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WMG Small Dinner at Harriet Bell










From far right, and continuing counterclockwise: Hostess Harriet Bell, Lisa Gallagher, Barbara Monteiro, Michelle Tessler, Michelle Burford, Esther Margolis (Photographer: Kris Puopolo)

WMG Brown Bag Lunch November 3rd with Laurel Touby, founder of mediabistro.com

Join us as we welcome powerhouse entrepreneur Laurel Touby, founding partner at Flatiron Investors and the innovator behind mediabistro.com, to a Brown Bag lunch on Thursday, November 3, at 12:30pm.

Laurel will talk about how to be a woman warrior and reveal the path to achieving a happier, more productive life. She is enthusiastic about answering any and all questions and urges us to read her article on Medium “The Warrior Way."

As the founding partner of Flatiron Investors, Laurel brought together a group of 20-odd founders and high net worth individuals who meet monthly to work on deals together.

Prior to Flatiron Investors, she revolutionized how media people connect, communicate, and do business with mediabistro.com. During her tenure as CEO, she pulled the company through two recessions, pivoted, managed growth with minimal resources, and developed audience via guerrilla and social marketing (before that term even existed). Following the sale of the company to Jupiter Media for $23 million, Laurel remained with the company through June 2011.

Laurel is a dynamic public speaker and hosted “Secrets of Successful Startups” on CBS Interactive. An inveterate connector, she inspires the entrepreneurial community via her monthly co-hosted Cereal Entrepreneurs breakfast, VC Deal Dinners, Flatiron Investor events and Startup Digital Dinners.

Guests welcome! Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Happening soon!! Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 12:30pm

WHERE: Random House, the Club Room 2nd floor, 1745 Broadway

Small Dinner at Elisa Petrini's










Left to right: Liv Blumer, Elisa Petrini, Lisa Faith Phillips, Judith Sternlight,Toni Sciarra Poynter, Lauren Marino, and Judy Kern‎. 
Not shown: Gareth Esersky who is snapping the photo.

WMG Lunch: The Future of Media Is Podcasting—A Panel w/Hosts, Producers, Innovators

Who knew the hottest entertainment form would be audio? Let’s start with this simple fact: To date, more people have downloaded Serial, the podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig, than have watched Girls and Game of Thrones combined! 

On October 18th, Women’s Media Group will host a panel discussion on how to tap into the quickly expanding and evolving medium of podcasts. We’ll find out:

  • Whether podcasts, like blogs, are something authors or aspiring authors should be encouraged to create 
  • How podcasts inform and connect to other social networks
  • What podcasts have in common with other storytelling and news mediums like books, magazines, newspapers, and television
  • Who’s producing them and how they are produced
  • Who’s listening and how to build an audience
  • What makes for a good podcast and how authors can use them to share their stories and add their voice to the marketplace of ideas
  • How podcasts are being monetized
  • The future of podcasting, as more and more podcasts are produced.

Join us as we welcome Samantha Henig, the editorial director for audio at The New York Times, who is spearheading its growing podcast network, Amy Brinker and Lindsay Jacobson, creators and hosts of the Penguin/Random House podcast Beaks & Geeks, and Jenny Blake, a former Googler who just launched her first podcast to coincide with the release of her book, Pivot

Another dynamic panelist will be announced soon! 

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 12:30pm 

WHERE: Upper Story on the 14th Story of the D+D Building, 979 Third Avenue (between 58th & 59th)

**NOTE: The price for Upper Story luncheons is $50.00**

RSVP DEADLINE: Thursday, October 13 at 6pm
CANCELLATION DEADLINE: Thursday, October 13 at 6pm

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. Visit https://goo.gl/forms/cxgn7j6uCgyg73Ev1 to be added to the waitlist.

WMG Luncheon with Elizabeth Vargas, co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20

On September 19th, we kicked off our fall lunches with ABC News 20/20's Elizabeth Vargas, who joined us for an inspiring Q&A about her new memoir Between Breaths with HarperCollins' Lisa Sharkey at 21 Club.











 Lisa Faith Phillips, Elizabeth Vargas, Lisa Sharkey, Patty Negar, Deedee DeBartlo

Join us for the first lunch of the season on Monday, September 19, 2016 as the Women’s Media Group welcomes Elizabeth Vargas, co-anchor of ABC News’ 20/20 and author of Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction. 

As an award-winning news anchor, Elizabeth Vargas has traveled the world covering breaking news stories, reporting in-depth investigations, and conducting interviews with international newsmakers. Called one of the most “intellectually brave” women in broadcast news by the New York Times, Vargas proved equally courageous in her personal life when she uttered the painful and honest words, “I am an alcoholic” to interviewer George Stephanopoulos while at the height of her career.

In her new book she discusses growing up with anxiety, which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam, how she dealt with this anxiety as she came of age, and how she eventually turned to alcohol for relief. She tells of how she found herself living in denial, about the extent of her addiction and how she kept her dependency a secret for so long. She addresses her time in rehab, her first year of sobriety, and the guilt she felt as a working mother who had never found the right balance.

The format of this luncheon program will be an in-conversation between Elizabeth and WMG member Lisa Sharkey, a former ABC News colleague and the Senior VP Director of Creative Development at HarperCollins. In addition to talking about her book, Elizabeth will also talk about being a woman in the broadcast news business. 

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Monday, September 19, 2016, at 12:30pm

WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street

RSVP DEADLINE: Thursday, September 15 at 6pm

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: Thursday, September 15 at 6pm

Don't Miss WMG Back-to-Work Happy Hour

We hope everyone is having a fantastic summer, and enjoying these final days of August!

Fall will be here before we know it, and what better way to celebrate the back-to-school spirit than with a WMG happy hour—a purely fun, social event where we can connect with friends old and new.

We are delighted to be hosting a September 13th happy hour at The Gander, a chic new restaurant in the Flatiron district. The event will be cash bar, with some amazing happy hour cocktails, beers, wines, and inventive appetizers.

Capacity is 50 people, so please RSVP below.

We look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP here.

Location: The Gander, 15 West 18th Street
When: Tuesday, September 13, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Why: Back-to-Work Happy Hour

** Other upcoming Fall events include a September luncheon at the 21 Club and an October luncheon at Upper Story. Details to come. 

Last WMG Lunch of the Season: Women-Owned Independent Booksellers Rebecca Fitting, Carol Hoenig, and Kurestin Armada in conversation with Libby McGuire

Join us for a lively panel discussion on how women-owned independent bookstores are creatively and actively helping publishers and authors build their audience and connect with readers.

The number of independent bookstores in the U.S. has grown by 27 percent since 2009, according to data from the American Booksellers Association. After years of decline, indies are growing and thriving, especially here in New York City and surrounding areas. How are they competing with Amazon and chain stores, how do they cultivate customers, and how can we help them grow so that they can help authors and publishers sell more books?  

This luncheon will provide answers and strategies from women on the front lines of these changes. We are thrilled to welcome Rebecca Fitting of Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, Carol Hoenig of Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine in Rockville Center, and Kurestin Armada of Little City Books in Hoboken for an engaging in-conversation with Libby McGuire on Tuesday, June 21st, at 12:30 PM at our bright and airy lunch space Upper Story.

Libby McGuire, WMG board member and former publisher of Ballantine Bantam Dell, where her best-selling authors included Lee Child, Justin Cronin, Paula McLain, Jodi Picoult, and Danielle Steel, will moderate a discussion with Fitting, Hoenig, and Armada to find out what it’s really like to own, manage, and work at an independent bookstore.  

If you want to know how these booksellers make buying decisions, how they engage with their communities and partner with authors and publishers, and the biggest challenges and rewards of indie bookselling, you won’t want to miss this lunch!

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 21 at 12:30pm

WHERE: Upper Story [PLEASE NOTE VENUE] in the D+D Building, 979 3rd Ave (between 58th & 59th), 14th Floor

RSVP DEADLINE: June 16 at 6pm


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.

Another Great WMG Small Dinner!

Lively conversation and a fabulous meal at Bridget Marmion's beautiful apartment.

Here we are having cocktails on her roof, with a lovely New York City skyline in the background.









Shown left to right: Gayle Feldman, Brooke Carey, Shawna Mullen, Kathryn Sandler, and hostess Bridget Marmion kneeling.

Spring 2016 WMG Small Dinner with Soumeya Roberts

From top right to left: Joelle Dieu (holding the cat), Liz Gately, Amber Hoover, Serena Jones.
From bottom right to left: Sarah Smith, Angie Venezia, Rhea Lyons, Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts.

Small Dinner with Lisa Sharkey

A fantastic dinner with Lisa Sharkey hosting on Thursday, May 5th.  










The group includes (not in any order at all!): 

Kathryn Sandler, DeeDee Debartlo, Michelle Tessler, Yona Deshommes, Helen Atsma, Jennifer Unter,  Vicky Bijur, Cindy Ratzlaff, Meredith Bernstein, Jennifer Weltz,Tracy Sherrod,  Alix Strauss, and hostess Lisa Sharkey. 

Small Dinner in Jersey City

We had a wonderful time with hostess Susan Seliger sharing her home and GORGEOUS VIEWS of the NYC skyline.  Amazing stories about our industry as well as some endearing tales of "how I met my guy....."  







Right photo: Standing left to right:  Wendy Sherman, Agustina Casal, and Susan Seliger;
Seated l to r:  Tara Singh Carlson and Jodi Lipper.    (Photo credit:  Jill Sansone)
Left photo:  same with Jill and Susan switching places.

WMG & AUTHORS.me invite you to Appy Hour: Productivity Edition!

