The Making of a Bestseller: From Acquisition to Market

Please join the WNBA-NYC Chapter at one of our most anticipated events this Fall:
“The Making of a Bestseller: From Acquisition to Market”

Featuring Helen Simonson, author of
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
When: Wednesday, November 9
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: The Wix Lounge
10 West 18th St. (2nd Floor), NYC, NY

How exactly does a book become a Bestseller?

Can a title be easily predicted as one by the agents, editors, and publicists that work on it?

Find out from a bestselling novelist and the publishing team behind her!

Published by Random House in 2010, Helen Simonson’s debut novel has been a tremendous success! The hardcover edition of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand peaked at #13 on The New York Times Bestseller List. The paperback edition spent 28 weeks on The Los Angeles Times’s Bestseller List, 36 weeks on the The New York Times Bestseller List (debuting at #10); and 42 weeks on NPR’s Bestseller List for Paperback Fiction. Major Pettigrew was listed in Amazon’s Best of 2010, Janet Maslin’s Top 10 Books of 2010, and “O” Magazine’s Top Books of 2010. Ms. Simonson was awarded the 2010 Indie Next Award, the 2010/11 Waverton Good Read Award, and given honorable mention to the 2011 Hemingway Foundation/Pen Award. Major Pettigrew has been published in 20 countries and translated into 18 languages. The film version is set to be produced by the Mazur Kaplan Company and Warner Brothers-based Langley Park Pictures.

Panelists joining Ms. Simonson include:

Julie Barer (Literary Agent, Barer Literary Agency)
Avideh Bashirrad (Vice President, Marketing Director, Random House)
Karen Fink (Assistant Director of Publicity, Random House)
Susan Kamil (Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, RandomHouse/Dial Press)
Jane von Mehren (Publisher, Random House Paperbacks)

Moderated by: Pace University MS in Publishing faculty Jane Kinney-Denning, Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach, and Manuela Soares, Director of the Graduate Seminar.

Refreshments, plus an opportunity to mingle with attendees and panelists before and afterwards!

This event is free for WNBA members; $10.00 for non-members. All RSVPs and payments must be made in advance by November 8.


To join or renew membership with the WNBA

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Report from the Trenches: PubWest Conference

I am a current M.S. in Publishing student, and the Production Manager at ABC-CLIO, LLC in Broomfield, Colorado. I will be on a panel of print and production professionals at the  PubWest Conference in Las Vegas from November 3-5.  Our topic is digital process and workflow.  It’s not too late to sign up and join us in Las Vegas for seminars and networking with other like-minded publishing professionals.  See the link below for full conference information:

This is a great opportunity to meet and greet a varied publishing community west of the Misissippi River!  New York is a great place to live and work, but west of the “Big Muddy” is fantastic!

– Don Schmidt
Production Manager at ABC-CLIO, LLC

Report from the Trenches: New York Comic Con

Interest in comics and graphic novels is steadily expanding – just ask anyone who attended the sold-out New York Comic Con this weekend.  The crowds started as far back as the nearest subway stop – 3 avenues away from the Jacob Javits Convention Center, which was home to this year’s NYCC.  Walking towards the convention center, you could easily pick the Comic Con attendees out of the crowd.  Many wore elaborate and impressive costumes, and all were excited to see their favorite comics creators.

I attended the Comic Con this Friday at the suggestion of Professor Paul Levitz, who is teaching the new course Publishing Comics and Graphic Novels this semester.  He encouraged the class to attend what is a highly important event, not only for comics fans, but also for publishers.  The marketing, sales, and promotional opportunities afforded to publishers at the Comic Con are unparalleled.  Many booths were handing out free comics, artwork, and even promotional t-shirts.  Comics retailers had just about everything imaginable for sale. I myself went with the intention of buying nothing, and ended up emptying my wallet.

The show floor of the Comic Con is easily the largest part of the convention (and the most overstimulating!).  But looking at the Con from the perspective of a publishing student, I believe the panels represent some of the best educational opportunities.  The panel I attended was called “Archaia Entertainment Presents: How to Make a Great Indie Graphic Novel.”  This panel consisted of editors, writers, and artists that work with Archaia.  Because of the diversity of the panel, I was able to learn a little about the process of accepting new proposals from both the publishing side and the creator side of the business.  Such opportunities to learn from professionals in the business are immensely valuable.

Of course, the Comic Con is mostly an extremely fun, high-energy convention – a chance to meet friendly comics fans, talk with artists and writers, get the autographs of favorite celebrities, and people-watch in a crowd of amazing costumes.  What more could you ask for on a Friday afternoon?

For more information on the Comic Con, check out the website:

Also, see the Publisher’s Weekly article on the convention here.

Free Seminar on e-Books Tomorrow Night!

Center for Communication

Don’t miss a FREE seminar on eBooks! Register ASAP at . You can also e-mail the Center at , or call 212.686.5005.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

WHERE: The New School, Theresa Lang Center, 2nd Fl, 55 West 13th St (5th and 6th Aves)

eBooks: New Trends for a New Decade

As more and more readers are turning to digital books, a variety of platforms are emerging and with them a new wave of opportunities.

Find out how writers and publishers are embracing multimedia and repurposing content to create new platforms and “enhanced reading” experiences. Learn about the skills you’ll need to break into this brave new world of publishing.

Richard Eoin Nash, Founder, Cursor

Bob Stein, Founder and Co-Director, The Institute for the Future of the Book

Matt Shatz, Head of Content Relations, Nokia

Moderator: Lisa Gallagher, Agent, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

Presented with The New School’s Dept. of Media Studies and Film

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Around Town November Events List, Courtesy of the WNBA

  • Nancy Pearl, author of the popular “Book Lust” series will appear at NYPL’s Midtown Branch on Monday, November 15th @ 6:30pm.  Visit Nancy’s website for more information.
  • Jonathan Franzen and Lorrie Moore will appear at The 92nd Street Y on Monday, November 15th @ 8:00pm.  Click here for more information.
  • Zadie Smith will appear at the New York Public Library’s Live@NYPL on Monday, November 22nd @ 7:00pm.  Click here for more information.
  • Salman Rushdie will appear at The 92nd Street Y on Monday, November 22nd @ 8:00pm.  Click here for more information.
  • And, lastly, I hope you’ll Eat, Drink & Be Literary at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the new year.  See the line-up for 2011 @

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 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/ assisted in coordinating this talk. 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! 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.