When: Thursday, April 22nd
Where: 551 Fifth Avenue, 8th Floor
Time: 5:00 to 7:00pm
Please join us for a welcome reception co-hosted by the Women’s National Book Association and Pace University for MS in Publishing students and faculty. Members of WNBA’s New York City chapter will be on hand to meet everyone, to tell you about the organization and talk about the many benefits of WBNA membership.
Light refreshments will be served.
Space is limited–so please RSVP by April 15th to Professor Jane Denning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Wednesday, April 21st
Where: 551 Fifth Avenue, Room 805B
Time: 4:00 to 6:00pm
This session is open to all MS in Publishing students (including online only). This is a great opportunity to get expert advice on crafting your resume and writing effective cover letters.
Jenna Campolita, the Assistant Director of Coop and Career Services at Pace, will be sharing her expertise and advice on making your resume and cover letter as professional as they can be.
Professor Denning and Professor Soares will also be working with participants to provide individual feedback.
Space is limited, so if you are interested in participating, you must RSVP, and attach a copy of your resume and a sample cover letter, by April 12th to the email@example.com.
Be sure to include the cover letter and resume in one document, using your name and the word resume as the document title, as in “Smith resume.”
Michael Healy gave his second lecture entitled, “The Google Book Settlement in Context,” on Monday, February 22nd at the Midtown Executive Club. Healy, who serves as the Executive Director of the Book Rights Registry, did not focus on the settlement but instead looked on current trends and shared his predictions on the future of the publishing industry.
In his first lecture in Fall 2009, Healy focused on the Google Book Settlement. He referred to the settlement as an “achievement we will look back on as one of the defining moments of digital book publishing.” Healy talked about how Google plans to digitize 35 million books, sell individual digital books, get revenue from advertisers, and allow one free copy to be available for every public school and university. He also discussed how digitizing so many books would open up collections to some of the greatest libraries in the world. For out of print books, it gives authors 63% of royalties for every book sold.
So far, Google has been able to digitize 12 million books, and a vast majority of those books are out of print. And even though Google is dealing with legal scrutiny, one thing that is irreversible, according to Healy, is Google’s commitment to this project. Even with some of the backlash, Google will continue with its plans.
Healy’s second lecture was a glimpse into the future. He discussed the industry’s “limitless enthusiasm with all things digital.” Last year, sales of electronic books counted for 2% of entire book sales. Although that doesn’t seem like much, Healy believes that this is a large breakthrough considering how far the industry has come in such a short time with the Kindle, the Sony E-reader, the Nook and now the iPad. “The ways in which we read are changing because of the devices on which we read,” Healy said. “We are reading more, but what is changing is what we read and how we read.”
What concerns Healy is how complacent publishers are even though the industry is changing. Healy mentioned that today’s consumers have no loyalties to publishers or imprints. “Success in the future will be in direct proportion to publishers who are willing to let go of old business practices and models,” Healy said. “Publishers who want to thrive better understand what their added value is to the industry.”
The Publishing Award is an extremely great honor and it means so much to be a recipient. It represents the school’s recognition of my work, my dedication, and most of all my passion for publishing. It is even more meaningful knowing that I am being honored by people who have guided me in my education, watched me as I grew with the program, and supported me in all my endeavors. I want to thank all the Professors and Staff of the Publishing Program, along with Dr. Goldleaf and Dr. Hussey at Pace University Press, for teaching me the in’s and out’s of publishing, giving me valuable hands-on experience, and always pushing me to strive for greatness. I want to extend a special thank you to Professor Raskin for giving me the opportunity to participate in this program and for his constant words of encouragement. I have learned so much from everyone at Pace and look forward to applying all I have learned as I take the first steps towards a fulfilling and successful career at Random House in Digital Marketplace Development.