Morgan( Hoit) Pager

Director Marketing & Social Media, Atria Books, Simon & Schuster

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Professional Background

I joined the team at Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, as the Associate Director of Social Media in April 2022. I oversee all of Atria's social media accounts, spearheading growth across platforms including Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as consulting on campaigns for Atria titles. I was previously at Random House, where I managed campaigns for authors such as Rachel Lindsay, Josie Silver, and Stephanie Foo. I began my career in publishing at Avid Reader Press, where I was the voice of their social media and worked on titles including The Only Plane in the SkyGroupThree Women, and Infinite Country. Before publishing, I worked as an Associate at Jill Furman Productions, where I assisted in the producing of new plays and musicals. I am also the content creator and bookworm behind the Instagram account @nycbookgirl.

How has your English degree from Duke shaped your work life?

My English degree was a true highlight of my Duke experience. From the intimate and animated classes to the enthusiastic, passionate professors, it is a department like no other. My English degree taught me how to translate what I was reading to a variety of audiences (how to talk about a work to a professor, to a classmate, to the author themselves). Some classes emphasized how to look at the larger context of the author's life and the world around them (everything I took with Professor Strandberg), while others examined the magic of adaptation and inspiration (Professor Beckwith's course on Shakespeare's The Winters Tale remains my favorite class I've ever been a part of). The English department taught me how to communicate effectively and concisely, and gave me an outlet for my love of stories. I'm so fortunate to have that space mirrored in my professional life.

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