2018 First Book Information Session and Workshop

The morning information session and afternoon workshop are designed to provide real-world instruction both from decision-making editors and from colleagues who have recently published their first book, plus the opportunity to hone your own book proposal. Even if you have only a paragraph, abstract or page about your book idea, you are welcome to attend. 

1) Information session
Monday, April 30, 9:30 am–1:30 pm – lunch provided
    Part I: Getting Started: Advice from Series Editors – Jean Allman, Ignacio Sánchez Prado and Kit Wellman
    Part II: Publishing Your First Book: Perspectives from a University Press – Gillian Berchowitz (Director, Ohio University Press) and Dawn Durante (Senior Acquisitions Editor, University of Illinois Press)
    Part III: What Works and What Doesn’t: Lessons Learned from the First Book Experience (lunch panel) – Colin Burnett, Ji-Eun Lee, Abram Van Engen and Anika Walke


2) Book proposal workshop
Monday, April 30, afternoon (part 1) - light refreshments provided
Monday, May 7, morning (part 2) - light refreshments provided
Small-group workshopping of book proposals to be submitted to a press. Led by a senior faculty member, participants will give a critical reading of one another's proposals and offer observations at the first meeting. At the second meeting, participants will share their revised proposals.