Link of the Week: 12-Year-Old Founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks Gets Book Deal

Scholastic announced that they will be publishing a book by and about activist Marley Dias, the founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks.

What started as a passion project fueled by the disappointment with the lack of black female protagonists in books read in classes, Dias’s mission of finding 1000 books starring black girls in children’s literature has expanded to a social movement. Having collected over 8,000 books so far with black female main characters—well beyond her initial goal of 1,000 titles—Dias continues to use her voice to gather book titles that let black girls have heroes to look up to that she couldn’t find in school books.

Scholastic shares that Dias’s book will be about how she was able to take her dream and make it into a reality, and provides tips and lessons to motivate other children into working to make their own aspirations into a reality. She is also thrilled about working with Scholastic, saying they are “the perfect partner for spreading my message of diversity, inclusion and social action.”

It’s time to apply for summer internships!

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With the arrival of mid-winter, we’re hardly thinking about the summer while we shiver in our coats and wade through puddles of slush, but now is the time to start looking and applying for summer internships! Check our Internship Resources tab for links to the Big Five companies if you’re interested in internships there, or or for more specific searches. Hachette, Macmillan, Scholastic,  all have applications open, and Penguin Random House’s summer deadline is coming up in two days, so be sure to act quickly!

Jobs of the Week

Other Press

Type: Full Time

Position: Marketing Assistant

Location: New York, NY


Other Press seeks a full-time Marketing Assistant. Responsibilities range from database management to writing, copyediting, and coordinating the production of promotional material, maintaining the Other Press website, and assisting with various direct marketing tasks.

Essential job responsibilities:

  • Direct the trafficking of print and digital advertising, including providing copy, coordinating with design and production, managing approvals and submissions, reserving space and ensuring that deadlines are met
  • Maintain departmental databases
  • Coordinate and execute marketing mailings
  • Write and distribute reading group guides and materials
  • Design promotional materials such as posters, postcards, shelf talkers, and web banners
  • Input seasonal and title-by-title marketing plans and publicity updates into content-management systems
  • Maintain the Other Press website by updating title information and posting promotional content and news updates
  • Direct marketing assistance, including researching, compiling data, and following up with prospects
  • Assist with social media and digital marketing initiatives
  • General departmental support as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in the book industry in a marketing, publicity, or administrative capacity a plus
  • Excellent organizational, verbal and written communications skills
  • Must be proactive, flexible and adaptive in a rapidly changing environment
  • Must have good time management skills, with the ability to multi-task across departments, activities, and projects

Technical Skills:

  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with major social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads
  • Experience with online content management systems such as WordPress
  • Proficiency with Photoshop (InDesign a plus)
  • Basic HTML knowledge a plus

View the original job posting here.

Scholastic – Corporate Conventions

Type: Full Time

Position: Corporate Conventions Assistant

Location: New York, NY


  • Supports Vice President of Event Management Group with various administrative responsibilities.
  • Supports Director of Convention Services group with various duties to insure all details and logistics for conventions are handled in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Manage departmental bookkeeping records for all trade shows.
  • Manage expenses for Director.
  • Process invoices, check requests and wire transfers.
  • Coordinate and track NYO ship outs for all conferences.
  • Support managers/coordinator with show logistics including ordering onsite services.
  • Order and track all product shipments for trade show displays.
  • Secure hotel accommodations and/or contracts with convention housing bureaus. Manage changes and updates to company housing lists.
  • Secure trade shows details including contracts; housing assignments, shipping and show services.
  • Work closely with department managers.
  • Maintains sub-basement inventory and facilitates conventions properties ‘loans’ to divisions.
  • Assist in proofreading and writing corporate-wide Convention show memos and various convention promotional materials.
  • Provides on site support when needed.


  • Bachelor Degree
  • Detailed-oriented with superior organizational skills and ability to handle many projects simultaneously
  • Must be an enthusiastic, high energy and well organized individual
  • Able to work under strict deadlines and in a fast paced environment
  • Reliable, independent and thorough worker
  • Ability to work effectively with various people
  • Flexible and professional demeanor under stressful situations
  • Willing to travel and able to lift heavy materials and work to physically set up some booths
  • Interest in trade show planning or event marketing industry
  • One year of corporate office experience preferred
  • Some travel required.

View the original job posting here.

Jobs of the Week

Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.

Type: Full Time

Position: Editorial Assistant

Location: NYC

Reports to: the Editor for Literary Studies and Philosophy and the Editor for Film and Media Studies

Primary responsibilities:

  • Support commissioning editors in all stages of the publication of books and supporting material, and the administration of title acquisition, planning and production
  • Provide administrative assistance to editors, including systems title management and reporting, and ensuring that publishing programs run to schedule
  • Correspond effectively and tactfully with authors
  • Research academic contacts and marketplace for print and digital projects
  • Send manuscripts for peer review and endorsement
  • Prepare editorial and marketing materials
  • Issue contracts and deal with royalties
  • Keep schedules and general department organization
  • Manage the copyright data process
  • Liaise with production, sales, marketing, and operations departments
  • Recruit, hire, and supervise interns

Selection criteria:

  • Bachelors degree in a related field and 1 to 3 years related experience
  • Minimum 1 year publishing experience/internship preferred
  • Demonstrate a passion for academic publishing
  • Knowledge of the academic study of literature and/or film and media a plus
  • Solid understanding of the US higher education market
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to effectively organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines
  • Professional manner in dealing with colleagues, authors, third-party partners
  • Proven title database management skills
  • Exceptional Microsoft Office skills a plus

Find the original posting here.