You, especially, should come to Appy Hour!

We're always trying to be more productive in our professional lives. We’ve adopted ways and workarounds, both digital and nondigital. Some work well enough; others are terrible. Often we just wish for something better. But who’s got the time to research, test, and investigate the flood of digital products that hope to solve our problems? If you're a small business or an independent, you, especially, know what we're saying.

This joint event from Women's Media Group of New York City and AUTHORS.me of Austin, Texas is a great opportunity to meet, mingle, and learn in a larger group of our comrades-in-business.

Appy Hour is a relaxed way to share our favorite apps with our colleagues and to hear about new ones from them. This “Productivity Edition” of Appy Hour will focus on work applications--whatever you use to stay sane while conducting business. (In other words, not Candy Crush or Headspace!) We’ll draw from the pool of wisdom and experience, like a mini-Consumer Reports.

Bring your laptop, tablet, and/or phone: We’ll ask you to show us your app and tell us why you like it. You can also tell us what you wish an app could do for you; someone in the group may have just the right app solution.

There will be snacks, wine and other beverages, and more. Don’t miss this chance to mingle, share, and learn.

Your first productivity assignment: Get this event into your calendar and RSVP.

Note: Photo ID is required by WeWork Charging Bull, so please bring one with you!

WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

WHERE: WeWork Charging Bull - 25 Broadway 9th floor, New York, NY 10004

RSVP required; please RSVP here.

WMG Brown Bag:  How to Tap into the Tremendous Business Opportunities of the Self-Publishing Revolution 

Join us as we welcome Miral Sattar, self-publishing expert and innovative entrepreneur behind Bibliocrunch, for our next Brown Bag Lunch.

Currently, on Amazon, 40% of the bestselling e-books are self-published books.  Because the book publishing industry is one of the last industries to go digital, it’s going through a rapid transition which provides many publishing professionals and authors an unprecedented opportunity.

Authors now have access to powerful tools and are able to publish high-quality books that are moving many toward self-publishing.  Launching a book is like launching a startup. Putting together a quality book involves not just writing it, but getting it edited, formatted, designing a cover, and having a marketing strategy around it. Authors now are putting together their own publishing teams and need to work with quality editors, designers, marketing folks, and book shepherds. Learn how to find these authors and help them publish their best book possible. 

Reading on smartphones, e-readers, and tablets has become ubiquitous. Whereas a range of factors affected the e-book market over the past five years, in 2016 the book market will be relatively unfettered for the first time since 2012. So what does that mean for the next wave of DIY and digital innovation in publishing? 

Miral Sattar will share case studies of successful self-published authors along with strategies on how their books were marketed, sold and consumed.  She will also discuss how online communities that make it easy for consumers to make quick decisions based on desirability will shape how self-published books are produced and marketed. 

Miral Sattar is the CEO of LearnSelfPublishingFast and Bibliocrunch, an award-winning marketplace that connects authors with vetted book publishing professionals like editors, designers, and marketers. She has worked in the media industry for 11 years, most recently at TIME where she launched several digital initiatives including an iPad and mobile site, mobile apps, a video and podcast channel, blogs, and SEO. Miral and her writing have been featured in TIME, Forbes, Consumer Reports, CNN, NY Daily News, among other media publications. She has a MS in Publishing (Digital + Print Media) from NYU and a BS from Columbia University. Follow Miral on Twitter at @miralsattar. 

This Brown Bag will be held at 12:30pm on Wednesday, May 25, at the Random House Building, 1745 Broadway, in Room 1201 on the 12th floor.

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

Spring 2016 WMG Small Dinner with Regina Ryan

Lovely dinner with delicious food and lively, enlightening conversation at Regina Ryan's charming home, Thursday, April 7.






Order from left: Susan Schwartz, Dawn Raffel, Regina Ryan, Paige Wheeler, Anne McCormick, Jean Naggar, (Debra Werksman had left to catch a train). Photo taken by Lisa Faith Phillips.

WMG April Lunch: Beyond Digital with Chantal Restivo-Alessi of HarperCollins

Please join us for an illuminating lunch on April 19 as Women’s Media Group welcomes Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, International at HarperCollins, Chantal Restivo-Alessi.

The digital world is constantly changing the way we sell, market, consume, and publish books and magazines, forcing us into unchartered territory that can be intimidating and exciting, depending on how much we know.  Where is it taking us and what can we do to harness the tools and intelligence that power our brave new world?

Chantal Restivo-Alessi worked in the music industry as it experienced a seismic shift that forever changed it.  She is on the forefront of the digital revolution and will share what she knows and how agents, authors, publishers, booksellers, and marketers can adapt and thrive amidst tremendous upheaval.

Since joining HarperCollins, Ms. Restivo-Alessi has pioneered the use of new digital sales channels, signing numerous deals with new distributors, such as subscription services Scribd and Oyster. In addition, she led the launch of the company’s e-commerce platform on www.HC.com, opening yet another channel for the company, and enabling its authors to sell directly from their web properties.

Ms. Restivo-Alessi has extensive expertise in strategy development and execution, as well as change management in the media space. She has held numerous senior strategy positions and has more than 20 years of international media management experience. She joined HarperCollins from ING Bank in London, where she was Head of Media Corporate Finance. In addition, she has worked at Aegis Group PLC in senior strategy and operational roles, EMI music, and Booz & Company.

Ms. Restivo-Alessi is fluent in six languages, holds an MBA from Columbia University, a Masters in Foreign Trade and International Marketing from ICE Italian Institute, and a Laurea (MA) in International Political Sciences from University of Rome. 

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here

WHEN: Tuesday, April 19 at 12:30pm 

WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street 

RSVP DEADLINE: April 14 at 6pm


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. 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.

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 voting in the new board and welcoming new members who've joined over the past year, 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!

WHEN: Tuesday, March 22nd at 12:30pm 

WHERE: **Upper Story**, D&D Building - 979 Third Avenue at 58th Street, 14th Floor  

[**Please note that this event is being held at our new venue, not at 21 Club**]

RSVP DEADLINE: Thursday, 3/17 at 6pm

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: Friday, 3/18  at 12 pm

Please RSVP here.

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 2/24 Brown Bag: Inside Medium, the communication platform with 30 million followers practically made for authors, with Kate Lee, Head of Outreach

Medium is HUGE! Created by Ev Williams, cofounder of Twitter, Medium is a global blogging platform that taps into a growing desire for long-form content—at Medium, they generally say "content longer than 140 characters"—which makes it perfect for authors, bloggers, thought leaders and pundits.  

A well-designed digital media outlet for thought-provoking pieces, Medium was where Jeb Bush wrote a piece about his daughter’s drug addiction, a former Twitter manager wrote about the company's challenges with diversity, and in August, Jeff Bezos countered the New York Times’ Amazon expose by writing a response on Medium, and The New York Times fought back not on its own pages, but on Medium. All of these posts went viral, raising awareness and sparking conversation. 
The great thing is, anyone can post on Medium, sharing their stories, thoughts, and ideas, and responding to readers who comment on their pieces. It’s a great way to help authors reach and communicate with readers.
Kate Lee has worked at Medium since it was launched in 2012.  A former “publishing prodigy” and “wunderkind agent” at ICM, Kate will discuss how authors can best tap this innovative platform to reach a vast number of readers who want more than 140 characters.    
Kate Lee is Head of Outreach at Medium.com; a role which is the perfect culmination of the career path that precedes it. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she started her career as a reporter for US Weekly. However, at a time when the internet had not yet entrenched the magazine world, Kate still turned to it, and the early world of blogs for inspiration. It was in her next job, as a literary agent at International Creative Management, that this inspiration turned into much more: a niche offering which Kate found a competitive edge while helping to actualize the true potential of some of the prominent voices of the budding digital landscape. However, as the internet grew, Kate made the leap from a 10 year career for something new. After spending some time consulting and soul searching, she ultimately found her place at Medium where her current role allows her to continue to give prominent people the opportunity to share their point of view with a global audience. While the entirety of her career was not spent with a digital focus, it was certainly a major influence, one which she is continuing to learn about and directly impact with her gift of finding the industry’s boldest voices.
This Brown Bag will be held at 12:30pm on Wednesday, February 24, 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 and we expect high demand. Guests are welcome.

WMG 2015 Holiday Party

Our annual WMG holiday party was held at Punch, a spacious new venue for us just off Union Square. It was a big success with people having so much fun it was hard to leave.

Thank you to everyone who helped out, including Madeleine Morel, Darcie Rowen, Dee Dee DeBartlo, Kris Puopolo, and especially Brandi Bowles for organizing such an inviting space!










Caption (left to right): Brandi Bowles, Tisse Takag, and Dee Dee DeBartlo  









Caption (left to right):  Jill Sansone and Gayle Feldman










Caption (left to right): Bevery Wettenstein, Kathy Sandler and Carol Hoenig

Caption (left to right): Lisa Leshne and Kris Puopolo
Caption: Thank you Madeleine Morel and Darcie Rowan for welcoming our members at the check-in as the party started.

WMG Lunch with Farai Chideya on how women can find professional and financial success in the age of disruption

Join us for an illuminating and inspiring lunch on January 12 as Women’s Media Group welcomes reporter, analyst, educator, and author Farai Chideya.

