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Department of French and Italian Presents

From Proposal to Bookshelf/Cloud: Book Publishing in a Digital World

10/22/18, 12:00 PM

About this event

This workshop will explore the changing landscape of scholarly monograph publishing, addressing the nuts and bolts of going from proposal to bookshelf (or the cloud) and the three main areas of book publishing that are of interest to scholars: acquisitions, production, and marketing, with a focus on the acquisitions process. Attendees will learn how to: know what you can and can't use from a dissertation in a book manuscript, write an effective proposal, find the right publisher and know when and how to make contact with them, distinguish the roles of acquisitions editor and editorial assistant, understand the peer review and board processes, handle rejection, negotiate a contract, prepare a project for production, approach ideas for a cover, make suggestions for marketing, and promote their books.

We will also discuss some of the new publishing formats and modes of book publications available to scholars, including open access and digitally native publishing, and their benefits. We’ll also discuss such challenges as the reputation of open access publications and the differing standards for a peer review process, how presses are dealing with these challenges, and the work that is being sponsored by Lever and MIT on a signaling system for peer review transparency.

Beth Bouloukos acquires broadly in the humanities and social sciences for the open access and digitally native Amherst College and Lever Presses. She previously acquired books in education, Latin American/Latinx studies, and gender and sexuality studies at SUNY Press for seven years. Beth received her PhD from Cornell University where she research Latin American literature, film, and culture through a feminist lens. She has also served as a visiting assistant professor at Fairfield University and the University at Albany, SUNY.

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Richard and Beverly Fink Endowed Professional Fund.
Event Location
  • Nolte 140
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA - United States