About Our TeamFaculty and Staff
Director, Professor of English
Sherman Raskin has been the Director of the Pace University Press, an academic press that is well known for its studies of Virginia Woolf and medieval literature, since it was founded in 1987. He is a Professor of English at Pace and has served as the Director of the MS in Publishing Program since its inception in 1985.
As Director of the Press he has worked with scholars across the country and around the world to develop journals and single title books in the humanities and social sciences.
Professor Raskin is a member of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees at Pace University and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philips Beth Israel School of Nursing. He also serves on the University Curriculum Committee and the executive council for the Dean of Dyson College. In September 2000, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences for his service and contribution to the university. In 2005, he received recognition for twenty years of leadership as Director of the Publishing Program.
Professor Raskin holds a BFA degree in Dramatic Arts and a MA degree in English from Columbia University.
Associate Director, Lecturer
As Associate Director of the Pace University Press, Manuela Soares reviews new submissions and oversees the day-to-day activities of the Press from manuscript to bound book, supervising the Graduate Assistants and Student Aide, and working with the editors.
Since 2004, she has been a full-time faculty member at Pace University’s MS in Publishing Program. Her 30-year career in the publishing industry encompassed both books and magazines. Most recently, she was Managing Editor for the Scholastic Trade Book division (overseeing eight hardcover imprints and the publication of the first five Harry Potter books) and previously as a Senior Editor at Rizzoli.
As the Director of the Graduate Seminar (690A and B), she works with students writing their Master’s thesis. In addition to the thesis courses, she teaches Marketing, Children’s Book Publishing, General Interest Books, Entrepreneurship, and Ethics in Publishing.
Patricia Hinds is an accomplished editor, writer, educator, and publishing executive. She owns a book producing and publishing services company, Mignon Communications, LLC, whose clients over more than three decades include an impressive list of Fortune 500 and publishing companies. And she is an adjunct associate professor of English at Pace University.
Professor Hinds is the author of the widely acclaimed The Good Sense Handbook: 52 Weeks of Inspired Thought, and nine children’s books, including the very popular What I Want To Be, published by Golden Books, which also published My Best Friend and Baby Face. A Day in the Life of Morgan Freeman, Actor, was published by Macmillan/McGraw Hill.
Hinds was selected by Essence Communications to create Essence Books, which includes sixteen titles. As editor, her books were published by Random House, Harry N. Abrams, and Time Inc. She also created and edited Essence Books for Children, which includes nineteen original titles. Mignon Communications published With These Hands, poetic and photographic reflections of old and new South Africa by Donna Katzin, which includes a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and introduction by Danny Glover.
Ely Mellet followed the journalism industry from her hometown of Houston to Chicago where she received her bachelor’s degree from Loyola University. During her time there she wrote for various school publications, hosted the school’s radio station and interned at the Better Government Association holding government officials accountable. Ely changed course to follow the publishing industry to New York and is currently pursuing her masters in Publishing at Pace University where she is excited to find out where she belongs in the industry.
Bryan Potts is an incoming graduate student in the MS in Publishing program. Hailing from West Orange, New Jersey, Bryan was a Literature major, concentration in Creative Writing, and International Business minor at Ramapo College of New Jersey. While at Ramapo, he was part of the editorial team for Trillium, the college’s student run creative writing magazine, and proudly served as the student representative on a committee to reconfigure the structure of Ramapo’s general education courses. He was also a consultant at Ramapo’s Center for Reading and Writing. He is interested in multimedia and trade publishing. Bryan is thankful that the PATH runs as frequently as it does in the morning and is proud to have the opportunity to be a graduate assistant at Pace University Press.