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Event recaps, helpful tips, and other articles contributed by YPG members.

World Write Web: #YPGDigital’s Panel on Online Writer Communities

World Write Web: #YPGDigital’s Panel on Online Writer Communities
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As the audience filed out of the last taping of David Letterman’s run on the Late Show on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, a group about twenty publishing professionals and aspiring authors gathered just down the block at the Penguin Random House midtown offices for “Your Guide to Online Writer Communities,” hosted by YPG Writers...
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Ghost in the Machine: YPG’s May BBL on Ghostwriters & IP Development

Ghost in the Machine: YPG’s May BBL on Ghostwriters & IP Development
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On Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 during lunchtime, 31 YPG members met at Penguin Random House downtown headquarters for May’s BBL, Guns for Hire: Ghostwriters & IP Developers in a Changing Publishing Landscape. Moderator and YPG Planning Committee member Karl Jones, an associate editor at Grosset & Dunlap/Cartoon Network Books, introduced the four panelists—Wendy Loggia,...
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An Uncensored Look at Publishing’s Fight for the Freedom to Read: YPG’s March BBL

An Uncensored Look at Publishing’s Fight for the Freedom to Read: YPG’s March BBL
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“It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians to give full meaning to the freedom to read by providing books that enrich the quality and diversity of thought and expression. By the exercise of this affirmative responsibility, they can demonstrate that the answer to a ‘bad’ book is a good one, the answer to...
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External Affairs: Five Tips for Successfully Collaborating with Freelancers

External Affairs: Five Tips for Successfully Collaborating with Freelancers
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Publishers hire all sorts of freelancers to help get books designed, printed, and marketed. Even in an entry-level job, you might find yourself in charge of finding and hiring freelancers to help with permissions, ancillary educational products, or design work. If you’re worried about finding the right person, or how to manage your relationship...
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Behind the Scenes at a Speakers Bureau with YPG

Behind the Scenes at a Speakers Bureau with YPG
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Over lunchtime at Penguin Random House’s downtown headquarters on Wednesday, February 25th from 12:30-1:30pm, YPG’s February BBL: Behind the Scenes at the Speakers Bureau brought in Natalie Duncan from HarperCollins, Tiffany Tomlin from Penguin Random House, and Scottie Bowditch from Macmillan to shed some light on their roles in directing the in-house speakers bureaus of...
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Finance 101: How to Thrive in NYC (on a Publishing Budget)

Finance 101: How to Thrive in NYC (on a Publishing Budget)
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The average starting salary for an entry level job in publishing is about $33,000, and it’s no secret that, while many publishing jobs are located here, New York City is an expensive place to live. How can someone just starting their career make it work? On March 11, 2015, fifty YPGers from a variety...
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Spotlights and Sound Bites: Academic Custom Publishing

Spotlights and Sound Bites: Academic Custom Publishing
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Normally when a student picks up their textbook in the shop, there are about five other identical copies directly behind it.  You’re familiar with this scenario, but it isn’t the only version of the start-of-year frenzy for schoolbooks. Due to a group known as the custom publishing department, there can be many variations on...
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Publishing Profiles: Suzie Townsend, Literary Agent at New Leaf Literary & Media

Publishing Profiles: Suzie Townsend, Literary Agent at New Leaf Literary & Media
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YPG recently sat down with Suzie Townsend, Literary Agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. to talk about her start in the industry, what she’s learned since then, and how she’s been a part of shaping the New Adult genre. YPG: How did you begin your career? Did you know you wanted to...
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November’s BBL: Smart, Strong, and Funny? Yes Please!

November’s BBL: Smart, Strong, and Funny? Yes Please!
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On Friday, November 21st, 2014, YPG members met in HarperCollins’ still relatively new downtown office to celebrate girl power. Okay, so November’s Brown Bag Lunch wasn’t technically related to the Spice Girls’ feminist mantra, but it was related: the panel was called “Smart, Strong, and Funny? Yes Please!” and we were there to discuss...
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Publishing Profiles: Kate Napolitano, Editor at Plume

Publishing Profiles: Kate Napolitano, Editor at Plume
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YPG’s Marisa Novello recently spoke with Kate Napolitano, Editor at Plume (an imprint of Penguin Random House), about her path to publishing and her experiences as an editor. Tell us about your path into publishing. How did you get your start? Like a lot of us in publishing, I was a lit major as...
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