Instructor: Mitch Allen
Duration: 120 Minutes
What you will learn: Writing and publishing a book is a multi-year process that requires enormous amounts of work from you in writing, editing, and preparing material for production. Before starting on such a large endeavor, an understanding of the process is important to ensure your publication matches your vision of it. This workshop deals with the important preliminary steps of shopping for a publisher, writing a book proposal, and negotiating a book contract. Advice will be provided on how to get started writing, keep going, and finishing a draft. We will discuss editing your manuscript, the peer review process, and what a publisher wants you to prepare besides the text. The workshop will take you how to best achieve your goals through an overview of the editorial production, printing, and marketing phases of producing a book. Participants should bring a current book idea from which we will develop parts of a publications proposal.
Instructor Bio: Mitchell Allen is president of Scholarly Roadside Service, a consulting company specializing in academic publishing. He has been in publishing for over 40 years, including founding and running AltaMira Press, then Left Coast Press, both specialty publishers of archaeology. Allen has a Ph.D. in archaeology from UCLA, has conducted fieldwork in the Middle East, and taught archaeology at four universities. He is author of Essentials of Publishing Qualitative Research and numerous articles on scholarly publishing, as well as offering numerous workshops on publishing for academics. Allen is recipient of lifetime achievement awards from the American Anthropological Association, the World Archaeological Congress, and two other scholarly organizations. He blogs on publishing and archaeology at http://scholarlyroadsideservice.com/ blog