Link of the Week: Publishing Perspectives

Publishing Perspectives is an online journal that provides its readers with international publishing news and opinions. Due to its expansive nature, it has been termed “the BBC of the book world.” Each of the journal’s various tabs touch upon a singular aspect of international publishing, such as piracy obstacles in West Africa, the launch of Amazon’s French Kindle Store, and the schedule of events for the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair. The articles enlighten readers and provide them with a broader sense of the worldwide industry. This is certainly helpful in terms of marketing because it allows publishers to learn about other countries without leaving the comfort of their offices.

http://publishingperspectives.com/

Steve Jobs: A Technological Visionary


On Wednesday of last week, the world of technology took an astonishing hit; it lost one of its frontrunners, Steve Jobs, due to complications of pancreatic cancer. Jobs co-founded Apple Inc. in 1976 and has helped to revolutionize the world ever since Apple’s birth. Jobs slashed boundaries and stepped into the future to experiment with new media formats. With the institution of Macbooks and iPods, Jobs challenged his competitors and affected the entire technology industry.

He continued to do so with the development of the iPad. This hybrid between a Mac and an iPhone sparked progress in the publishing industry because of its ebook component. Traditional paper content – books, newspapers, and magazines – is now available in a compact format, which is becoming increasingly appealing to consumers. Steve Jobs, as the creator of the iPad, helped revolutionize the entire foundation of the publishing industry. His absence from the world will be profoundly noticed and sorely missed.

In his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address, Steve Jobs encouraged his audience to live by the following mantra: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” Follow this link, and capture some of the advice that he left the world.

Link of the Week: O’Reilly Media

O’Reilly Media’s mission is to spread “the knowledge of innovators through technology books, online services, and tech conferences.”  Founded in 1978, O’Reilly Media has established itself as a forward-thinking company that devotes itself to the newest computer technologies and innovations.  Their publications include the “animal books” for software developers, such as “Learning the vi Editor” and “Learning Perl.”  Their website takes the mission further, highlighting their upcoming conferences, trainings, and even information on the O’Reilly School of Technology.  The O’Reilly Radar links to articles on up-in-coming trends in the world of computer and media technology.  Always interested in the cutting-edge, O’Reilly Media has its digital ear to the ground.

http://oreilly.com

Pet Industry Magazine Publisher Seeks an Associate Editor

Leading business-to-business publisher located in Midtown Manhattan seeks a dynamic associate editor to work on multiple magazines for the pet industry. The ideal candidate will be a motivated, detail-oriented professional with excellent writing and interviewing skills, a sound knowledge of AP style and the ability to thrive in a deadline-oriented atmosphere. A B.A. in English or Journalism and 2-3 years of experience in magazine publishing is strongly preferred.

Responsibilities include:

  • managing industry news and new products editorial departments
  • researching & writing multiple bylined features on a monthly basis
  • managing content for weekly e-newsletter
  • managing website for a quarterly publication
  • traveling to and covering trade shows and other industry events
  • supporting senior members of the editorial staff

To apply, please send your resume, salary requirements and 2-3 writing samples to mkalaygian@petbusiness.com.

Good luck!

Job Opportunity at Poets & Writers!

Poets & Writers currently has an opening for an Assistant Online Editor.

The Assistant Online Editor is an integral part of the team responsible for developing and maintaining Poets & Writers’ website (pw.org). See a job description below!

There is also an opening for an IT Associate, and are accepting applications for our 2011-12 Galen Williams Fellows (a paid Fellowship program) through June 15. Information about each of these opportunities is at: http://www.pw.org/about-us/career_opportunities.

ASSISTANT ONLINE EDITOR

The Assistant Online Editor is an integral part of the team responsible for developing and maintaining Poets & Writers’ website (pw.org). Under the direction of the Editorial Director, pw.org attracts over a million unique visitors per year and is the creative writer’s primary source for information and advice.

As detailed below, specific tasks include maintaining a variety of databases and select web content. In addition, the Assistant Online Editor is often the first point of contact with writers and others seeking assistance, and as such is key to maintaining the high level of service and integrity for which Poets & Writers is known.

The position offers a creative, adroit, and literate person an opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development of Poets & Writers’ fast-growing online service to creative writers. This full-time position reports to the Editorial Director, and includes excellent benefits and potential for growth.

Responsibilities include:

  • Compiling news sources and writing headlines for P&W’s Daily News, an online aggregate of news items relevant to writers, and promoting it via social media.
  • Maintaining, enhancing, developing, and producing select online content, including Top Ten Topics for Writers.
  • Administering the Directory of Poets & Writers, and maintaining the integrity of its
  • 9,000+ listings of contemporary authors.
  • Maintaining and updating other online resources and directories, including P&W’s databases of literary magazines, small presses, grants & awards, and MFA programs.
  • Communicating with writers, magazines, small presses, and other entities regarding their listings in pw.org’s databases.
  • Conducting outreach and research related to the maintenance of databases.
  • Supervising interns.
  • Answering written, phone, and e-mail queries from writers, providing accurate information and outstanding, courteous service.
  • Serving as back up to the Administrative Coordinator, whose duties include greeting visitors, receiving packages, checking and forwarding phone messages, among other administrative tasks.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills.
  • Web savvy; strong experience with maintaining databases.
  • Experience with basic HTML, CSS, and Drupal, a plus.
  • Highly organized and excellent attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with the literary marketplace.
  • Independent, self-motivated worker.
  • At least one to two years of office experience.
  • Passion for contemporary poetry and fiction.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to Mary Gannon, Editorial Director, Poets & Writers, 90 Broad St., Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004 or by e-mail to mgannon@pw.org. Attachments should be .doc, .rtf, or .pdf; other file types will not be opened. No calls, please.

About Poets & Writers, Inc.:

Poets & Writers is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers. It is respected and trusted as the primary source of information, support, and guidance for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Founded in 1970, the organization’s mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public. P&W accomplishes this by publishing Poets & Writers Magazine, producing a website (pw.org), providing publishing information, introducing emerging writers outside of New York to the New York City literary community, and paying fees to writers participating in public literary events. P&W’s programs introduce writers to one another and connect them to audiences, making today’s writing visible and accessible in major cities and small towns across the country. In addition to its national office in New York City, P&W maintains a branch office in Los Angeles.

Poets & Writers is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity in its hiring.