The Publishing Lab has a dedicated team of students working on the first issue of the Pace M.S. in Publishing program’s new literary journal.
The team is passionate about publishing and looks forward to bringing that passion to the first issue. The editors are eager to read the submissions that come in and the marketing team is thrilled to promote those submissions.
The Editorial Board
The members of the board are in charge of making major decisions for the journal, keeping materials on schedule, and have worked hard to make The Publishing Lab come to life.
Members of the board include Luiza Guimaraes, Shianne Henion, Kaitlyn Keel, Amber Grell, Harshdeep Kaur, Professor Eileen Kreit, and Professor Manuela Soares.
Luiza Guimaraes, Editor-in-chief
Luiza Guimaraes is a Brazilian journalist and storyteller. She graduated and got her masters degree from the Federal University of Parana (UFPR), in her hometown of Curitiba, Brazil. Luiza actively seeks opportunities to experience and learn from different people and different cultures. Her first experience in the United States was as part of the Disney College Program. She has also traveled as an UFPR student ambassador to Japan, and got her second masters degree at Universite Lumiere Lyon 2, in France. Throughout her career, she had the opportunity to work as a children’s books author, as a playwright, as a reporter, and as a digital content writer and editor. Luiza enjoys working with any type of stories, but her favorites are the ones that can contribute to shaping a safer, equitable, and more sustainable world.
Shianne Henion, Managing Editor
Shianne Henion is in her second year in the MS Publishing program at Pace. She graduated from the University at Albany with a double major in English and Journalism and a minor in Creative Writing. She has a background in editing, copywriting, and news writing. She’s edited for the Albany Student Press and ARCH Literary Magazine, as well as tutored students at UAlbany’s writing center. She was a publicity intern for Kim From LA and has done work for Publisher’s Weekly. In her free time, Shianne works on her fiction novel or plays The Legend of Zelda.
Kaitlyn Keel, Managing Editor
Kaitlyn Keel is in her second year at Pace University and is co-managing editor for The Pub Lab. She hopes to work with graphic novels and queer books when she graduates next spring. Kaitlyn received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Women’s and Gender Studies from Carthage College. In her free time, Kaitlyn wins Broadway lottery tickets and adds to her massive TBR pile.
Amber Grell, Agent/Editor
Amber is a part-time MS in Publishing student with dreams of working as a literary agent upon graduation; she currently works as a copy editor and proofreader in a corporate real estate office. Originally from Wyoming, Minnesota, she earned a bachelor’s degree in both English (Creative Writing) and Communications (Journalism) from Adelphi University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with honors. She recently started a lending library at her apartment building where she acts as the Resident Librarian, is a member of the New York Public Library, considers herself a YA junkie, is a proud Gryffindor, and aims to read 120 books annually. Amber finds happiness at home with her cat, Riley Matthews Grell, surrounded by dessert and new books.
Harshdeep Kaur, Agent/Editor
Meet Harshdeep Kaur, an international student from India who has found her literary haven at Pace University in the USA. With a Master’s in English and a passion for books, she is excited to be on the editorial board of The Publishing Lab. As a middle school English teacher for over three years, she brings her expertise and love for language to inspire young minds. In her free time, Harshdeep finds solace in bookstores, eagerly adding to her collection, though the thought of finishing them all can sometimes spark a touch of anxiety. Join Harshdeep on her literary journey as she strives to make a meaningful impact in the publishing industry while indulging in her love for reading and nurturing budding talent.
Professor Eileen Kreit, Faculty Advisor
Eileen Bishop Kreit is a lifelong reader and book lover. She spent 32 years at Penguin Random House, joining the Putnam Berkley Publishing Group as Sales Assistant after graduating from the University of Massachusetts. After 15 years in sales leadership and management, Eileen moved to the editorial side as Vice President and Publisher of Puffin Books. Rising to President in 2007, she worked with authors including S.E. Hinton, Judy Blume, Mildred D. Taylor, Laurie Halse Anderson, Sarah Dessen, the collective works of Roald Dahl, and the Puffin Classics publishing program. She published anniversary editions of The Westing Game; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing; and the 50th anniversary edition of The Outsiders. In 2018, she transitioned to Vice President, Business Development, Viking Children’s Books and Philomel Books, where she expanded classic brands and created new publishing for legacy characters of the publishing industry including Corduroy, Madeline, Pippi Longstocking, Encyclopedia Brown, and many others. She is excited to share her knowledge, experience, and passion with her students, both as a Faculty Advisor and as a Professor, teaching Children’s Book Publishing, Fundamentals of Trade Book Publishing, and Publishing Strategies I and II.
