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.

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 puboffice@pace.edu 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/bookjobs.com assisted in coordinating this talk.

Bookjobs.com 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! Bookjobs.com 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.

Great Resume Building Opportunity Still Available!

The Neil Awards Assistant position is still available!
Apply Now!

Important Note: The deadline for applications is November 15th, 2010!

Job Title: Awards Show Assistant (This is a full time temporary position)

Description: Looking for an assistant to process the entries for the 57th Annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards.

Timeline: November 22 – February 1 | 9am to 5pm

Skills:

  • Must be proficient in Excel and Word
  • Web savvy
  • Have great oral and written communication skills
  • Accurate typist
  • Able to work quickly and multi-task

Duties:

  • Data entry
  • Track and proof submissions Contact entrants
  • Prepare entries for judging (some manual labor is required)
  • Assist during judging events (live and online)
  • Notify finalists of their status

Rate: $8 to 10 per hour

Please send your resume and cover letter to Petrina Hicks, Director of Awards, at p.hicks@abmmail.com.

No phone calls please!

For more information the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards go to www.americanbusinessmedia.com

Third Digital Conference at Wuhan University Co-Sponsored by Wuhan University and Pace University, October 2010

    The Third International Conference on Publishing Industries and Publishing Education in the Digital Age was held at Wuhan University on October 18 – 20th, 2010. The conference was co-hosted by Pace University and Wuhan University and had more than two hundred professionals and scholars in attendance.

    Professor Sherman Raskin, Director of the M.S. in Publishing Program at Pace University, gave the opening remarks. Michael Healy, Executive Director of the Book Rights Industry and Distinguished David Pecker Visiting Professor at Pace, gave the keynote address. His topic was “Seeking Permanence in a time of Turbulence: An Overview of Recent Trends and Developments in U.S. Digital Publishing and Book Selling”.

    Pace University was very well represented at the conference. Susan Danzinger, Pace Publishing Advisory Board Member, presented a talk on “Discovering Digital Communities: Connecting with Book Buyers in their National Habitat.” Xiao Chuan Lian, a Senior Staff Associate and Adjunct Publishing Professor at Pace, delivered a talk on “Penguin Books to EBooks.” Kirstin Sandberg, also an Adjunct Professor of Publishing, discussed “Reimaging Business Publishing: Balance of Technology and Expertise.” Manuela Soares, Professor of Publishing, submitted a paper that was read by a Wuhan University Graduate student. Professor Soares’ topic was “Using the Kindle DX Reader in the Classroom: Is it an Effective Teaching Tool?”

    Professor Chen Chuanfu, Dean of the School of Information Management at Wuhan University, and Professor Huang Xianrong, Chair of the Department of Publishing Science at Wuhan University, appreciated working with our colleagues from Pace to explore how technology influences publishing and publishing education today.

    The next conference is scheduled for 2013, the 30th Anniversary of the Wuhan University Publishing Department.

    Additional pictures of the conference can be viewed here:

Wuhan 2010

Peter Booth Wiley to Lecture on Early American Publishing

Where: NYC’s Grolier Club
When: November 18, 2010, 6 p.m.

Hoboken, NJ   November 4, 2010.  Peter Booth Wiley, Chairman of the Board of Directors of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, will provide a look at the early American publishing business in a lecture being presented in conjunction with the exhibit John Wiley & Sons: 200 Years of Publishing at the Grolier Club (www.grolierclub.org), the oldest and largest bibliophile club in North America. The exhibit, which is on display through November 20  and includes 236 rare and first Wiley editions, traces the development of the publishing industry, the growth of the United States, the evolution of modern science, and the emergence of a global community.

On Thursday, November 18, at 6 p.m., Mr. Wiley will discuss the company’s role in the formative years of American literature from 1807 – 1848.

The company’s founder, Charles Wiley, hosted early American authors James Fenimore Cooper, William Cullen Bryant, and others at his Wall Street location called the “Den.” First editions by these authors and Washington Irving are included as well as the first magazine printing of The Star-Spangled Banner under its original title, Defence of Fort M’Henry (1814).  In partnership with George Putnam, and on his own, Charles’ son John published the next generation of landmark nineteenth century American authors. Examples on exhibition include first editions of both versions of Herman Melville’s Typee (1846 and 1848), Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales and The Raven and Other Poems (1845) as well as Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Mosses from an Old Manse (1846).

A journalist and author, Peter Booth Wiley coauthored Knowledge For Generations: Wiley and the Global Publishing Industry 1807-2007, to mark the Company’s bicentennial.  Previously, he wrote National Trust Guide San Francisco: America’s Guide for Architecture and History Travelers; A Free Library in This City; The Illustrated History of the San Francisco Public Library; and Yankees in the Land of the Gods: Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation, Psychology Today, Sierra Club, and Library Journal, among other publications.

Like the exhibition itself, this event is free and open to the public.

John Wiley & Sons: 200 Years of Publishing is accompanied by an illustrated catalog with an introduction by Mr. Wiley. An online version of the exhibit and catalog can be accessed at www.wiley.com.

About Wiley:

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 400 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace.

Our core businesses publish scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and Web sites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley’s global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company’s Web site can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.

The Grolier Club
47 East 60th Street
(between Park & Madison)
New York, NY 10022
(212) 838-6690
www.grolierclub.org

Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free