“As we head into 2017, we can expect that our civic and cultural life will remain turbulent. In these times it is especially important to remember that as publishers we will always endeavor to give voice to a wide range of opinions and divergent viewpoints. We publish for many different and frequently conflicting audiences, and must be fully cognizant of our responsibility to resist censorship and stand unequivocally for freedom of speech, no matter how difficult that might be at times.”
Carolyn Reidy is one of the highest ranking women in publishing, having been the President and CEO at Simon & Schuster Inc. since 2008. Reidy experienced many different jobs across the publishing industry; since 1976, she’s worked her way into becoming a subsidiary rights director, a president and publisher of imprints and trade divisions, and associate publisher to now being in charge of all domestic and international publishing operations for Simon & Schuster. Reidy also currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Association of American Publishers, the National Book Foundation, and Literacy Partners, Inc. Reidy’s forward thinking and open-mindedness about important issues, ranging from how she thinks of gender in the workplace to the future of digital publishing, provide an exemplary platform for publishing hopefuls to consider when shaping how they want to one day impact the publishing industry.
The Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded on Thursday to singer/songwriter Bob Dylan. Dylan is the first American to win the prize in more than two decades since Toni Morrison won in 1993—and the surprise culmination of years of far-out betting speculation.
The Swedish Academy commended Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” while secretary Sara Danils later added, for those expressing surprise at their choice, that “if you look far back, 5000 years, you discover Homer and Sappho. They wrote poetic texts which were meant to be performed, and it’s the same way for Bob Dylan. We still read Homer and Sappho, and we enjoy it.”
Simon & Schuster, Dylan’s longtime publisher, was set to release the updated and revised version of Dylan’s The Lyrics: 1961-2012—now priced at $60, after the first version was released as a limited edition in 2014 priced at $299—on November 8, but spokesperson Adam Rothberg tells us “we will be accelerating publication” with a new release date still to be determined. And S&S publisher Jonathan Karp said in a statement: “We congratulate Bob Dylan on this extraordinary honor. For decades, he has fused poetry and music with groundbreaking artistry.”
Other awards Dylan has won for his art includes multiple Grammy awards, as well as a Lifetime Grammy Award for his music, and a Quill Award for his memoir, Chronicles: Volume 1, among countless others.
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Join Simon & Schuster in celebrating Black History Month. The company created a video playlist on their YouTube channel commemorating Black History. The ten video playlist features a story by Sharon Draper, quotes from Nelson Mandela, Misty Copeland’s ballerina story, Spike Lee’s advice to aspiring to filmmakers, and much more.
Editorial Assistant – Portfolio/Sentinel/Current
Location: New York, NY
Join the Editorial team at Penguin Random House! We are seeking a proactive Editorial Assistant to work in our Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current imprints. Reporting to two editors, the Editorial Assistant will provide administrative support, read and evaluate submissions, and oversee the entire editorial process. This job opening is an exciting opportunity to learn about the editorial process for a diverse set of nonfiction titles!
Specific responsibilities include:
1. Assisting the editorial staff with various day-to-day tasks, such as logging book proposal submissions, drafting contract requests, and tracking payments and invoices.
2. Evaluating manuscripts and writing reader?s reports for any promising submissions.
3. Providing editorial backup by offering editorial feedback, liaising with authors, etc.
4. Liaising with the Production department and ensuring their deadlines are met.
5. Writing flap copy, title information sheets, and catalog copy.
6. Providing administrative support for two editors, such as scheduling meetings, booking conference rooms, making copies, filing, etc.
- 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
- Excellent writing and communication skills
- Ability to work well in a team
- Strong ability to multitask and meet deadlines
- Prior experience with project management
- Outstanding ability to think creatively and critically
- High attention to detail
- Strong organizational skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word
- Interest in working with nonfiction books
Please apply using our online application process (here), and please include your resume and cover letter.
Location: New York, NY
W. W. Norton & Company is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support the digital media editor for college astronomy and geology courses.
Essential job responsibilities:
• Management of manuscripts in all stages of production – Sending manuscript to be reviewed by college instructors. Setting and adhering to schedules. Preparing manuscript for copyediting and production.
• Telephone and message management – Professionally interacting with authors, college faculty, marketing, and sales staff to relay messages, follow-up on requests/information and in general, anticipating when to proactively act on messages (including relaying messages with a sense of urgency).
• Document management – Faxing, copying, printing, emailing. Organizing and maintaining files.
• Creating and editing Excel and Word documents to support projects and/or office responsibilities.
• Data Management – Extracting data from internal web based information portals. Aggregating data from various sources. Information gathering and following up.
• Project management – Collaborating with and providing support to media editorial team to move numerous different projects forward in order to meet publishing deadlines.
