Book Publishing Workshop

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Detailed Evaluation Results for the Book Publishing Workshop

(15 of the 26 faculty that attended completed evaluations.)

The Book Publishing event was "one of the best workshops ever," with an outstanding panel and moderator facilitating a great discussion! Designed to provide junior faculty in the Humanities with information and advice on academic book publishing, a morning round-table featured perspectives from university press editors and faculty authors. In the afternoon, participants were able to meet with the editors in individual sessions, which was much appreciated by faculty.

In fact, both editors together showed interest in about half a dozen faculty book projects! According to the workshop organizer, Jason Pearl, "I hadn't imagined the individual sessions as book-pitches, but it seems to have worked out that way."

A number of people mentioned that they liked having the perspective of both the editors and successful faculty authors. Feedback from faculty attending the workshop indicated that overall, they felt it aided them in improving their ability to get their book published.

Evaluation results showed that participants learned about guidelines for dealing with submissions and revisions and showed that the information and experiences shared at the workshop gave faculty useful tools and tips on the publishing process. Participants enjoyed "hearing from multiple perspectives (press editors and authors) especially because they were all in humanities." They also mentioned that they now know "what to include in a book proposal" and that they are able to "propose a book before writing the whole manuscript."

One faculty member expressed that "the speakers were incredibly clear and objective, and they gave great and insightful information. I hope this is the first of many similar workshops to come." Another said they appreciated the "discussion on different presses." Participants also mentioned that next time they would like a "longer morning session."
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(l to r): Eugene O’Connor, Ohio State University Press; Jenna Gibbs, History, FIU (published with Johns Hopkins University Press); and Nathan Cadle, English, FIU (published with University of North Carolina Press)
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Eli Bortz, Vanderbilt University Press
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Questions & Responses

I am glad I took the time to participate in the Book Publishing workshop.
N=15 Mean=4.93 SD=0.26 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

The information and experiences shared at this workshop gave me tools and tips on the publishing process.
N=15 Mean=5.00 SD=0.00 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

This session gave me clear and concrete guidelines for dealing with submissions and revisions.
N=15 Mean=4.93 SD=0.26 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

Questions & Answers:

What was the most significant thing you learned and will take away from the Book Publishing workshop to use in your work?

  • Publishing process.
  • That the press has an interest in making my book better.
  • The first step is to successfully contact publishers. Tips to present the proposal.
  • The process of getting something publicized.
  • The process of initial submission to completion.
  • That I can propose a book before writing the whole manuscript.
  • Hearing from multiple perspectives (press editors and authors), especially because they were all in my discipline - the humanities.
  • The reviewing process was much more vigorous than I imagined and the different types of presses.
  • Think of bringing a book to press as a job, and work with editors and reviewers.
  • Hard work.
  • Timing of submitting the proposal. General timeline + editorial process.
  • The process.
  • Inside insights into process. How to frame projects and proposals.
  • The most important thing I learned is what to include in a book proposal, what components should be part of it.

What might you do differently as a result of participating in this session?

  • Plan ahead.
  • Try not to publish more than 30% of my ideas ahead of time.
  • I will accelerate the process to send my second book.
  • The book proposal.
  • Investigate different presses.
  • Start, it is less scary.
  • Examine the series offerings at different presses before applying.
  • Research presses, present a very clear idea and vision.
  • Wait.
  • Start working or revising my manuscript.
  • Rework writing schedule and timeline.
  • I now have a better idea of how to approach a university press.

Is there anything that could have been improved about this workshop?

  • Nothing, it was great!
  • I do not have anything obvious I can say to improve this workshop. The general atmosphere was excellent and very helpful.
  • No - it was really great.
  • This was great!
  • Expand to Arts and Sciences.
  • Nope
  • No, have more like this, very engaging.
  • Longer morning session?
  • It was perfect. The speakers were incredibly clear and objective, they gave great and insightful information. I hope this is the first of many workshops to come.

General Comments about the overall workshop?

  • Very informative.
  • Best mentoring workshop out of all the ones I attended in the last 4 years.
  • Excellent! Thanks.
  • Very interesting.
  • Helpful, and I’m grateful for this opportunity.
  • Excellent ideas, please expand.
  • Great!
  • Great workshop, thank you!
  • Thank you Jason!!
  • Discussion on different presses was helpful.
  • Great workshop - thank you!
  • Very helpful! Thank you.