Rachael is a loud-and-proud lover of the written word. Born in Canada but raised in Arizona, she left the Grand Canyon State in 2012 to study journalism and law at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The self-proclaimed bibliophile got her start writing about real estate and art, but most recently worked in communications where she designed marketing mockups, took photos, and made videos for the oldest law school in Canada. When she wasn’t at the farmers’ market or at work, she was copyediting two novels and one nonfiction work that went to print this past summer. She’s very much looking forward to learning the ins-and-outs of publishing and managing the MS Pace Publishing Blog. You’ll often find Rachael with a coffee in one hand and a book or magazine in the other reading about art, history, or contemporary culture.
Kimberly Holcombe was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She received her BA in English with a Creative Writing minor and her MA in Writing at Coastal Carolina University. For the past two years, Kimberly was the design editor, copyeditor, and managing editor of CCU’s online literary journal, Waccamaw. Waccamaw is where she found her passion for the publishing industry, bringing her to Pace University’s M.S. in Publishing program. At Pace, Kimberly will be the graduate assistant in the publishing lab, maintaining the lab and helping students when needed. She will also help write posts on the M.S. in Publishing blog. When she isn’t working, writing fiction, or editing, she is listening to music, playing video games, or hanging out with friends.
Bryan Potts, Pace University Press Graduate Assistant
Bryan Potts is an incoming graduate student in the M.S. in Publishing program. A proud Jersey boy, Bryan was a Literature major (concentration in Creative Writing) and International Business minor at Ramapo College of New Jersey. While at Ramapo, he was part of the editorial team for Trillium, the college’s student-run creative writing magazine and proudly served as the student representative on a council to reconfigure the structure of Ramapo’s general education courses. He also served as a consultant at the Center for Reading and Writing on campus and was a Supplemental Instructor for the Educational Opportunity Fund program for two summers. Editing and writing are two loves of his life, though he also dreams of one day owning and operating his own Murakami-esque jazz bar. He is an avid board and video gamer and is especially interested in studying the publication and editorial processes that tie-in products, novelizations, and multimedia projects.
Elliane Mellet, Pace University Press Graduate Assistant
Ely Mellet was born and raised in Houston, Texas but moved to Chicago to study Journalism and Graphic Design at Loyola University. Ely interned at the Better Government Association helping to hold government officials accountable and was a terrible radio host at her university’s radio station. She had hoped to publish news articles that would change the world but soon realized that books were much more influential in instilling change and offering new perspectives. Ely is a graduate assistant for the Pace University Press and will be aiding in the editing and production process for the journals published there. Ely is excited to begin her first year in the M.S. in Publishing program at Pace, but not excited about New York winters.
Jennifer Thompson, Office Student Aide
Jennifer Thompson is in her second year in the program with an expected graduation date of May 2018. From Atlanta, GA, she went to Pennsylvania State University for undergrad and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Psychology. She loves to travel and has been to England, France, and Costa Rica. (She will be in Thailand in January.) Besides her obvious passion for books and reading, she has a special interest in children’s books because she doesn’t want to grow up. In her Student Aide position, she will be handling any and all office-related tasks, as well as helping out with the blog.
Lin Wu (Grace), Publishing Lab Student Aide
Lin Wu (Grace) is a current M.S. in Publishing student at Pace University. She graduated from Kent State University in Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. After being an editor’s assistant back in China at a local magazine publisher years ago, she started to have a passion for magazine publishing and production. Grace is very excited to learn about publishing through this program and working towards her goals.
Dear Colleagues and Graduate Students,
I hope you enjoyed your summer break. Welcome back to Pace University. We have 27 new students, 57 current students, and 3 visiting students enrolled in the Pace Publishing program for Fall 2017 – a total of 87 students this semester. The faculty and staff look forward to working with you and assisting you this term.
Please mark your calendar for the following publishing event. Bette Rockmore will be giving the Fall semester lecture as Visiting Professor on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. She is the Vice President of Advertising Sales at SiriusXM Satellite Radio and will serve as Visiting Professor for the 2017/18 academic year. Her lecture will take place at 163 William Street, 18th floor at the downtown NYC campus from 6–8pm. She will discuss issues currently facing the publishing and media industries. Refreshments will be served. You will receive an official invitation shortly.
Another important date to place in your calendar is Wednesday, September 27th. We would like to invite all M.S. in Publishing students to our Fall Orientation to meet faculty, staff, and classmates. Join us from 5–6pm in our Multimedia Lab at Midtown Center, 8th floor. RSVP to email@example.com no later than September 13, 2017.
We wish you a very successful semester. Please feel free to contact me or faculty or staff if you have any questions. My very best to you this term.
Director M.S. in Publishing Program
Director Pace University Press
Welcome back to the Fall 2017 Semester,
I hope you all had a restful summer break and that you are ready for an exciting semester in the M.S. in Publishing program!
Be sure to check out the blog daily as we are always updating it with great information for M.S. in Publishing students and alumni. We start off each week with an inspiring Quote of the Week. Other regular weekly features include: The Link of the Week, Jobs of the Week, and Around Town: Books and Magazine Events in NYC. We also post monthly Alumni in the Spotlight Interviews, Faculty/Advisory Board in the Spotlight features, Reports from the Trenches (we love to have students blog about field trips, guest lectures, books or magazines they have read etc., so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to contribute), and Volunteer and Events postings.
We also post numerous Internship and Employment opportunities, so be sure to bookmark the blog. As you embark on your internship search, don’t forget to go to the Internship Resources (Book and Magazine) tab on the blog. We have been working hard to update this resource and there are great links here to assist you with your search. We are also in the process of developing a robust Career Resources tab on the blog that will host useful information on resume and cover letter writing and job searching and networking, so check back often! And, if you are looking to do an internship and take PUB 699A and B, please email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to meet.