• Market research – Assisting media editor with research on market trends in online learning.
• Bachelor’s degree.
• Employment eligibility to work with W. W. Norton & Company in the US is required.
• Must be able to work full business hours in our NYC location.
• Excellent organizational, verbal and written communications skills.
• Must be able to anticipate needs and deliver timely, relevant solutions and actions.
• Must be able to develop rapport and relationships with all levels of employees. Must be seen as knowledgeable and capable of handling sensitive, critical information.
• Must be proactive, flexible and adaptive in a rapidly changing environment and adjust with a “can-do” attitude.
• Must be self-directed and independent.
• Must have good time management skills, be organized, and be capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing across departments, activities, and projects.
• Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes.
• Must have a demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of electronic media as it applies to education and/or learning.
• Must have strong research skills.
• Must have a passion for learning new software programs.
• Subject matter expertise is not required, but applicants should note whether they have taken any college-level chemistry or astronomy courses.
• Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google Docs. Proficiency with both Windows and Mac OS. Proficiency with Photoshop and InDesign a plus.
• Mastery of email, calendar management, and file management tools.
Qualified candidates should apply by sending a copy of their resume and cover letter to: email@example.com. PLEASE BE SURE TO INDICATE WHICH POSITION YOU ARE APPLYING FOR IN THE SUBJECT LINE.
Publicity Assistant – Simon & Schuster
Location: New York, NY
The Simon & Schuster imprint is seeking a Publicity Assistant or Associate Publicist to work closely with an Associate Director and a Senior Publicist in a very active publicity department with a dynamic publishing program. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn all aspects of the book publishing process and work on commercial fiction and non-fiction titles.
Responsibilities include administrative duties, as well as involvement in all aspects of publicity campaigns including: Creating press materials; booking tours; and pitching media
· Must be organized and have excellent phone and computer skills. Strong written communication is important as well as the ability to multi-task and be flexible.
· Previous PR assistantship or internship with a literary agency or book publishing house is preferred. Minimum Education Level Bachelor’s Degree.
Apply online here.
Title: Editorial Assistant
Location: New York, New York
The Editorial Assistant role is a wide-ranging role which is essential to the smooth running of our journal portfolio.
Duties include coordinating the successful set up of new journals and journals transferring from other publishers. The Editorial Assistant will work with the Journal Development team on a defined portfolio of journals, responding to queries from editors, providing reports, and maintaining internal systems and processes. They will also occasionally provide more general administrative support to the wider publishing team, including the Editorial Directors. Specific responsibilities of the Editorial Assistant include:
- Educated to degree level, ideally with a biomedical background
- Some experience in administrative duties
- Strong organizational skills, with attention to detail
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- A high level of computer literacy ? understands common software (e.g. Microsoft Office suite) and gains new software skills quickly
- Customer focused
- Pleasant and tactful telephone manner
- Able to see tasks through to completion, working to (often competing) deadlines
- Analytical skills
- Able to respond to non-routine circumstances
- Self-starter with a positive, can-do approach to problem-solving
- Able to work cooperatively with colleagues at all levels
Please apply using our online application system found on our website.
We regret that we are unable to respond to each resume. Only those individuals selected for interviews will be contacted. View original posting.
Title: Publishing Assistant
Location: New York, NY
Simon & Schuster is seeking a Publishing Assistant for the Gallery Books imprint.
- Routine clerical work, typing, booking travel, expense reports, scheduling meetings, taking messages and following up
- Preparing materials for sales and follow-up meetings
- Coordinating seasonal material due dates for the imprint
- Assisting with editorial duties including processing contracts, P&L’s, author copies and miscellaneous paperwork.
- Overseeing the reading group guide process for the imprint.
|Prior experience in book publishing preferred.|
Apply on S&S’s website.
Title: Assistant Digital Editor
Location: New York, NY
A leading luxury company is looking for an assistant digital editor to join their team. Reporting to the Director of Digital, the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting content delivery by writing, editing and publishing digital content, and ensuring that all content is accurate, SEO optimized and adheres to established brand guidelines. The candidate will also work to engage audiences though social media to drive traffic.
- 1-2 years experience working in a digital environment, developing content and driving traffic though social media.
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to write clear and concise copy in keeping with the house style.
- Previous experience editing and proof reading copy as well as producing content in both text and graphic form.
- Working experience with various CMS systems and Google Analytics.
- A team player with an eagerness to put forward new ideas and suggestions to create viral content.
- A proven record of delivering tasks on time.
- Excellent time management and organizational skills.
- Proven skills in project management.
- Degree level education, preferably in marketing, publishing, communications or new media.
Click here to apply.
