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Inside Track into Industry: Publishing - 10/30/13

Pratt Institute, Center for Career & Professional Development

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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The publishing industry is vast.  Come speak to professionals from different aspects of the industry and discover how you and your work may fit.

This event is for current Pratt students and alumni.

Gillian Avetick is the Creative Director, Advertising, Teen Vogue at Conde Nast where she has been for 9 years. Previous to that she was an Art Director at The Knot and She taught Graphic Design at Parsons for nearly 10 years and loves Graphic Design! She graduated Pratt with a Masters in Science, Communication Design in 1992. Gillian is from Montreal, Canada and lives in New York City with her husband and son. 


Susan Barnes is the Associate Editor for Orbit and Redhook Books at Hachette Book Group, acquiring all varieties of fantasy, science fiction and commercial fiction.  Stories with vivid characters or huge plot twists are her favorite.  Originally a Midwesterner, Susan hails from the great state of Illinois.  She graduated from Valparaiso University with a degree in English, went on to take the NYU Publishing Course, and has been reading away ever since!


Diana Cage, author, editor, blogger, and media personality Diana Cage is the former host of The Diana Cage Show, a wildly popular, no-holds-barred nightly talk show on Sirius XM. Her books include Girl Meets Girl: A Dating Survival Guide, Box Lunch: The Layperson’s Guide to Cunnilingus, Bottoms Up: Writing About Sex, and the groundbreaking On Our Backs Guide to Lesbian Sex. Cage served as editor of On Our Backs magazine, the only sex magazine made by and for women, for five years. She has been featured in dozens of publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Xtra magazine, Time Out New York, The Bay Area Guardian, Maxim, Bitch, Curve, and Girlfriends, and was named one of GO Magazine's "100 Women We Love" in 2008. She is featured in seasons one and two of the Here! Television series Lesbian Sex and Sexuality, and has appeared on HBO’s Real Sex and Showtime’s Family Business, as well as on Channel Jimmy in Italy and on Sex TV in Canada. Cage lives in New York and holds an MFA from San Francisco State University. She currently speaks about sex and sexuality at top colleges and universities around the country.She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute.


Gilbert Ford entered the world of publishing as a freelance editorial illustrator while working part time as a designer and illustrator of educational toys. He currently works full time as a freelance illustrator of children’s books. He has illustrated the popular middle grade Secret Series, several picture books, including one that he wrote, and has illustrated numerous book covers, including the Newberry Honor winner Three Times Lucky.


John Gendall is an independent writer based in New York who specializes in architectural, urban and cultural criticism. His work appears in Metropolis, Architectural Record, Architect, A+U and Harvard Magazine. He acted as a contributing writer to The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture.John teaches urban and sustainability studies at Parsons The New School for Design and critical theory at Pratt Institute. He studied architectural history and philosophy at Harvard Graduate School of Design


John Glassie is the author of A Man of Misconceptions, a non-fiction book about a 17th-century priest-scholar-scientist published last year by Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin. John has been a contributing editor to The New York Times Magazine, and has written for The Believer, The New Republic, The Paris Review Daily, Salon, and Wired. He has also published a photo book, Bicycles Locked to Poles, which came out from McSweeney’s in 2005.


Evan Gregory is an Associate Agent at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary agency, where he has worked for five years. He attended Pratt Institute and cut his teeth interning at the Susan Golomb Literary Agency. Clients include: B.V. Larson, Marko Kloos, Travis Langley, Patty Blount, Alan Averill and Adam Connell.  In addition to servicing his own clients, Evan manages the subsidiary rights sales for agency clients such as John Scalzi, MaryJanice Davidson, and Eric Rohmann.


Stacy Greco, Executive Director, Brand Development at Teen Vogue. Stacy has spent 5 years at Teen Vogue, holding positions in integrated marketing and digital business development.  As the Director of Brand Development, her responsibilities include overseeing digital, mobile and social programming as well as forging strategic partnerships to foster development of the Teen Vogue brand.  Prior to her work at Teen Vogue, Stacy held positions in digital marketing, and event promotions at Hearst Magazines Digital Media, Everyday with Rachel Ray, and The Reader’s Digest Association.

Ryan Harbage is a literary agent who runs The Fischer-Harbage Agency. He represents several New York Times bestselling authors and has placed books with all major publishers in the U.S. and the U.K. Prior to being an agent, Ryan was an editor at Simon & Schuster, Little, Brown & Company as well as The Penguin Group (USA). He holds a MFA in fiction and literature from Bennington College


Smrita Jainis a multi-faceted and diverse designer with 5+ years of experience in advertising agencies, design studios and PR firms. She has worked with both B2B and B2C industries. She is currently the Lead Designer at The Aquario Group, an internationally acclaimed strategic communications firm located in downtown New York. The book Creating Durga is one of Smrita's most successful and well-appreciated independent projects. The photographs were first exhibited at a group show at Pratt Institute's Fine Arts Gallery in Brooklyn in 2007. She then did a solo show at the prestigious Pratt Manhattan Gallery in conjunction with Surmrit Gallery of Art and Design in 2011. She later complied as a book, which was published by Surmrit Gallery of Art and Design, New York


Nick Martorelli manages eBook Production and Distribution for the RHPS group.


He  studied English and Theatre at Villanova University before working as a professional actor. After ten years, he decided to change careers and enter the field of book publishing. He attended the 2011 Summer Publishing Institute at NYU, and worked for two years in digital book production for HarperCollins. He recently moved to Penguin Random House, where he now manages eBook Production and Distribution for the RHPS group.