Professor Manuela Soares, Director of the M.S. in Publishing Program, Faculty Advisor
Prior to being named as Director in 2018, Soares had been a full-time faculty member in the MS in Publishing program since 2004. The courses she has taught include General Interest Books, Children’s Book Publishing, Marketing Principles and Practices, Entrepreneurship, and Ethics in Publishing. She also taught the Graduate Seminar, in which students write their Master’s thesis. She is on the Editorial Board of Publishing Research Quarterly, where many of the program’s thesis papers have been published in abbreviated form. Soares is also Director of Pace University Press, overseeing the publication of journals and books. In her over thirty-year career, Soares worked in both magazine and book publishing as a writer and editor, most recently as the Managing Editor at Scholastic, where she supervised the hardcover (and some paperback) imprints, including the first five Harry Potter books. Prior to that she was a Senior Editor at Rizzoli International, acquiring books in a variety of disciplines (fashion, design, cooking), but focusing mainly on art and photography.
Kristen Mejia, Copyeditor
Originally from Hamilton, NJ, Kristen is going into her second semester of the Publishing MS program this fall. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Sociology from the University of Richmond. She formerly worked as a copy editor and she is currently an Assistant Editor for the Medicine and Health Sciences division at Springer Publishing Company. She hopes to one day work in Trade in the managing editorial sphere.
Caroline Caraballo, Copyeditor
Caroline is a Graduate student in the MS Publishing Program, finishing up her final year. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English at Lehman College. She hopes to work as an Editor, focusing on publishing diverse stories.
Sam Semerau, Copyeditor
Sam Semerau is a copy editor and proofreader for the Pub Lab and is in her final year of Pace’s MS in Publishing program. She previously earned her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in English and History from Albion College, where she served as editor-in-chief for the award-winning student newspaper, the Pleiad. Following graduation, she aspires to become an editor for adult fiction, specifically absurdist and satire titles.
Pand Milo, Social Media/Marketing Director
Pand Milo is a graduate student in her last year at Pace’s M.S. in Publishing program. Her experience is in digital marketing and digital operations in magazine publishing, but she is passionate about book publishing. Pand is a writer of poetry and plans to dive back into prose writing post-graduation. They hope to work in book publishing as a digital marketer, in digital operations, or in sales. She is actively reading LGBTQ titles, fantasy, romance, science fiction, mystery/thrillers, and memoirs. In their spare time, you can find Pand knitting a scarf or playing ttrpgs.
Cathyrn Eta, Designer
Cathyrn Eta is a self-published author from Sacramento, CA, who writes affirmation journals under the pen name Cat E. She is in her last year at Pace University in the MS in Publishing Program. Cathyrn holds a BA in Psychology and a minor in Criminology. She is a former freelance writer for Black Doctor Org and a former contributing writer for Grey Journal magazine. During her time at both magazines, she wrote over twenty articles. Her dreams of working in publishing are open-ended, but she is passionate about line editing and book cover design.
Mary Duffy, Social Media/Marketing
Mary is starting her first year in the MS in publishing program while finishing up her BA in Writing and Rhetoric, both at Pace University. She would like to work in the editing or marketing area of publishing while working towards her doctorate.
Elyse Rosenberg, Social Media/Marketing
Elyse Rosenberg is in her final year in the MS Publishing program at Pace with dreams of working in editorial or publicity/marketing when she graduates. She received her Bachelor’s at Central Connecticut State University where she created her own major, Movement & Mind, combining dance and psychology. She became a Zumba® instructor in 2011, which she still teaches to this day. Elyse is a retired professional ballroom dancer and recently stepped down as the social media coordinator for a wholesale wines & spirits distributor in CT after launching their social media presence in May 2020. In her free time, Elyse can be found baking and curled up with her cat, Lizzie McGuire Rosenberg, while enjoying mystery and historical fiction books.