The Challenges for Women in Book Publishing

The Challenges for Women in Book PublishingOn April 12, the Book Industry Guild of New York held a panel discussion with four women in book publishing to discuss their professional experiences and challenges faced within the industry.

The discussion, titled “Groundbreaking Women: The Second Wave,” was moderated by Karen Romano, Thomson-Shore’s director of business development, and featured Barbara Marcus, president and publisher of Random House Children’s Books, Janet McCarthy Grimm, vice president of Lindenmeyr Paper, and Linda Palladino, vice president and director of production at Random House Children’s Production.

According to a press release, “the panelists unanimously suggested that women new to the publishing or paper/printing industries find in-house mentors,” as “their experienced guidance is invaluable to grasping the essential knowledge of their business.”

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