Volunteering at international book fairs has become a tradition at the NYU-SCPS Center for Publishing. Here’s an inside look at the Frankfurt Book Fair from three students who recently traveled to Germany to put their publishing knowledge to work…and came home with some insightful impressions reported in Publishers Weekly.
Connections, Chance, and Content Deck the Halls
Last year, students in the Master’s program in Publishing: Digital and Print Media at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies were volunteers at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair—and shared their thoughts with Publishers Weekly. This year, the destination for three different student volunteers was the Frankfurt Book Fair, thanks to generous support from the Oscar Dystel Research Fellowship Fund and literary agent Jane Dystel. Student volunteers Julia Blyumkin, a freelance writer and designer; KeriLee Horan, digital production editor at Commonweal magazine, and Monica Odom, literary assistant, Liza Dawson Associates, discovered that three themes emerged: the value of the personal connection; a certain serendipity that was mentioned time and again; and, finally, a call from conference speakers to return to the basic fundamentals of a good story.
To read the full story, please click here: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/international/Frankfurt-Book-Fair/article/54529-connections-chance-and-content-deck-the-halls.html.