In her powerful new book, THE EPISODIC CAREER, which Publishers Weekly calls “smart and savvy…an enlightening map of the current job landscape which will help readers figure out how to ride the inevitable changes in the marketplace and make the best decisions,” Ms. Chideya offers analysis and insight into how to retrain ourselves in our era of disruption and psychological self-empowerment, how to advocate for our long-term financial health, and what we need to do to find new paths in a world of technological and economic change.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Farai Chideya is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. A 1990 graduate of Harvard University, she was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about race, politics, and culture.  She is currently a Senior Writer at the news site FiveThirtyEight.com, covering the 2016 election and consumer issues in the digital age.  She previously hosted NPR’s News and Notes; was a reporter for ABC News; a political analyst for CNN; a host for the Oxygen Network; and a reporter for Newsweek magazine. She and the teams she has worked with have won awards including a National Education Reporting Award, a North Star News Prize, and a special award from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for coverage of AIDS. Earlier in her career she worked for Newsweek, MTV News, CNN, and ABC News.

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here

WHEN: Tuesday, January 12 at 12:30pm 

WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street 

RSVP DEADLINE: January 7 at 6pm


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.


Small Dinner at Madeleine Morel’s Home on the Upper West Side













From left: DeeDee DeBartlo, Deborah Brody, Michelle Tessler, hostess Madeleine Morel, Anne Kostick, Jill Sansone, and Sydny Miner.  Photographer: Jane Wesman.

WMG Brown Bag, December 3rd: Legal Essentials with Jan Constantine, General Counsel for The Author’s Guild

“Could I get sued for this?” It’s a question every one of us in the media has asked at one time or another.

If you write, publish, or broadcast, or if you represent or advise others who do, you won’t want to miss this Brown Bag.

Jan Constantine, a WMG member and a veteran attorney with decades of experience in intellectual property, trade regulation, and corporate law, and longtime General Counsel for The Authors Guild, will walk you through the essentials of issues like these:

  • What are the definitions of libel and invasion of privacy, and what are best practices to guard against them?
  • When is it necessary to get permission to quote material?
  • What exactly is “fair use”?
  • What’s the best way to find out whether content is in the public domain?
  • In what circumstances should releases be obtained and what in general should they cover?
  • What are the legal issues to be aware of when using content from the internet?
  • When publishing candid photos or footage, do all the people depicted have to sign releases?
  • What are the key legal issues to watch out for in memoir? What about investigative/exposé?
  • Should creatives buy their own liability insurance? How much can they expect to be covered by a publisher’s or other media outlet’s liability insurance?

Jan F. Constantine has served as General Counsel for The Authors Guild (https://www.authorsguild.org/), a non-profit organization representing a membership of over 8,500 published authors and freelancers, since 2005. In addition to her other responsibilities, she has been overseeing The Authors Guild, et al v. Google, Inc., a class action lawsuit, filed in September 2005. She has over thirty years of legal experience in the practice of general corporate law and litigation, with specific expertise in intellectual property, trade regulation, and employment law. Previously, Ms. Constantine was Executive Vice President of News Corporation and, prior to that, Deputy General Counsel for Macmillan, Inc. After graduating law school, she worked as a staff attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. and the New York Regional Office as well as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where she was Deputy Chief of the Civil Division. Ms. Constantine is a longstanding member of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York. From 2005 until 2013, she was an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Ms. Constantine received a B.A. from Smith College and is a graduate of George Washington University’s National Law Center.
This Brown Bag will be held at 12:30pm on Thursday, December 3, 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.

Small Dinner Pix!

Small Dinner at Becky Kraemer's Home in South Orange, NJ








Front (l to r): Jen Levesque, Amy Edelman, Liza Dawson, Jodi Lipper. Rear (l to r): Helen Wan, Susan Weinberg, Claire Roberts (photographer: Becky Kraemer)

Small Dinner at Soumeya Roberts' Home in Brooklyn, NY








From left to right: Charlotte Abbott, Tessa Shanks, Julia Passatore, Sarah Dickman

Small Dinner at Anne Kostick's in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn








Seated: Beth Fisher, Kathy Huck, Michelle Howry. Standing: Soumeya Roberts, Lisa Faith Phillips and Hostess Anne Kostick (photographer: Kris Puopolo)

WMG Luncheon: YA Superstars, October 26th at Upper Story

Join us for an exciting lunch on October 26, 2015 as Women’s Media Group welcomes an exceptional panel of women to discuss the future of Young Adult Literature.

YA publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel, super agent Mollie Glick, and YA author Alyssa Sheinmel will discuss

  • How YA has changed in our digital age
  • What’s trending now and what's ahead
  • How adults have increased and influenced YA sales and marketing
  • Why the YA bestsellers list seem to be dominated by male authors  

The conversation will be moderated by Maria Russo, Children’s Book Editor at The New York Times Book Review.

NOTE: This will be our first luncheon at Upper Story, award-winning chef Charlie Palmer’s restaurant in Manhattan’s iconic D&D building.  The cost is $50.00/person. We expect this panel to be popular, so please rsvp early!

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

About the Panelists

Julie Strauss-Gabel joined Penguin in 2002 as Editor at Dutton, and became Dutton’s Vice President and Publisher in 2011. She previously held positions at Disney-Hyperion and Clarion. In her time at Penguin, Julie has honed many breakout talents, publishing such skilled authors as Ally Condie, Gordon Dahlquist,  Adam Gidwitz, John Green, Nina LaCour, Lauren Myracle, Stephanie Perkins, Kat Rosenfield, and Nova Ren Suma, as well as the children’s debut novels of New York Times–bestselling authors John Grisham and Meg Wolitzer, and Alex Award winner, Gregory Galloway.  For more on Ms. Strauss-Gabel, here’s a wonderful profile of her in the New York Times.

After graduating from Brown University, Mollie Glick began her career as a literary scout, advising foreign publishers regarding the acquisition of rights to American books. She then worked as an editor at the Crown imprint of Random House, before becoming an agent in 2003. Mollie represents New York Timesbestsellers Jonathan Evison (West of Here), Carol Rifka Brunt (Tell the Wolves I’m Home), Sarah McCoy (The Baker’s Daughter) and Ali Benjamin (The Thing About Jellyfish), but she also takes great pride in breaking out a number of debut novelists each year. Her list includes literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, popular science, memoir, and children’s literature. More about Mollie here.

Alyssa Sheinmel is the author of several young adult novels including Faceless and Second Star, as well as the co-author of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, based on the YouTube series of the same name.  Bestselling author Luanne Rice called Faceless “gorgeous and wrenching... a vivid, compelling, beautiful, immediate novel.”  Of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, R.L. Stine said, “I was on the edge of my seat from the very first page,” and horror icon Wes Craven wrote, “Things that go bump in the night are afraid to read this book…” Alyssa grew up in Northern California and New York, and attended Barnard College. She worked at a literary agency and was part of the marketing team at Random House Children’s Books before she began writing full-time.  More about Alyssa here.

Maria Russo is the children’s book editor of The New York Times Book Review.  She is a veteran of TBR, having filled in as a preview editor under Chip McGrath. She was previously books editor at Salon and features editor at the New York Observer.  She is the mother of three children, who, she points out, conveniently fall into YA, middle-grade, and picture-book territory respectively. Find her on Twitter here.


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

WHERE: Upper Story, D&D Building - 979 Third Avenue at 58th Street, 14th Floor

RSVP DEADLINE: October 22 at 6pm

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: October 23 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 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 Oand 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 TimesVogueThe 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 MatrimonyPornified, 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.

Meet, Greet, Swap, AND CELEBRATE! 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. 
Our March business luncheon is always a high point, as it affirms our bond, continuity, and growth as a community. But this year's luncheon is special, because in addition to welcoming our newest members, voting in our new board, and hosting our highly popular Media Swap, we are celebrating our 40th anniversary and welcoming WMG founding member Joni Evans. 
Celebrate Our Past, Anticipate Our Future
As you know, WMG was founded in 1974 by five forward-thinking publishing women: Judith Daniels, Elizabeth Crow, Joni Evans, Eden Lipson, and Carol Rinzler. At this special birthday-season luncheon, to remind us of our roots as women in media and to help us reflect on where we've been and where we're headed, we are thrilled to welcome founding member Joni Evans as a special speaker. 
Joni Evans’ more than 40-year career in publishing includes serving as President and Publisher of Simon & Schuste, and Publisher at Random House. As Senior VP of the William Morris Agency’s literary department, she represented such bestselling authors as Marcus Buckingham, Ann Coulter, Fannie Flagg, Quincy Jones, Mary Wells Lawrence, Peggy Noonan, Martin Garbus, James Patterson, Liz Smith and John Stossel. In her dynamic career, she has brought more than 100 books to the bestseller list. Joni is a member of the Young President’s Organization, the Women’s Forum and a founding member of both the Committee of 200 and Women’s Media Group. She has served as a director of the Dreyfus Fund for 23 years. She has written for the New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, New York, and O. Joni is the recipient of Springboard Enterprises Northstar Entrepreneur Award, 2010. She is co-creator, with Lesley Stahl, Liz Smith, Lily Tomlin, Candace Bergen, and more, of wowowow.com (The Women on the Web), a free, daily internet website by, for, and about women.
Bring Something for Our 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. 
The luncheon will be held at 12:30pm on Monday, 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:

  • Marta Hallet
  • Stephanie Meyers
  • Ronit Feldman
  • Antonella Iannarino
  • Chrissy Festa
  • Nicole Wise
  • Lindsey Pollak
  • Lucinda Blumenfeld
  • Elizabeth Fisher
  • Flora Esterly
  • Lori Sayde
  • Laurie Muchnick
  • Pamela Kruger
  • Michelle Tessler
  • Abigail Koons
  • Nina Shield
  • Julie Will
  • Libby Ford
  • Deb Werksman
  • Tracey Guest
  • Jennifer Levesque
  • Jennifer Griffin
  • Dervla Kelly
  • Wendy J. Strothman
  • Valerie Streit
  • Maya Ziv
  • Laura Tisdel
  • Heather Alexander
  • Nadine Billard
  • Margot Schupf
  • Jan Constantine
  • Lillian Laserson, PC
  • Amanda Moon
  • Louise Quayle
  • Karen Wolny
  • Joy E. Bomba
  • Megan Pearlman
  • Tara Parsons
  • Agustina Casal
  • Lindsay Fradkoff
  • Whitney Peeling
  • Tessa Shanks
  • Emily Lavelle
  • Kate Napolitano
  • Allison Hunter
  • Allison Adler
  • Khia Mercer
  • Tisse Takagi
  • Betsy DeJesu
  • Beth Adams
  • Robin Seaman
  • Anne Kubek
  • Vanessa Tiongson
  • Susannah Greenberg
  • Anjali Singh
  • Mary Choteborsky
  • Yona Deshommes
  • Sally Dedecker

Women’s Media Group: Social Media 101

Our next Brown Bag Lunch on Tuesday, February 11th at 12:30pm is with Julie Blattberg, Executive Director, Consumer Engagement, at Open Road Media. Julie will inspire you to start Tweeting and Tumbling and Instagramming strategically--and with confidence.