Breaking news has been released in the United States vs Apple Department of Justice Case! According to a Publishers Weekly article titled, “Apple Loses: Judge Finds Price-Fixing in E-Book Case,” Judge Denise Cote has put an end to the case that has left major publishing houses and Apple in jeopardy. Her descision was not in favor of the involved publishing companies, Macmillian, Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette, or Apple Inc. These companies did, indeed, collude to fix e-book prices in 2010. “This Court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that Apple conspired to restrain trade in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act,” said Judge Cote. “With Apple’s active encouragement and assistance,” she continued, “the Publisher Defendants agreed to work together to eliminate retail price competition and raise e-book prices, and again with Apple’s knowing and active participation, they brought their scheme to fruition.”
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A Wonderful Working Relationship:
Pace University and Simon & Schuster
As a Professor and the Executive Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach for the MS in Publishing program at Pace for 14 years, I have been in the fortunate position to work with a number of stellar HR representatives and publishing professionals at Simon & Schuster; working with them to place our students in both internships and full-time positions. Over the years I have watched their internship program grow and our students flourish in their professional careers (at S&S and elsewhere) as a result of the outstanding experiences they have had interning there. Each semester, and during the summer, there are numerous opportunities for qualified, bright, ambitious students to intern in positions that provide them with a strong, practical, real world, foundation for their careers. Some of the positions available at S&S include editorial internships, social media marketing internships, e-book production internships, design internships, HR internships, sub-rights internships, supply chain internships and digital internships to name a few.
Every semester, I love to hear about the experiences our students are having there because not only are they learning essential skills and putting their Pace education to good use but because they are also making excellent industry contacts, being mentored by some of the best professionals in the industry, making friends and having a lot of fun!
Simon & Schuster is only one of the many companies where our students intern and where our graduates find themselves working and we are proud of longstanding relationship with them. It is a relationship that I value and appreciate; for the excellence of their internship program, the innovative nature of the company and the amazing quality and quantity of the books they publish.
This past spring, as I was working with current students to place them in internships and while I was corresponding with some of our alumni, I was struck by the truly incredible internship opportunities and by just how many of our students are now working there in full-time positions. Elieen Manito, the Staffing Coordinator and Ms. Joy Bertan, the Director of Staffing are consummate professionals in working with Pace to let me know about the positions that they are looking to fill and in making the interview process a rewarding and exciting experience for our students. Having met them both, I understand why so many students speak so highly of their experiences at Simon & Schuster.
For this piece we interviewed Ms. Manito and have shared some of the experiences of Pace MS in Publishing students who have interned and/or are working there now. We hope you enjoy hearing what they have to say and learn about what some of our alumni are doing now!
Simon & Schuster: A Legacy Publishing House
History: Simon & Schuster, Inc. is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, providing consumers worldwide with a diverse range of quality books across a wide variety of genres and formats. It is the publishing operation of CBS Corporation, one of the world’s premier media companies. Simon & Schuster was founded in 1924 by Richard L. (Dick) Simon and M. Lincoln (Max) Schuster. The company has grown to become a multifaceted publishing house that publishes 1800 titles annually, and whose seven divisions — Adult Publishing, Children’s Publishing, Audio, Digital, and international companies in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia — are home to some of the most distinguished imprints and recognizable brand names in the world of publishing. Click here to learn to learn more about the history of Simon & Schuster.
Divisions and Imprints: Simon & Schuster publishes Adult, Children, and Audio books. The Adult Publishing Group includes a number of publishing units that offer books in several formats. Each unit has its own publisher, editorial group and publicity department. The Children’s Publishing division is one of the leading children’s book publishers in the world, is comprised of the following imprints: Aladdin Paperbacks, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Little Simon®, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Simon Pulse, and Simon Spotlight®. This division also publishes best-selling books in a variety of formats for children ages preschool through teen, including characters as Olivia, The Hardy Boys®, and Nancy Drew®. Simon Spotlight®, an imprint based on media tie-ins, has become one of the fastest growing imprints in children’s books, with bestselling series based on Nickelodeon’s®, Rugrats® and Blue’s Clues® properties. Simon & Schuster Audio is a leading publisher of general interest audiobooks including bestselling fiction, nonfiction, business/finance, self-improvement, inspiration, language learning programs, and original audiobook productions. To learn more about Simon & Schuster imprints, click here.
The Human Resources Perspective: An Interview with Ms. Eileen Manito
Prof. Denning: We are very grateful for the support of our students as well as the relationship we share with Simon & Schuster.
Ms. Manito: I think it is very important for publishing houses to maintain relationships with universities. Students should feel encouraged to apply for internships because they can really get a “hands-on” experience by working within a publishing house.
Prof. Denning: Do you require students to receive college credit for the internship experience and what does that mean?
