By Cori Cagide, Associate Publicist
It’s college graduation season. For many recent and upcoming graduates, the biggest question remains: “What do I do now?” As a communications major with a concentration in public relations and a minor in digital communication and media, I had a lot of options as far as career paths. I’ve always been a strong writer and passionate about media, reading and books in general. Finding a way to combine my love for both public relations and publishing seemed attainable, but I wondered how common that role was in a professional setting.
I was fortunate enough to find an internship during my last semester at school at a company that combined both. MEDIA CONNECT is the books/publishing division of Finn Partners, a widely respected and recognized public relations firm. I decided to push my luck at the end of my internship, which ended in mid-May 2013 at the same time I graduated college. I was offered a part-time position for the summer that turned into a full time position in the fall.
So, I did it. How can you?
Posted in Public Relations, publishing
Tagged class of 2014, cori cagide, finn partners, graduation, internship, internships, pr, pr internships, public relations, publishing, publishing internships
A guest post by Carol Hoenig, via Kristin Clifford, Partner and Director of MC Satellite.
Carol Hoenig (left) and Peggy Zieran (right).
My good friend and business partner, Peggy Zieran, who had been a General Manager for a Long Island Borders store, and I, have been talking for quite some time about wanting to open an independent bookstore of our own. However, we thought it was nothing more than a foolish dream since we saw the writing on the wall when it came to bookstores’ survival rates.
As we eagerly await the United States’ largest book convention next week, MEDIA CONNECT looks back to remember some of their favorite moments of Book Expo America’s (BEA’s) past.
Posted in publishing
Tagged bea, bea 13, bea 2013, bea 2014, book expo america 2013, book expo america 2014, brian feinblum, david hahn, karissa hearn, nicole martineau, publishing, stephen matteo
By Adrienne Fontaine, publicist
A friend of mine recently sent me the link to a New York Observer article on Adelle Waldman’s debut novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. I had given this friend my copy of the book, thinking that she might also enjoy reading a book that so adeptly winks at Brooklyn’s literary and intelligentsia-types. We haven’t had the opportunity to chat about it, but based on the Observer article, it seems as though everyone else is chatting about it for us.
The article uses the book as an example of “how a debut novel broke through.” The book’s promotion has been so successful that people have been referencing the name “Nathaniel P.” when talking about a certain kind of young, precocious man. As the article states, the book hits a nerve about the psyches and contemporary mores of highly educated males in a certain gentrified area of New York. I myself had heard of the book from Maureen Corrigan on NPR’s Fresh Air. Corrigan raved about the book, saying that she wanted to read it again just to absorb some of the cleverness that she may have missed.
By Dee Donavanik, Publicity Director of MEDIA CONNECT DC
BookExpo America, aka BEA, is a yearly event that brings authors, educators, librarians, and others involved in the publishing industry together for a few days of exhibits, events and networking. For a book publicist, it’s mecca. There is so much that goes on in those three days (this year it is May 29th-31st), from book signings to panels, that being prepared is crucial in order to make the most of the experience. Also, have I mentioned celebrities? Yes, there will be celebrities, and lots of them. As someone with a few BEA’s under my belt, I’ve found that there are some specific guidelines that will help you make it through the conference in one piece.
Be Prepared. You should know what you are getting yourself into. There will be a lot of walking, so comfortable shoes are imperative. Make sure you check out the guides and find the appropriate booth numbers for where you need to visit. Skim over the event listings so can prepare your agenda accordingly. It’s actually quite helpful to do a walkthrough in the beginning of the day so you are familiar with where all the booths are. Also, sometimes you will find that certain events/guests are not listed in the guide. Also, in recent years BEA has added charging stations, so it is helpful to locate those (and bring your charger) so you know where to go when you need to catch up on your emails and your phone is on its last legs!
By Alexandra Israel, Publicist
Confession: I’ve been on a Thomas Hardy kick. I recently finished Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and now I’ve begun reading Jude The Obscure. What inspired this blog post was thinking about Hardy’s match-up of characters - he likes to test out the concept of “fate” by pairing characters together that are much better off without each other, to the point where their lives would have been totally different had they not crossed paths!
Working with Hardy’s theme, the following are five of the most ill-fated romantic matches in literature:
By Johanna Dickson, Digital Publicist
Cinco de Mayo originated in Mexican-American communities in the 1860s in the American West, Southwest, and Northwest as a way to honor their heritage and pride. It was first celebrated by Mexicans and Latinos living in California during the American Civil War. The holiday became increasingly popular in the 1940s during the rise of the Chicano movement. Today there are more than 120 official celebrations of the holiday in 21 states across the country.
Chicano literature tends to focus on the themes of identity, culture, discrimination, history and Chicano culture in the United States. Another important theme is the experience of living and speaking two languages. The literature is written in either English or Spanish or a combination of the two: Spanglish.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here are five Chicano authors to add to your reading list: