Earlier this summer, 25 students and business professionals had the opportunity to dive into the world of publishing at the annual New School Publishing Institute. The week-long intensive provides writers the foundation they need to break into the world of New York City publishing or even launch their own venture.
“We're thrilled to celebrate the launch of The New School Publishing Institute,” said Luis Jaramillo, Director of the Creative Writing Program at The New School. “A program like this can't happen anywhere else but in New York, and its particular focus on how to take part in the changing landscape of the contemporary publishing world is very New School--our students don't just learn, they do.
Led by publishing veteran John Oakes and featuring visits from some of the top CEOs, publishers, agents, and publicists in New York City, the institute offers students and professionals an accelerated and immersive course of study engaging with one of the most popular creative industries in the city.
Oakes, who started the Publishing Institute as a means to provide a comprehensive overview of the publishing industry pulling on his decades of experience, is co-founder and co-publisher of OR Books, a company recognized as one of "the radical alternatives to conventional publishing" (The Guardian). Oakes has published hundreds of books and negotiated hundreds of contracts with agents, authors, and translators. He started in publishing with Barney Rosset's legendary Grove Press and is a former board member of PEN American Center.
"The great thing about the book publishing industry is that it's rapidly evolving, and there is no one right way to proceed,” Oakes said. “We're exploring a variety of different paths to producing and selling a book, and it's exciting stuff."
During the jam-packed week students, publishing professionals, avid readers, aspiring writers, and entrepreneurs heard from editors and publishers at the “Big Five” publishing houses as well as feisty independent publishes while also learning new media marketing strategies for these publishers. The attendees were introduced to the world of contracts and royalties while also learning about the roles of agents in the publishing business.
The New School Publishing institute is available for students to earn 3 graduate credits towards their degree program, while a noncredit option is also available for working professionals. For more information about the program, please click here.