Ms. Manito: Yes, one of our requirements is for students to receive credit for their internships. Candidates must register for academic credit internship with their college or university for spring, summer, fall semester and must provide official documentation on school letterhead confirming this information upon acceptance of the internship.
Prof. Denning: During your time at Simon & Schuster, you have been instrumental in the placement of many Pace students in the S&S internship program and you now have 10 Pace alumni working there. What stands out to you about Pace MS in Publishing students?
Ms. Manito: I have been with Simon & Schuster for two years and during each semester, I have hired a handful of Pace publishing students. It is because of their passion for books, knowledge of the industry, and their interest in directly learning from publishing professionals in the business.
Prof. Denning: Please tell us a bit about the Internship Program at S&S. What kind of training/programs do you offer interns?
Ms Manito: The internship program at Simon & Schuster is a fantastic program for students who are interested in exploring careers in publishing. I run the internship program and I always encourage the interns to stop by my office whenever they have any questions. Each intern also has a direct supervisor within his or her department.
Every semester, we provide training for specific programs. We also host lunch & learn programs for the interns to learn about several departments within the company and social events so that the interns can get to know each other.
Click here for more details about Simon & Schuster’s internship program. The application deadline and program details can be found there.
Prof: Denning: Can you tell us a bit about the Associate’s Program?
Ms. Manito: The Associate’s Program is a 12 to 18 month entry-level rotational program where the employee will have the opportunity to participate within one of the following areas: Adult, Children’s Publishing including but not limited to Editorial, Publicity, Marketing, Subsidiary Rights, Managing Editorial, and Digital.
Prof. Denning: How do you feel that interns develop their professional skills and understanding of publishing during their time at S&S?
Ms. Manito: Interns can develop their professional skills and understanding of publishing by being in the building, interacting with their team and supervisors, and attending meetings. There are so many talented employees who are willing to take the time to talk to the interns and to provide them with encouragement. As mentioned, we offer lunch & learn programs for the interns so they can be exposed to the book publishing process.
Prof. Denning: How would you describe the working environment/corporate culture of S&S? And what advice would you have for students interning there?
Ms. Manito: Simon & Schuster has a very welcoming and nurturing environment. Everyone is friendly and willing to help out. For the interns, I encourage them to ask a lot of questions and bring up any ideas to their team. I always tell students to make the most of each opportunity. The more effort they put into the experience, the better!
Prof. Denning: What are important qualities and key words that you look for in the resumes and cover letters of potential interns? Does it matter if students have previous internship experience?
Ms. Manito: It helps if students have previous internships. I look to see if students were involved in their school’s newspaper or magazine or if they have their own blog. Specifically for their resumes, I look at the format and organization of the content. Definitely include cover letters and make sure everything is grammatically correct.
Prof. Denning: What interview advice would you offer to students looking for internships?
Ms. Manito: If you have a scheduled interview, make sure you arrive on time, bring extra copies of your resume, dress professionally, and do your research—read about the company and the imprint you are applying for.
Prof. Denning: Should students who don’t have a definite idea of what area of publishing they would like to work in still apply for internship positions?
Ms. Manito: Definitely! Students who are unsure, but are interested in publishing should still apply. That is the whole point of the internship program—to figure out which department and imprint best suits you.
Prof. Denning: How often do interns get considered for full-time employment at S&S? And, what steps do you encourage students to take at the end of their internships? (Schedule a meeting with their supervisor or HR?)
Ms. Manito: Many interns get considered for full-time positions at Simon & Schuster. If they are interested in any positions after their semester, they can let me know. They can also notify Ms. Bertran and/or their immediate supervisors.
From the Trenches: The Internship Experience
Many Pace students have had the opportunity to intern at Simon & Schuster. Ms. Heather Allen and Ms. Diana Cavallo were Marketing Interns for the 2013 academic year. In her second semester in the MS in Publishing program, Ms. Allen said this of her time at S&S: “I’ve had an extraordinary time and I am very thankful that S&S and Pace have such a great relationship and they are willing to take us on as interns (and hopefully for jobs in the future as well!)…I also felt very welcomed. I never had an internship before, but based on all the stereotypes I’ve heard about internships, I never felt marginalized or put out by the work that they would ask me to do.” Ms. Allen continued also noted that one of her goals was to meet an editor, as her intended career path is editorial, and experience the day-to-day duties of this position. Ms. Allen was able to read for a senior editor and who“has been very helpful and patient with my questions.”
