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Publishing your scholarly work

OCT 06 2008

Career Corner at Congress 2008

Publishing 101 with the editors of three Canadian university presses

Learn how to approach a publisher and why securing Aid to Scholarly Publications Program funding is a baseline for the publication of a scholarly work in Canada, in this comprehensive panel presentation featuring:

Randy Schmidt, Editor, University of British Columbia Press
Jonathan Crago, Editor, McGill-Queen’s University Press
Lisa Quinn, Acquisitions Editor, Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Kel Morin-Parsons, Manager, Aid to Scholarly Publications Program

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Introduction (1:52 mins)

An overview of difference kinds of publishers (3:55 mins)

Scholarly publishers and how they work (4:41 mins)

What to consider when choosing a publisher (7:46 mins)

Approaching a publisher – The prospectus (7:02 mins)

Approaching a publisher – What to do with your dissertation – Part I (5:22 mins)

Related link:
From Dissertation to Book

Approaching a publisher – What to do with your dissertation – Part II (11:07 mins)

Why the answer to the question “When will my Book get published?” is always: “It depends” (2:56)

The stages of publication – Acquisitions (10:19 mins)

Check out University Affairs’ Guide to English university presses in Canada for links and useful information to help you choose the publisher best suited to your project.

The stages of publication – peer review, approval & production (9:43 mins)

Why scholarly publishers require additional funding (4:02 mins)

About the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program (4:18 mins)

Learn more about the Aide to Scholarly Publications Program offered by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Questions from the audience and asides:

What about the publishing contract? (5:07 mins)

Is it possible to send a work to as many publishers as you like before a contract is signed? (0:31 mins)

Is it possible to publish some chapters of a thesis and turn the rest into a book? (2:30 mins)

How much additional funding is required beyond ASPP? (6:29 mins)

Can a non-Canadian be published at a Canadian scholarly press? (1:24 mins)

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  1. Immaculate Tumwine / November 29, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Prior to immigrating to Canada, I was a lecturer at a postgraduate institution, even though in Canada I never managed to get a job in college or university. I have completed a manuscript entitled “Canadian Misadventure: Where the Hell is My Green grass?”. In my view, this book could be an important resource in a variety of fields. I have sent out the manuscript and/or proposals to different presses, but have so far received no positive reply from anywhere. I assume that the manuscript has never been to a peer review. I have enjoyed and learnt a lot from the above videos. However, there was no mention of what to do when a manuscript is rejected, particularly as there is no reason given by any of the potential publishers, which makes it difficult for an author to know what is wrong. What should the next steps be in that case?

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