Link of the Week: NPR’s “The Book Concierge”

According to this article from Publisher’s Weekly, NPR has debuted a new website and mobile app called The Book Concierge. This “unusual” tool allows readers to go through over 200 recommended book titles from 2013. Readers can sort through the list by both title and category.

The Book Concierge contains titles recommended by NPR Books contributors such as Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan, librarian Nancy Pearl, Morning Edition host David Greene and many others. The Book Concierge organizes titles by the basic categories like “Biographies” or “Comics and Graphic Novels,” but it also uses more unique categories such as “Rather Long or “It’s All Geek to Me.”

This web tool also takes the usual “Best Of” list style and turns it into something much more visually interesting by concentrating on the books’ covers. Hover your mouse over a book cover to see a snippet of the recommendation then click on the book to receive the full review. I can tell that I’m going to be having a lot of fun looking through the books in this format. It is almost like a visual bookshelf. Could The Book Concierge lead the way for online book viewing? Also, this way, we can still admire the books’ covers since they are not the tiniest of thumbnails. If you have ever used the website or app Pinterest, then you might notice a similar feel with The Book Concierge.

The PW Publishing Salary Survey, 2013

Survey finds modest raises and a changed work environment, but optimism about the industry’s future

“The Publishers Weekly salary survey is back, and the publishing industry has undergone much change since we last conducted it, in the spring of 2010. At that time, publishing companies, and the country, were just getting back on their feet after the Great Recession, and the impact of e-books was only beginning to be felt. The 2013 survey was conducted in late summer, and the results, which are based on about 1,000 responses from publishing company employees, reveal an industry slightly more confident in its future than was the case three years ago, when the poor economy, not digital disruption, was the chief concern among respondents.”

Some interesting findings:

  • The workforce is dominated by women (76%), but men earn more overall because of higher rates of employment in management.
  • The pay gap between men and women in publishing persisted in 2012, with the average male respondent earning $85,000 per year and the average female employee earning $56,000 annually (see reasons cited in the article).
  • The workforce is also well educated: 95% of those who responded to the survey are college graduates, and 40% have either a postgraduate degree or have done some work toward a higher degree.
  • One thing the industry has going for it is that despite the turmoil of recent years, 90% of respondents said they were somewhat confident or very confident in the future of publishing.
  • Among respondents who took on new responsibilities in the last two years, 42% said their new duties were tied to digital or online developments, although only 36% said they had received training in new media. The largest portion of respondents who received digital training were from management (48%), followed by production staff (44%).
  • Self-publishing is also having an impact on the industry, according to the survey. Fifty-two percent of respondents said their companies acquired books from self-published authors in the past year; among trade publishers, that portion was higher, at 63%.

Click here to read the full article.

MS in Publishing Award Winners for 2013


Jennifer Clare


Congratulations to Pace University MS in Publishing students, Jennifer Clare, Diana Cavallo, and Lindsey Ljungquist  on receiving the prestigious departmental Publishing Award for 2013.  These students were selected on the basis of their high GPA’s, contributions to the department, and outstanding academic experiences.





Diana Cavallo

Each of these young women took advantage of all that the program had to offer them and made a significant impact on all of the lives they touched during the course of their studies.   Their futures are as brightas they are and we  look forward to hearing about all of their future successes as they move ahead in their careers.  Jennifer Clare was also awarded the DYSON Award, an award given to an outstanding DYSON student who has excelled in every aspect of her studies and embodies Pace’s motto of OPPORTUNITAS. 




Lindsey Ljungquist

Each recipient has written a thank you note to express their gratitude for winning the Publishing Award.  Click on their names if you would like to read their Thank You Notes: Jennifer ClareDiana Cavallo, Lindsey Ljungquist. We are very proud of  Jennifer, Diana, and Lindsey, and wish them the best of luck in the future!