Ms. Cavallo said this about her internship experience: “Being able to call myself a Simon & Schuster Intern was one of the highlights of my academic experience. This experience allowed me to learn a great deal about the publishing industry in a positive and professional atmosphere. I was so excited for the chance to spend time at Simon& Schuster, but I didn’t know what an impact this internship would have on me, completely changing my desired career path to marketing.” During her internship, Ms. Cavallo spent time working for the Little Simon, Simon Spotlight, Pulse and Aladdin imprints. “I’m so grateful to have worked for some very talented and kind people, especially my supervisors, Mrs. Julie Christopher, Ms. Carolyn Swerdloff, and Ms. Emma Sector, who truly made me feel like I was a part of their team,” she noted.
This summer, Pace student Mr. Miguel Cervantes will be interning at the Gallery/Pocket imprint of S&S as their Social Media intern. “I feel lucky to have a landed an internship at a publishing house of such great esteem and cannot wait to start my internship,” said Mr. Cervantes, after learning about the program at a Pace Career Fair, where the company was represented by Ms. Joy Bertan.
Mr. Michael Howard and Mr. Trey Prothro will also be interning at S&S during the fall 2013 semester. Mr. Howard enthusiastically thanks Prof. Denning for helping him secure this internship. “I didn’t finish my first semester before I got an internship with Simon & Schuster,” Mr. Howard said,“This is the first environment I’ve ever experienced where failure seems harder than success. Everyone isn’t just pulling for you; they’re pushing for you,” he continued.
Mr. Trey Prothro will be the Digital Marketing Intern for the Gallery and Pocket imprints this fall. Of his upcoming internship, Mr. Prothro said this: “I’m excited for the opportunity to intern at such a dynamic publishing company. The staff I’ve met so far have been friendly and supportive. I’m also eager to learn current marketing strategies for the digital world of publishing.”
In the Real World: The Alumni Experience
Many Pace University MS in Publishing Alumni have also become Simon & Schuster employees. There are currently nine Pace alumni working at S&S in a variety of exciting positions. They were kind of enough to share their publishing experiences with students in this article.
Ms. Ashley Stout has been working at Simon & Schuster for two years and is currently a Data Manager for the Contracts Department. Her responsibilities range from handling rights and contracts inquiries from various departments, agents, and authors, to managing the Contracts department workflows and data entry. Ms. Stout’s advice to students is to have an open minded view about future jobs. “It’s sometimes difficult to get a foot in the door in this industry, so applying for a position you may not have really thought about before could be the best decision you make…No matter what job you end up with, the knowledge you bring from other departments is only going to help you succeed.” Of her time in the Pace Publishing program she notes, “I have definitely used the knowledge I gained in the program to give me an edge when it comes to working with the other departments and knowing how the publishing jigsaw puzzle actually works.”
After switching her career from radio to publishing, Pace graduate, Ms. Rachel Zugschwert worked for Simon & Schuster from 2006-2011 in the Touchstone and Atria Books imprints. She currently works as the Marketing Manager at Consortium Book Sales & Distribution in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At Touchstone, formerly Touchstone Fireside, Ms. Zugschwert worked as a PublishingAssistant, and as a Marketing Manager for Atria Books. She identifies working as a publishing assistant as “a great place to start at a house,” for the variety of departments that she was able to work with, from editorial and publicity, to marketing and sales. As marketing manager, Ms. Zugschwert planned and launched the marketing campaigns for best-selling authors like Jodi Picoult and Vince Flynn, while maintaining Atria’s social media accounts and worked with authors to create their online platforms. Of her time at Simon & Schuster she says, “I found S&S to be great at recognizing people who work hard, and I consider myself very lucky to have worked there…Simon & Schuster is a legacy publishing house with a very open mind towards the future of publishing…S&S is a great career place, and it’s possible to move from department to department once you’ve got a foot inthe door.”
Ms. Ebony LaDelle is a Marketing Coordiantor at S&S’s Education and Library Department since the beginning of 2013. She began in S&S’s Associates program, an entry-level rotational program where participants work in different publishing departments. “It was a great opportunity to gain experience and build relationships,” Ms. LaDelle notes, “my first rotation was with the education & library department and once a position opened up for me I was able to apply and get the job!” She assists with award submissions for S&S’s children’s and adult imprints, represents the house at many teacher and librarian conferences throughout the year, interacts with authors, manages the education & library’s social media accounts, and also writes copy for the academic newsletter. Her advice to Pace students is simply to “Network.” Ms. LaDelle encourages students to attend career fairs where they may meet members of the S&S Human Resource department, and to intern at S&S while at Pace. “They’re always looking for interns,” she notes, “the access to S&S employees and the learning experience would be invaluable, and certainly help you to secure a position.” Ms. LaDelle acknowledges the important role her classmates had in both her academic and professional careers. “My peers and I looked out for one another; because we were all entering the same field, we were willing to forward our resumes to HR departments on behalf of our classmates because we all knew each other’s work ethic.” Click here to read her Alumni in the Spotlight Interview.
