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What BIPOC Authors Need to Know About Academic Book Publishing - Shared screen with speaker view
Shemine Gulamhusein
19:36
Sorry, I cannot see the link to subscribe in the chat - wondering if you can please re-share.
@DomTheEditor -- Dominique M. (she/her)
20:24
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Sonia Shaikh
31:56
Hi! How do you find an acquisitions editor?
Allison Adams
34:06
Just want to say how incredibly rich and helpful this conversation already is! Thank you so much.
Deidre Hill Butler
34:28
yes!! Thank you for this.. learning so much
Karma R. Chávez
35:42
Responding to Sonia: I had a friend who knew the editor introduce me to one. And then I did research based on the books I really liked, I looked at their acknowledgements to find the AE name, and then reached out. I do think it always helps to have someone make an introduction for you if possible.
Sonia Shaikh
36:21
This is so helpful! Thanks so much! Is there any protocol to reach out to someone directly?
Kevin Holt
36:58
I’ve had initial meetings with a couple of acquisitions editors. I find myself feeling stuck/intimidated about the next steps.
Karma R. Chávez
38:19
I think a lot of us feel that way, Kevin. Hopefully what Laura is laying out now can be helpful so you know the general process.
AnneMarie Mingo
38:23
That is a helpful clarification on the peer review process for books.
Joyce Harrison
38:47
Yes! Please let us know if there's someone to whom we should NOT send your proposal/MS. We don't want to derail the process!
Loretta Ramirez
39:47
I recently submitted a proposal, was asked to submit the whole manuscript (which I submitted), had an interview with the acquisition editor (which went well), moved to peer review stage where I was asked to offer a list of reviewers (which I did), but then--two weeks later--I was told that I was not a good fit for the editor. Is this common? How do I proceed?
Andrew Hodges
40:56
@Dom: What is your take on getting the longer-term career/contextual perspective for authors based in, say, Latin America or Europe, where career paths vary a lot across countries?
Karma R. Chávez
42:23
Hi Loretta, that sounds like a particular situation that I would need more info on to make a recommendation. I might request more info from the editor for starters.
Loretta Ramirez
43:54
Thank you, Karma, for your response.
Shemine Gulamhusein
44:05
As an emerging scholar that is still navigating the early years in academia and figuring out what disciplines my work may sit within - are there particular suggestions on how to communicate this with an editor?
SWAPNIL RAI
47:42
How can I find the right press if my work is interdisciplinary? I reached out to one based on the types of books they were publishing and said they welcome interdisciplinary work they said my project was good but the sociology aspect didn’t work for them. Another press that does this type of work said they are not acquiring more books in the area. I am at a loss how to proceed.
Carlie Domingues
49:14
Jenny - thank you for these words regarding the (potentially) supportive environment of peer review
Jing Wang
49:52
Thank you so much for sharing all these invaluable resources! I’m curious about the relationship between journal articles and the book manuscript. What are typically the maximum articles published could be reincorporated into the book? Would the journal publication jeopardize the book proposal?
Kevin Holt
51:10
A bit on the flip side, we all will probably be recruited as reviewers in the process at some point. Are there any thoughts about that work/position? Maybe also with regard to building relationships to editors/publishers?
Sara Saljoughi
52:57
What’s a typical length of time for the review process?
Sahar Kandahari
53:00
What can you do if you feel like your editor is NOT advocating for you?
Sara Saljoughi
53:42
Thank you!
Jenny Tan
54:17
I also say 3-4 months, but be prepared for it to be possibly longer!
Bertha Amisi
55:03
The focus of my manuscript narrowed as I drafted my book chapters. How do I communicate this to the editor?
Dilan Okcuoglu
55:26
Would you recommend early career scholars to approach editors with only proposal (or chapters should also be included)? Thanks a lot, this session is very helpful!
michael moses
56:55
I’m curious to know if there’s an average lifetime of a “series” or an average number of books a series publishes? I’m sure it depends at each press but curious in general if the panelists have thoughts here.
Karma R. Chávez
58:39
Jing: that’s going to vary press to press. Sahar: I think having a conversation with the editor is key here to find out where they are. Bertha: I would let them know with a strong rationale for why. Phone/zoom is probably best there. Dilan: that’s also going to vary and people have different views on that. I usually say its best to have chapters, but that might just be me.
Karma R. Chávez
59:17
Michael: definitely varies
Jenny Tan
01:01:11
I totally agree with Dom, and think this is why the acq editor role is so important: being the person to advocate for what's really important to the author/for the book's subject matter and argument, while also balancing and communicating publishing/marketing/industry concerns
Sahar Kandahari
01:06:17
How do academic publishing houses vet the marketing data collected? Data can also be biased.
