Scholarly book publishing is the focus of an upcoming workshop in the Syracuse University Humanities Center.
Suzanne Guiod, editor-in-chief of Syracuse University Press, and Beth Bouloukos, senior acquisitions editor at State University of New York (SUNY) Press, will co-present a how-to program on Friday, Feb. 24, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in room 304 of the Tolley Humanities Building. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, includes brief presentations and a Q&A.
For more information, call 315.443.7192, or visit humcenter.syr.edu.
“This is an opportunity for scholars to learn about the state of academic publishing in the humanities, as well as the process of working with a university press, from proposal to publication,” says Vivian May, director of the Humanities Center and professor of women’s and gender studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. “Suzanne and Beth will speak to the changing publishing landscape, and will discuss classic topics, such as what editors look for in a proposal and how authors can best identify and connect with the right editor for their projects.”
The workshop also will teach attendees how to select publishers, create compelling book proposals, and succeed as first-time or mid-career authors.
May anticipates a certain amount of emphasis will be placed on the acquisitions and production process, as well as upcoming trends in academic publishing. "New formats, such as e-books, e-chapters and print-on-demand, give scholars opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible a few years ago. The academic market endures, despite rumors to the contrary," she adds.