Ms. Allyson James has been a Production Assistant at Simon & Schuster for the past two years. As a Production Assistant, Ms. James deals with bound galleys, which can be considered book prototypes, and are used as marketing tools or to build author and brand awareness. James encourages Pace students to “try to stay positive and ask a lot of questions. That’s the only way you’ll really learn.” In the fast-paced environment of Simon & Schuster, she has yet to work with a Pace intern. Ms. James continued to say that she learned a great deal from the professors in the Publishing program and “felt that I was in good hands.”
Mr. Noah Efroym has worked as a Manager of Digital Content Development at S&S since 2011. Mr. Efroym describes job as an “eBook shepherd,” overseeing construction from print production to the final product. A major part of his job uses HTML and CSS “to manipulate the files myself and get them looking perfect so every reading device will display the eBooks in the manner in which the author intended.” He also noted that the MS in Publishing program had a large role in preparing him for a career in book publishing, especially Professor Kerstin Diehn’s (link to her bio) design courses. In his advice to students, Mr. Efroym said, “It’s important to equip yourself with 21st-century skills. Knowledge of web design, the Adobe creative suite of products, database management, and even a little Excel wizardry will take you far. Stay ahead of the curve of any new technology or business strategy in the area of publishing you’re interested in penetrating and dress your resume with that arsenal of skills.” Click here to read Mr. Efroym’s Alumni in the Spotlight Interview.
Ms. Lauraliz Morales-Silva recently became an International Sales Coordinator for Simon & Schuster, after being a Contracts Assistant for the publisher for one year.
Ms. Jacquelynne Hudson currently works as an Ebook Developer at Simon & Schuster, after having worked as a Senior Desktop Publishing Associate. Ms. Hudson creates eBooks in-house and works to coordinate proofreading and archives finished eBooks in both the children’s and adult divisions.
Mr. Wilkin Cabrera has worked as Publishing Associate at Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, for the last two years.
Ms. Clare McGlade works as the Reprints Assistant for the Managing Editorial department of Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. She is responsible for any changes or updates made to the children’s imprints’ backlist titles, as well as proofreading material and managing workflows. Of working in the Children’s department, she says: “I have to say I am incredibly lucky to work where I do… It is a relaxed atmosphere without being overly laid-back – there is still a strong sense of professionalism. We work hard, but still remember to have a little fun.” She also called S&S’s Associates Program a “fantastic way to work into a career.” The Associates Program allows people to gain a better sense of each area of publishing by working full-time in various departments. Ms. McGlade also notes that Pace’s Publishing program aided her understanding of the industry. “I entered the program with a BS in Business Administration and a BA in Dance – not exactly the qualifications that direct you to a career in publishing,” she said, “But the Pace program helped me learn where my strengths and interests lay, gave me insights in to how the industry has worked in the past and where it is headed, and most importantly, gave me the opportunity to network and make valuable connections with my classmates and through my internship experience.” To students applying to S&S internships or jobs, Ms. McGlade praises the relationship between the publisher and Pace: “S&S knows that Pace’s students come equipped with a good education in the industry. So you’ve really already got something on your resume that will catch S&S’s attention on a job application.”
Ms. Angela Zurlo is a Production Manager at S&S. Some of her responsibilities include scheduling new titles, officially ordering books, reviewing samples for accuracy. She reminds students that networking is incredibly important, and shares that her position at S&S was a result of networking with a friend and former S&S intern. “You never know where your contacts will lead you,” she advises. Of the work environment at S&S, she says: “There’s a good balance between “professional” and “casual”…Even though we work individually, it’s a team-oriented environment where we can also depend on one another.” Like her fellow alumni, Ms. Zurlo credits the Publishing program for preparing her to work in book publishing and interact with different departments. “It definitely helps to know what goes on in other departments—especially when you’re just starting! It makes learning and working easier when you have a more well-rounded knowledge of the industry,” she says.
It has been wonderful reconnecting with our MS in Publishing alumni and so exciting to hear about all of their professional accomplishments. Thank you to Ms. Elieen Manito for her support of our program and the for the wonderful internship program at Simon&Schuster!
–From the Trenches: The Internship Experience and In the Real World: The Alumni Experience interviews were conducted, summarized and written by Ms. Diana Cavallo.
