Take Advantage of BookExpo America!

By Melanie Mitzman

It seems to sneak up on the publishing industry every year, but it is indeed that time again: BookExpo America.

By now you have received an email from the Publishing Department inviting you to sign up for an attendance badge. As a current student, I can say I probably delete those emails as quickly as the next person.

But you shouldn’t do that.

The primary reason those emails go unread in my Inbox is that I already attend as an employee of Vanguard Press, an imprint of The Perseus Books Group. I am assigned to a booth in which I must stay for a majority of my time, occasionally excusing myself for a quick $20 sandwich in the Javits cafeteria. Because of this, I miss most of what goes on at BEA, which I know from word of mouth is extraordinary.

This is exactly why you shouldn’t miss it. Take advantage of the fact that you get to attend as a student who can experience the full extent of what BEA has to offer.

In addition to the beauty of being surrounded by people who work every day in publishing and thereby share your immense passion for books, you have an opportunity for an inside peek at some of your favorite companies and imprints, as well as some of which you’ve never heard. I would encourage you to spend some time in the booths that fall into both categories. You may discover that the employees at the imprint you love are putting off weird vibes or that you don’t much like their interactions, which is important to know before you start stalking their offices after graduation. Alternately, you may find that at the lesser-known imprints there are cool people or that you’ve actually read some of their books without realizing it.

There are also so many events going on that you could easily fill your schedule for a few weeks if BEA lasted that long. There are author signings, author breakfasts, author stages, as well as panels about industry topics, which are always important to stay up-to-date for interviews with potential employers. There is so much going on for those three days I can’t even list them here, but instead would encourage you to peruse the BEA website, which is constantly updated as new events are confirmed: http://bookexpoamerica.com/Home/.

The bottom line is that Pace is providing you with a unique opportunity that not everyone has. It may seem overwhelming at first to hike out to the Javits and be surrounded by thousands of people. But now is the time to experience it.

So if I couldn’t convince you with the aforementioned reasons, you should know that, at the very least, you’ll come away with a lot of free books, which is something no true book lover can turn down.

If you are a publishing student and interested in using one of the department-provided free BEA passes, please contact Hannah Bennett at puboffice@pace.edu.

Staff in the Spotlight: Barbara Egidi, Program Manager, M.S. in Publishing

If you are a student taking classes at the Midtown Center or an online student, chances are that you have heard from or met with Ms. Barbara Egidi, the Program Manager for the M.S. in Publishing program.

Ms. Egidi, who began working at Pace over 40 years ago and who holds two degrees from Pace, an A.A.S. in General Business and a B.S. in Office Information Systems, works diligently to keep meticulous records for all of the students in the program.

She is also the “go to” person if students have any questions about their course schedules, course planning, course substitutions, status in the program, graduation questions, and just about anything else our graduate students might need help with.  “I enjoy working closely with students, assisting and advising them through the many ups and downs they face while trying to pursue their graduate degree.  It is most fulfilling being a part of the process and being there when our students finally complete their degree.”  Ms. Egidi says she often feels like a “mother hen who is not only very protective of her flock but also very proud of them too.” 

When asked what advice she would offer to new students entering the program, Ms. Egidi replied, “I would like to remind them to always use their worksheet that they are given when they enter the program.  They should be completing it every semester as they continue to enroll in courses.  By doing so, they will always be aware of their status in the program and will be assured of graduating on time.  Students who do not have a publishing background should enroll in our strong internship program.  Not only is it an asset on one’s resume but an internship may open a door to a full-time publishing position.  I always like to remind students to network with other students, the faculty, guest lecturers, and the M.S. in Publishing Advisory Board.  And I cannot stress enough that if a student is running into difficulty in a course that they should contact their professor immediately.  Faculty are always willing to work with students.”

Ms. Egidi is also an invaluable resource for the M.S. in Publishing Faculty and the other staff members in the program.  If a Professor has a question about a particular student, a particular procedure, or simply needs someone to talk to, Ms. Egidi is there for them.

One of the most remarkable things about Ms. Egidi is her ability to give each and every student her utmost care and attention – nothing falls through the cracks under her care and guidance.  Many students have benefitted from her wise advice and kindness, and she is a wonderful colleague and friend to those who work with her.

The best way to reach out to Ms. Egidi is via email at begidi@pace.edu – 7 days a week!