOCATION: New York

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
This Senior Editorial Assistant in the Psychology Press group is responsible for maintaining all routine author communication and providing administrative support for two Senior Editors who commission textbooks, supplements and scholarly works for the academic psychology market. Create and maintain standard reports, forms, contracts, and files. Extensive use and maintenance of database records. Prepare manuscripts for transmittal to production, including checking and processing permissions and coordinating Library of Congress copyright registration. Proofread book information for cover copy, and work with marketing, sales, and publicity departments in the US and UK offices. Arrange and distribute editorial reviews and book endorsements. Complete check requests for author and series editor payments. Training new junior members of the editorial team. Occasional duties may include convention travel, market research, and related tasks.

QUALIFICATIONS
Some editorial assistant or closely related work experience a plus. Candidate must possess strong word processing, Excel and database skills, excellent language and organizational skills, ability to prioritize work under pressure; a knowledge of psychology is desirable but not essential.

EDUCATION
BA or equivalent educational experience.

APPLICATION
For consideration for this position, 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.
Please respond to: employment@taylorandfrancis.com to the attention of Jessica Flores in the Human Resources Department.
Human Resources Department
Taylor and Francis Group
270 Madison Avenue, NYC 10016

IBPA Publishing University partners with NYU and Pace University to bring continuing education to publishing students

Courtesy of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), graduate students and faculty from the NYU and Pace Publishing programs will be able to attend IBPA’s Publishing University, scheduled for May 24-25 in New York City, at no charge.

“For the past three decades, one of our association’s primary missions has been publishing education,” points out IBPA President, Florrie Binford Kichler. “IBPA is delighted to support the book industry by bringing the best of that education to the young people who will shape publishing’s future.”

“Our students are thrilled to have the opportunity to attend this year’s IBPA Publishing University,” said Professor Jane Kinney-Denning, the Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach at Pace University. “This is a wonderful opportunity for them to learn directly from experts in the field, to network with key industry professionals and to become a part of the larger publishing community. The timely topics covered make for a fantastic educational experience. Thanks to IBPA for including us!”

“We are delighted that our Master of Science in Publishing students and faculty will have the opportunity to attend IBPA Publishing University this year,” says Andrea Chambers, Director of The Center for Publishing at NYU-SCPS. “We encourage students to immerse themselves in publishing, both in the classroom and through important conferences. Hearing experts speak about the latest trends and best practices in book publishing will benefit both students and faculty and continue an important ongoing dialogue about the changes transforming our industry.”

In addition to more than 20 break-out sessions, general session highlights of IBPA Publishing University include a keynote speech by mega marketer and best-selling author Seth Godin, an opening day kickoff address by Dominique Raccah of Sourcebooks, and Emagination: What’s Now and What’s Next in Ebooks, a roundtable of digital pioneers and industry prophets who will weigh in on a host of e-issues. The annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Gala for excellence in publishing will be held Monday evening, May 24.

For additional information, speaker bios, photos, and video from the 2009 University, visit IBPA Publishing University
Founded in 1983, the Independent Book Publishers Association is the largest not-for-profit trade organization for publishers in the United States, serving more than 3000 book publishers of all sizes. IBPA’s mission is to help independent publishers market their titles, to provide education on all aspects of publishing, and to act as an advocate for publishers’ rights.

Independent Book Publisher’s Assciation Conference

To All Currently Enrolled MS in Publishing Students,

You are invited to attend the annual book publishing conference sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association. Called IBPA University, the conference will be held May 24-25 (before the BEA) at the Roosevelt Hotel, (45th and Madison). There are some very interesting lectures including Professor David Hetherington who teaches in our program.

If you are interested in attending some or all of the lectures, please email the Executive Director, Terry Nathan, at terry@ibpa-online.org. Please copy Professor Jane Denning jdenning@pace.edu on the email to Mr. Nathan.

To select the sessions that you would like to attend in advance, please go to the schedule at: http://thepublishinguniversity.com/schedule/schedule.html.

Please note that this is an expensive conference and you are asked to bring your own lunches. He is happy to offer free admission, but cannot cover the cost of lunch. There will be a special section reserved for students during the keynote luncheon on Tuesday, May 25th. If you would like to view the full conference schedule, please visit the conference website at: http://thepublishinguniversity.com/index.html.

Best,

Professor Jane Denning
Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach
MS in Publishing
Pace University

Susan Katz delivers Eliot DeYong Schien Lecture

On Wednesday, April 14th, Susan Katz, the President and Publisher at HarperCollins Children’s Books, delivered the annual Eliot DeYoung Schein Lecture. The title of her talk was “The Changing World of Children’s and Teen Publishing.”

Ms. Katz began her lecture on the children’s book market by stating that it has not yet been affected by the economy; due in part to parents being willing to spend money on children’s books. “One of the last expenditures parents will cut is books for their kids,” Ms. Katz said. “Parents will continue to buy books for their children even when they don’t buy for themselves.” Parents are still buying print editions and the sales of children’s ebooks account for less than 5% of the digital market today.

Ms. Katz also discussed how ‘content is key’. Series books such as Harry Potter, the Twilight series, and The Wimpy Kid, have become billion dollar franchises because of the high quality of the content that was given to their target audience.

Ms. Katz also noted that publishing houses, including HarperCollins, will eventually have to change the way they publish in order to accommodate the consumption habits of their audiences as they age. According to the 2008 Scholastic Friends and Family Reading Report, kids between the ages of 5-8, 30% read books everyday and 8% go online every day. However, between the ages of 9-11, only 22% read books everyday and 34% go online every day. The numbers continue to increase for online readers; by ages 15-17, 58% of teens go online everyday versus only 17% reading books every day. “We have to deliver our content the way our customers want to see it,” said Ms. Katz.

When it comes to purchasing books, children aren’t the ones the spending the money, parents are. “Children love books and love to read but they aren’t the ultimate purchaser,” Ms. Katz said. Statistics show that 95% of moms are online and 45% buy kids’ products online making purchases 36 times a year. Furthermore, 67% of moms say technology has influenced their child’s ability to learn and 69% of parents list education and learning as the reason they let their child go online. Ms. Katz also discussed different electronic delivery methods used for children’s publishing including; Leapster, Disney Digital Books, augmented reality, and astorybeforebed.com, just to name a few.

Lastly, Ms. Katz touched upon the tweens (8-12) and teens markets. She explained how these markets are becoming increasingly fascinated with the internet and how publishers are using sites like Funbrain.com, Inkpop.com, and PulseIt.com to market to this audience. These methods have shown Ms. Katz that kids want to move from introverted experiences to interactive ones. Publishers must be aware of the changes and deliver content how readers want it, when they want it, and on whatever device do they want it on. “The delivery mechanism for fictional content may change, the business model may evolve, but the content will always be king,” Ms. Katz concluded.