Friday, October 21, 2016

Interview With Pace University’s Publishing Expert Manuela Soares

Director of the Graduate Seminar, MS in Publishing
Associate Director, Pace University Press

1.    As a lecturer and director of the graduate studies program for those seeking a Masters in Publishing at Pace University, what do you feel are the most important lessons students must learn? Be adaptable, be creative, and have the skills necessary for successful 21st century book publishing. Pursue your dreams.

2.    As the associate director for Pace University Press, what do you see as the role of the university press? In the case of Pace University Press, our goal is to make peer-reviewed research accessible and available. We promote the cutting edge scholarship of faculty from universities around the world, including Pace.

3.    Are there any recent titles that come to mind that Pace University Press has published that you feel need more attention? Always! We have published several new journals in a wide range of disciplines over the past two years and we continually work to find an audience for all of them.

Journal of Comics & Culture
Methods: A Journal of Acting Pedagogy
Perspectives on Early Childhood Psychology and Education
Lex Naturalis

4.    What is it about books that you love so much? I like to quote Emily Dickinson – “There is no frigate like a book to take us Lands away.” As a kid, books were my refuge and my delight. 
5.    What are some of your favorite books – and why? Where do I begin?!  This is always a tough question to answer because my favorite books have changed over time. As a kid, I loved Nancy Drew and any mystery I could get my hands on, but as a teenager and young adult, there weren’t a lot of books written for my age group, so I read adult books – Heinlein’s Stranger In A Strange Land, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich  by Solzhenitsyn, Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. More recently, I loved The Orphan Master’s Son, a chilling depiction of North Korea.  I must also confess to loving Louise Penny’s mystery series.

6.    Where do you see the future of book publishing heading? Despite talk to the contrary, I do believe there is a future and that we will continue to have a lot of different formats – print, e-book, audio, graphic novel.  Just as film and TV didn’t eliminate live theatre, so, too, will books live on in new ways depending on technology. Self-publishing will certainly continue since we have ways to disseminate information more widely in the digital age, but I don’t believe that self-publishing will replace the curated content of book publishers. I do think that we will see more shorter- length work in the future, but then, we still love a good long read – George RR Martin, for example, which I read by the way – ALL of them -- on my iPhone.

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