Whether you’re an editor or designer, author or agent, publicist or marketer, filmmaker or HR manager, work in house or independently you should be using social media to your advantage.

Learn the basics of each of the top platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, and decide which networks are right for you, as well as tips and tricks to make the best use of your time.

Once a skeptic, now an evangelist, Julie Blattberg will leave you conversant in social media and motivated to grow your own social footprint.

As Executive Director of Consumer Engagement at Open Road Integrated Media, Julie Blattberg is focused on developing a highly engaged audience of ebook readers through e-mail marketing, social media, and the creation and syndication of compelling web content. A book-industry veteran (and book club member since 1998), she works closely with internal marketing teams to craft messaging and create data-driven programs that foster discoverability and conversations around books and authors.

Julie Blattberg was most recently Director of Marketing Content for HarperCollins, where she developed engaging content for social media, e-mail newsletters, and other communication channels; strategic opportunities to promote books and authors; best practices for marketing metadata; and digital products that capitalize on author- and consumer-generated content.

She was previously Director of Managing Editorial for Disney Publishing Worldwide, and has held a variety of managing editorial and marketing posts at HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.

Follow Julie on Twitter at @JulieBlattberg.

The lunch will be located at Simon & Schuster, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th Floor Large Boardroom (check in at lobby reception, take the elevator to the 14th Floor, and follow the signs).

This is a free event, but please RSVP as space is limited. Please note: e-mail confirmation will not be sent so read your online confirmation to see if you made it in or on the waitlist.

RSVP here by February 6. Guests welcome.

WMG Luncheon with Dominique Raccah: Thriving as CEO in a Rapidly Changing Industry

Join the publisher known for being one step ahead of the future as she looks back at the milestones in her career and charts her course through the changes ahead.
Dominique Raccah has built Sourcebooks into the largest woman-owned trade publisher in the country over 25 years, relentlessly embracing change, and even daring to fail, while becoming one of our industry's most visible and inspiring female CEOs. Just 12 years after Raccah launched the company in her upstairs bedroom in Naperville, Illinois, Sourcebooks was named the second fastest-growing small publisher in the country by Publishers Weekly. In 2000, Sourcebooks became the only book publisher named to Inc. magazine’s annual ranking of America’s 500 fastest-growing companies. And the accolades keep coming. Just this fall, she was named The Most Inspiring Digital Publishing Person at the prestigious FutureBook conference, and was also singled out by an influential group of female entrepreneurs, The Committee of 200, for the Luminary Award: Muriel Siebert Entrepreneurial Champion.
At our lunch, Raccah will discuss how she masterminded the company’s growth through frequent acquisitions in key niches, and how audience building has remained a key to the company’s strength in digital publishing. She will also discuss her recent moves to build new audiences and distribution channels with online startups for writers, like Wattpad and Simple Truth, and to create a better bedtime experience for kids with a new approach to book personalization called “Put Me In The Story.”
Come with questions and prepare to be inspired!
Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 28 at 12:30 pm
WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street


WMG Small Dinners: Feasts with Friends

WMG co-president Kris Puopolo reports: "The WMG Small Dinner at Brettne Bloom's home was a smashing success. Picture to the left. From front and moving clockwise: Brettne Bloom, Jennifer Josephy, Anne McCormick, Rita Rosenkranz, Kris Puopolo, Sally Arteseros, Ellen Kadin, Steph Opitz."

Have you attended or hosted one of this season's WMG Small Dinners? Those who have rave about the great conversation, info-sharing, and food . . . oh, and the wine that seems to flow as freely as the conversation! Send a photo of your smiling faces and we'll post!



Don't Miss the Fall Reception for our WMG Summer Fellows

This summer our two Women’s Media Group Fellows, Tai Nycole Harriss and Christen Pruitt, were able to meet many of our members at the May luncheon at 21 and through individual meetings with members through our WMG 30-Minute Mentor program. On Wednesday, October 16, at the Random House Building, 1745 Broadway, between 55th and 56th Streets, Room 1301, at 6:00 pm, we will celebrate the Fellows and the members who served as mentors at a wine and cheese reception. If you have not yet met our Fellows, this is the perfect chance to do so and have fun mingling with your fellow members. 
Please RSVP here. This event is free to all members.
The details:
What: Fall Reception for our WMG Summer Fellows
When: Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 6 p.m.
Where: The Random House Building, Room 1301
1745 Broadway, between 55th and 56th Streets

Please note: Free to all members, RSVP requested.
We hope to see you there. 

WMG Luncheon with Rebecca Eaton: Behind the Scenes at PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery!  

Come meet the force behind some of the most beloved and acclaimed dramas on TV including Upstairs, Downstairs, The Forsyte Saga, Inspector Morse, Sherlock, Prime Suspect, and Downton Abbey.

Join us for lunch on November 11 as Women's Media Group welcomes Rebecca Eaton, Executive Producer of Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! the longest running weekly prime time drama series on American television.

In a recent interview, Eaton recalled, "The same day we [Eaton and her husband] learned I was pregnant, I was offered the job of executive producer of Masterpiece Theatre. I got two phone calls, about 15 minutes apart." She came to PBS after a childhood steeped in theater and an “accidental apprenticeship” with the BBC as well as having an affinity for nineteenth century novels and culture. As she recounts in her new memoir, Making Masterpiece, Eaton introduced the period costume drama to American television viewers, significantly contributed to the Jane Austen craze of the early 2000s, and spearheaded an aggressive campaign to attract new generations of fans with Downton Abbey. Throughout, she has been behind the scenes with luminaries such as Alistair Cooke, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kenneth Branagh, Gillian Anderson, and Daniel Radcliffe, whose first TV role was as the title character in David Copperfield.

Under her leadership, the series has earned forty-four Primetime Emmy Awards, fifteen Peabody Awards, four Golden Globes, and two Academy Award nominations. In 2011 Eaton was one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” And after nearly 30 years at the helm of Masterpiece, Vanity Fair wrote, “in the world of TV drama, names and faces appear and disappear with bewildering speed; Rebecca Eaton is immortal and immutable.”

The luncheon will be held at 12:30pm on Monday, November 11, at the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street. Guests are welcome.

RSVP here.

Don't Miss WMG Brown Bag: LinkedIn Success Secrets with LinkedIn Ambassador Lindsey Pollak

In today's connected world, the resume and networking site LinkedIn has become a powerful career-building tool. WMG is thrilled that career and workplace expert and LinkedIn Ambassador Lindsey Pollak will join us for a Brown Bag Lunch on Tuesday, October 22 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 LinkedIn to help you reach your goals, whether you are a freelancer using it to showcase your services or a publisher looking for qualified freelancers, an editor or agent looking for experts to write your next bestseller, or someone who wishes to join or moderate conversations in any of the myriad professional communities on the site.

Lindsey Pollak is the author of Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World. Her next book, to be published by HarperCollins in fall 2014, will focus on Millennial generation leadership. She also serves as an official Ambassador for LinkedIn and Spokesperson for The Hartford’s “My Tomorrow” campaign. Lindsey’s keynote speaking and consulting clients have included more than 150 corporations, conferences and universities, including Barclays, Citi, GE, IBM, Liz Claiborne, Merrill Lynch, PwC, Ralph Lauren, Time Inc., Yale, Harvard, Princeton, MIT and many others. Her areas of expertise include marketing to Millennials, managing Millennials, succeeding in the multigenerational workplace, personal branding and career development. Her advice and opinions have appeared in such media outlets as The TODAY Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, FOX Business, Glamour, CNN and NPR. She appears on several “Best People to Follow on Twitter” lists, including Mashable’s list of top non-fiction authors on Twitter and Marie Claire‘s Twitters Every Woman Should Follow. Forbes named her blog one of the Top 75 Websites for Your Career. In her charitable work, Lindsey serves as Chair of the Board of She’s the First, a non-profit organization that sponsors girls’ education in developing world countries so that they can be first in their families to graduate from high school.

The lunch will be located at the Random House Building, 1745 Broadway, in Room 1301 on the 13th floor. This is a free event, but please RSVP as space is limited. RSVP here  by 10/17. Guests welcome.

Sad News About WMG Co-Founder & Past President Judith Daniels

A number of you may have read or heard about the death of Judith Daniels on September 1, 2013 at the age of 74. Judy was one of the five founders of Women’s Media Group in 1973 and served as WMG’s first president.

If ever a member worked for recognition and visibility for women as media professionals and as media consumers, it was Judy. As noted editor and writer Dominique Browning, who worked for Judy at New York and served as WMG’s secretary while Judy was president, recently wrote: “Judith Daniels was leaning in when Sheryl Sandberg was ten years old.”

A graduate of Smith College, Judy became a seasoned publishing professional who served as a model and a mentor for women looking to advance professionally. Her career included editorial positions at New York, The Village Voice, Time, Inc.—where she was the first woman editor of Life—and Condé Nast, where she held senior positions at Self and Glamour and originated Glamour’s Women of the Year awards. 

In 1979, after raising $1.5 million, she started Savvy, the first glossy magazine for executive women, featuring articles on politics, finance, fashion (with fashion shoots produced by Anna Wintour long pre-Vogue), and much more. Savvy spoke to women as people and professionals with unique needs, broad interests, unabashed ambition, and money they’d like to spend and save wisely. In an interview, Judy said: “Other magazines . . . were always saying it’s O.K. to be excited about men. What I wanted to do was to release women and say it’s O.K. to be excited about your work.”

As noted in The Boston Globe: “Savvy became . . . the model for what women’s publications could be: broad-reaching, inclusive, direct, self-aware, funny, and confident. Daniels herself was all of those things.” Says author Patricia O’Toole, a writer and editor at Savvy, "She not only gave me my first big break as a writer, but she became a model of how to be in the world, how you treat other people and how to take an idea and carry it forward," Judy continued her interest in women’s issues in her volunteer work in Maine, where she served on the boards of the Maine Women’s Policy Center, the Women’s Lobby, among other involvements.

Says longtime WMG member Sally Arteseros, who was invited by Judy to be one of the group’s original 15 members and who served on WMG’s first board as second vice president: “Judy was so farsighted about the need for a group like WMG. There was no organization that we knew of where women in media could network. And already, the plans to found a magazine like Savvy were on Judy's mind.”

Contributions in Judy’s memory may be made to the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Building Fund, 162 Russell Avenue, P. O. Box 147, Rockport, ME 04856, and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England: Maine, 443 Congress Street, 3rd Floor, Portland, ME 04101.

Thanks to Sally Arteseros and to the following sources:

WMG Member Discount: The Publishing Business Conference & Expo, Sept. 23-25, NYC

We are delighted to announce that WMG members are eligible to receive $150 off on the either the All Access (regularly $1195) or the One-Day pass (regularly $575) for The Publishing Business Conference & Expo, held from September 23-25 in New York City.

The Publishing Business Conference & Expo, presented by Publishing Executive and Book Business, is the nation's largest gathering of  book, magazine and journal publishing professionals. This event boasts three days of sessions, exhibits, and networking opportunities. Sessions include: 

- Cashing In on Your Content: Revenue-Generating Ideas That Will Supercharge Your Bottom Line
- Subscription Revenue Strategies for Book Publishers
- Sorting Out Data Analytics: What Does It Mean for Publishers?
- Facing the Future: Magazine Executive Talk Profit, Innovation, Risk and What They Fear the Most
- Games Are Serious Business: Using Game Design in Publishing
- A Revolution in Rights
...and more!

To obtain the code for the discount and register, log onto the WMG website and select the Member Benefits Detail page under the Member Center tab.

WMG Luncheon with Erica Jong: From FEAR OF FLYING to FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: Reflections of a Pioneer of the Sexual Revolution

Before Lena Dunham’s hit TV series Girls and E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy came Erica Jong's Fear of Flying.

Join us for lunch on September 23 as Women's Media Group welcomes Erica Jong, whose first novel, Fear of Flying, published 40 years ago, overturned conventional thinking about women, marriage, and sexuality, sold 20 million copies, and made Jong an icon of the women's movement.

Now, four decades later, the anniversary of this game-changing feminist classic is being celebrated by no fewer than three publishers, with Holt, Penguin Classics, and Open Road publishing new hardcover, paperback, and digital editions respectively.

Fear of Flying and its sexually adventurous heroine articulated ideas that women at the time secretly thought but didn't say. Isadora Wing was the Anastasia Steele or the Hannah Horvath of her day. Through the novel's sexual frankness, Jong gave women permission to claim their own sexuality, making her a pioneer of the sexual revolution as well as garnering the admiration of literary luminaries such as John Updike and Henry Miller.

In the four decades since Fear of Flying, Jong has written over 20 books, including 10 works of fiction as well as celebrated nonfiction volumes such as What Do Women Want, Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life, an anthology on sex called Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex, and in 2012, a Kindle Single, A Letter to the President, which takes on issues facing American women today. Literary prizes include the United Nations’ Award for Excellence in Literature, the Sigmund Freud Award for Literature and the Deauville Award for Literary Excellence in France.

Please join us as we help Erica Jong celebrate the birthday of her now-officially-a-classic book and hear her talk about her life as a writer, a pillar of the sexual revolution and the women's movement, and mother of a writer/daughter whose lifestyle is very different from her own.

The luncheon will be held at 12:30pm on Monday, September 23, at the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street. Guests are welcome.

RSVP here.

To learn more about Erica Jong and her work, visit her online:




Photos from the Mapping Manhattan Party Hosted by the Women's Media Group!

Our Mapping Manhattan party on July 10, 2013 couldn't have been more fun. Author Becky Cooper inspired us with her story of how she collected the maps that became her beautiful book Mapping Manhattan...and then we made our own. Much sharing of memories and laughter followed. It didn't hurt that we had a rooftop view of the Big Apple, libations, snacks, good music, and even a summer breeze kicked up to chill us out.

So if you missed the event, login and go to Member Center>Event History and Highlights for some photos of the event, or visit our Facebook page.

Save the Dates! WMG 2013-2014 Luncheon Schedule

We're pleased to announce the following luncheon dates for WMG's 2013-2014 season. Luncheons will be held at 12:30 at '21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street. Please mark them in your calendars. Details about the speakers will be sent with each invitation.

We look forward to seeing you!

  • Monday, September 23, 2013
  • Monday, November 11, 2013
  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014
  • Monday, March 10, 2014
  • Monday, May 12, 2014
  • Monday, June 16, 2014

Announcing WMG Member Discount, Yale Publishing Course 2013

We're pleased once again to offer a 10% discount to the Yale Publishing Course for WMG Members. Those of you who packed the room last year for the Brown Bag presentation on publishing transformation by Carolyn Pittis (who was teaching in the Yale program last year and will do so again this year) remember how good it was. Also teaching in this year's Yale program will be Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah, Publishing Perspectives founder Ed Nawotka, Senior VP of HarperCollins' Digital Business Development Leslie Hulse, and R.J. Julia Booksellers owner Roxanne Coady, among many others. A brief description is below, with a link to the website for more info. 

Application deadline is June 21, 2013. To get the discount code, log onto the WMG website and go toMember Benefit Details page and then you can register at http://publishing-course.yale.edu/.

Yale Publishing Course: Leadership Strategies
The Yale Publishing Course, taught by leading industry experts and distinguished faculty from the Yale School of Management, is an intensive, week-long program for mid- to senior-level book, magazine, and digital publishing professionals and held in a state-of-the-art facility at Yale University. The curriculum addresses the most pressing issues facing publishers today and prepares its participants to prosper in a time of continued change and opportunity. This year, “Leadership Strategies in Magazine and Digital Publishing” will be held July 14-19 and "Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing" will be held July 21-26. For more information and to see the growing list of speakers, please visit: http://publishing-course.yale.edu. Enrollment is limited. Apply now.

Come Toast Manhattan at a Mapping Manhattan Party Hosted by the Women's Media Group!

There’s nothing more magical than Manhattan – although Brooklyn is hipper than hip –especially while sipping Manhattans on a private roof deck off a penthouse apartment in Union Square!   
So join us as we welcome Becky Cooper, author of Mapping Manhattan, who will regale us with stories of her adventures in collecting maps of our fair city from both anonymous and famous New Yorkers, and then get crafty and map your own Manhattan!
July 10 from 6:30-8:30 pm  
23 East 10th Street (corner of University Place), Penthouse West
$15/per person for drinks, hors d'oeuvres and a copy of the book!
PLEASE NOTE: This is a members-only event. Space is limited to 20, so please RSVP here as soon as possible if you'd like to reserve a spot.
About the book:
Armed with hundreds of blank maps she had painstakingly printed by hand, Becky Cooper walked Manhattan from end to end. Along her journey she met police officers, homeless people, fashion models, and senior citizens who had lived in Manhattan all their lives. She asked the strangers to “map their Manhattan” and to mail the personalized maps back to her. Soon, her P.O. box was filled with a cartography of intimate narratives: past loves, lost homes, childhood memories, comical moments, and surprising confessions. A beautifully illustrated, PostSecret-style tribute to New York, Mapping Manhattan includes 75 maps from both anonymous mapmakers and notable New Yorkers, including Man on Wire aerialist Philippe Petit, New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov, Tony award-winning actor Harvey Fierstein, and many more.
About the author:
Becky Cooper is an award-winning writer and cartographer. Born and raised in Queens, she recently graduated from Harvard University with a degree in comparative literature. She is the creator of the website mapyourmemories.com, and lives in New York. New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik is a three-time National Magazine Award winner and the author of multiple national bestsellers, including Paris to the Moon.

WMG Lunch with VIDA’s Amy King: Can We Close the Book Review Gender Gap?