Ebony LaDelle is a December 2010 graduate of the MS in Publishing program. Ebony began her career working at the Howard University bookstore as an undergraduate, before moving to New York to pursue her publishing career. Ebony, initially interested in magazine publishing, interned at Rodale and then as a Marketing Assistant at American Express Publishing before deciding to pursue her passion for working with books. In January of 2012, Ebony began working as a Marketing Associate in the Corporate Marketing department at Simon&Schuster and recently switched roles there to work as a Digital Marketing Associate. Ebony received a full scholarship to the MS in Publishing program at Pace and served as the Graduate Assistant in the multimedia lab while she completed her graduate studies. In this interview, Ebony will tell us a bit about the path she has taken in terms of her publishing career, and share her thoughts about working in this dynamic and ever-changing industry.
Prof. Denning: Hi Ebony, and thank you for agreeing to do this interview. You are a recent graduate of the program but you successfully landed a position upon graduating. Can you tell us about how you got to where you are?
Ebony: Thanks for spotlighting me! Well, upon graduation I actually landed a position in digital advertising. Looking back on it, even though the job wasn’t in publishing, it prepared me a lot for my current position. I worked in that role for about 9 months, while still diligently seeking a position in book publishing. Finally I was able to secure an interview with Simon &Schuster and get a job!
Prof. Denning: What does your job as a Digital Marketing Associate entail?
Ebony: Right now I’m still learning the ropes but my duties consist of updating our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest), as well as researching new social media platforms for our top books. Simon & Schuster also submits articles for Yahoo Shine through our verticals (tipsonhealthyliving.com, tipsonlifeandlove.com, tipsonhomeandstyle.com, and tipsoncareerandmoney.com), so I also post articles through Shine. I assist in coding Simon&Schuster’s newsletters, help with researching the success of our social media campaigns, and much more.
Prof. Denning: Can you tell us about the department you work in? Is “digital marketing” a relatively new career in publishing houses?
Ebony: I’d say the term “new” is relative. Digital marketing is by far a much newer department in the industry, but I feel like at this point the shock of digital has died down. Every publishing house recognizes a need for a digital staff and now it’s about learning how to structure departments to incorporate more digital in it. For instance, at Simon&Schuster, there is a realization that not only is a digital group important, but that each imprint should have their own designated online marketing managers to cater to the specific needs of each title.
Prof. Denning: How did you prepare for a career in this area? What skills did you need in order to qualify for this position?
Ebony: For me, my career in digital advertising helped me to transition into this field, and for most of the people in this department they made their start in the digital department in another industry. However, for students interested in working for digital, my advice would be to apply for digital internships and really learn the field. Read websites such as Mashable.com (http://mashable.com/) to find out what’s new in the industry, and learn about as many social media platforms as you can. Many times being a digital intern allows you to be more creative than any other internship because it’s a new field for everyone, so new ideas are always welcome. Getting these types of internships will definitely help you land an entry-level position in that line of work.
Prof. Denning: How do you work with the other members of the publishing team (Editorial, Marketing, Production, Sales)?
Ebony: It’s a collaborative effort. If a book is coming out that is top priority, we sit down with editorial and marketing mostly to discuss opportunities within the digital world and potential partnerships, special promotions, etc. Sometimes the marketing team has something in mind that they want us to implement, and other times we pitch an idea to them and take ownership over the project.
Prof. Denning: What is your favorite social media tool? Do you have an example of a particularly creative or successful campaign using that tool?
Ebony: My favorite tool right now is Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/). I am a very hands on, DIY kind of girl so this is the perfect platform for me. I’m able to get great ideas and organize them. One example of a particularly creative Pinterest board would be West Elm (www.westelm.com/ ). They do a great job of telling a story with their furniture by pinning pictures of their pieces in different settings (small size apartments, experimenting with different color palettes, etc).
Prof. Denning: Can you tell us a bit about Simon&Schuster? What is it like to work there? Where are they in terms of digital publishing? What are some of their most successful initiatives?
Ebony: Simon&Schuster is a phenomenal company to work for. You can tell the people in this company are here because they genuinely love what they do. I’ve met great people who have taken me under their wing and shown me the ropes. In terms of where they are in digital publishing, they are definitely at the forefront. Simon&Schuster is not afraid to try new things when it comes to marketing their books. Currently there is a campaign going on for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s book Total Recall where you can find out the front and back cover by tweeting about it using the #totalrecallbook hashtag. Make sure to check it out! http://www.schwarzenegger.com/totalrecallbook/
Prof. Denning: Has social media played a role in the success and growth of eBooks?
Ebony: I think for self-published writers it definitely has played a role. We recently acquired the title Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (http://www.jamiemcguire.com/) who self-published it first as an ebook and used social media to promote it.
Ebony: Yes and no. What I have found at Simon&Schuster is that printed titles are still very popular still among children, which makes sense to me because children are very hands on. I think it is a shared market; books are still popular, and studies show that most readers of physical books are also readers of ebook readers/iPads. Now instead of going on vacation and lugging 5 books, you’re able to store 500 on your device. These tablets now just give readers more options.
