Women’s National Book Association Neighborhood Lunch!

The NY Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association hosts many events throughout the year, including the upcoming Neighborhood Lunch!  These luncheons are open to members of the WNBA-NYC chapter, and are excellent networking opportunities for anyone involved in the world of books.  A student membership is discounted (only $20 per year!), and affords students many benefits, including the chance to spend quality time with writers, publishers, agents, librarians, and other fellow book lovers.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Women’s National Book Association, register here!

For more information on the WNBA-NYC, as well as chapter news, member interviews, events, and advice columns, check out their blog at http://wnbanyc.wordpress.com.

Neighborhood Lunch!

When: Tuesday, March 20, 12:30PM – 2:00PM

Where: Jackson Diner, 72 University Place (btw. 10th & 11th)

RSVP by March 18 to Janet Mazefsky: jmazefsky@aol.com

And now for something completely different – from the Scandinavi
an fare of our last lunch anyway. This time we’re heading south to Jackson Diner in Union Square for an Indian buffet! Check out their menu, and a map of the area. (Buffet lunch costs approximately $11.00, plus tax and tip.) 

If you’ve been to a Neighborhood Lunch, you already know it’s a great opportunity to make new friends, catch up on what everyone else is up to, networking, or just as a welcome break from a hectic work day. If you’ve never been, then come and find out what you’ve been missing!  

Blogging Internship Opportunity with the WNBA-NYC!

The Women’s National Book Association NYC chapter is looking for an intern to manage and write for their blog. The internship runs from January to June, and requires a commitment of 16 hours per week.  The intern will be under the supervision of the New York Bookwoman editors Linda Epstein and Rhona Whitty.

This internship requires excellent organizational skills, self-motivation, and the ability to work well with minimum direct supervision. The New York Bookwoman editors will meet with the intern in person intermittently, and are available by phone and e-mail. Attendance at monthly WNBA-NYC board meetings is mandatory. Over the course of the six months, attendance at three WNBA-NYC events, minimum, is strongly suggested. The intern will receive membership in the Women’s National Book Association (2012-2013), complete with all associated benefits.

Overall Duties:

  • Schedule and post twice weekly (minimum) to the blog; manage scheduling.
  • Stockpile blog posts from WNBA-NYC members and/or guest bloggers from other chapters.
  • Coordinate with editors of the New York Bookwoman to run newsletter pieces on the blog.
  • Edit the pieces that will be posted. Final editorial decisions will be made in consultation with the New York Bookwoman editors.
  • Write some postings, as needed.
  • Screen, choose, and post accompanying pictures and other media.
  • Connect the blog with other social media outlets, and publicize the blog on social media sites with the objective of building a following.
  • Solicit WNBA-NYC members to provide links to the WNBA-NYC blog in exchange for providing a link to theirs.

Research responsibilities:

  • Research the possibility of creating an aggregate site on WordPress or another hosting system, or an aggregate page on the existing blog, in order to aggregate member blogs on one site.

If interested, please send your resume and a cover letter to Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu by Friday, December 9th.

Free Tickets to “The Making of a Bestseller: From Acquisition to Market”

Professors Jane Kinney-Denning and Manuela Soares will be moderating an exciting event next week with the Women’s National Book Association called “The Making of a Bestseller:  From Acquisition to Market.”

The event features Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. The panel will include Helen Simonson, her literary agent, and the Random House publishing team responsible for making Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand a success.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about how a book becomes a bestseller, directly from top Random House executives.

This event will take place on Wednesday, November 9, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Wix Lounge.  Pace University has a number of comp tickets available to students.  If any students are interested in attending this panel for free, please contact Professor Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu by Monday, November 7th.

For more information about this WNBA event, please see their website:  http://goo.gl/nEHhN.  (Students obtaining a ticket through Professor Kinney-Denning do not need to register for the event online.)

The Making of a Bestseller: From Acquisition to Market

Please join the WNBA-NYC Chapter at one of our most anticipated events this Fall:
“The Making of a Bestseller: From Acquisition to Market”

Featuring Helen Simonson, author of
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
When: Wednesday, November 9
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: The Wix Lounge
10 West 18th St. (2nd Floor), NYC, NY

How exactly does a book become a Bestseller?

Can a title be easily predicted as one by the agents, editors, and publicists that work on it?

Find out from a bestselling novelist and the publishing team behind her!

Published by Random House in 2010, Helen Simonson’s debut novel has been a tremendous success! The hardcover edition of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand peaked at #13 on The New York Times Bestseller List. The paperback edition spent 28 weeks on The Los Angeles Times’s Bestseller List, 36 weeks on the The New York Times Bestseller List (debuting at #10); and 42 weeks on NPR’s Bestseller List for Paperback Fiction. Major Pettigrew was listed in Amazon’s Best of 2010, Janet Maslin’s Top 10 Books of 2010, and “O” Magazine’s Top Books of 2010. Ms. Simonson was awarded the 2010 Indie Next Award, the 2010/11 Waverton Good Read Award, and given honorable mention to the 2011 Hemingway Foundation/Pen Award. Major Pettigrew has been published in 20 countries and translated into 18 languages. The film version is set to be produced by the Mazur Kaplan Company and Warner Brothers-based Langley Park Pictures.

Panelists joining Ms. Simonson include:

Julie Barer (Literary Agent, Barer Literary Agency)
Avideh Bashirrad (Vice President, Marketing Director, Random House)
Karen Fink (Assistant Director of Publicity, Random House)
Susan Kamil (Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, RandomHouse/Dial Press)
Jane von Mehren (Publisher, Random House Paperbacks)

Moderated by: Pace University MS in Publishing faculty Jane Kinney-Denning, Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach, and Manuela Soares, Director of the Graduate Seminar.

Refreshments, plus an opportunity to mingle with attendees and panelists before and afterwards!

This event is free for WNBA members; $10.00 for non-members. All RSVPs and payments must be made in advance by November 8.


To join or renew membership with the WNBA

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WNBA-NYC Hosts National Reading Group Month Event!

When: Thurday, October 20th, 6:30PM – 9:00PM

Where: Asian American Writers’ Workshop

The NYC chapter of the Women’s National Book Association would like to invite you to attend their event to celebrate National Reading Group Month. You will meet such renowned authors as Scott Spencer (author of Man in the Woods, A Ship Made of Paper, and Endless Love) and Julie Otsuka (author of The Buddha in the Attic), among others.

For more details, please read this informative flyer. If you are interested, kindly e-mail nrgm@wnba-nyc.org by October 18 to reserve your space.