Upcoming WMG Events


  • Monday, 9/21, 12:30pm - Luncheon at '21; Speaker Lucy Kaylin, Editor-in-Chief of O, The Oprah Magazine
  • Monday, 10/26, 12:30pm - Luncheon at Upper Story; Speaker TK
  • November (date TK) - Brown Bag Lunch at RH; Speaker TK
  • Monday, 12/7, 6:30pm - Holiday Party

Industry Events

September 14-21, 2015 - Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY
October 2-4, 2015 - Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) Tradeshow, Holiday Inn, Portland, OR
October 8-11, 2015 - Bouchercon Mystery Convention 2015, Raleigh, NC
October 8-11, 2015 - New York Comic Con, The Javits Center, New York, NY
October 9-11, 2015 - 27th Annual Southern Festival of Books, War Memorial Plaza, Nashville, TN
October 14-18, 2015 - Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany
May 12-14, 2016 - Book Expo America 2016 (BEA). Details: www.bookexpoamerica.com

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Women’s Media Group is a New York-based nonprofit association of women who have achieved prominence in the many fields of media. Our members, drawn from book, magazine, and newspaper publishing; film, television, online and other digital media, meet, collaborate, inform and support one another as well as mentoring young women interested in publishing careers.  Find out more on the About Us page.

Interested in Joining Women's Media Group?

If you are a woman working in publishing and media in the New York City or surrounding areas, we'd like an opportunity to get to know you better and perhaps invite you to become a member. Please check out our website to learn more about us. If you'd like to contact us about joining, please e-mail membership@womensmediagroup.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

WMG Luncheon with Lucy Kaylin, Editor in Chief of O, The Oprah Magazine

Join us for lunch on September 21, 2015 as the Women’s Media Group welcomes Lucy Kaylin, editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine.
When Lucy Kaylin started at O as deputy editor in 2009, she came to the magazine while it was in a transition period, following a phenomenally successful first decade, to help move it forward, “not so much to reinvent it, but to evolve it.”  As Kaylin, who became editor in chief in 2013, says, “Complacency being the enemy of creativity, we knew we couldn’t just rest on our laurels and expect the magazine to continue succeeding.”  So how did she change the magazine to keep O’s loyal readers happy and attract new ones?  And how does she and her team keep ahead of the curve in an ever-shifting media landscape?   
Find out what Kaylin, who has had a dynamic 28-year career in publishing, thinks the future looks like for O and for other print publications, and what she knows for sure about what women want, whether they’re baby boomers or millennials.  

Lucy Kaylin started her career in magazines as a fact checker at Vogue, spent 19 years writing for GQ, 3 years at Marie Claire, and 6 at O, winning two National Magazine Awards in her first two years as editor in chief.  She is also the author of  For the Love of God: The Faith and Future of the American Nun and The Perfect Stranger:  The Truth About Mothers and Nannies. You can follow her on Twitter at @LucyKaylin.
Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Monday, September 21, 2015, at 12:30pm

WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street

RSVP DEADLINE: September 17 at 6pm

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: September 18 at 12 pm

WAITLIST LINK: If you are unable to RSVP because the RSVP deadline has passed, please click on the link below to add your name to the wait list. We will contact you if you can be added to the guest list due to a last-minute cancellation. Please do not come to the luncheon unless you have been informed that you are off the waitlist. Regrettably, members and guests who arrive at the luncheon who have not RSVP'd or who haven't been notified that they are off the waitlist will not be seated. Go here to be added to the waitlist.

WMG Presenting Panels at BEA 2015

Once again, WMG is organizing dynamic panels at BEA. Here are the details:

Thursday, May 28, 9:30am-10:20am—Women on Top: Women and Leadership in Publishing

With the recent news of women still fighting for equal pay and chipping at the glass ceiling, a number of publishing houses are being led by strong, talented women leaders. On this panel, three of these women leaders share how they rose to the top, and what it’s like up there.

What differentiates a leader from an executive? How would they describe their leadership style? How did they build leadership skills and leverage them for success? Did they experience a glass ceiling? What professional experiences were most formative or important in helping their success? Were there any role models (male or female) along the way? What personal and/or professional sacrifices were necessary?