For women who have invested their careers in publishing – an industry filled with highly visible female executives that caters to a broadly female consumer base  -  it’s galling to hear that women writers get short shrift when it comes to getting published, reviewed in leading publications, and receiving awards. The truth can no longer be ignored, thanks to an  annual analysis sponsored by VIDA, a non-profit organization promoting women in literary arts. Of The Vida Count 2012, released in March, bestselling author Jennifer Weiner lamented, “With a few exceptions, not only have things not gotten significantly better since VIDA started counting, they’ve actually gotten worse.” Jezebel called it a “soul-crushing tally.” 
But when the going gets tough....we at WMG will not abandon hope! Join us on June 17 to meet the architect of the Count, poet Amy King, who will discuss the results of The Vida Count 2012 – analyzing coverage of books by men vs. women in Harper’s, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books and many others. Learn how publishers can work together with authors and with concerned book reviewers to do better.
VIDA was founded in August 2009 to bring female writers of literature together in conversation about the critical reception of women’s creative writing in our culture. Its membership was galvanized when Publishers Weekly’s 2009 Top Ten list included no women--in a year when Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, Rita Dove, Mavis Gallant, Heather McHugh, Lorrie Moore, Alice Munro and Alicia Ostriker all published new books--and its top 100 books included only 29 women vs. 71 men. VIDA’s grass-roots structure includes individuals across the country, representing different identities, working in a wide range of aesthetics, with the common goal of creating a community where all women writers can engage in important and necessary conversations about literature being produced by women and its reception by the larger culture.
Amy King is a professor of English and creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College and the author of four volumes of poetry: Antidotes for an Alibi (2005); I’m the Man Who Loves You (2007); Slaves to Do These Things (2009); and I Want to Make You Safe (2011). She has received a MacArthur Scholarship for Poetry and was honored by The Feminist Press as one of the “40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism” awardees. She co-edits esque magazine with Ana Božičević; Poets for Living Waters with Heidi Lynn Staples; and the Electronic Poetry Center’s Poetics List. She is also a board member for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, organizes “The Count,” and moderates the Women’s Poetry Listserv (WOMPO) and the Goodreads Poetry! Group.
The luncheon will be held at 12:30pm on Monday, June 17, at the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street. Guests are welcome, indeed, encouraged! We think this will be one of our liveliest, most interactive lunches yet.
RSVP here.
Check out VIDA online:

Congrats to WMG member Angela Bole!

Bole Named IBPA Executive Director

Angela Bole, currently deputy executive director of the Book Industry Study Group, has been named executive director of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). Bole is replacing Florrie Binford Kichler who will retire from IBPA in June. Terry Nathan will continue as chief operating officer of IBPA.

Read more: http://ow.ly/kqOFv


Once again, our fearless Anne Kostick has secured a discount* for WMG members to attend Book Expo America (BEA). WMG members can attend this year for just $104.00 for the 4-day event Wednesday, May 29-Saturday June 1. Info about the event here: http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/Home/. 

*Please only take advantage of this offer if you are a WMG member in good standing. If you haven't yet paid or renewed your membership, here's a reminder!

For the members discount code, log in and go to Member Center>Member Benefit Details.

WMG Brown Bag Lunch: Ghostwriters, Editors, Authors and Agents: A Love Story?

So often the people who have a great story or marketable expertise simply don’t have the ability—or perhaps the time--to write a really good book. Enter the ghostwriter, freelance editor, or collaborator. How does an editor or agent find the right collaborator at the right price? How can everyone's interests be properly protected? How does the writer work with the author to get the story on the page and to find the author’s voice? How does one become a ghost writer? What are the talents required?

Madeleine Morel, the only literary agent we know of who specializes exclusively in ghostwriters, will lead WMG’s next Brown Bag Lunch and share her expertise in helping connect high-profile authors, celebrities and public figures with the talented professionals who turn their words into bestselling books. She will be joined by Karen Kelly, a longtime collaborator whose credits include business, style, diet and cookbooks, and Carrie Thornton, executive editor at It Books who has signed up co-written books by Kim Gordon (formerly of Sonic Youth) and The View’s Sherri Shepherd.

Madeleine Morel of 2M Communications Ltd has the only agency that solely represents professional ghostwriters, collaborators and editors. She works exclusively with other leading literary agents and editors at the major publishing houses providing writers who specialize in every non-fiction area. She has been behind numerous New York Times bestsellers.

Karen Kelly is a versatile, innovative, seasoned media professional with more than 25 years of experience specializing in business, lifestyle, culture, politics, and general nonfiction proposal and book development, collaborative writing, and business and lifestyle journalism. She has collaborated on more than 30 books since becoming a full time writer in 2000 as well as pursuing her own literary and journalistic efforts. Her most recent collaboration, Raise the Bar: Managing Reactions for Optimal Customer Satisfaction by Jon Taffer, host of Bar Rescue, with Karen Kelly (Amazon Publishing), will be published in Fall 2013.

Carrie Thornton is an Executive Editor at It Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers. Her specialties are popular culture, memoir, music, humor, and personality driven prescriptive nonfiction.

Special note to New Members who have never been to a WMG Brown Bag Lunch: These events are FREE to all members and guests. This is a chance to bring your questions along with your lunch. The relaxed setting allows for lots of q&a with the panel and sharing of best practices among the members in attendance. 

Free to all. Guests welcome. Please RSVP here right away, as space is limited.

WHEN: Tuesday May 21 from 12:30pm to 2pm (Feel free to bring your lunch.)

WHERE: Random House, 1745 Broadway between 55th and 56th Streets, Conference Room 1201 (12th Floor)

WMG Lunch with Bestselling Blog-to-Book Phenomenon Jen Lancaster

We’re thrilled to welcome bestselling humor writer Jen Lancaster as our May luncheon speaker. Called “the friend who always says what you’re thinking—only 1000 times funnier” by People and “Carrie Bradshaw meets Barbara Ehrenreich,” by Kirkus (and, really, Kirkus, what could you have possibly meant by that?), Lancaster has written eight bestselling memoirs and novels includingBright Lights, Big Ass; Such a Pretty Fat, My Fair Lazy, If You Were Here, and Here I Go Again. After being laid off from her tech job in 2001, Lancaster launched a blog to air her frustration about unemployment. The success of Jennsylvania.com, still going strong today, led to an auction for Jen’s literary debut, Bitter is the New Black, and the rest is bestseller history.
Lancaster will divulge the secrets of keeping humor fresh while writing two books a year, coming up with the best titles ever (even her runners-up are pretty great: to wit, Farewell to (Fat) Arms) and making the transition from memoir to fiction and back again. She will also talk about her newest book, The Tao of Martha:  My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I’m Never Getting All That Glitter Off My Dog, in which she reveals her yearlong quest to refashion herself as a domestic goddess by immersing herself in the media empire of Martha Stewart. Please join us as Jen Lancaster shares her bestselling brand of humor and the wisdom she gleaned from the woman who turn lemons into lavender-infused lemonade.
The luncheon will be held at 12:30pm on Tuesday, May 7, at the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street. Guests are welcome. RSVP here.

To learn more about Jen Lancaster and her work, visit her online:

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 a Book Swap.

Invariably at our lunches there's lively conversation about books and authors since our members, no matter what field they're in, are book lovers. To celebrate our love of books, at this lunch we ask each attendee to bring a book 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, leave lunch with a new book for the To Be Read pile, plus a few more titles jotted down to read later. 

Not into bringing a book? Then bring your favorite magazine, DVD or CD.

The luncheon will be held at 12:30 on Tuesday, March 19th, at the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street. Please reserve a place by March 14th.

RSVP here.

If you need to cancel, you must do so by March 14th or you will be billed for the lunch. Please note that if you have any outstanding lunch payments, we will not be able to accept your RSVP until the outstanding lunches are paid.

Meet Our New Members

We’re happy to announce that the Board has accepted the following new members:

  • Whitney Frick
  • Margaret Riley
  • Monika Verma
  • Sarah Pelz
  • Liz Winick Rubinstein
  • Sabrina Daz
  • Tina Jordan
  • Kimberly Cowser
  • Meg Thompson
  • Brandi Bowles
  • Myrsini Stephanides
  • Sheila Oakes
  • Melissa Danaczko
  • Emily Takoudes
  • Kendra Harpster
  • Erica Sanders-Foege
  • Rebecca Saletan
  • Stephanie Lehmann
  • Meredith Vilarello
  • Aliza Fogelson
  • Alexis Washam
  • Patty Sullavan
  • Niki Papadopoulos
  • Jean McGinley
  • Joy Tutela
  • Anne Cole Norman
  • Miral Sattar
  • Julie Blattberg
  • Meryl Moss
  • Chris Tomasino
  • Chelsea Lindman
  • Sarah Dickman
  • Jennifer Schuster
  • Beth Grossman
  • Amy Edelman
  • Andrea Fleck-Nisbet
  • Lisa Faith Phillips
  • Jane Comins
  • Marie Florio
  • Heidi Metcalfe
  • Tracy Williams
  • Cassie Dendurent Nelson
  • Jaime Leifer
  • Joanna Stone Herman
  • Helen Atsma
  • Sonya Cheuse
  • Elizabeth Kessler
  • Lisa Thomas
  • Ann Day
  • Steph Opitz
  • Dar Dowling
  • Ellen Kadin
  • Miriam Altshuler
  • Jessica C. Napp

WMG Brown Bag Lunch: Behind the Scenes at barnesandnoble.com with Theresa Horner, VP, Digital Content

Bring your questions along with your lunch and hear Theresa Horner, VP of Digital Content at barnesandnoble.com offer her informed perspectives on where electronic publishing is headed and her ideas on how eReaders will continue to influence the way we consume books.

