The Power of Collaboration: The M.S. in Publishing Program and the Women’s National Book Association

In this article featured on Pace University‘s website, Professor Jane Kinney-Denning discusses the power of collaboration. Professor Denning is the M.S. in Publishing program’s Executive Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach, while also serving as the Women’s Nation Book Association‘s National President since 2016. Holding both positions, she has been able to provide an opportunity for collaboration between the M.S. in Publishing program and the WNBA. Students are encouraged to become WNBA-NYC members and attend WNBA events, in order to network and learn more about the publishing industry.

To read more about Professor Denning and her opinion about the power of collaboration, click here.

Spring Internship with the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

The Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency is looking for someone who is hard-working, conscientious, and detail-minded for an unpaid position, working at least 16 hours a week for a minimum of 12 weeks. This minimum is negotiable but is preferred.

Additionally, while there is no guarantee of employment as a result of an internship with the agency, many of our interns have gone on to work in various areas of publishing.

This is a small office, and the intern would be trained in a number of areas, including but not limited to: use of a software program used by a variety of literary agencies and publishers, the nature of the submission process both domestically and internationally, along with other various projects, including book marketing, blog research, contract audits, and database maintenance. Our interns will gain a strong understanding of publishing and the inner workings of a well-established literary agency, with a strong track record both domestically and internationally.

This is not an internship that requires any reading at the office, but the interns are welcome to read submissions and manuscripts on their own time if they choose.

If interested, applications are due to Ms. Tara Hart no later than Wednesday, November 19th.

 

Tools of Change Conference

Last week a number of Pace MS in Publishing faculty were able to attend (via a complimentary pass) the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference that took place from February 12th to the 14th,  at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.  In addition, a number of Pace students had the opportunity to volunteer at the conference and to attend sessions. It was a wonderful conference and we are grateful for the opportunity we had to learn from and mingle with industry professionals who are on the forefront of change in the industry.

On February 12th, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the Author (R)evolution Day,  a one-day conference-within-a-conference presented by  the thought leaders at Tools of Change and Publishers Weekly. This day was “designed specifically for professional authors, content creators, agents, and independent author service providers who want to move beyond “Social Media 101” to a more robust dialogue about the opportunities in today’s rapidly shifting landscape.”  Joe Wikert, the GM & Publisher and Chair of Tools of Change (TOC) at O’Reilly Media, Inc., in his introduction, emphasized that for today’s hybrid authors, a “thread of entrepreneurship” would run throughout the day.  And, it certainly did—leaving everyone in the audience with a lot to think about as well as with concrete information on how to succeed in today’s dynamic digital marketplace.

The first speaker was Cory Doctorow, a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger.  His  thought provoking and informative talk “Welcome to the (R)evolution”, focused on the idea that “there are three things creative people and industries must understand if they are to thrive in the digital world: don’t let others put locks on your stuff; competitive markets mean more money for you and the Internet is more than an entertainment medium.”  Stating that “until we get these right, we’re stuck.”  Mr. Doctorow’s talk set the tone for the day which was clearly one of opportunity and empowerment for authors.

Other talks such as “The Author Blueprint for Success” which featured the well-respected Porter Anderson, a journalist, writer and speaker on publishing and Eve Brindberg, founder and director of Boston’s Grub Street, gave very specific and useful advice to authors on how to navigate the path to success. Subsequent sessions focused on current issues such as free digital content, the new, emerging role of the literary agent as radical advocates for authors, strategies for marketing and discovery (a panel which included Pace MS in Publishing alumna Tara Theoret,) choosing production and distribution services and community driven publishing —with great speakers like Amanda Barbara from Pubslush, Allan Lau from WattPad and Mark Jeffrey from Glossi.com to name a few!

Overall it was an outstanding day—as a Professor in the MS in Publishing program teaching publishing to a group of aspiring publishing professions, having the opportunity to hear from innovative industry professionals who are on the forefront of change in the industry, was invaluable.

Professor Jane Kinney-Denning

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I had a great time at the conference! Thank you for arranging for the opportunity to attend. I was assigned to a particular room for the day; but within that room, the various speakers represented a marvelous variety of innovative technologies in the publishing field. Lunch was great too — not only the food, but it was another chance to have great conversation, in a relaxed environment, with people who are working on exciting projects in publishing. I’m glad to have been a volunteer for O’Reilly TOC.”