Speakers include:

  • Bethlam Forsa, President, Learning Services, Pearson
  • Madeline McIntosh, President, Penguin Publishing Group, Penguin Random House
  • Lisa Sharkey*, Senior Vice President, Director of Creative Development, HarperCollins Publishers

For details, go to: http://bit.ly/1Qev7BV

Friday, May 29, 9:30am-10:20am—Women Entrepreneurs: Launching and Building a Start-Up

The changing digital landscape has brought the word “start-up” into our daily lives, but what does it mean to launch and build a start-up from the ground up? You’ll hear from women entrepreneurs who’ve been there and are doing that. Questions they’ll address include: What helps a start-up thrive? What inspired or motivated them to take on the start-up challenge? What is it like to compete for financing and credit in the male-dominated worlds of venture capital and banking? What were the biggest obstacles to launch and growth? What would they do differently in hindsight? Was being female a help, a hindrance, or not a factor? What advice would they give to others looking to launch a start-up? Speakers include:

  • Joanna Stone Herman*, CEO, Librify
  • Linda M. Holliday, CEO, Citia
  • Ann Hedreen, Co-owner, White Noise Productions
  • Susan Ruszala, President, NetGalley

* WMG Member

For details, go to: http://bit.ly/1POLRwG

We’re also hosting a WMG and Bay Area Digital Book Women Meetup on Thursday, May 28th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm at the BEA Content and Digital Stage (in the Digital Zone. It’s a great opportunity for WMG members to meet members of the Bay Area Digital Book Women, a networking group of senior women with deep publishing roots who are leading digital change in their companies. The group was co-founded in 2012 by WMG member Charlotte Abbott of Abbott Communications, with Robin Seaman of Benetech/Bookshare and Anne Kubek of INscribe Digital, who have since become WMG’s first West Coast-based members. Come and meet key executives from companies like Apple, Chronicle Books, Goodreads, Inkling, and INscribe Digital–and show that women are at the helm of digital change in our industry. We will gather under a red balloon! Please note there will be a cash bar. RSVP here.

Summer Fun: First-Ever WMG/AAR Mixer!

We're delighted to be co-hosting our first-ever mixer with The Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR)! Yup, and it's co-ed, too! We'll be mixing it up on the evening of June 25th at the Wix Lounge, from 6pm-8pm. This is a members-only event. Make it part of your summer fun!

P.S.: What is Wix Lounge? It's an event space by night and a free co-working space by day, sponsored by Wix.com. With an HTML5 drag-and-drop website editor, hundreds of web apps, designer-made templates, and tons of features, Wix provides the tools to build, launch, and manage a free and professional online presence. For details, click here: http://bit.ly/wix-wmg

WMG Luncheon: Celebrate Publishing Then and Now with Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year

Please join us for lunch on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, as the Women’s Media Group welcomes Joanna Rakoff, author of the dazzling memoir My Salinger Year.

At the literary agency where young Joanna Rakoff was hired as a temp in 1996, Selectric typewriters and Dictaphones still ruled, a pall of cigarette smoke ever hung in the air, and the most prized client was a famous recluse, J. D. Salinger. My Salinger Year is Rakoff’s sharply rendered tale of an unforgettable first year on the front lines of literature that The Guardian says “will have bookish women everywhere shuddering in recognition.”   

Since that memorable year, Joanna Rakoff has become a prize-winning novelist and freelance writer. Her novel A Fortunate Age won the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers and the Elle Readers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle best seller. She has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, The Millions, and other publications. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
“For an insight into old-fashioned publishing this must be hard to beat. Everyone smokes, returns tiddly from boozy lunches, and authors are treated with respect.” —The Sydney Morning Herald

Come celebrate publishing past and present at our last luncheon of the season. Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at 12:30 pm

WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street

RSVP DEADLINE: June 11 at 6 pm


WAITLIST LINK: If you are unable to RSVP because the RSVP deadline has passed, please click on the link below to add your name to the wait list. We will contact you if you can be added to the guest list due to a last-minute cancellation. Please do not come to the luncheon unless you have been informed that you are off the waitlist. Regrettably, members and guests who arrive at the luncheon who have not RSVP'd or who haven't been notified that they are off the waitlist will not be seated. Click here to be added to the waitlist.

WMG Small Dinners: Notes from the Field

Small Dinner host Tara Parsons writes:

We had a wonderful dinner a couple of weeks ago! Great company, food (if I do say so myself ;)), drinks, and dessert (Joelle Delbourgo is a master!). Guests in attendance included Susanna Einstein, Wendy Sherman, Joelle Delbourgo, Claire Roberts, Jodi Lipper, and Jennifer Levesque.