Nick Misani- Native of Milan, Italy, Nick Misani was born into a family of jewelry designers and, after a brief period living in Japan, moved to the States to study music. It was his childhood passion for calligraphy that, upon graduating college, allowed Nick to discover design and eventually receive an MFA from Pratt. He is currently living in New York City and designing book covers at Penguin.


Amanda Mulvihill is an associate sales rep in the International Sales department at HarperCollins, and handles the territories of Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.  She began working at HarperCollins in January 2012, assisting both the SVP of International Sales and the Director of Closed Market Sales. A graduate of Marist College, Amanda previously flexed her journalistic writing chops at Information Today, Inc., and she’ll always be a copy editor at heart.

Mendi Obadike has two books being published this week. She is an interdisciplinary artists whose music, live art, and conceptual Internet artworks have been exhibited internationally. Her writing and art projects have been featured in the film Take These Chains, in periodicals (including Art Journal, Artthrob, Meridians, Black Arts Quarterly, and Tema Celeste), and in the anthology Sound Unbound:Sampling Digital Arts and Culture (MIT Press, edited by Paul D. Miller). 


Mendi received a BA in English from Spelman College and a PhD in Literature from Duke University. She is an Assistant Professor of Humanities & Media Studies at Pratt Institute.

Cait Oppermann and Yael Malka
Cait Oppermann and Yael Malka (BFA Photography '12) self-published their first photobook, Sea Blues, within a year of graduating from Pratt and they've since published a zine, called Wherever We Were. Their publications were sold at the NY Art Book Fair and will be at the upcoming LA Art Book Fair. Their books are sold throughout the US. Cait and Yael work as fine art as well and editorial and commercial photographers.


Jean-Paul Pecqueur is a poet and associate professor in HMS. His first book of poetry, The Case Against Happiness, was published by Alice James Books. His second collection, To Embrace Sea Monsters, is forthcoming from Greying Ghost Press. Jean-Paul has published poems and reviews in a variety of literary journals and has served as an editorial board member of AJB, as a poetry editor of Puerto del Sol, and as the review editor of Boog City.


Hannah Rice is the Editorial Associate for eBriefings at the New York Academy of Sciences. She manages the eBriefing portfolio ( and is responsible for all aspects of publication, from hiring writers to editing manuscripts and compiling web content. eBriefings are designed to provide busy scientists with the latest information in an accessible online format. Reports cover topics ranging from life sciences and biomedical research, to physical, environmental, and social sciences and career development. Hannah holds a BA in biology and philosophy from Binghamton University.


Rhonda Schaller, Book Author: “Create Your Art Career: Practical Tools, Visualizations, and Self-Assessment Exercises for Empowerment and Success” (Allworth Press 2013); “Called or Not, Spirits are Present” (Blue Pearl Press 2009).Alternative Exhibition Strategies; Chapter 5 How to Start A Fine Arts Career (Allworth Press 2011), Magazine articles : , Freelancing Basics; Creative Visualization & Career Planning (Visual Arts Journal); Guest blogger : An Insider’s Guide to the NY Art WorldMarketing Visions and Strategies for Artists, Thriving As An Artist in Mid-Life (

Audrey L. Schultz--Pratt Associate Professor in Facilities Management at Pratt Manhattan, published at Academic and Built Environment Industry Conferences, working on peer reviewed industry journal publications.  She  has 35 years of personnel and project management expertise to include 25 years of design, project and construction management in the interior design/architectural/facility management/construction industry. She has experience overseeing large US Federal Government programs, as well as private industry and international research. Currently Ms. Schultz is a PhD candidate at The University of Salford, Salford, UK expected to graduate in 2014.


Kevin Jay Stanton is a freelance illustrator who works with hand-cut paper and digital. Clients include the New York Times, Hachette Books, Ogilvy and Mather, Boom! Studios, and Rachael Yamagata


Suzanne Verderber-- Translation, Academic Writing. She is an Associate Professor in the Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt. Her areas of specialization include medieval and modernist literatures, psychoanalysis, and critical theory. She has gained experience with the publishing industry as a writer of a book for a specialist academic audience, The Medieval Fold (published by Palgrave Macmillan), and of two translations from the French (for the Other Press):


"The Ethics of the Lie" and "The Lost Years:  Radical Intifada and Wars in the Middle East, 2001-2006." She thus has a knowledge of the process of publishing non-fiction books from the perspective of a writer and translator.


Suzan Wines is a licensed architect with 22 years of design and construction experience. She served as the New York correspondent for Domus Magazine for seven years and taught at Cooper Union for eleven years. Suzan is currently teaching at City College and Pratt Institute. As a teacher and founding partner at I-Beam Design, Suzan has developed a body of work that reflects her belief in architecture as a fundamentally social art.


Lisa Winn received a B.A. in English Literature from BYU and an M.A. in Publishing from Kingston University in London, England. She has dabbled in all areas of the publishing industry—from editorial to production, self-publishing to trade, print to digital—she’s done it all. She currently works as a Production Assistant for Penguin Random House. Lisa loves all things books and loves being part of such a thriving and creative industry.


Thad Ziolkowski--author of Our Son the Arson, a collection of poems, the memoir On a Wave, which was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award in 2003, and Wichita, a novel. In 2008, he was awarded a fellowship from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Bookforum, Artforum, Travel & Leisure, Interview Magazine and Index. Since 2001, he has been Coordinator of the Writing Program at Pratt Institute.

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Student Union
200 Willoughby Avenue
New York, NY 11205

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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