An Author's Guide to Scholarly Publishing

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Directed specifically to the needs of academic authors, this realistic handbook is a guide to publishing success for both beginning and seasoned scholars. Robin Derricourt uses an immensely readable series of informal letters to provide a fund of practical advice: an up-to-date manual on how to plan and prepare a book, approach a publisher, secure a contract, and build a reliable author-publisher relationship that will last throughout the process of publication and marketing. Informed by rare common sense, and a ...

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Overview

Directed specifically to the needs of academic authors, this realistic handbook is a guide to publishing success for both beginning and seasoned scholars. Robin Derricourt uses an immensely readable series of informal letters to provide a fund of practical advice: an up-to-date manual on how to plan and prepare a book, approach a publisher, secure a contract, and build a reliable author-publisher relationship that will last throughout the process of publication and marketing. Informed by rare common sense, and a sense of humor, the book speaks clearly about the most recent developments in the rapidly changing world of electronic publishing, clarifying what can and cannot be achieved with word processors. From the possible negative responses of a publisher to the questions implied by success—new editions and subsidiary rights—An Author's Guide to Scholarly Publishing is indispensable reading for academics in every field.

Derricourt's candid yet encouraging suggestions will be useful at any stage of book preparation, including the process of writing, when focusing on purpose and audience benefits both the author and the future publisher, not to mention the future reader! Furthermore, his "letters" include those on various kinds of books—standard monographs, technical books, conference volumes, edited volumes, collected papers, textbooks, and works built on dissertations. A reference of "nuts and bolts," this book is also quick and entertaining reading when perused from cover to cover.

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Editorial Reviews

New Scientist
Academics wanting to make their mark in the book market need good advice. Robin Derricourt provides just this in An Author's Guide to Scholarly Publishing.... [The author] is full of humour as he pinpoints where each submission fails or succeeds.
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"Academics wanting to make their mark in the book market need good advice. Robin Derricourt provides just this in An Author's Guide to Scholarly Publishing.... [The author] is full of humour as he pinpoints where each submission fails or succeeds."—New Scientist
New Scientist
Academics wanting to make their mark in the book market need good advice. Robin Derricourt provides just this in An Author's Guide to Scholarly Publishing.... [The author] is full of humour as he pinpoints where each submission fails or succeeds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691037097
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/1996
  • Series: Princeton Paperbacks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,101,056
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 3
Planning and writing
1 Audience 7
2 Style 10
3 Structure 12
Preparation of manuscript
4 Length 16
5 Layout 18
6 Word processing the manuscript 20
7 Word processing for the typesetter 23
8 Desktop publishing and camera-ready copy 24
9 Notes 28
10 Bibliographies 30
11 Tables 33
12 Illustrations 35
Approaching a publisher
13 Selecting a publisher 41
14 In-house publishing 43
15 Multiple submissions 46
16 Complete manuscripts 48
17 The formal proposal 51
Checklist for submitting a proposal 54
18 Peer review 55
19 Visit 58
20 Literary agents 59
21 No reply 61
Category of book
22 Scholarly book 63
23 Technical monograph 65
24 Thesis/dissertation 67
25 Conference volume 70
26 Edited volume 73
27 Festschrift 75
28 Collected papers 76
29 Across the disciplines 77
30 Trade book 81
31 Textbook 83
32 New journals 84
33 The non-academic author 88
The publishing decision
34 No - why? 91
35 Revise and resubmit 93
36 Yes - but revise 94
37 Yes 95
Dealing with production
38 Contract 97
39 Late delivery 100
40 Delivery of the manuscript 104
Checklist for delivery of the manuscript for production 109
41 Book title 110
42 Copyediting 112
43 Updating the disk 116
44 Design of the pages 117
45 Typesetting 120
46 Proofreading and alterations in proof 124
47 Illustrations in production 127
48 Providing camera-ready copy 129
49 Preparing the index 131
50 Jacket and cover design 136
51 Printing 139
52 Errata slips 140
53 Don't assume all is well 141
Marketing the book
54 The cost of books 143
55 Pricing a book 146
56 Changing the pricing variables 153
57 Paperbacking 157
58 Help with marketing 160
59 The book launch 163
60 Getting reviews and publishing reviews 165
61 Newspapers and magazines 169
62 Radio and television coverage 171
63 Bookshop sales 174
64 Library sales 176
65 Direct sales 178
66 Prizes 180
67 Subsidiary rights 181
68 Translations 185
69 Getting your book into the developing world 187
70 Reprints and new editions 192
71 Keeping in touch 195
Publishing and the academy
72 Research grants - inputs and outputs 197
73 Who sets the agenda? 200
74 Books and the appointments committee 203
75 Subsidies 207
76 Book exhibits and the academic conference 211
77 Anthologies 215
78 Is too much published? 217
79 The electronic library and the end of the book 221
80 Conclusion 226
Bibliography 229
Index 231
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