Dilan Okcuoglu
01:07:45
Thank you Karma!
Jing Wang
01:07:57
Thank you sooo much!!
Angelica Lopez Torres
01:08:30
I’ve seen a few questions wondering how to find an editor. I always tell authors to look at their bookshelves first. What presses are publishing the books you are most interested in and informing your own research? Go to those presses websites and look up the editors there and their emails. Editors are used to receiving “cold emails” for introductions.
Kevin Holt
01:08:51
Whenever anything regarding negotiating and money is involved, underrepresented folks tend to wind up with the short end of the stick. Are there any things that we should expect or keep an eye out for when negotiating/discussing offers?
Minji Lee
01:08:58
Have to go now but thanks for great session!!
Karma R. Chávez
01:10:29
Hi Kevin, academic books are not money makers! but, I think its helpful to talk to others about what they got and go from there.
AnneMarie Mingo
01:11:33
Thank you so much for this! I have to leave for an appointment, but I catch the rest in the replay. Dom, it was great to finally “see and hear” you! I look forward to connecting soon.
Lorena Chambers
01:11:40
Thank you Karma. It’s an important question: Awards? Tenure? Pricing? Interesting that each of these categories can be mutually exclusive at times.
Sonia Shaikh
01:12:47
Thanks, Angelica!
Faustina DuCros
01:14:16
I have to run to another meeting. Can you provide the link to sign up for the newsletter? Thank you for the great info!
Laura Portwood-Stacer (she/her)
01:14:29
http://newsletter.manuscriptworks.com/subscribe
Karma R. Chávez
01:14:53
http://newsletter.manuscriptworks.com/subscribe
Faustina DuCros
01:14:58
Thank you!
Karma R. Chávez
01:15:02
oops!
Vanessa Druskat
01:15:27
Thank you!!!
Emily Carian
01:15:54
Thank you so much for your insight! Very helpful!
Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana
01:16:33
yes! please tell me when to do this! lol
Cosette Bruhns
01:20:08
Q about digital scholarly monographs: some presses (Yale, MIT, Duke, Stanford) are publishing academic monographs that are open access yet still go through a rigorous peer review process and other traditional EDP steps. Is there a growing movement across academic publishing to build more infrastructure for open-access digital monographs? Curious about some of the pros/cons you may be considering as editors and authors about digital academic publications and what advice you might suggest to early career scholars interested in pursuing a digital monograph? Thanks!
Jenny Tan
01:22:07
I think an important distinction is also an informational chat with an editor vs. a formal submission with the direct goal of having materials sent out for review. I'm always happy to do the former! But usually don't feel that I can make a commitment to sending materials out for review until I've seen more
MICHELLE YEE
01:23:33
Thank you for that clarification, Dominique!
Sahar Kandahari
01:28:23
Are there additional grants for books with accessible options for the blind/visually impaired? (e-books with screen reading/alt text; audiobooks)
clarissa rojas
01:29:13
What if you have a chapter or 2 (more?) already published in scholarly journals? What is the general expectation re. this item and do presses vary on this topic?
Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana
01:29:23
how much are we talking about here?
Sahar Kandahari
01:30:31
The EAA will require all electronic books to be accessible by 2025 - so does this mean that academic publishing houses in the USA that service European universities will also have to comply with this mandate?
Neelofer Qadir
01:30:34
This is really helpful, y’all. Thank you! The point about when production numbers come into view clarifies a lot.
Jenny Tan
01:30:38
That also varies a lot press to press, and depending on needs of the book, in my experience!
Michelle Domondon
01:39:24
I have to go but I wanted to say thank you to Laura, Jenny, Dom, and Karma for this very informative, comprehensive, and helpful webinar!
Tokunbo Adelekan
01:40:45
Thanks for a highly enabling and invigorating discussion.
Tokunbo Adelekan
01:41:20
THERE IS HOPE!!!
Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana
01:41:44
I really needed this space!! Thank you all for your time, energy, and advice!!
Kiran Garcha
01:42:26
Thank you all for this very insightful session!!! This was wonderful!
Tokunbo Adelekan
01:42:28
GREAT TEM. GREAT SYNERGY AND FLOW
Malene M. Johnson
01:44:02
Thank you! This has been a great resource.
Modupe Labode
01:45:39
Thank you so much for this discussion. I appreciate your frankness and perspectives.
Lisa Hanasono
01:46:01
Yes-- thank you! This session has been incredible.
Carlie Domingues
01:46:03
Loved y'alls presentation and knowledge. Thank you for sharing. Good luck publishing everyone <3
Loron Benton
01:46:33
That’s a great point Dominique.
