Book Publishing: From Proposal to Shelf (or Cloud)

Friday, November 30, 2018
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)
DC DC 118 Bryn Mawr Room
Event Type
Workshop/Information Session
Hochberg, Rachel A

Join us for a workshop presented by Beth Bouloukos, Senior Acquisitions Editor at Lever Press and Amherst College Press. Lunch will be included.

Lever Press provides workshops for faculty on aspects of the scholarly publishing process, focusing on monograph-length scholarship. This general overview workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of going from proposal to bookshelf (or the cloud). The workshop will address the three main areas of book publishing that are of interest to scholars: acquisitions, production, and marketing, although there will be an emphasis 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, know when it’s time to make contact with a publisher, find the right publisher for them, distinguish the roles of the acquisitions editor and editorial assistant, understand the peer review and board processes, handle rejection, negotiate a contract, prepare their projects for production, approach ideas for a cover, make suggestions for marketing, and promote their books. There will be ample time for questions at the end of the workshop.

Beth Bouloukos attended Hamilton College and received her doctorate from Cornell University where she researched Latin American literature, film, and culture through a feminist lens. Before beginning at Amherst College and Lever Presses, she acquired books in education, Latin American/Latinx studies, and gender and sexuality studies at SUNY Press for seven years. She is particularly interested in projects that link theory to praxis and that give a platform to historically marginalized voices. She has also served as a visiting assistant professor at Fairfield University and the University at Albany, SUNY.

This event is co-sponsored by the Haverford History department and Libraries, and Swarthmore Libraries. 

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