How Well-Read Are You?

Ever wonder how well-read you are?  A recent BookRiot article by Jeff O’Neal, Editor-in-Chief & Co-founder of the site, may be able to answer your question. In “From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books,” O’Neal gives readers a list of books that he believes make an individual “well-read,” including classics like To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Moby Dick by Herman Melville, and modern bestsellers like The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.


” “Well-read,” O’Neal writes, “for this person then has a number of connotations: a familiarity with the monuments of Western literature, an at least passing interest in the high-points of world literature, a willingness to experience a breadth of genres, a special interest in the work of one’s immediate culture, a desire to share in the same reading experiences of many other readers, and an emphasis on the writing of the current day.”


Click here to see how many books you can cross off O’Neal’s list.  I have 18 read so far and am looking forward to catching up on my new, summer reading list! Comment with your book number and share your thoughts about the titles that made the cut with your classmates!


Special thanks goes to student, Miguel Cervantes, for first posting this article in the “Pace Publishing Pack” Facebook group!  If you are a current or alumni MS in Publishing student with an active Facebook account, consider becoming part of the Publishing Pack to learn more about the program and your fellow classmates.

The Two Jane Friedmans

The publishing world has developed a reputation as a small, tight-knit community of professional individuals who share a passion for books.  It is also home to two very successful women with vast knowledge of and experience in the industry.  It just so happens, that they also share the same name- Jane Friedman.  One is the the CEO of a digital only publisher and the other a very popular, publishing blogger and former editor.  Keep reading to learn more about their stories and companies!


Jane Friedman, Open Road Media

Jane Friedman is the Cofounder and CEO of Open Road Media.  Open Road Integrated Media is a digital publisher and multimedia content company that markets its ebooks using video content and social media.   Click here to visit Open Road Media’s Blog.  Friedman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide for 11 years and oversaw operations in the United States and in countries like Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and India.  She also held many positions at Random House including the Executive Vice President of Random House Inc. Friedman currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Entertainment, Media and Communications Division of the UJA, and is on the boards of many organizations.  Her many awards and honors include being chosen as one of New York’s 50 Most Powerful Women by the New York Post, the 2006 Person of the Year by Publishers Weekly, one of The Wall Street Journal’s 50 Women to Watch, named one of New York’s 100 Most Influential Business Leaders by Crain’s New York Business, and included on Vanity Fair’s list of 200 Women Legends, Leaders and Trailblazers.


Jane Friedman, Author of Jane Friedman Blog

Our second Jane Friedman is an editor at the national award-winning magazine, the Virginia Quarterly Review, as well as a very well known publishing blog writer.  Visit her blog titled, Jane Friedman: Writing, Reading, and Publishing in the Digital Age, hereSome of her most popular posts include Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published” and  “A Definition of Author Platform.” The blog won the Alliance of Indepdendent Authors for Top Website for Self-Publishers and was one of Writer’s Digests Top 101 Websites for Writers in 2013.  “I wear many hats,” Friedman says,”but most people know me as a trusted resource for writers, someone who is clued into the future of the publishing and media industry.”  She also teaches in the Media Studies program at the University of Virginia.  Friedman was also the former publisher of Writer’s Digest, where she worked for over 10 years.  Connect with Friedman on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, as well!



Written By: Diana Cavallo

What Are You Reading? The Presidential Candidate Edition

In the midst of this year’s presidential election season, our candidates have discussed their opinions on everything from the economy and world peace, to childhood hunger and same sex marriage.  Reading is a very strong influencing force and it is important for voters to know what the candidates read in their spare time and which books have influenced their lives.  How do you think their reading materials reflect on them as men and as presidential candidates?  Take a moment to view how your book list compares to theirs.  Another interesting thing to consider is how each candidate uses different social media sites to publically promote their book lists.  President Obama uses Barnes & Noble’s “Recommended Reading” section and Governor Mitt Romney “pins” his favorite books on his Pinterest account.  Both of these sites can be updated reguarly and to give you a sense of what kinds of books the candidates are reading, I have selected 6 titles from each of them.


President Obama’s robust reading list ranges from classic titles to presidential biographies.  David McCullough’s John Adams is an epic biography of John Adams, the second President of the United States, who has been referred to as the “the colossus of independence.”  In Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam, Gordon M. Goldstein presents research about the beginning stages of American involvement in Vietnam and interviews with the former National Security Adviser, McGeorge Bundy.  The President also selected The Complete Works of William Shakespeare for his list, including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and King Lear. 


The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, another one of the President’s favorite titles, has been called “a milestone in American literature,” captivating readers since its 1952 release.  Ellison’s anonymous narrator takes readers from a Negro college in a southern, black community to Harlem, New York.  Newsweek International editor, Fareed Zakaria’s The Post-American World provides insight into the progress and resurgence of other world nations and where America lies in the twenty-first century.  Lastly, in The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, readers meet Anna, a novelist whose personal notebooks and diaries intertwine as her life falls under the scopes of communism, the African experience, love, and insanity.


Other titles on the President’s Book List are Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, The Pew Bible by Thomas Nelson, and Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.  For a complete version of President Obama’s Book List, click here.


Presidential Candidate, Mitt Romney’s Pinterest Social Media account includes boards ranging from “Family” and “Television” to “#Built By Us” and “On The Road.”  His “Books” board includes titles that may interest you.  Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies has been reviewed as “artful, informative, and delightful” by the New York Review of Books.  Diamond argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world and follows the path society took to arrive at its present state.  The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin by Mark Twain is stated by the candidate to be his favorite book and is widely considered an American classic that follows the young life of Huck Finn in stories of friendship, love, courage, and morality.  The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson was also on the the presidential candidate’s reading list.Bryson’s memoir describes his memories of an “all-American childhood,” filled with superhero dreams and the “happy” family life in the 1950s, impacted by the introduction of automobiles, televisions, and nuclear weapons.