Athira Unni
01:47:29
Thank you so much for this! Lots of new knowledge and great to hear from such experienced professionals. Wonderful session.
Alfredo Huante
01:48:13
Thank you all so much! This has been so insightful and fantastic!
Natalia Villanueva
01:48:24
Thank you for sharing your time and knowledge. As someone trying to publish a book for the first time, I really appreciate this space and conversation.
Sahar Kandahari
01:48:36
Thank you very much, this was a very informative session!
MICHELLE YEE
01:48:43
Thank you all so much - this was so helpful and insightful. Truly appreciate your time and generosity.
Jenn Rossiter
01:48:57
Thank you to all panelists for sharing your knowledge! This has been really informative. And thanks Laura for putting this together. Looking forward to extracting even more via transcript later.
Laura Portwood-Stacer (she/her)
01:49:17
bookproposalbook.com
Cosette Bruhns
01:49:18
Very informative conversation, thank you!
Cathy Thomas
01:49:20
Thank you all, this was so helpful!
Sahar Kandahari
01:49:21
Does the book address BIPOC authors specifically, or all authors?
Bernadine Ahonkhai
01:49:34
Thanks to all of you for such great information
Laura Portwood-Stacer (she/her)
01:49:35
LPS21
Sahar Kandahari
01:49:47
Thank you!!
Loron Benton
01:49:51
Thank you Jenny, Dominique, and Karma for your wonderful insights and thank you Laura for organizing this informative panel.
Shaonta Allen
01:49:53
I really enjoyed this session and learned so much! Thank you all for sharing your time and knowledge!
Sara Saljoughi
01:50:07
Thank you very much for this session!
Shemine Gulamhusein
01:50:23
Thank you very much. This was helpful and also inspiring!
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Shanya Cordis
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Shemine Gulamhusein
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Thank you Karma for the opportunity!
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Amy Dao
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Leah Milne
01:50:53
Thank you, Karma and everyone!!!!
Shalaurey Jones
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Sonia Shaikh
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Allison Adams
01:50:55
This was wonderful. Thank you again everyone.
Lorena Chambers
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Sid S
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Thank you Karma!
Lisa Hanasono
01:50:58
Thanks, Karma!
Babe Kawaii-Bogue
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Kelsey Jones
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Florence Madenga
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Ana Almeyda-Cohen
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THANK YOU, Karma!
Amy Dao
01:51:10
Thank you all panelist for this informative webinar
Florence Madenga
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Bertha Amisi
01:51:13
Shortcut - Thank you Karma!
Sonia Shaikh
01:51:15
Thanks so much Laura, Karma, Jenny, and Dominique! This was so so helpful~
Kelsey Jones
01:51:20
This was wonderful, thank you all so much! So nourishing!
Florence Madenga
01:51:22
Thank you!
Stevan Barragan
01:51:31
Thank you!
Bernadine Ahonkhai
01:51:42
Thanks
Luciana Chamorro
01:51:42
Thank you all!
Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana
01:51:43
that was a dope thing to donate your speaking fee for karma!!
Surekha Davies
01:51:44
Thank you!
Vivian Laughlin
01:51:47
Thank you all for having such a wonderfully informed webinar. I really enjoyed this on varying levels.
Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana
01:51:51
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Marina Omar
01:51:53
Thank you!
woori han
01:52:09
Thank you so much.
priscilla ferreira
01:52:10
Karma <3!!!
Jennifer Alpert
01:52:32
Shortcut!!!! Karma, this is incredibly generous of you, thank you! This was a great panel, thank you everybody for your time and candid advice!
Lorena Chambers
01:52:38
THANK YOU. Sharing information is priceless. So appreciative.
Cathy Thomas
01:52:45
Thank you all that’s very generous.
Victoria Sakti
01:52:56
Thank you so much! This has been such an enriching discussion!
Bernadine Ahonkhai
01:52:58
Can we have speakers contacts?
Felisa Baynes-Ross
01:53:09
Thank you all!
Akosua Addo
01:53:15
Thanks you very much
Sid S
01:53:20
Thank you all so much!
Neelofer Qadir
01:53:20
Than k you all so much! Really appreciate this.
Amy Dao
01:53:23
Thank you to all the panelists for the extra emotional and invisible labor you provide for bipoc scholars
Jennifer Park
01:53:23
Thank you all so much for this incredibly helpful and generous event!
Kevin Holt
01:53:24
This has been amazing. Thanks
Karma R. Chávez
01:53:26
karma.chavez@utexas.edu
Nadia Mosquera
01:53:27
Thank you so much, this was wonderful!!!