From left to right: Tara Parsons, Wendy Sherman, Claire Roberts, Susanna Einstein, Jodi Lipper, Jennifer Levesque

And from Jill Sansone (the genius who organizes these amazing events for us):

We had an outstanding small dinner at Melissa Danaczko's west side apartment on Tuesday, May 12th.  Our conversation ranged far and wide: our crazy industry, food, Ina Garten, Melissa's outstanding cooking (a recurring theme of the evening), best unknown podcasts, upcoming books (our own and others), the great big bag of circulating maternity clothes, how much we love small dinners, and more. A great group of funny, smart, vibrant women, I must say.

From left standing:Soumeya Bendimerad, Kendra Harpster, Maya Ziv, Laura Tisdel, Jackie Deval, Talia Krohn, our hostess extraordiaire Melissa Danaczko,  Paula Rizzo  
Down in front: yours truly, Jill Sansone

Small Dinners Fun

WMG cake!


(back row, from left to right) Co-host Heather Alexander, Kathryn Sandler, Emily Loose, and Denise Marcil
(front row, from left to right) Jill Danzig, Shawna Mullen, and Stephanie Bowen

Delicious dinner and great conversation at Sarah Dickman's Brooklyn place on April 28.

Anne Kostick took this picture of (L to R) Kris Puopolo, Sarah Dickman, Michelle Howry, and new member Dawn Michelle Hardy.

WMG Luncheon with Pamela Paul of The New York Times Book Review

Join us for lunch on Monday, April 20, 2015 as the Women's Media Group welcomes Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review.

Pamela Paul was named editor of The New York Times Book Review in 2013 and has implemented many changes, and has plans to make more. This is your opportunity to hear about her vision and perhaps to share your own. There will be an extended question-and-answer period, at Ms. Paul’s request, to encourage discussion.

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review, having previously served there as features editor and children’s book editor. She is the author of three books, The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony, Pornified, and Parenting, Inc. She edited the 2014 anthology, By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life, and is working on a new book, My Life with Bob, about her life through the lens of her reading. A graduate of Brown University, Paul began her writing career as a London- and New York-based correspondent for The Economist.

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Monday, April 20, 2015, at 12:30 pm

WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street

RSVP DEADLINE: Thursday 4/16


WAIT LIST LINK: If you are unable to RSVP because the RSVP deadline has passed, please click on the link below to add your name to the wait list. We will contact you if you can be added to the guest list due to a last-minute cancellation. Please do not come to the luncheon unless you have been informed that you are off the wait list. Regrettably, members and guests who arrive at the luncheon who have not RSVP'd or who haven't been notified that they are off the wait list will not be seated. Click here to be added to the wait list.

Meet, Greet, and Swap at Our Annual Business and New Member Luncheon!

Please join us at our annual business and new member luncheon. This lunch is for members only. In addition to welcoming our newest members and voting in our new board, we’ll also be hosting our popular annual Media Swap.

To celebrate our love of all things media, at this lunch we ask each attendee to bring a book, magazine, DVD, or CD that she loves packaged in a plain manila envelope. The packages are placed in the center of your designated lunch table, and once we sit down to lunch, each person selects a package and opens it. The person who brought each item then can share something about it. After that, people can swap and share as they please. It's a great way to get to know our new members and leave lunch with something new to read or watch, plus a few more ideas jotted down to check out later.
Our March business luncheon is always a high point that affirms our bond, continuity, and growth as a community. We look forward to seeing you there!
The luncheon will be held at 12:30pm on Tuesday, March 10th, at the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street.
RSVP here.
*If you need to cancel, you must do so by March 5th or you will be billed for the lunch.
Meet Our New Members
We’re happy to announce that the Board has accepted the following new members:

  • Alexis Hurley
  • Alexis Welby
  • Allison Cohen
  • Amber Hoover
  • Ann Pinkerton
  • Betty Wong
  • Caitlin Ellis
  • Cara Bedick
  • Carmela Ciuraru
  • Carrie Majer
  • Carrie Thornton
  • Dawn Michelle Hardy
  • Eliza Rothstein
  • Ellen Lerner
  • Emily Griffin
  • Emily Loose
  • Gareth Esersky
  • Hannah Wood
  • Jan Constantine
  • Jeanette Zwart
  • Jeany Wolf
  • Jennifer Risi
  • Jody Lipper
  • Julia Prosser
  • Kara Cesare
  • Karen Schechner
  • Kate Lloyd
  • Kathryn Huck
  • Kathy Sandler
  • Katy O'Donnell
  • Laura Mamelok
  • Laura Silver
  • Lauren Galit
  • Lauren Oliver
  • Libby Jordan
  • Lisa Sharkey
  • Liz Gately
  • Lori Glazer
  • Maja Thomas
  • Maria Gagliano
  • Michelle Burford
  • Patty Brown
  • Priyanka Krishnan
  • Rhea Lyons
  • Richelle Zizian
  • Rosemary Brosnan
  • Sandy McCormick Hill
  • Sara Weiss
  • Sarah Cantin
  • Sarah Smith
  • Shara Alexander
  • Shawna Mullins
  • Soumeya Bendimerad
  • Stephanie Bowen
  • Sue Fleming
  • Susan Corcoran
  • Talia Krohn
  • Yelena Gitlin Nesbit