Romney’s list continues with The Wealth and Poverty of Nations by David S. Landes, a best-selling book that analyzes how and why certain nations achieve economic success, using history as a major factor.  The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century by George Friedman offers readers a view of the future for the United States and the world.  L. Ron Hubbard’s  Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 is one of the bestselling science fiction adventure novels of all time that follows 1,000 years of life for mankind under the rule of an alien invader.

Also on presidential candidate Romney’s reading list were East of Eden by John Steinbeck and Ender’s Game by Orson Scottcard.  To view Romney’s “Books” board and Pinterest account, click here.


Clearly, the candidates are very educated and well-informed men, who somehow manage to fit reading into their busy schedules.


By: Diana Cavallo

Diana Cavallo graduated Pace University, Pleasantville in May of 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications, and a minor in Creative Writing.  She has internship positions at The Association of American Publishers and Nancy Yost Literary Agency.  Her interests include magazine and book publishing, with special attention to the editorial, publicity and marketing fields.  Diana will be completing the MS in Publishing program in May of 2013 and would ultimately like to become a novelist and children’s book author.

IN THE NEWS: Publishing Article Round-Up

The M.S. in Publishing Blog wants to keep students, faculty and alumni up to date with the latest publishing industry buzz. “In The News” is a new blog feature  that rounds up interesting publishing articles to share with readers!  This installment features two articles discussing the future of book publishing and recent cover design winners. 


 The Huffington Post article, The Future of the Novelby Warren Adler, discusses a topic that countless readers have come to consider “normal,” the genre changes made to the modern novel.  “With the tsunami of e-books where traditional and self-published writers are beefing up reading choices to astounding levels,” Adler says, “the book business has become a competing stew of infinite taste sensations that are offered up increasingly sliced and diced, and composed for an increasing segmented reading public.”  The reading population has certainly seen a rise in new book categories stemming from the once traditional genres.  Fiction’s romance aspect can now be further broken down into Romantic Interest, Paranormal, Regency, Suspense, and Young Adult to name a few.  Adler notes that authors try to “skew their stories to a series approach, attempting to “hook” a reader to a character…to keep readers engaged and sales perking.”  Authors are using their writing and content to help the crucial sales and marketing departments bring success to a title and publishing house.   Famous writers like James Patterson pioneered this movement, building what Adler and other industry professionals would call a “book factory that churns out products on multiple platforms.”  Often, ghostwriters are included in this process, expanding a book idea or plot.  Commercial book publishers will rely on the emerging technological developments and reader-based trends to discover where the industry is headed next!


In the Best Book Designs 2011: Design Observer Names Winners,” we honor a category of publishing often, subconsciously, overlooked- design.  The Best Book Designs are named by a 35-person advisory panel from ‘Design Observer’, a leading website in design criticism.  ‘Design Observer’ announced the “50 Books / 50 Covers” competition last year to help discover the best innovative book designs.  Scribner’s book “Bed” by David Whitehouse, made the list, which uses a simple photograph of the word “bed” spelled out in different color pillows.  “Better By Mistake,” featuring three chunky erasers with the titled printed on, was selected from Riverhead Books’, written by Alina Tugend.  Other winners include “A Man of Parts” by David Lodge, Scholastic’s “Wonderstruck” by Brian Selznick, “The Pale King” by David Foster Wallace and Alfred A. Knopf’s “Adam and Evelyn,” by Ingo Schulze.  Of the impressive list, my favorite cover design was “Debt,” a Melville House title, by David Graeber.   The minimalistic cover displayed a bright red background and printed receipt.  Now that the 2011 Winners have been revealed, the competition has begun for the 2012 designs.  It should be very interesting to watch the change in design and observe the trends from year to year.

By: Diana Cavallo

IN THE NEWS: Publishing Article Round-Up

The M.S. in Publishing Blog wants to keep students, faculty and alumni up to date with the latest publishing industry buzz. “In The News” is a new blog feature  that rounds up interesting publishing articles to share with readers!  This installment features two articles from The Huffington Post


However disappointed female readers are by the article, “Female Editors-In-Chief Make $15,000 Less Than Male Counterparts: Folio Survey,” it’s important to arm yourself with this information as you enter the job world.  We learn that female editors-in-chief make $15,000 less on average than their male counterparts, according to information from a Folio magazine annual survey.   513 editors were surveyed by Folio to discover that male editor-in-chiefs or editorial directors earned an average annual salary of $100,800, while women were paid $85,100.  Shocked yet?  The difference between male and female executive salaries was worse, $18,500.  If you’re interested in learning more about salaries that were influenced by location and education, visit Folio.  


An article that shines light on women in publishing is “When a Woman’s Word Is Gold: How Women Are Redefining the Publishing World,” by blog author Daleen Berry.   As a female author and publisher, Berry writes, “If you’re a woman, this is your time.”   She details her experience at last week’s Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy.  She hightlighted the festival’s theme of  “Publishing Is a Button,”  and the concepts of the digital revolution, ebooks, indie publishers, and the debate about agents or self-publishing that were evident in many workshops.  The most important thing she learned was that “the publishing world is now listening to women.”  Berry notes that female readers make up 80% of the reading population and this strong influence pushes certain trends and bestsellers, like the Fifty Shades of Grey craze.  To learn what other festival attendees had to say, continue reading her post!


If you have found any interesting publishing articles that you would like to see in “In The News,” please email Diana Cavallo at

-By Diana Cavallo