 

Sharon Brown-Volunteer—Graduate Student, Pace University, MS in Publishing

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Below, Pace MS in Publishing Professor Andrea Baron, shares some her notes from the conference:

I. A panel discussion called “Creators and Technology Converging: When Tech Becomes Part of the Story” presented the participants’ views on the overlap of digital and print publications, including some refreshing ideas and opinions from Louis-Jacques Darveau, editor and publisher of The Alpine Review. This is an international publication, recently launched in Montréal, Canada, and distributed in 30 countries.  He views its mission as an “operations manual for alternative culture” and reports it has been very successful in its print-only model. Follow the jump to read more of Professor Baron’s account of the conference

Job Opportunity with Scholastic!

Scholastic is looking for an energetic, highly organized Creative Assistant to work in the Creative Services Department of Scholastic’s Trade Marketing group.

The Creative Services group writes, designs, and releases all collateral materials for the marketing, publicity, conventions, and educational/library teams. Items that the group creates range from bookmarks, displays, ads (online and print), discussion guides, posters, in-store signage, and website builds to powerpoint presentations.

The Creative Services Assistant will:

  • Work closely with Brand Managers on newsletter placements and external ad campaigns
  • Administrative support for the VP, Trade Marketing
  • Provide Production assistance
  • Manage Estimating Process through Manufacturing
  • Track Released jobs through Manufacturing
  • Manage Cover Art Collection
  • Create Powerpoint presentations
  • Assist with Digital Marketing projects
  • Pull assets for site maintenance updates (generally buy links, covers, and excerpts from The Source, and summaries from the catalog)

Requirements:

  • Experience in publishing/creative field useful, but not required
  • Some design experience is a plus
  • Solid writing and communication skills required
  • Knowledge of various computer systems: Experience with Excel, Word, Quark, Adobe, Powerpoint, FileMaker Pro)
  • Ablity to multi-task
  • Good follow-through skills

If you are interested in this job position, please send your resume and cover letter to Professor Denning at  jkinneydenning@pace.edu by Friday, May 11.

Historical Fiction: An Enduring Genre in a Changing Landscape


The NYC chapter of the Women’s National Book Association will be hosting a panel this month entitled, “Historical Fiction: An Enduring Genre in a Changing Landscape.”

Thursday, April 26, 6:00PM – 8:00PM  
Wix Lounge, 10 West 18th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC

Free admission for WNBA Members
Non-members ~ $10.00

Register Here!

The Red TentCold MountainGirl with a Pearl Earring, and other successful historical novels set off a trend that’s apparent to anyone who follows current fiction. Historical novels are hot! And read by people who never thought they were interested in history. We’ll explore what historical fiction means to today’s readers and publishers, and we’ll examine what it’s like to be a player in this market – agent, author, editor, reviewer, or bookseller – what’s happening now, and what’s likely to happen down the road.

Panelists

Carole DeSanti‘s The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 2012) is already receiving great reviews. Carole is also is Vice President, Editor at Large at Viking Penguin, where she is well known as a champion of outstanding, original voices in women’s literature, including those of  Dorothy Allison, Tracy Chevalier, and Melissa Banks. (Photo © Sigrid Estrada.)

Kathryn Harrison is the author of thirteen books, including the bestselling memoirs The Kiss and The Road to Santiago. Her historical novels include The Binding Chair, Poison, and The Seal Wife. Her latest novel, Enchantments (Random House, 2012) takes place during the final days of Russia’s Romanov Empire. She is also a frequent reviewer for The New York Times Book Review. (Photo ©J.Ravid.)

Barbara Hoffert is a fiction editor at Library Journal and the author of LJ’s long-running weekly Prepubs Alert column. She is a past-president of the National Book Critics Circle, for which she now serves as Awards Chair. In 2006, she won ALA-RUSA’s Louis Shores-Greenwood Publishing Group Award for excellence in reviewing. (Photo courtesy of Library Journal.)

Daniel Lazar is a senior agent at the Writers House literary agency. He represents a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, but he especially loves historical fiction of all kinds. Some recent and forthcoming books include NYT bestseller Juliet by Anne Fortier, The Bells by Richard Harvell, Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran, and The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveney.

Heather Lazare joined Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, as a senior editor in 2011 after six years working at the Crown Publishing Group. Prior to that, she was with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Heather acquires historical fiction, upmarket women’s fiction (book club books), narrative nonfiction, humor, pop culture and memoir. (Photo courtesy of HNS Conference 2012.) 

 

Moderated by Rosalind Reisner, WNBA-NYC member and author of Read On…Life Stories, a readers’ guide to the memoir genre, and the award-winning reference book Jewish American Literature: A Guide to Reading InterestsRosalind is a former librarian; she speaks about books and reading and blogs at www.areadersplace.net.

 

This event is being held at Wix Lounge, a free co-working and event space sponsored by Wix.com. Launched in 2008, Wix.com is a free online platform that allows users to create their own Flash website, Apple-compatible mobile sites, and customized Facebook pages. 

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Women’s National Book Association, register here!