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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 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.

Synopsis:

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.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [229]-230) and index.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction3
Planning and writing
1Audience7
2Style10
3Structure12
Preparation of manuscript
4Length16
5Layout18
6Word processing the manuscript20
7Word processing for the typesetter23
8Desktop publishing and camera-ready copy24
9Notes28
10Bibliographies30
11Tables33
12Illustrations35
Approaching a publisher
13Selecting a publisher41
14In-house publishing43
15Multiple submissions46
16Complete manuscripts48
17The formal proposal51
Checklist for submitting a proposal54
18Peer review55
19Visit58
20Literary agents59
21No reply61
Category of book
22Scholarly book63
23Technical monograph65
24Thesis/dissertation67
25Conference volume70
26Edited volume73
27Festschrift75
28Collected papers76
29Across the disciplines77
30Trade book81
31Textbook83
32New journals84
33The non-academic author88
The publishing decision
34No - why?91
35Revise and resubmit93
36Yes - but revise94
37Yes95
Dealing with production
38Contract97
39Late delivery100
40Delivery of the manuscript104
Checklist for delivery of the manuscript for production109
41Book title110
42Copyediting112
43Updating the disk116
44Design of the pages117
45Typesetting120
46Proofreading and alterations in proof124
47Illustrations in production127
48Providing camera-ready copy129
49Preparing the index131
50Jacket and cover design136
51Printing139
52Errata slips140
53Don't assume all is well141
Marketing the book
54The cost of books143
55Pricing a book146
56Changing the pricing variables153
57Paperbacking157
58Help with marketing160
59The book launch163
60Getting reviews and publishing reviews165
61Newspapers and magazines169
62Radio and television coverage171
63Bookshop sales174
64Library sales176
65Direct sales178
66Prizes180
67Subsidiary rights181
68Translations185
69Getting your book into the developing world187
70Reprints and new editions192
71Keeping in touch195
Publishing and the academy
72Research grants - inputs and outputs197
73Who sets the agenda?200
74Books and the appointments committee203
75Subsidies207
76Book exhibits and the academic conference211
77Anthologies215
78Is too much published?217
79The electronic library and the end of the book221
80Conclusion226
Bibliography229
Index231

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691037097
Author:
Derricourt, Robin
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Publishing
Subject:
Publishers and publishing
Subject:
Mass Media - Magazines
Subject:
Scholarly publishing
Subject:
Media Studies - Print Media
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Reference Works and Anthologies
Subject:
REFERENCE / Publishing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Paperbacks
Series Volume:
84-397
Publication Date:
March 1996
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 tables
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 12 oz

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"Synopsis" by , 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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