Careers in Focus Session



MS in Publishing students should consider attending 

the Careers in Focus Editorial & Publishing event! 




Come hear from professionals to learn more about the editorial and publishing fields. Panelists will discuss their companies, the industry and answer questions.  Gain knowledge and network your way to your next internship or full time job!



The panel will take place on Wednesday, March 13th 2013 from 12:15-2PM in E304 at 1 Pace Plaza.  Becca Worthington of the Association of American Publishers will serve as the moderator. Please RSVP to Prof. Jane Denning at if you plan on attending.



Speakers will include:

Kristy Zoshak, Integrated Marketing at O Magazine

Eileen Manito, Simon & Schuster Staffing Coordinator


Carolyn Zimatore, Harper Collins Talent Acquisition Manager

Michael Mejias, Writers House Director of Internship Program




The Book Industry Guild of NY’s Annual President’s Night


Pace University MS in Publishing students are invited to attend the BOOK INDUSTRY GUILD of NY’S Annual President’s Night on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at 6:15 p.m. at Random House, 1745 Broadway, between 55th and 56th Streets, 2nd floor.


The speaker will be Michael Jacobs, President and CEO of Abrams Books. Students are admitted for free.  (Tickets are normally $40 for members and $60 for non-members) to the speaker portion of the event, which begins at 6:15. 




Student reservations are necessary.           Email or for further information or to make a reservation.


*There is an cocktail hour before the event, but students may not participate in cocktail hour due to the fact that alcohol is served and not all students are of legal drinking age.

Random House Open House Event

Random House turns Open House with a unique event in New York City on Friday November 2nd.

MS in Publishing students, are you interested in visiting Random House office and meeting publishing professionals?  Attend the Random House Open House event!

The event will include behind-the-scenes tours, discussions, mingling, panels reviewing bestsellers, politics and seasonal book-related gift giving.


Tickets for the Friday, November 2, 2012 Open House are $25 and can be purchased at  This admission includes a full day of programming, coffee and breakfast, lunch, wine tastings and the opportunity to meet big-name authors and editors.  The Open House will begin at 10AM and end at 5 PM at Random House’s location, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY. 

For more information, visit the Open House website and Twitter links here!

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:


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

Report From the Trenches: Book Industry Study Group Annual Meeting

On Friday, September 27th a number of Pace University MS in Publishing students and professors were invited to attend the Annual Members Meeting of the Book Industry Study Group.  It was a wonderful opportunity to hear from Len Vlahos, the Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group, and Angela Bole, the Deputy Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group, who spoke about the strategic value of BISG within the global book marketplace.   It was a very interesting session and we were all grateful to have the opportunity to attend and network with such a prestigious group of industry professionals.


For further coverage of and information about the program, see the following links from Shelf Awareness, Publishers Weekly, and The Shatzkin Files:

             Published in Shelf Awareness

              Published in Publishers Weekly

             Published in The Shatzkin Files


Below, Heather Allen, a first semester student in the MS in Publishing program, shares some of the things she learned at the meeting.


Things I Learned from the BISG Annual Member Meeting:

According to their website, The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) “is a national, not-for-profit U.S. book trade association with the mission of creating a more informed, empowered and efficient book industry. [They are] committed to the development of effective industry-wide standards, best practices, research and events related to both physical and digital products that enhance relationships between all trading partners.”

 Since this was my first time being exposed to this kind of atmosphere (The Annual Meeting of Industry Professionals, Yale Club, ballroom, catered coffee break and lunch, plus lot of great industry information), I learned quite a few things.

  1. Publishing is sexy

Who would have thought?  By having a passion for publishing and an interest in making the publishing world go ‘round’ is what the members of BISG do day-in and day-out.  They find statistics sexy because it reflects the hard work the BISG does.  The committees within BISG include rights, publication, manufacturing & distribution, metadata, and the ISBN- 13 task force, which help decide standards and practices that have been set forth for the past 36 years.


        2. Metadata is important

Luckily for me, I had the chance to sit at a table with a metadata expert from Bowker,  a company that provides data to publishers/ retailers/ libraries to help them better reach the consumer.  Metadata is the information customers haveabout each book: the title, the description, ISBN etc., which is put out by the publishers basically, metadata is information about information.  How this relates to publishing is this: publishers need metadata to track the customer’s interests.  By doing this publishers are also able to track book statistics and the health of the industry


      3. Change is coming…

As the Starks of Winterfell would say…  Essentially be prepared to go in directions you might not expect to go.  In the panel discussion, the former chair of BISG Dominique Raccah stated that when she first took over the position six years ago, she did not expect the industry to end up where it did.  From the topics covered, it seems that publishers should be prepared to expect a changes in the industry with regarding ebooks.  Ken Michaels, COO and President of Hachette believes however, that  we should not rely solely on technology as we move forward.  During the panel discussion Maureen McMahon, President and Publisher of Kaplan Publishing also spoke about the skill sets she looks for when hiring new people – most importantly is the ability to learn and teach and being able to self-teach,  to help combat and adapt to the expected/unexpected changes.

-Heather Allen