In the world of academia, scholarly publishing and tenure have always gone hand in hand. Navigating today’s publishing landscape, however, may prove to be almost as difficult as finishing a thesis or scholarly manuscript.

On March 24, Fordham University Press (FUP) and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences are sponsoring “The Changing Landscape of Scholarly Publishing: Best Practices for Getting Your Book Published,” a panel discussion on the ins and outs of new book publishing. The event takes place at 4 p.m. in the Pope Auditorium, Lowenstein Center, on the Lincoln Center campus.

“The academic publishing terrain is going through so many changes, including e-book technology and open access, that it can become overwhelming for authors,” said Fredric Nachbaur, director of FUP. “This [will]be a practical forum so professors can walk away with tips on how best prepare a proposal and start working on a manuscript.”

Panelists include:

• Jennifer Crewe, associate director and editorial director, Columbia University Press

• William Germano, professor of English literature, dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

• Emily Loose, senior editor, Free Press (Simon & Schuster)

• Alan Most, textbook editor, John Wiley & Sons

• Niko Pfund, vice president and publisher of the Academic and Trade Division, Oxford University Press in New York

Among the topics that panelists will explore are: what subjects are currently appealing to publishers; tips on proposal submissions; expected turnaround times from submission to approval; book models for new authors—cloth, paper, dual edition; and what faculty should expect from publishers with respect to editorial support, print run and marketing.

There will also be a discussion on e-books versus print, further digital strategies and the role of university presses and commercial presses in scholarly publishing.

“I think it will be an exciting and useful panel,” said Nachbaur, who will moderate the event.

For more information contact the Press’ Web site.


Janet Sassi is editor/associate director of internal communications. She can be reached at (212) 636-7577 or [email protected]