Welcome! And to all who nominated candidates, thank you for your time and for your support of WMG.

Upper West Side Small Dinner

Another wonderful Small Dinner gathering at Meredith Bernstein's lovely home on Riverside Drive.

From left: Judy Kern, Regina Ryan, Liv Blumer, Jill Danzig, Meredith Bernstein, Jill Sansone.

Hoboken Small Dinner

From Small Dinner organizer extraordinaire Jill Sansone: We had a great small dinner in Hoboken---my first as hostess! Thanks for coming out to dine in the 6th Borough, especially from Brooklyn and the UES!

From left: Miral Sattar, Nina Shield,  Kate Napolitano, Jill Sansone

WMG February Brown Bag: How to Command Attention and Be Heard with Media Coach Terri Trespicio

Being able to articulate your needs in a powerful, persuasive, compelling way is crucial to your success. Terri Trespicio will show you how to prepare your authors, your clients and yourself for every speaking opportunity, whether it’s a media interview, important meeting, presentation, or everything in between.

You’ll learn:

  • The biggest misconceptions about media appearances, and how to avoid making the same mistakes over and over
  • What every TV producer lies to you about
  • What the media wants from you—and how to justify it with what you want (they’re not always the same thing!)
  • The ways women in particular undermine their own messages, every time
  • How to overcome the fear of being forthright
  • How to handle unsolicited feedback; i.e., dealing with haters (and you’ll have them)
  • How to frame a compelling narrative
  • Tips for communicating with conviction, passion, and authority
  • The key difference between public speaking & broadcast, and how to shape your message accordingly
  • How to use every appearance to build your brand, rather than check a box

About Terri Trespicio:

Terri teaches authors and experts to rethink what they’re saying and how they’re saying it, showing everyone from media newbies to high-profile personalities how to sharpen their opinions and fine-tune their on-air delivery. For nearly a decade she served as a senior editor at Martha Stewart’s Whole Living (formerly Body+Soul) magazine and hosted a live, daily, call-in show called “Whole Living” on Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius XM. She has appeared on many television shows, including the Today show, Dr. Oz, and Anderson Cooper, and currently hosts her own show, Solopreneur, on the Whatever It Takes Network.

This Brown Bag will be held at 12:30pm on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, at the Random House Building, 1745 Broadway, in Room 1301 on the 13th floor.

This is a free event but please RSVP here as space is limited. Guests are welcome.

Winter Delight: Small Dinner in Midtown Manhattan

The weather outside was frightful...but the conversation so delightful! Six intrepid WMGers braved single-digit temperatures for a Small Dinner at Cafe K hosted by WMG Business Manager Karina Mikhli. Great career stories, life plans, and book recs were swapped all around.

Pictured clockwise from top left: Jill Sansone, Karina Mikhli, Toni Sciarra Poynter, Myrsini Stephanides, Anne Kostick, Carolyn Carlson.

WMG Luncheon with NYT Public Editor Margaret Sullivan: Her Life on the Media Watch

Join us for lunch on January 26, 2015 as the Women's Media Group welcomes Margaret Sullivan, Public Editor of The New York Times.

Today, a social media firestorm can ignite demands for a longtime New York Times reporter’s resignation within hours of the first outraged tweet. Ms. Sullivan will reveal how she investigates matters of journalistic integrity at the Times while working independently, outside of the reporting and editing structure of the newspaper, and will lead a lively discussion of journalism in the age of 24-7 online scrutiny. We are thrilled to have Ms. Sullivan join us as she discusses a role that she has given new attitude and bite.

Margaret Sullivan is the fifth public editor of The New York Times, and the first woman appointed to the position, which she took up in September 2012. She writes about the Times and its journalism in a frequent blog—the Public Editor’s Journal—and in a twice-monthly print column in the Sunday Review section.

