Meet your 2017 Graduate Assistants and Student Aides

Rachael Kelly, Internship Graduate Assistant

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, Publishing Lab Graduate Assistant

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. 


Looking forward to getting to know you all!

 

Welcome Back to Pace University |

Professor Sherman Raskin

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 puboffice@pace.edu 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.

Sherman Raskin
Professor English/Publishing
Director M.S. in Publishing Program
Director Pace University Press

 

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 puboffice@pace.edu.

-By Diana Cavallo

Young to Publishing Group Event: “Taking Your Career to the Next Level”

“Taking Your Career to the Next Level: What You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask HR”

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

 

 Please RSVP at the following link: http://youngtopublishing.com/2012/10/taking-your-career-to-the-next-level-what-you-always-wanted-to-know-but-were-afraid-to-ask-hr/

 

 If you want to offer your resume for critique, email it to youngtopublishing@gmail.com with the subject line “Resume for October 16th event.