Theresa's team is responsible for content acquisition, publisher relations and content operations for the NOOK global digital book catalog. She is also responsible for establishing and running PubIt!, Barnes & Noble's self-retailing platform. Theresa has worked in the digital book business since 1999, initially for several years with HarperCollins setting up their e-book and d-audio book business, and then with Microsoft's Live Search Book/Live Search Academic programs.

Guests welcome but seating is limited, so RSVP here as soon as you're able to reserve your spot.

WHEN: Thursday February 21 from 12:30pm to 2pm

WHERE: Random House Publishers (1745 Broadway), Conference Room 1201 (12th Floor)

WMG Members: FREE Feb. 4th Screening, Oscar-nominated Documentary

Dear Members,

As announced by our president Anne Kostick at today's luncheon, fellow member Esther Margolis has brought WMG a special opportunity for a free screening of Oscar-nominated documentary THE INVISIBLE WAR, an investigative film about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. See below for details on how to RSVP, with information about the film. Seating is limited, so act quickly!

WMG Colleague Esther Margolis and movie industry executive Paula Silver, president of Beyond The Box Productions, invite members of the Women’s Media Group and guests to attend a free screening of THE INVISIBLE WAR, an Oscar nominated, groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The free screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Executive Producer Maria Cuomo Cole.

For details and RSVP instructions, log in and go to Member Center>Member Benefit Details.

WMG Lunch with Sarah McNally: Reinventing the Bookstore in the Digital Age

Please join us on January 28 to hear how Sarah McNally, founder of McNally Jackson Books busted the myth of the dying independent and made her store the center of literary Manhattan even as chain stores were closing all over town.  

McNally, who is said to have a “limitless supply of small tricks up her sleeve” by the New York Times in its recent profile of her, will talk about growing up in bookselling, working in publishing, and founding and running one of the most innovative and successful independent bookstores in the country. McNally Jackson is a place for book clubs, “artmaking” support, storytelling, partnerships with small publishers and hip magazines, and of course readings galore, and also home to McNally’s  “grand gambit against the e-book” (the Times again): the Espresso Book Machine, which can print any of seven million titles and supports the store’s self-publishing program, complete with “white glove” services for editing and jacket design. Bookseller, publisher, salonniere: come meet one of the most exciting women in books today.

The luncheon will be held at 12:30pm on at the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street. Guests are welcome. 

RSVP here.

WMG Brown Bag Lunch with Sophia Stuart, Digital Consultant and Special Advisor to Hearst Magazines International, on mobile, apps, digital editions and more.

If you are reading this while sitting at your desk at a stationary computer, you are increasingly in the minority in terms of the global trend towards mobile as the preferred way to absorb information. In a recent Atlantic article it was estimated that 25 million Chinese adults ONLY read books on their phones, while 120 million use their phones to read books as well as other electronic devices. We all need to know how to understand the global digital consumer better.

Come find out what kind of digital content strategies are most effective and learn innovative ways to promote your books and authors using mobile apps, digital editions, and more at this lively and informative lunchtime presentation and discussion with social media superstar Sophia Stuart, Digital Consultant and Special Advisor to Hearst Magazines International.

Stuart has over 17-years of experience building digital products for the publishing and movie industries. Voted one of the “Top 21 Social Media Superstars” by Min Online in 2009, she won a Webby Award for Cosmo Mobile USA (2008) and an MVA for Cosmo International Digital Strategy (2010). As well as building her own brand, teamgloria.com, Sophia is also digital advisor to the Smithsonian, on the Advisory Board for hot new fashion start-up, BuyMyCloset and is currently consulting for Sony Television on a fashion/beauty series.

For details, go to Member Center>Event History and Highlights.

WMG Great Discount for Tools of Change for Publishing (TOC) Conference, February 12-14

Once again, Women’s Media Group has joined O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change for Publishing as a media partner for their Conference, here in New York City, on February 12-14, 2013. 
And once again we have an exclusive discount for members: 25% off in a flexible arrangement.

O’Reilly is famous for its innovative business initiatives and thought leadership. Having turned its attention to book publishing in the 21st century, its conference is of high value to industry professionals. Here’s their announcement:

The TOC conference explores the forces that are transforming publishing and focuses on solutions to the most critical issues facing our industry. TOC is fascinating, practical, fun, thought-provoking, and visionary-giving you a glimpse of publishing's future as well as a grasp of the tools you need to successfully get there. Join us February 12-14, 2013 at Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York.

For the members discount code, log in and go to Member Center>Member Benefit Details.

New! WMG Job Board

Got a job to post?  Looking for one? We're delighted to announce the creation of a job board on the WMG website. 
And we are inaugurating it by posting a great-sounding job lead we heard about from Goodreads co-founder Elizabeth Chandler for a NY-based position.
To look at listings, login and go to Job Postings under the Member Center tab. And if you have a job to post, e-mail details to info@womensmediagroup.org.

WMG Big Discount for Digital Book World Conference January 15-17

We’re pleased to announce that Women’s Media Group is  a Supporting Sponsor of F+W Media’s Digital Book World Conference.

Once again we have an excellent discount * for the Conference in New York City on January 15-17, 2013.

For details and discount code, go to Member Center>Member Benefit Details.


A Program of Remembrance for Wendy Weil

There will be a program of remembrance for Wendy Weil, followed by a reception, on Thursday, November 15th at 4:00pm at All Souls Unitarian Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue (80th St.). All are welcome.

See original announcement here.

WMG Holiday Party! Monday, December 3, 2012

What: Our FREE annual WMG Holiday Party! Come sip wine, sample sweet and savory hors d'oeuvres, toast the year, and anticipate the next with good professional friends.

For details, go to Member Center>Event History and Highlights.

Highlights from Hanna Rosin

We hope you enjoy these highlights from the fascinating, information-packed talk given by Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men, at WMG’s September lunch:

On her book: “You realize so much about a book when you’re out there speaking about it, and I realized that a to lot of people, the title alone, the sunny colors of it, it seems like a sort of triumphalist feminist manifesto, just in its visual packaging. But it’s nothing like a triumphalist feminist manifesto. . . . These changes are just changes that we need to take hold of and take account of.”

On male workers: “The men in this country have the lowest labor force participation rate that they’ve had since 1948—which is by many people’s standards a social crisis. It’s something like 1 in 5 men not working. That’s a really, really big problem.”

On the college gender gap: “The most important statistic here has to do with education. Women are much better a getting college degrees than men. For every 3 degrees that women earn, men earn 2 degrees. This [has been] going on now for such a long time that it’s really, really starting to affect prospects, how people see each other at the age when they graduate from college, when they’re getting married—that’s the thing that’s most starting to change how we view ourselves, because women in their 20s have a vastly different reality than they used to.”

On American morals and marriage: “We recently passed the moment when more than 50% of American children were born to single mothers under 30. [Some might] say that’s because people don’t value marriage anymore because our country is going down the tubes. I actually think . . . we have high ideals of marriage. We . . . have a sense that marriage is this wonderful, mutually satisfying union, so if the guy in your life is nothing like that, . . . then the women don’t want to get married.”

For more highlights on these topics:

  • On men’s reactions to her book
  • On working women, then and now
  • On “the sisterhood of the economy”
  • On what’s pushing women
  • On marriage
  • On female power
  • On women’s attitudes toward women
  • On the “time bind”
  • On women and aggression
  • A message for our sons (and daughters)

…log in and click here.

We're in PW Daily!

Check out this "Picture of the Day" of author Hanna Rosin and our own Charlotte Abbott after Rosin's luncheon talk about The End of Men.


WMG November 13 Luncheon Speaker: Cheryl Strayed, WILD's bestselling author

Our November luncheon will be a powerful melding of personal and publishing success stories with guest speaker Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of WILD: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.

WILD, called a “poetically told tale of devastation and redemption" by the Boston Globe, is the story of how 26-year-old Strayed walked 1,100 miles of Pacific Coast Trail in an attempt to mourn her lost mother, her failed marriage, her directionless life—and to find herself. 

WILD, published this year by Knopf, reached #1 on the NY Times Bestseller List by July. Oprah Winfrey chose WILD for her inaugural Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection.

Strayed, 46, has won many awards and is active in feminist organizations. She has published two other works and writes the popular advice column "Dear Sugar" on The Rumpus.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear about her perspective on heeding one’s inner voice and overcoming life’s challenges with pluck, compassion and luck…and bringing that message to a large audience.

To learn more about Cheryl Strayed and her work, visit her online:


For details, go to Member Center>Event History and Highlights.

NYU Media Talk: Pop Culture Megahits

Fellow WMG member Andrea Chambers, Director, Center for Publishing: Digital and Print Media
Director, M.S. in Publishing:Digital and Print Media
New York University, is inviting a limited number of WMG members to attend this event as her guests:
The Center for Publishing Digital & Print Media at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) is able to invite a limited number of WMG members to join us on November 15th from 12:30 until 2 p.m. for the latest event in the NYU Media Talk series, Pop Culture Megahits: The secrets behind YA bestsellers—a brown bag lunch and panel discussion where you’ll learn the secrets of success behind Young Adult bestsellers like The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, Pretty Little Liars, Twilight and more from the industry leaders who played pivotal roles in their rise to the top. 
Justin Chanda - Vice President & Publisher for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, &Margaret K. McElderry Books 
Susan Katz - President & Publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Rosemary Stimola - President & Founder, Stimola Literary Studio, Inc. 
Megan Tingley - Senior Vice President of Hachette Book Group & Publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
TO RSVP: Send your name, title, business name, and email address to info@womensmediagroup.org by October 23rd..
Seating is limited. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Those whose invitations are confirmed will receive an email from NYU with event/registration details and location.