We encourage you to check out Margaret Sullivan’s recent post, “17 Hopes and Dreams for The Times in the New Year,” where she asks for less Bush-and-Clinton oriented Presidential coverage, more women’s voices on the Op-Ed pages and a more diverse Times staff, cliché-free coverage of “flyover country, ” and “more absurd Styles trend stories. Long may they run.”

You can learn more about Margaret Sullivan’s trailblazing career here.

There will be an extended question and answer period, as Ms. Sullivan would like to encourage discussion and invites your questions.

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Monday, January 26, 2015, at 12:30 pm

WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street

WMG Event: Get Organized in 2015 with "Listful Thinking" author Paula Rizzo

So, where do you keep yours? To-do list, we mean! On the back of a receipt or an old envelope? In a notebook? In an app? Or do you have beautiful stationery for all your ongoing to-do lists?  Regardless of where you keep your lists -- we want to see them and help make them work better for you in the New Year!

Join us for a night of interactive fun and productivity as we also congratulate one of our own on the publication of her first book.  Women's Media Group member Paula Rizzo is the author of Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed, to be published in January. Wine and snacks will be served.

As Paula recounts it: "I've always been a list maker, but I kicked it into high gear when I started my career as a television producer. When you're dealing with live TV -- stuff happens with or without you so you have to be ready.  Checklists and lists make that possible. I started applying my list-making ways to my homelife and immediately saw a difference in my productivity, success and happiness. So I started my blog ListProducer.com to help people become more efficient with their time and make better lists. That blog inspired this book, Listful Thinking."

WHERE: Book Culture, 450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st and 82nd St.) This is a brand-new store, so please come out to support an indie bookseller!

WHEN: Thursday, January 15th, 7:00pm-8:30pm

BRING:  Your lists! Seriously -- bring them.  Paula will give us tips on how to actually cross everything off of those lists and get more done.

RSVP here. Guests are welcome, so bring friends in need of a productivity boost, too!

Breaking Publishing News and Blazing Digital Trails: WMG Welcomes Sarah Weinman, News Editor for Publishers Marketplace

Join us for lunch on November 10 at the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street, 12:30pm-2:00pm, as Women's Media Group welcomes Sarah Weinman, one of the literary and publishing world’s most informed, knowledgeable, oft-quoted and enthusiastic champions.
News Editor for Publishers Marketplace, book reviewer, former LA Times and Baltimore Sun book columnist, early-adopter of all things digital (her must-read blog Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind launched in 2003, long before blogs became popular, and she has over 200,000 followers on Twitter), anthologist, and editor of several books including the much-praised Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, Weinman will discuss the flux of the publishing industry, news and trends, innovative authors and industry people, the growing success of women crime writers, and her career as an author, expert of “domestic suspense,” blogger, and industry maven.   
We’re delighted to host Sarah Weinman, whose idiosyncratic mind is one of the industry’s most lively and engaging. Bring your questions and prepare to be informed and inspired!

For more on Sarah Weinman, go here, here, here, and here.
Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WMG October Brown Bag: Success Strategies for Solopreneurs with Ilise Benun of marketing-mentor.com

Do you run your own solo business? Are you curious about going out on your own and wondering what it's like? Come to our next Brown Bag and hear marketing consultant Ilise Benun share the success strategies she has used to help thousands launch and grow their careers as independent professionals.

Ilise specializes in business coaching for creative professionals and understands their unique concerns. She'll discuss:

  • the habits of successful solopreneurs
  • best practices for pricing and talking money
  • self-marketing smarts, including perfecting your elevator pitch
  • tips for stepping up your game

Whether you've been your own boss for a while, are newly independent, or are curious about the indie life, Benun's techniques can help you launch or grow your solo career from a solid foundation.

Ilise Benun is the author of 7 books, a national speaker, and the founder of Marketing-Mentor.com and the "Creative Business" track of HOW Design Live, the largest design conference in the U.S. For more than 25 years, she has been providing business coaching, advice, and accountability to creative professionals who are serious about growing their business. Benun has consulted with thousands of freelancers and creative professionals (including designers, writers, photographers, consultants, and other service-based solopreneurs and freelancers) on their marketing, money, and related business issues, providing basic business training, tailored guidance, accountability, encouragement, brainstorming--and sometimes a bit of nagging. Benun has conducted marketing workshops for schools and trade organizations that cater to creative professionals, including the Freelancers Union, Graphic Artists Guild, The School of Visual Arts (NYC), Editorial Freelancers Association, International Freelancers Day, International Association of Business Communicators, Business Marketing Association, NYU Entrepreneurship Summit, the 92nd St. Y, and many more.

