How Not to Be a Networking Leech: Tips for Seeking Professional Advice

Networking is a critical skill in advancing your career. Professor Andrea Baron has worked in publishing for over 20 years, starting her career in book design, and adding experience in consumer marketing and print and digital production. She worked with some of the largest consumer magazine publishers, including Condé Nast, Time Inc., American Express Publishing , The New York Times Magazines, and Ziff-Davis. She has organized and developed digital workflows and production processes for titles such as Vogue, The New Yorker, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Family Circle, Fitness, and PC Magazine.



In her 10+ years of teaching in the Publishing program, she has  been asked  lots of advice on networking and job- and internship-hunting.She has been teaching magazine publishing in the program , with the goal of giving students a thorough grounding in the field and bringing them deeper into the industry. She teaches courses in production and design, consumer marketing, and an introduction to magazine publishing.

Professor Baron has shared this article, “How Not to Be a Networking Leech: Tips for Seeking Professional Advice”, from the New York Times , which gives a terrific summary of the most effective way to go about networking .  She hopes you’ll read it and share it.


Here is a snippet of the article :

“So here are some tips to help you avoid becoming a networking parasite.

Make the meeting convenient. Ask for time frames that would work well, and meet at a place that is convenient for them, even if you have to drive across town. If they leave it up to you, give them three options and let them pick the one that works best.”

To read more click the link below.

How Not to Be a Networking Leech: Tips for Seeking Professional Advice



Young to Publishing Group Happy Hour Reunion


Miss the sherry hours and camaraderie from your days at a publishing program? Wish you could catch up with old friends while meeting new ones from other programs? Join fellow alums from the Columbia, CUNY, Denver, NYU, Pace, Yale, and any and all publishing programs (MAs included!) for a night of drinking, networking, and reminiscing. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 14th at 6:30pm at Josie Woods Pub, located at 11 Waverly Place. Please RSVP here. #ypgreunion


“Pub(lication) Crawl”


The Society of Publication Designers is an organization that promotes editorial design and does a lot of student outreach.One of the student events they hold every fall is the “Pub(lication) Crawl”. It’s a tour of 3 magazine design departments, where you get a chance to meet the designers, see how the departments operate, and learn about the goals of the magazines. Past tours have included magazines such as The New Yorker, Bloomberg Businessweek, Esquire, Martha Stewart Living, More, Sports Illustrated, Travel + Leisure, and HGTV magazine. It’s a daytime event on Friday Oct. 2nd and the cost is $15.00. It’s also a great networking opportunity for students. If you are interested, check their website and register soon, as space is limited and they always sell out.

Free Shakespeare in the Park Has Returned!

On June 3, Free Shakespeare in the Park began once again for the summer. Much Ado About Nothing will be performed until July 6. King Lear will begin on July 22 and run until August 17.

From their website, “Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Central Park becomes sun-drenched Sicily at the turn of the last century, where the heat of summer ignites the fevered passions of lovesick ladies in corsets and pining gentlemen spying from the verandah. Three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien directs this delightful skirmish of wit between two self-declared bachelors tricked by their mischief-making friends into falling in love against their will and in spite of their own hearts.

New York’s most treasured summer tradition, Free Shakespeare in the Park, celebrates its 52nd season in Central Park’s famous Delacorte Theater. Love and madness, laughter and tragedy combine for a uniquely thrilling season of exciting theater and exceptional performances under the stars. Join over 5 million people who have enjoyed The Public Theater’s free performances and experience the heights of romance and the depths of duplicity in a setting unlike any other, in the heart of Manhattan.”

Tickets are distributed at the park, online through the virtual ticketing lottery, and in different ticket distribution points in the five boroughs.

Each performance takes place at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park at 8:00 p.m. You can view the full calendar here. There are many performances, so don’t miss this opportunity to see this wonderful event!


Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

June 9, 2014

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

Come to the Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo for the book launch of Nadia Hashimi’s novel The Pearl That Broke Its Shell. This debut work is a “searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one’s own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.” @ The Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:00 p.m.

June 10, 2014

Hilary Clinton

Have the chance to meet Hilary Clinton at Barnes and Noble as she talks about her new book Hard Choices. Wristbands will be distributed at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the event with purchase of the book which Hilary will be signing. @ Barnes and Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, 11:00 a.m.

Bret Johnston

Come to Barnes and Noble as they welcome “flawless storyteller” Bret Anthony Johnston as he introduces his new novel, Remember Me Like This, on a double bill with talented debut author Boris Fishman. Both are summer Discover author picks. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

June 11, 2014

Alexi Zenter and Tea Obreht

Alexi Zentner, winner of both the O. Henry Prize and Narrative Prize, offers an imaginative riff on the collision of old and new, mythical and contemporary with his novel The Lobster Kings. A modern-day King Lear set in a lobster fishing village on an island off the coast of Maine, the novel reframes Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life in the face of threats from the mainland and modernity, and to preserve the looming, mythical legacy of her namesake. Novelist Tea Obreht (author of critically acclaimed and bestselling The Tiger’s Wife) calls Zentner “one of the greatest literary architects and mythmakers working today.” Zenter and Obreht discuss the novel, Shakespeare, magic, and Maine. @ Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:30 p.m.

June 12, 2014

James Joyce

Come to Barnes and Noble for their annual James Joyce literary tribute. This year’s participants include Malachy McCourt, Larry Kirwan, Jeffrey Frank, Aedin Moloney and others. @ Barnes and Noble, 97 Warren Street, 6:00 p.m.



Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

May 19, 2014

The Snow Queen

In his latest work, The Snow Queen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham follows two brothers as each travels down a different path in his search for greatness. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

May 20, 2014

Toni Braxton

Join Toni Braxton as she discusses her new memoir Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir. @ Barnes and Noble, 555 Fifth Avenue, 12:30 p.m.

May 21, 2014

Lea Michele

Celebrate the release of Lea Michele’s book, Brunette Ambition, with special guest Jonathan Groff. @ Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 7:00 p.m.

Emily Giffin

Author of Something Borrowed and Where We Belong presents another exceptional story on love, loyalty, and finding truth. Jane Green, author of Tempting Fate, will host the event as Giffin discusses her new book, The One & Only: A Novel. @ Bryant Park Reading Room, 12:30 p.m.

May 22, 2014

Matt Berman

Join Matt Berman as he discusses his book JFK, Jr., George, & Me. @ Barnes and Noble, 97 Warren Street, 6:00 p.m.


Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

May 12, 2014

Anthony Doerr

In this stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel from Barnes & Noble Discover Prize winner Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See, revolves around a blind French girl and a German boy who cross paths after the devastation of World War II. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

May 13, 2014

Teen Book Panel

Join authors Jennifer Smith, Ann Brashares, and Sarah Miynowski as they talk about their books The Here and Now, The Geography of You and Me, and Don’t Even Think About It. @ Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 7:00 p.m.

Think Like a Freak

Author of Freakonomics, Steven Levitt, will discuss his new book, Think Like a Freak. @ Barnes and Noble, 97 Warren Street, 7:00 p.m.

May 14, 2014

James Franco

Meet author and actor James Franco as he signs copies of his book Palo Alto: Stories. @ Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 10:30 a.m.

May 16, 2014

Kurt Vonnegut

Dan Wakefield, editor of Kurt Vonnegut’s essays, If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, shares the stage with Kurt Vonnegut Drawings, collected by the author’s daughter, Nanette Vonnegut. Join us for this backward glance at one of America’s literary icons. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

April 21, 2014

Scenes from the City

Join James Sanders as he discusses, and has an audio-visual presentation of, his book Scenes from the City: Filmmaking in New York. Revised and Expanded. @ Barnes and Noble, 97 Warren Street, 6:00 p.m.

April 22, 2014

Richard Serra

Richard Serra is one of the most significant figures working in the art world today. Richard will visit Strand in celebration his latest monograph, Early Work, released in conjunction with his show at David Zwirner gallery, here in the city. Early Work collects his seminal works from 1966-1972, including innovations with vulcanized rubber, neon, and lead, steel and process-oriented art. Richard will give a brief talk and sign copies of Early Work@ The Strand, 828 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

April 23, 2014

Kevin Powers

In Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting: Poems, National Book Award finalist, Iraq War veteran, novelist and poet Kevin Powers debuts a collection of poems about the various moments that comprise a soldier’s life. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

April 24, 2014

Gillian Flynn

Join author of Gone Girl Gillian Flynn as she discusses the novel with Laura Lippman. @ Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 7:00 p.m.


To mark the occasion of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, scholar James Shapiro discusses his new anthology, Shakespeare in America, which, as he writes in the introduction, is also “a history of America itself, not the straightforward narrative found in textbooks, but rather one that runs parallel to the conventional story of the nation, a more sharp-edged one expressed through two-and-a-half centuries of essays, parodies, burlesques, poems, speeches, short stories, letters, musicals, novels, reviews, films, and staged performances. These works, by some of the most creative minds in America, explore the cultural fault-lines that have always existed just below the surface of our national conversations.” @ Buttenwieser Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, 8:15 p.m.

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

April 13, 2014

Downtown Literary Festival

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and McNally Jackson Books present a downtown literary festival celebrating the literary culture of NYC – past, present, and future. Featured guests include Hilton Als Edmund White Adam Fitzgerald Francine Prose David Goodwillie John Godfrey Patricia Spears Jones @ Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, 11:00 a.m.

April 14, 2014

Gail Collins

Author and beloved New York Times columnist Gail Collins re-releases her national best-selling book, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, in a keepsake edition. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

April 15, 2014

The Debutantes

Writers Jen Doll, Kathleen Hale, Ariel Lawhon, Lindsey J. Palmer, Susan Rieger, and Helen Wan all have two things in common: They’re all women writers and they’ve all just published their first books. Join these first-time authors, along with moderator Liz Egan, Books Editor at Glamour, to talk writing, reading, and getting your work from laptop screen to print. @ Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street, 7:00 p.m.

April 16, 2014

Sonya Rhodes

In The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match: How Today’s Strong Women Can Find Love and Happiness Without Settling, therapist Dr. Sonya Rhodes guides readers to finding the right match without compromising. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

The Moth StorySLAM: Secrets

10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner. $8 at the door. This event always sells out. Limited seating; please arrive early. @ Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street, 7:00 p.m.

World Book Night – April 23, 2014

Why does World Book Night exist?

Reading for pleasure improves literacy, actively engaging emerging readers in their desire to read. Reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness. Book readers are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise.

Each year, 30- 35 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.

After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.

Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night. On April 23rd, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or geography.

There will also be several kickoff events. Quite a few authors, including Tobias Wolff and Walter Dean Myers, will be at the New York Public Library on April 22 from 6:30 to 8pm.

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