Type: Full Time

Position: Assistant Editor

Location: NYC

We are looking for an assistant editor to join SuperScience, Scholastic’s classroom science magazine for grades 3 through 6 (upper elementary school students). The assistant editor will work on all components of the product including the production of engaging feature articles, science news stories, online games, hands-on experiments, assessments, and teaching resources. This is a wonderful opportunity for a science-savvy nonfiction writer to join the world’s largest children’s publisher and make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of students nationwide.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with the Editor to develop highly engaging nonfiction texts and editorial assets including feature articles, news shorts, games, quizzes, and activities covering a range of curriculum-based science topics for grades 3-6
  • Research and pitch story ideas
  • Write hands-on experiments and attend photo shoots
  • Produce assets for the SuperScience website and digital edition
  • Review and proofread layouts


  • B.S. or B.A. required. M.A. or M.S. preferred.
  • Proven writing, editing, and proofreading abilities
  • High-level reporting and researching skills
  • Passion for education and a flair for presenting information in an engaging way
  • Educational publishing or editorial experience preferred
  • Knowledge of primary education and Common Core State Standards preferred

Find the original posting here.


“New Opportunities in Publishing” Event at Lincoln Center

MS in Publishing students should consider attending the upcoming “New Opportunities in Publishing” event! 


The lecture will be held this Thursday, June 27th, at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Manhattan campus at 155 W60th Street, from 6:30pm-7:30pm.


The “New Opportunities in Publishing” lecture is the fourth in the “Digital Media Disruption” lecture series and will  focus on new opportunities in book publishing as a result of digital technology. The lecture will include panelists from Scholastic, Open Road Media, and Tumblr


Click here to learn more about this event and to RSVP, as space is limited!

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)


  • 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 by Friday, May 11.

Summer Internship Opportunities at Scholastic!

Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. With more than 90 years in children’s publishing, Scholastic’s philosophy remains: every child deserves the opportunity to learn to read and develop a love of reading for a lifetime. They believe that literacy – the ability to read, write, and understand – is the birthright of every child in the world, as well as the pathway to succeed in school and realize a complete life.

Scholastic’s Summer Internship Program provides an opportunity to gain experience in a variety of Scholastic businesses. The application deadline is swiftly approaching! It is Friday, March 30, 2012. The program will run for 8 weeks beginning Monday, June 18 through Friday, August 10, 2012, and interns are paid $12.00 per hour and work a 35-hour week.


  • All students must be in good academic standing and have strong computer skills, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Be able to work 35 hours per week

Selection of Interns:

  • Interns are selected on the basis of their academic standing, participation in extracurricular activities, and previous work and/or internship experience
  • Interns may be interviewed by telephone or at a Scholastic office. References may be requested

How To Apply:

To apply for this position, students must do two things: First, please e-mail Professor Denning, at, a copy of your resume and cover letter so that she can pass it along directly to Scholastic’s HR Manager.

In addition, students must apply through the Scholastic website. Scholastic is currently accepting online applications for the summer program through Friday, March, 30, 2012. Apply to the internship program by clicking on the business area you’re interested in from the list below. With your application, you will need to provide:

  • cover letter that should including the following:
    – Your School’s Name
    – Your Major/Degree
    – Your Graduation Date
    – An explanation of how your participation in Scholastic’s Summer Internship Program fits with your academic and/or career goals
  • Your current resume (Word or PDF)

Each link below takes you to the appropriate requisition in the Scholastic Career Center. Once there, please create your profile, and include your cover letter and attachments.

Manuela Soares

Manuela Soares

Manuela Soares is a full-time faculty member, Associate Director of the Pace University Press, and Director of the Graduate Seminar (2004-present) in the MS in Publishing Program. Prior to teaching, Soares had a 30-year career in the publishing industry, working in both books and magazines. Most recently, she was Managing Editor for the Scholastic Trade Book division (overseeing eight hardcover imprints and the publication of the first five Harry Potter books). Before that, she was a Senior Editor at Rizzoli International.

As the Director of the Graduate Seminar (690A and B), Soares works with students writing their Master’s thesis. She also teaches Marketing, Children’s Book Publishing, General Interest Books, Entrepreneurship, and Ethics in Publishing.

In addition to her teaching duties, in 2015 Soares became Associate Director of the Pace University Press. As Associate Director, she reviews new submissions and oversees the day-to-day activities of the Press from manuscript to bound book, supervising two Graduate Assistants and a Student Aide and working with the journal editors and production editors.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of Springer-Verlag’s Publishing Research Quarterly, where some of the Graduate Theses papers from 690B have been published in abbreviated form.

Her own published works encompass magazines, journals, and books including: The Joy Within with Joan Goldstein (Simon & Schuster), One Hand Clapping with Rafe Martin (Rizzoli), Butch/Femme (Crown Publishing), Scholastic Bookfiles: A Reading Guide to A Wrinkle in Time, Heart Throbs: The Best of DC Romance Comics (pseudonym Naomi Scott, Fireside Books), ESP McGee and the Dolphin’s Message (pseudonym Jesse Rodgers, Avon Books), “The Purloined Ladder” (Journal of Homosexuality, V.34, Issue 3-4), among others. In 2011, she contributed a short short story to the anthology Sudden Flash Youth, (Persea Books). In 2013, she wrote a cookbook with artist Jeanne Betancourt, Farm Stand Fresh. In 2017, one of her short stories will be included in an anthology from Tagus Press.

An avid photographer, her photographs are in private collections and have been used for the covers of three books of poetry, various blogs, and included in several exhibitions.