She writes a regular “Freelance” column in HOW Magazine and is the lead author on 2 blogs: The Marketing Mix Blog and the Creative Freelancer Blog, and publishes a bi-weekly email newsletter, "Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor," which is read by 15,000+. Her work has been featured in national publications (online and off), including Entrepreneur.com, Inc. Magazine, Self, Essence, Crains New York Business, Working Woman, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and more. Her books include The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money, The Designer’s Guide to Marketing and Pricing, Stop Pushing Me Around: A Workplace Guide for the Timid, Shy and Less Assertive, The Art of Self Promotion, Self-Promotion Online, Designing Web Sites for Every Audience, and Public Relations for Dummies, 2nd Edition, which she co-authored with Eric Yaverbaum and Bob Bly.

Benun started her Hoboken, NJ-based consulting practice in 1988 and has been self-employed for all but 3 years of her working life. Learn more about her on marketing-mentor.com, and on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

This Brown Bag will be held at 12:30pm on Wednesday, October 22nd at the Random House Building, 1745 Broadway, in Room 1201 on the 12th floor.

This is a free event, but please RSVP here as soon as possible, as space is limited. Guests are welcome!

Please note: e-mail confirmation will not be sent, so please read your online confirmation carefully to see if you made it in or if you are on the waitlist.

SPECIAL NOTE: Do you have specific questions you'd like Ilise Benun to answer? After you RSVP, just take a few extra moments to email them to info@womensmediagroup.org, and we'll forward them to Ilise.

New Yorker Cartoonist Liza Donnelly: Breaking the Glass Ceiling with Humor, a Career as a Cartoonist

Join us for lunch on September 15 at the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street, 12:30-2:00, as Women's Media Group welcomes New Yorker cartoonist and humorist, Liza Donnelly as she discusses being a New Yorker cartoonist, humor author and cultural envoy.  

Liza Donnelly is a cartoonist and writer with The New Yorker, where she has been drawing cartoons about culture and politics for over thirty years. She is also a columnist and cartoonist for Forbes.com, specializing in politics and women’s rights as well as a featured weekly political cartoonist for Medium.  Her writing and cartoons have also appeared on Politico, HuffingtonPost, DailyBeast, WashingtonPost, and Salon. In 2014, Donnelly received an honorary doctorate from University of Connecticut, where she delivered the commencement address to the Graduate School ceremony.

Donnelly is a Cultural Envoy for the US State Department, traveling around the world speaking about freedom of speech, cartoons and women’s rights.  As a public speaker, Donnelly has spoken at TED (Technology Entertainment and Design), the United Nations, and The New Yorker Festival, to name a few. Donnelly was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC.

Donnelly is the author/editor of fifteen books. Her most recent book is Women on Men, a collection of her cartoons and writing, a finalist for the celebrated humor award, The Thurber Prize.  She has published When Do They Serve the Wine? The Folly, Flexibility and Fun of Being a Woman,  Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons, a history of the women who drew cartoons for the magazine, Sex and Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Modern Love in 200 Cartoons and Cartoon Marriage: Adventures in Love and Matrimony with the New Yorker’s Cartooning Couple (with Michael Maslin).

Donnelly conceived of and edited three collections of cartoons for Ballantine Books: Mothers and Daughters, Fathers and Sons and Husbands and Wives (the last two with Michael Maslin). Husbands and Wives and another collection for Andrews McMeel entitled Call Me When You Reach Nirvana were collections of Ms. Donnelly’s and Mr. Maslin’s cartoons. She has also illustrated numerous adult humorous books.

We’re excited to host Liza Donnelly for a humorous kick-off to our WMG fall speaker’s luncheons. Bring your questions and prepare to be amused!

For more on Liza Donnelly, visit her charming website: Lizadonnelly.com.

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: A few of you have not yet paid your dues to renew your membership. If you haven't yet renewed, you won't be able to RSVP for this luncheon--and we hope you'll want to do both! To pay your dues, please log on to the WMG website, go to the Member Center, and click on "Pay Your Annual Dues Here".  If you have not renewed by September 15th, your membership will be moved to "inactive" status and you will need to contact our business manager Karina Mikhli at info@womensmediagroup.org after that in order to renew. If you are not sure whether you renewed, Karina can check for you. Hope to see you soon!

Join WMG & NYWICI for a Night Out

We are teaming up with New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) for a chance to socialize and network in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. NYWICI is a group for communications specialists in the New York metro area. Their membership represents all levels and all facets of the communications industry, including print, broadcast and online journalism, public relations, marketing, corporate communications, advertising, digital media and book publishing, as well as growing numbers of entrepreneurs.

