Talk to an acquisitions editor

Should You Talk to an Acquisitions Editor at a Conference? What to Consider.

When I was writing my own book, the whole publishing process felt opaque and high-stakes. I erroneously associated speaking with editors at a conference with formally “pitching” my book. Because I was strongly encouraged to wait to draft and submit book proposals until the full manuscript was (nearly) complete, I also avoided talking with editors, […]

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Academic book conclusions

Academic Book Conclusions: Advice and Concrete Templates to Try

Two main factors make writing an academic book’s conclusion tricky. First, there’s its content. You’ve presumably tied up all of the individual chapter threads in your body chapters’ conclusions. And you probably know that the conclusion should do something more than just restate the book’s main points. So, with (most) everything already said, what should

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What to ask authors at target presses

What to Ask Authors Who’ve Recently Published with Your Target Presses

Prestige aside, from the outside, it might seem like all university presses (and editors) are identical. You write your book, it goes through peer review, you revise it, and eventually it’s published. This broad schema, though, elides small but significant differences between presses’ and editors’ working styles that can significantly impact your book (and, in

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