The blog also includes our Faculty and Staff Bios—a great way to learn more about the backgrounds and accomplishments of your professors and publishing staff! The Publishing Links that run along the right side of the blog are also a great resource for students and publishing professionals.
I would also like to take this time to thank you for your future contributions to and feedback on the blog. We hope that you are finding it a useful resource. Please feel free to email me with any suggestions or comments.
We love to hear from you and are always looking for new ways to provide you with useful information. And, for students interested in publishing some writing samples, putting together a post for the blog is a great way to do that.
With best regards,
Executive Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach
MS in Publishing
551 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10176
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 Novel” by 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
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 email@example.com.
-By Diana Cavallo
M.S. in Publishing students, have you always wondered what publishers consider to be the perfect cover letter and resume, or what the best interview tips were? To find the answers, attend the Young to Publishing Group event, “Taking Your Career to the Next Level: What You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask HR” on October 16, 2012.
The Young to Publishing Group is part of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and works to help build a community for entry-level and junior publishing industry employees. The organization hosts many events that help members network and learn more about new advancements in the field.
“Learn how to take the next steps and how you can proactively move up at your companies,” with the industry insights of a Human Resources panel that includes from representatives Macmillan, Hachette Book Group and Random House. The panel will take questions, critique resumes and answer resume-related questions, provide cover letter tips, and give interview adivce.
You can even submit your questions online through the event registration form and submit your resumes to the group in advance to have them critiqued anonymously at the event! These are really rare but incredibly informative opportunities.
The presentation, Q&A, and discussion will take place on Tuesday, October 16 from 6:00-7:30pm at the AAP offices at 71 5th Avenue, New York, NY.
If you want to offer your resume for critique, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Resume for October 16th event.
The M.S. in Publishing program is announcing the opening of a Pace University Press, Graduate Assistant position for the Spring 2013 semester.
Any M.S. in Publishing students with a thorough knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Editing Experience should consider applying for this position!
If you are interested in becoming a Graduate Assistant and have the neccessary credentials, please email your resume to Professor Sherman Raskin at email@example.com. Upon receipt of resume, applicants will be informed of tuition remission and graduate assistantship benefits.
Strap on your backpacks and sharpen your pencils as BIGNY presents a panel to discuss curricula, benefits, and processes, and a Q & A about New York’s most prestigious publishing courses.
Lindy Hess, Director, Columbia Publishing Course, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Andrea Chambers, Director, Center for Publishing, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Jane Kinney-Denning, Professor and Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach, Pace University
Moderator: Damon Zucca, Publisher, Scholarly and Online Reference, Oxford University Press
Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 5:30 p.m. at Random House
1745 Broadway, between 55th and 56th Streets, 2nd floor
Beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30, program at 6:15. Admission does not include cocktail hour.
$40 for members of the Book Industry Guild of New York
$60 for nonmembers
Those with a valid student ID are welcome to attend the lecture for FREE. Student reservations are necessary.
To purchase admission and obtain more information, visit: www.bookindustryguildofny.org
BIGNY is an informational forum. No solicitations, please
The M.S in Publishing blog would like to officially welcome and introduce you to the Graduate Assistants and Student Aides for the 2012-2013 academic year. Learn more about your classmates and their positions within the department.
Student Aide, Publishing Office
I graduated from Pace University, Pleasantville in May of 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications, and a minor in Creative Writing. I’m very proud to say that at Commencement, I was given the highest honor awarded to a graduating senior, the Trustee Award. During my undergraduate education, I was the editor of the Honors College newsletter, SCHOLASTICA, and contributor to VOX Literary & Arts magazine. I have held three internship positions, two within the publishing at The Association of American Publishers and Nancy Yost Literary Agency. I am still undecided as to whether I would like to work in magazine or book publishing, but am very interested in the editorial, publicity and marketing fields. Ultimately, I would like to become a novelist and children’s author.
Graduate Assistant, Pace Press
I graduated from Ramapo College with a BA in Communication Arts concentrating my studies in writing. I have had many great internship experiences working for TWIST Magazine, Nickelodeon, Cosmopolitan, and now Pace University Press. My internships have opened up my career interests to include editorial, production, design, and marketing in both books and magazines. I also have a lot of interest in digital aspects of publishing.
Graduate Assistant, Pace Press
My name is Trey Prothro, and I’m originally from St. Louis, Missouri. In May 2011, I graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism in Magazine Editing from the University of Missouri at Columbia. While in undergrad, I had the opportunity to work as a staff reporter for the Columbia Missourian, staff writer and section editor for Vox magazine, editorial intern at ALIVE Magazine (a monthly lifestyle publication in St. Louis), and TIWIMUTA magazine (an annual art fashion magazine published by Andre Walker and based in New York City). My publishing passion is with magazines. Although most of my experience and background is on the editorial side of publishing, I would like to learn more about the business aspects of publishing to be an overall more strategic publisher in the future. I’m new to the city, and this is my first semester in the M.S. Publishing program. I’m beyond excited to be here!
I graduated from Zhe Jiang Gong Shang University in 2010, and my undergraduate major was editing and publishing. I am interested in book publishing, copyright, digital publishing and magazine as well.
Graduate Assistant, Lab
Jenna Vaccaro graduated from American University in Washington, DC in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society. In college she interned with the publication The Humanist, a magazine for critical social inquiry. Jenna spent 4 years working at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art as a publications and events assistant, working on exhibition catalogs and the scholarly journal Ars Orientalis. Jenna is interested in working with current events and pop culture, news-based publications, and science-fiction. In her spare time, she plays guitar and plans vacations.