Spring 2019

Getting Your Book Published 101: A short course in academic publishing

Tuesday, April 9, from 12:15-1:30 PM

CTLR Lounge

Beth Bouloukos, from the open access publishers Lever Press and Amherst College Press will cover the nuts and bolts of going from proposal to bookshelf (or the cloud) for both open access publishing and traditional publishing. She will address the three main areas of book publishing that are of interest to scholars: acquisitions, production, and marketing, although there will be an emphasis on the acquisitions process. Attendees will learn how to know what you can and can’t use from a dissertation in a book manuscript, write an effective proposal, know when it’s time to make contact with a publisher, find the right publisher for them, distinguish the roles of the acquisitions editor and editorial assistant, understand the peer review and board processes, handle rejection, negotiate a contract, prepare their projects for production, approach ideas for a cover, make suggestions for marketing, and promote their books. There will be ample time for questions at the end of the workshop, including questions having to do with open access monograph publishing, and how that is both the same and different from ‘traditional’ publishing.

Beth Bouloukos attended Hamilton College and received her doctorate from Cornell University where she researched Latin American literature, film, and culture through a feminist lens. Before beginning at Amherst College and Lever Presses, she acquired books in education, Latin American/Latinx studies, and gender and sexuality studies at SUNY Press for seven years. She is particularly interested in projects that link theory to praxis and that give a platform to historically marginalized voices.She has also served as a visiting assistant professor at Fairfield University and the University at Albany, SUNY. 

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Student Writing Beyond the Classroom

Wednesday, March 13th, from 12:15 – 1:30 PM

CTLR Lounge

In this discussion, we will explore ways faculty can engage students in writing for a variety of audiences and for publication whereby students must assume the role of journalists, science writers engaging the public, and writers focused on contemporary issues. Led by Mary Ellen Bertolini and Hector Vila, faculty and students will share their experiences writing “beyond the classroom.” 

The Academic Roundtable Series is a collaborative effort between CTLR and the Library.  For this event, we’re delighted to welcome the expertise and leadership of members of the Writing & Rhetoric Program.

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