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Launching: Scholarly 101 Publishing Event Series

March 18, 2021 | Tommie Watson

The new Scholarly 101 series, developed by Pamela Lothspeich (Director of the New Faculty Program) and Ebony Johnson (Event Planner) features skilled and knowledgeable freelance academic editors who regularly work with first-time book authors, providing editorial guidance and support as they move through the book publishing process. If you would like to attend any of these Zoom events, please email Philip Hollingsworth pholling(at) at your earliest convenience. Please note that the third event, a hands-on workshop on book proposals, will be capped at 24 participants. Please act quickly as space is limited.

Then this fall, the IAH is planning to bring in editors who work at academic presses to get their perspectives on the same process, so stay tuned.

Here is the information on the upcoming events in Spring 2021:


Your Book, From First Draft to Book Proposal to Book in Hand

Monday, March 29, 3:00-5:00

Joining us in the Zoom room will be Christopher Ahn, a former senior acquisitions editor at SUNY Press and now a freelance academic editor At this inaugural event, Christopher will give the big-picture view of all of the steps in the academic book publishing process, and what this looks like from the perspective of faculty. Here we’ll discuss not only how the process should work or “normally” works, but also some of the setbacks that can come up along the way, and strategies for overcoming them. Christopher will also share some tips about how to write a successful book proposal. Please bring questions and note that Christopher will also be joining us for the second and third events!

If you would like to attend this and/or the following event, please RSVP to Philip Hollingsworth via email  pholling(at) at your earliest convenience.

If you would like to submit questions anonymously for this event, you can do that here:


Polishing Your Book: Working with an Academic Editor

Tuesday, April 13, 2:00-4:00

At this event, we will chat with a panel of four freelance academic editors with various disciplinary backgrounds, all of whom work with academic writers from a range of fields in the humanities and social sciences. The panelists are:

At this facilitated panel discussion, Christopher, Melanie, Erin, and Ricardo will share with you their thoughts about the different kinds of editing available to academic authors and offer general editing advice. At this event the panel will also share out and critique in real time an actual (anonymized) book proposal written by a faculty member in the College. If you would your own book proposal to be critiqued at this event, please email Philip Hollingsworth pholling(at) indicating that. We are looking for a volunteer!


Workshopping Your Book Proposal with an Academic Editor

Wednesday, April 14 (4 time slots, see below)

The day after our conversation with Christopher, Melanie, Erin, and Ricardo, we will follow up with a workshop in which faculty meet with one of the four freelance academic editors in small groups to discuss their book proposals.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please email Philip Hollingsworth pholling(at) and be sure to let him know which times you are available. You may also indicate your preference in terms of your editor, but we cannot guarantee we’ll be able to accommodate all editor requests.

  • 9 am – 10:30 am – with Erin K. Maher
  • 11 am – 12:30 pm – with Ricardo Stanton-Salazar
  • 1 pm – 2:30 pm – with Melanie Magidow
  • 3 pm – 4:30 pm – with Christopher Ahn

If you receive a space in the workshop, you will receive an email confirmation of this along with instructions on how to submit your book proposal. Please be aware that workshop participants must submit their book proposal by April 5 at 5:00 pm so that their assigned editor has time to review it in advance of the workshop. Although book proposals are typically much longer, we are asking that you only submit two double-spaced pages (11 point Times font; 1” margins), and only include two critical sections: a brief description of your book and an outline/Table of Contents for your book. Please see UC Press’s website for a good example of how to write a book proposal, noting that we will be focusing on their points 1 and 3 under “What Should Be in Your Proposal?” (scroll down to see these points):

Please note that you are not required to attend the publishing events on March 29 and April 13 to be eligible for the workshop, but we certainly hope you’ll join us for all three events!

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