Come join your industry peers, meet new friends, and build your network!

Date:     Monday, July 21, 2014
Time:     6:00-8:00pm
Location: Pranna, 79 Madison Ave (between 28th and 29th Streets)
Price:     $20 at door

Light appetizers will be served. There will be a cash bar with happy hour prices.

Festive Small Dinner on the Upper East Side

Wonderful small dinner on Wednesday night at Jennifer Josephy's apartment.

Attendees were (clockwise): Jill Sansone, Kris Puopolo, Jean Naggar, Jennifer Josephy, Karen Wolney, Denise Marcil, Alison Bond.

Small Dinner Plus Reading List Suggestions

Hosted by Karina Mikhli, WMG Business Manager, the small dinner at Cafe K had great food and conversation--plus discussion of favorite books!

Seated:  Susan Knopf, Sarah Burningham, Christina Festa, Tessa Shanks

Standing:  Nicole Wise, Beth Grossman, Kelly Leonard, Jill Danzig, Kate Napolitano, Karina Mikhli

Bestselling Author and “Story Architect” Lauren Oliver: A Young Adult Phenomenon Tells All

Join us for lunch on June 16 as Women's Media Group welcomes multitalented Lauren Oliver, bestselling author of the YA novels Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, and her forthcoming adult debut Rooms, as she discusses her transition from avid reader to editor to published author to highly successful “literary incubator” and e-publisher -- thanks to her four-year-old company Paper Lantern Lit.

In March, HarperCollins published Oliver’s newest YA novel, Panic (optioned by Universal) and in September Ecco will publish Rooms, her first adult novel which they call “a mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane.”  Oliver's  books have been translated into more than thirty languages and are New York Times and international bestsellers.

The daughter of two literature professors and writers, Oliver says, “I started writing as a way of extending my love of reading; when I read a book I loved, I would continue to write sequels for it (I was inadvertently a fan fic writer, before “fan fiction” was even a term!)”. But her creativity didn't stop with writing her own books. Her talent for developing compelling stories, combined with that of former Razorbill editor Lexa Hillyer, now fuels Paper Lantern Lit, the company they co-founded, which Fast Company describes as “a team of idea generators who invent premises, map out plots and characters, and then match the blueprints with undiscovered writers.” As Oliver explains: “I had ideas that weren’t appropriate for me to write because they weren’t my kind of book.” At the end of 2013, Paper Lantern Lit had an impressive 100% sell rate, having placed 30 young adult novels with major publishers.

We’re excited to host Lauren Oliver who will kick off a lively discussion about a fresh topic for WMG: what is working in YA publishing. Bring your questions and prepare to be inspired!

For more on Lauren Oliver’s own books, visit her wonderful website Laurenoliverbooks.com. For more on Paper Lantern Lit, visit paperlanternlit.com.
Guests welcome. Please RSVP here by end of day 6/12.

WMG Secretary Patty Chang Anker completed her #SomeNerve Challenge

WMG Secretary Patty Chang Anker completed her #SomeNerve Challenge (declared at the WMG Some Nerve event in January) by captaining a team of 34 through the TD Five Boro Bike Tour on May 4. Her team included WMG members Becky Saletan (her editor at Riverhead) and Deborah Brody who both attended the WMG party. In the span of 4 months, Patty learned to ride a bike, trained for and completed the 40-mile tour of NYC, which she called "an exhausting, exhilarating and life-changing day." Recap and more pics here

How is your #SomeNerve Challenge coming along? Send us updates!

Another Small Dinner Success Story

We thought we heard laughter in the air....South Orange rocked on Wednesday, May 7th when a group of WMG members met for a Small Dinner hosted by Susanna Einstein, Co-Director, Einstein Thompson Agency. Judging from the thank-you emails we saw, the food, libations, and great publishing stories were flowing!

Clockwise from left:  Pam Kruger, Susan Weinberg, Tara Parsons, Susanna Einstein, Jennifer Levesque, Wendy Sherman, Amy Edelman and Jill Sansone (seated).

Missing: Claire Roberts, who left a bit early, and photographer/guest Becky Kraemer.

Happy Anniversary to Us!