Prof: Denning: What do you think the biggest trends in publishing are today?
Ebony: I think one trend that everyone should be on the lookout for is enhanced e-books. Now, more than ever, tablets are being incorporated in the classrooms to create an experience where teachers can share information such as notes, videos, article links and much more. Publishers are definitely looking for ways now to enhance a reader’s experience using e-books, which I think it’s a great idea. It gives the reader options.
Prof. Denning: Would you like to speculate on the future of book publishing? What do you think the industry will look like it 20 years? 30? 50?
Ebony: This is never an easy thing to do, but I think the scariest times are over. With the emergence of digital media I believe it shook up a lot of people in the industry because it was unknown. But it’s all about adapting, and I think the industry is doing that. People love publishers because they know when they pick up a book, they will read a well-edited, overall great book. Book publishing will be around for many years to come I suspect.
Prof. Denning: Please tell me a bit about how your educational experience at Pace prepared you for your publishing career.
Ebony: The publishing program at Pace has prepared me by giving me a broad overview of the book and magazine publishing industries. I was able to be in a classroom with industry professionals and got advice and guidance from them on how to enter into the field of publishing. This was was nice because I felt like they didn’t sugarcoat the reality of what is going on in the industry today for me. I was able to ask questions that I might not have been able to ask in a professional setting. Moreover, I was able to network with my peers who are looking to go into the same industry-it becomes easier to find jobs when you have great contacts.
Prof. Denning: Have you always been interested in marketing and publishing? Where did that passion come from?
Ebony: I have always had an interest in publishing, but my interest in marketing didn’t start until I started working at the Howard University bookstore (HUB). At the time I chose to work there because I needed a job, it was on campus, and the position allowed me to work closely in the field I loved. However, I found that even though I enjoy writing, I don’t enjoy editing as much. With marketing, I’m able to be creative, and that was what I found I was able to do working at the HUB. My boss was very supportive of my aspirations and allowed me to come up with ideas for the bookstore. One, which is my proudest accomplishment there, was creating our Howard University Bookstore circular, which has been featured in College Store magazine as being an innovative and cost effective campaign. I love the idea of watching an idea grow and take off.
Prof Denning: Where did you intern when you were in Graduate school? Was it a valuable experience?
Ebony: I secured an internship/temp position at American Express Publishing. Originally, I thought I wanted a career in magazine publishing, so I enjoyed taking this internship because it solidified for me that magazine publishing wasn’t the route I wanted to go. I was a 6-month position, and my responsibilities included doing research for potential advertisers and helping with RFPs. It was an amazing opportunity and an amazing company, but it was then I began to realize I wanted to work in book publishing.
Prof. Denning: What was the topic of your thesis paper? What advice would you give to students who still have to write their papers?
Ebony: My thesis topic was The Relevancy of African-American Publications. For me, I’ve always wanted to work in magazines, and with the shift in having an African-American president, and having one of the top media moguls being a black woman, I wanted to research if working for a black magazine has as much importance as it did in the 60s.
My advice on choosing your research topic is one, make sure it’s something you’re extremely interested in. Although I changed fields, this topic has always been interesting to and made doing that research that much easier. Also, I’d say to choose a topic that will help you in your job area of interest. If you’re able to research something cutting-edge, it’s a great conversation starter for an interview. It gives you one up on the competition, with all the changes in this industry everyone is curious to see what someone else can bring to the table. It makes you all the more desirable.
Prof. Denning: What do you think are the essential skills our students need to leave the program with in order to succeed in the industry?
Ebony: I think it is important to have an overall sense of the industry, which is what attracted me to the program. It really allows you to decide what area interests you best, and in the professional setting it allows you to understand other departments. It comes in handy when you have a deadline, for example, and someone gives you an excuse. If you have a general idea of how everything works, it will allow you to ask more questions and recognize if you’re being fed the truth or a lie. I also think it’s important to take advantage of any and all digital classes Pace has to offer. This will at least give you a general idea of how the department runs and even if that’s not where you want your career to go, it will definitely help you stand out that you have SOME training. For those of you interested in book publishing, Professor Soares teaches a great General Interest Book class.
Prof. Denning: Any other advice you would like to offer up to our students?
Ebony: Be persistent. Publishing is a hard field to get into, but once you’re in the possibilities are endless. Use this time to really intern and figure out what area you want to be in. Once you’ve figured that out, hit the ground running. Make sure to attend events given by the publishing program, and look for events outside of school too. I’ve heard a hiring manager say before they had over 500 applicants for a position, so it’s important to find a way to distinguish yourself from everyone else vying for the same position.
Prof. Denning: Thank you for taking the time to do this interview Ebony!