• Publish Smarter

    Explore new technologies and ways to publish
  • Publish Faster

    With digital, multimedia and e-marketing strategies
  • Five Days in NYC

    Where else but the world’s publishing and media capital?
  • Meet the Pros

    Execs from successful start-ups and traditional publishing houses
  • Intensive

    You’ll leave with an overview of the publishing process

Welcome to the CUNY Publishing Institute

June 20-24, 2016

Come join us at a five-day course on new modes of book publishing for newcomers, entrepreneurs and industry veterans alike. In this, our fourth year of operation, we offer a smarter, faster, more intensive look at what’s happening in the rapidly changing world of book publishing. Whether you’re considering a start-up operation or keen to learn more about the business you are part of, as writer or employee, the CUNY Publishing Institute is the place for you. While we will, in five days, touch on the major aspects of the industry, our focus is on new possibilities in book publishing. What are sub rights? How to reach the millions of readers who need your or your company’s book? We present a lightning-fast review of what’s what and who are some of the major players in publishing.


Entrepreneurs eager to explore new ways of publishing, and those wishing to enter the world of traditional book publishing, or simply learn more about it. If you’re contemplating whether to start a new company or join an existing one, this course is for you. No previous publishing experience is necessary. Because the CUNY Publishing Institute provides a soup-to-nuts overview of the entire process, even if you’re already a part of the industry, you’ll find something here.

June 20-24, 2016, at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 West 40th Street, in New York City.

John Oakes, a longtime veteran of traditional publishing and co-founder of a publishing house specializing in direct sales over the Internet, directs the institute. The faculty is drawn from the New York area’s extensive community of publishers, editors, critics and marketers and includes representatives from traditional houses as well as start-ups: past faculty has included Cindy Spiegel, publisher, Spiegel & Grau; Jane Friedman, CEO, Open Road Media; Jeff Jarvis, creator of buzzmachine and author of What Would Google Do?; Matthew Lore, publisher, The Experiment; Jofie Ferrari-Adler, senior editor, Simon & Schuster; Edwin Frank, editor, NYRB Classics; Bettina Schrewe, literary scout; and many more. See the list of 2015 faculty here.