|The three-pronged club logo: Undergraduate Students for Publishing, Wilde Press, and Generic|
// Being in charge means delegating. I like to do everything myself, or at least see it all happening. But with so many events and projects, I just can't be everywhere at once--and nor should I. I got a taste of delegating last year, as the marketing director, but this year I really had to remember that each and every member is talented enough to do their job on their own. If someone was passionate about a particular task or event, I tried to assign the project to them. Other times, I would have to assign tasks based on skills or even how much free time someone had. But I also learned that it is equally important to make yourself available to provide help or extra training.
|Fall 2014 Book Launch (Dec. 9th): pouring rain makes for inventive book transportation // our two lovely authors with their books // Generic, Issue 6 // the fall executive board|
|Spring 2015 Book Launch (April 28th): each of our books for this semester // Generic, Issue 7 // graduating co-presidents|
// Assume everything will take longer than it should. Production schedules and editorial calendars are beautiful things and help keep everyone on track. However, something will go wrong. The printer will break, an author will decide to add four poems a week after the manuscript has been copyedited, both authors will hate their cover options... The best way to "plan" for these unscheduled changes is to include time for them in the first place. I built a week in overall into both semesters' production schedules--a day or two for each step of the process--which was a lifesaver in the fall and a relaxing extra few days in the spring.
|a spring 2015 author signs his book (photo by Michael Domenicucci)|
|the other spring 2015 author signs his book (photo by Michael Domcnicucci)|
|the spring 2015 book launch was one of our largest yet! (photo by Michael Domenicucci)|
|Spring 2015 executive board who attended launch...and entire spring 2015 executive board|
// Do what you love. I was happy to spend so much time working for this club because I love its mission, its products, and the people in it. Helping others learn about publishing while also learning more about the industry myself made Pub Club the best possible place for me, and my my time at Emerson more than worth it.