In celebration of WMG’s 40 years supporting women in publishing, we will present three terrific conference sessions during BEA 2014.  Each session deals with the most important issues facing women in our industry; each will feature a panel of dynamic, high-profile industry professionals asking—and answering—tough questions. You won’t want to miss them.
  • Publishing, Digital Technology & Women: The View from the Cutting Edge (Wednesday, May 28 
11:00 am - 11:50 am)
  • The New Success Tracks for Women: Publishing Careers in a Time of Change (Thursday, May 29 
11:00 am - 11:50 am)
  • Girl Books, Boy Books, Gender Hooks: Packaging, Positioning and Reviewing in the Fiction Marketplace (Friday, May 30 
11:00 am - 11:50 am)

For full descriptions and participants, click HERE.

And don’t forget to register for BEA using the best BEA discount for members ever! It’s good only until May 15th, so run, don’t walk, to this page for instructions.

Fun and Friendship at WMG Small Dinners

A good time was had by all at the April 10th Small Dinner hosted by Regina Ryan. As Jill Sansone notes: "It was a lovely evening with lots of stories, reminiscing, and book recommendations--oh, and great food and lots of wine!"

Seated:  Lillian Laserson, Esther Margolis, Marta Hallett

Standing:  Amy Edelman, Betty Kelly Sargent, Hostess Regina Ryan, Pam Harwood, Judy Kern

 Seated: Jill Sansone, Pam Harwood

WMG Luncheon with Rebecca Mead: Her Life in Middlemarch and at The New Yorker

Join us for lunch on May 12 as Women's Media Group welcomes Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch and a staff writer at The New Yorker, as she discusses how George Eliot's masterpiece affected her own life's journey and what Eliot has to teach all women.
Her new book, which Joyce Carol Oates called “a poignant testimony to the abiding power of fiction,” grew out of a piece she wrote for The New Yorker in which she examined the George Eliot-attributed quote, “It's never too late to be what you might have been.” Disagreeing with it, she noted that doors closed behind her as she entered middle age. “Recognizing that it was too late to be some of the things I might have been seemed part of what it was to grow older and wiser.” In My Life in Middlemarch, Mead explores the themes of Eliot's Middlemarch--the complexity of love, the meaning of marriage, the foundations of morality, and the drama of aspiration and failure--and brings them into our world.
Mead, who joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1997 and has profiled many subjects, among them Lena Dunham, Christine Quinn and, most recently, Jennifer Weiner, will also discuss the measure of a great book and what it’s like to be part of the subject.
Come with questions and prepare to be inspired!
Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.  
WHEN: Monday, May 12 at 12:30 pm
WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street

Best BEA Discount Ever for WMG Members!

We've obtained a fantastic discount for WMG members for BEA 2014, May 28-31.

As we heard at Monday's luncheon, around half of our members are independents--freelance, sole business operators, or small business owners. So for those of us who can't depend on a corporate "platinum" badge, grab this offer!

And for the many of us in any area of work who'd be inclined to pass up attending BEA, this is the year to go! (Especially so that you can attend our WMG-sponsored, 40th Anniversary conference sessions; 11 am Wednesday-Friday).

Procrastinators take note! This discount is good until May 15, but after that you'll be out of luck. So don't stall.

To get your WMG discount, go to Member Center/Member Benefit Details.

WMG 4/1 Brown Bag:  Tumblr's Director of Publisher Outreach Reaches Out to WMG about Tumblr's Creative Power

In today's social media landscape, Tumblr is home to nearly 174 million blogs and has has become a powerful tool for creative people to expose their ideas and talents. WMG is thrilled that Rachel Fershleiser, Tumblr's director of publisher outreach, will join us for a Brown Bag Lunch on Tuesday, April 1 at 12:30pm to guide us through the best practices and opportunities that this essential social platform provides today's media professional.  

Come learn about how you can use Tumblr to help promote yourself whether you are a freelancer using it to showcase your services, a publisher looking to promote your books and authors, or an editor or agent looking for that next blog-to-book bestseller. You'll also be introduced to various communities who use Tumblr for everything from book clubs to bookstore fundraising and how this platform fits within the overall social media landscape.
Rachel Fershleiser works on Tumblr's outreach team, specializing in publishing, nonprofit and cultural organizations. Previously she was the Community Manager at Bookish and the Director of Public Programs at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, where she now serves on the board of directors. She began her career in the publicity department at William Morrow. She is also the co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and the co-editor of the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning and three other books.

You connect with her directly at http://rachelfershleiser.com/ or https://twitter.com/rachelfersh.
The lunch will be located at the Random House Building, 1745 Broadway, in Room 1301 on the 13th floor. This is a free event for our members, but please RSVP as space is limited.

RSVP here.

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