MS in Publishing Student Appreciation Dinner

The MS in Publishing program held a Student Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, May 2nd 2013, at the Midtown Executive Club.  The event’s purpose was reflective of its name, an evening dedicated to celebrating the success and hard work of our students.  In attendance were many Pace University officials including;  Provost Uday Sukhatme, Nira Herrmann, the Dean of Dyson College, Andres Villagra, the Associate Dean for Dyson College, Maria Iacullo-Bird, the Assistant Dean of Grad Programs, and Susan Ford, the University Director of Graduate Admissions, and Professor Sherman Raskin, the Chair of the MS in Publishing program. Faculty members Professor Jane Kinney-Denning, Professor Manuela Soares, Professor Jodylynn Bachiman, Professor Xiao-Chaun Lian and Professor Ivor Whitson were also present.  Click here to view professor bios!


Current students and alumni of the program also made up the audience which included over 70 people.  We are very fortunate to have such a dynamic and successful group of alumni, who frequently contribute to the Publishing program by attending events, teaching in the program, mentoring students and assisting them in their job and internship searches.  This event provided students with a wonderful opportunity to network and to learn more about opportunities for employment within the publishing industry.


Prof. Sherman Raskin began the event by introducing Provost Sukhatme and Dean Herrmann, who welcomed students to a wonderful evening and congratulated them on all of their achievements.  After main courses that included filet mignon, salmon and vegetarian platters, Professor Denning and Professor Soares offered up some sage advice to the students and warmly thanked them for all of the hard work they had put into earning their degrees.  “The future is now,” said Prof. Soares, in terms of technological innovations in the publishing industry.  She encouraged all of the students in the room to enter the workplace confidently knowing that they have the skills they need to succeed in today’s dynamic and competitive marketplace.  Professor Denning, also encouraged students to be confident as they move into the workplace and said that she is looking forward to seeing them develop into the innovative industry leaders that the program has prepared them to be.  She quoted a number of inspirational people such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose words Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail remind us that being unique is important.  Prof. Denning also quoted Madeline Albright, whose words “Real leadership comes from the quiet nudging of an inner voice. It comes from realizing that the time has come to move from beyond waiting to doing,” encourage students to trust themselves and strive to achieve their dreams.


Next, two current students spoke about their time in the program.  Ms. Diana Cavallo, a graduating student, and Ms. Heather Allen, in her second semester of the program, shared their academic and publishing experiences with the audience.  They thanked their professors for all of their assistance and support, and encouraged their classmates’ successes, as well.  Ms. Melanie Mitzman, an alumni of the MS in Publishing program currently working at Oxford University Press, also addressed the audience about her time spent in the program and how important it is for students to network with each other and their professors.  Professor Bachiman, also an alumni of the program, shared a number of her rewarding experiences as both a student and faculty member.  Professor Ivor Whitson, a long-time member of the MS in Publishing Advisory Board and faculty, concluded the evening by offering students advice about the entering the publishing industry. Many of his thoughtful and insightful comments centered on his reaction to a recent Op-ed piece written by Thomas Friedman in  the NY Times, in which Friedman discusses the implications of our moving “from a connected world to a hyper connected world.”  Professor Whitson also relayed his pride in all that the Publishing program has become over time.  Many students, faculty and alumni stayed to meet and connect with students long after the actual event ended.


This wonderful event is due, in part, because of the fees included in student tuition, the University’s decision to put these monies into programs that give back to students, and the support of Dean Herrmann, Associate Dean Villagras and Assistant Dean, Maria Iacullo-Bird in putting together this event.  It is Professor Raskin’s hope that the program will able to host Student Appreciation Dinners once a semester.  Thank you to all who attended and we hope to see you all next year!

Written By: Professor Jane Denning and Diana Cavallo

BISG “Making Information Pay Conference”


The Book Industry Study Group or BISG would like to invite MS in Publishing students and faculty to our annual Making Information Pay conference on May 15, 2013 in New York City.


A group of 10-15 students and/or faculty will have free admission to the conference.

If you are interested in attending, please email as soon as possible.