Sad News About Wendy Weil

Our beloved and long-time member Wendy Weil passed away on September 22, at her country home in West Cornwall, Connecticut, after a heart attack. Wendy was one of the earliest members of the WMG--Judy Daniels, one of the original five co-founding members, invited Wendy to join the group in 1975 (each of the original five invited two new members, making the early membership fifteen). During those first years Wendy served on the board for several terms, and later, in 1997-1998, she was WMG President.

Wendy formed the Wendy Weil Agency in 1986, and was its President. Her associates Emily Forland and Emma Patterson, both WMG members, remain at the agency. Previously Wendy had been an agent with the Julian Bach Agency. Over her 40 plus years as a literary agent she represented many distinguished and best-selling authors, including Alice Walker, Mark Helprin, Andrea Barrett, Phillip Lopate, Beth Gutcheon, and many others. During those early WMG years, Wendy was the agent for Judith Rossner's best-selling novel Looking for Mr. Goodbar. Joni Evans, one of the five WMG co-founders, sold the reprint rights for S&S, and WMG member Lucy Rosenthal was on Book-of-the-Month Club’s Editorial Board of judges when BOMC made it a selection. Those were heady days!

Wendy began her publishing career as a Doubleday trainee in 1961. She often said that she found her whole life in book publishing--her husband, Michael Trossman, who survives her; her friends; and her calling as an agent.

Plans for a memorial service are being made; no firm date has yet been set.

Here is the obituary from The New York Times

October WMG Brown Bag Lunch: Incubating Buzz & Launching New Titles with Goodreads.com site co-founder Elizabeth Chandler

Goodreads.com, the leading social media site for dedicated readers, has just hit the 10 million member mark. For publishers, it has become a useful tool for discovering how readers tag, rate and review book content, and offers a powerful reader recommendation engine based on actual reader ratings and reviews, not just customer book purchases. Come join site co-founder Elizabeth Chandler for a discussion about how Goodreads.com has developed these tools and more, to successfully stimulate buzz among its core readers for blockbusters like E.L. James’s 50 Shades of Gray, as well as breakout midlist titles like Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit.

For details, go to Member Center>Event History and Highlights.

WMG September 24 Luncheon Speaker: Hanna Rosin, author of "The End of Men and the Rise of Women"

We're kicking off a powerful WMG season of events with a timely and controversial topic at our first luncheon: Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men and the Rise of Women, will be our speaker.

Rosin, a senior editor at The Atlantic and a founder and editor of DoubleX, Slate's women's section, wrote an inflammatory Atlantic article last year that became the book, just published this month. Excerpted in theNew York Times Magazine last week, The End of Men shows how the radically different waysmen and women today earn, learn, spend, work, marry--even kill--have turned society upside down, not just in the U.S., but around the world.

For details, go to Member Center>Event History and Highlights.

July WMG Brown Bag Lunch: Enhancing Online Book Discovery for Authors and Publishers, with Internet Marketing Expert Lori Culwell

 “Discoverability” is one of the book industry’s new digital watch words. But what can the average author do to increase the chances that their books will be easy to find and buy online? Come join author and marketing consultant Lori Culwell, for a lively practical discussion about strategies for: 

  • building author websites and optimizing them for online searches
  • blogging and using social media effectively
  • capturing emails
  • selling books
  • reputation management

For details, go to Member Center>Event History and Highlights.

WMG June Lunch: The New Yorker’s Deborah Treisman on How Fiction is Evolving in the Digital Age

At June’s WMG Luncheon, we welcome Deborah Triesman, fiction editor at The New Yorker, who will be interviewed by WMG program chair Charlotte Abbott about how digital reading, writing, and audience engagement are changing the content and form of contemporary fiction – and how the New Yorker is successfully cultivating new audiences online.

For details, go to Member Center>Event History and Highlights.

WMG Member News: Book Industry Fundraiser for Obama

Bob Miller, Roger Cooper, Tom Dunne and Barbara Loewenstein are co-chairing the PUBLISHING PEOPLE FOR OBAMA fundraiser, to be held on June 18th, 6-8 p.m., 267 Fifth Avenue. This event will be the book industry’s chance to get together behind Obama.  Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of the Democratic National committee, will be the guest speaker.  Rosanne Cash will be performing.  Tickets are $1,000 at the host level, $500 for the VIP reception, $250 guest, $100 under 30.  

For details, go to Member Center>Event History and Highlights.

We Need Books Yesterday! The New Tools for Transforming Publishing with Carolyn Pittis, HarperCollins SVP

Want to know why some publishing imprints get books to market faster and more efficiently than others, with better author management? Come join Carolyn Pittis, HarperCollins’s SVP of Publishing Transformation, who will talk about practical strategies for maximizing editorial, publicity and author management in the digital age. “Book publishing without math, without data, without algorithms, without editorial and publicity process thatmap to cost effective value creation, is over,” she says. “Only through engagement with new ways of working is relevance possible now.” Come find out how you can be part of these necessary changes at this lively and informative lunchtime presentation and discussion.

For details, go to Member Center>Event History and Highlights.

WMG April 16 Luncheon: Jodi Kantor, Times correspondent, author of The Obamas

At April’s WMG Luncheon, we welcome Jodi Kantor, New York Times Washington correspondent and author of The Obamas, who will reveal what happens when two relatively normal people start living in the White House, and how you report a book about a sitting president. “In public, they smiled and waved,” Kantor writes, “but how were the Obamas really reacting to the White House, and how was it affecting the rest of us?” Her answers draw on her interviews with 33 White House officials and aides and cabinet members—with compelling results, according to reviews by David Remnick in the New Yorker and Joan Walsh on Salon.

“A meticulous reporter, Ms. Kantor is attuned to the nuance of small gestures, the import of unspoken truths. She knows that every strong marriage, including the one now in the White House, has its complexities and its disappointments. Ms. Kantor also—and this is a key—has a high regard for women, which is why hers is the first book about the Obama presidency to give Michelle Obama her due.”–Connie Schultz, NYTBR

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WMG members, now authors!

Helen Wan, publishing lawyer at Time Inc., will see her name on a book jacket; fellow WMG member Brenda Copeland at St. Martin's Press pre-empted her debut novel, The Firm Outing, about a young Chinese-American attorney, for 2013 publication.  Congratulations, Helen! move over, Scott Turow.

Longtime member Jean Naggar, of the Jean Naggar agency, can discuss self-publishing with her clients from a personal perspective. Her memoir, Sipping from the Nile, which tells the story of her growing up in Egypt, began as a self-published project and was soon snapped up for republication by Encore Publishing. The edition comes with a readers guide, and Brilliance Audio released a CD of Jean reading the book.  The book is getting awards attention and some great reviews. For more information, visithttp://www.sippingfromthenile.com. Congratulations, Jean!

WMG lunch: Find out why Amazon, B&N and Indies are buzzing about introverts!

At January’s WMG Luncheon, we welcome Susan Cain, author of QUIET: The Power of Introverts In a World that Can’t Stop Talking, who will tell us about the surprising advantages of being an introvert and how managers can capitalize on the leadership potential of the quiet, perceptive, emotionally complex people who are often at the heart of creative industries like ours – and who represent almost 50% of Americans.

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What Can Publishing Learn from the Music Industry as We Blaze Our Trail into the Digital Future? Find out at our November 14th luncheon.

At November’s WMG Luncheon, we welcome Whitney Hill, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships in Sony Music’s Global Digital Business team. Whitney is responsible for leading Sony Music’s partnership with digital brands and services like YouTube and VEVO. Her team works closely with iTunes, Spotify and Internet radio services like Pandora and Slacker.

As Sony works with both startups and mature tech companies in an effort to find ways to make music profitable in the post-file sharing, post-iPod world, there are surely lessons to be had for print publishers as we deal with our own revolutions in pricing and delivery.

Whitney initially joined Sony Music in 2009 focused on digital strategy and investments. Prior to Sony Music, Whitney worked in TV and film business development and content licensing for Sony Pictures Entertainment and 20 th  Century Fox in Los Angeles. She began her career as an investment banker with Greenhill & Co in New York City.

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October 28: Mother Says Don’t Skip Breakfast!

Our first-ever breakfast networking event is good for everyone, not just entrepreneurs.

It’s for early birds, members with a busy day ahead, and those whose schedules mean they’ve had to miss our lunchtime events. It’s another chance to make connections and introduce your friends to your friends.Of course we’re interested in new ideas, but we want to see you, too. (You don’t write, you don’t call…)

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WMG speaker Carolyn Reidy to be honored at 2011 Goddard-Riverside Gala Fundraiser

Goddard Riverside’s 25th Annual New York Book Fair gala to be held on Monday, November 7, 2011, at 583 Park Avenue, New York City. This year’s honoree and the first woman to hold that distinction is Carolyn Reidy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Simon & Schuster. Goddard Riverside, is a signature charitable partner of the publishing industry and one of New York’s oldest and most respected settlement houses, annually serving 17,600 people. Goddard Riverside is responsible for all street outreach to homeless individuals in Manhattan, is a major provider of home delivered meals to frail, elderly adults, and operates its renowned Options Center which helps young people to attend college, many the first in their family to do so. In all, its 27 programs change the lives of New Yorkers every day, from infants to senior citizens. Contact www.goddard.org for more information.

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