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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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Dispatches from the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair

Dispatches from the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair
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The Frankfurt Book Fair is more than a gathering of industry professionals from around the globe; it’s a miniature technological and cultural ecosystem complete with 8 giant halls of booths, attendees from international publishers and literary agents to digital platforms and international bookstores/distributors, and even a book fair app. Not to mention the thousands...
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Teens Writing Teens: September’s BBL on Teenagers with Book Contracts

Teens Writing Teens: September’s BBL on Teenagers with Book Contracts
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The Outsiders, first published in in 1967, began a genre of books for and about teenagers—and it was written by one, too. S.E. Hinton wrote her bleeding-edge coming-of-age novel as a fifteen- and sixteen-year-old high school student. Nowadays young adult literature is still defined by that acutely teenaged voice, and it seems teen and...
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Literary Landmarks: Edgar Allan Poe’s Cottage

Literary Landmarks: Edgar Allan Poe’s Cottage
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Literary Landmarks is a series that invites YPGers to visit a place of literary significance in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, or San Francisco. A few things come to mind when thinking of Edgar Allan Poe: poetry, “The Raven,” mystery, beating hearts under floorboards… but the Bronx? And yet it’s true. Add it to...
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Meet This Year’s Frankfurt Fellow: Erica Finkel

Meet This Year’s Frankfurt Fellow: Erica Finkel
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Many young publishing professionals dream of one day attending the legendary Frankfurter Buchmesse—the Frankfurt Book Fair. So a fellowship program that not only includes access to the fair, but also a week-long trip around Germany to network with and learn from German publishing professionals (with most expenses paid) might sound too good to be...
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Words of Wisdom from the 2014 Slice Literary Writers’ Conference

Words of Wisdom from the 2014 Slice Literary Writers’ Conference
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The 2014 Slice Literary Writers’ Conference, hosted by Slice magazine, was targeted at unpublished writers. Over two days (Saturday, September 6th and Sunday, September 7th), panels featuring successful authors, agents, and publishers set out to demystify the publishing process for the aspiring and the curious. Even for those of us who harbor no desire...
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Literary Landmarks: The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Literary Landmarks: The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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Literary Landmarks is a series that invites YPGers to visit a place of literary significance in New York City, Boston, or San Francisco. Looking to check out a book? Don’t come to the New York Public Library. At least, not to the building on 5th Avenue at 42nd Street. The numerous branches scattered throughout...
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Spotlights and Soundbites: A Day in the Life of an Assistant Editor

Spotlights and Soundbites: A Day in the Life of an Assistant Editor
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YPG fired its ten best questions at Allison Carroll, Assistant Editor at Harlequin, to learn more about what is arguably the most popular department in publishing. 1. Your typical workday looks something like this: I’m not sure there is a typical day on the job. There’s e-mail, reading, editing, meetings, and more e-mail, but...
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YPG’s Town Hall Discusses Career Transitioning

YPG’s Town Hall Discusses Career Transitioning
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On Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 6:30PM, over 80 YPG members from 17 AAP member publishing houses and related companies joined the very first YPG Town Hall: How to Navigate a Career Transition at the NYPL Jefferson Market Branch with YPG Planning Committee member panelists: Alex Arnold, Editorial Assistant, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Children’s Books...
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The Art of the Pitch: June’s YPG BBL on Pitching and Positioning

The Art of the Pitch: June’s YPG BBL on Pitching and Positioning
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On Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, roughly 60 YPG members from over 12 AAP member publishing houses gathered at the Random House offices for a panel discussion called The Art of the Pitch. The panelists were four top editors: Executive Editorial Director Alvina Ling from Little, Brown for Young Readers; SVP Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Hershey from...
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