About Our Team

Faculty and Staff

Manuela Soares

Director, Lecturer

As Director of the Pace University Press, Soares works with editors on a variety of academic journals. Well-known for its studies of Virginia Woolf and medieval literature, more recent additions to the Press list of publications include journals on acting, comics, philosophy, and psychology. As Director, Soares reviews new submissions and oversees the operation of the Press and its staff. Soares is also the Director of the MS in Publishing program at Pace.

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Karen Holt

Associate Director

Karen Holt has spent her entire career writing and editing, working for a decade as a newspaper reporter before moving on to books, magazines, and websites. She is currently senior editor at Guideposts Books & Inspirational media. She has been deputy editor of Publishers Weekly, books editor at O, the Oprah Magazine, founding editor of the Reservoir Square Books imprint, and managing editor for Primedia. Her writing has appeared frequently in publications including EssenceParadethe New York PostFolioWorking Mother, and many others.

Holt has been an adjunct professor at Pace since 2016, when she began teaching the Editorial Principles and Practices course. Her other courses at Pace include Publishing Business Communication Skills, Professional Editing: Books, and Graduate Seminar: Publishing Strategies I.

She holds a BA from Western Washington University and an MAW from Manhattanville College.​

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Delaney Anderson

Graduate Assistant

Delaney Anderson is a first-year graduate student in the M.S. in Publishing program working towards a career in production and design within the publishing industry. She stayed in her hometown of Pensacola, FL to attend the University of West Florida where she received bachelors’ degrees in communications and English. While at UWF, Anderson was a staff writer for the student-led newspaper, The Voyager. She also worked in content creation, presentation development, and social marketing while she was a Peer Educator with Wellness Services on campus. She left Florida quickly following graduation to attend the Denver Publishing Institute in Colorado during the summer of 2019 and made her move to NYC soon after. Delaney is grateful for the opportunity to work at Pace University Press and looks forward to her future in publishing.


Rachel Smithline

Graduate Student Aide

Born in Connecticut, Rachel Smithline remembers writing at an early age in a sparkly Barbie notebook full of stickers. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of New Hampshire. While there, she was one of the founding members of the Anthropology Club and a participant in the Undergraduate Research Conference (’18). Since then, she has been a bookseller, a literary assistant, and now a graduate student studying Publishing and Writing. She looks forward to joining the team and hopes to one day use the experience to build a publishing imprint for diverse voices.

Kelly Gomez

Graduate Assistant

Kelly Gomez is in the M.S. Publishing program, in the pursuit of becoming an Editor within the publishing industry. Raised in South Florida, she traveled all the way up to Tallahassee to earn her bachelors’ degree in Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University. While at FSU, Gomez was an editor for the journal of literature and arts, The Kudzu Review. Currently in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, she is looking forward to the exciting opportunities the publishing industry has to offer. Kelly is very thrilled to be a part of the Pace University Press.