Monday, August 6, 2007: 11:30 AM-1:15 PM
K, San Jose McEnery Convention Center
WK 17 - Book publishing 101 for ecologists
When, why, and how should you consider publishing a book? What kind of book? For whom? Does it enhance your credibility as an ecologist? How do you get started in talking with editors and selecting an appropriate publishing house? This workshop is aimed at graduate students and early and mid-career ecologists who have wondered about the credentials, timeline, and effort required to publish a book. A group of experienced book publishing professionals and authors will discuss and demystify different types of books, including trade, scholarly, and public science books as applicable to ecologists. The session is informal, with short presentations by six professionals on a diversity of issues that relate from start to finish the book publication process. Participants will learn how and why book publication can be a constructive part of their career paths. We will allow time for a discussion period to engage the audience in current issues about book publishing as it relates to ecology.
Organizer:Jean E. Thomson Black, Yale University Press
Co-organizer:Margaret Lowman, New College of Florida
Speakers:Jean E. Thomson Black, Yale University Press
Margaret Lowman, New College of Florida
Christie Henry, University of Chicago Press
Blake Edgar, University of California Press
Andy Sinauer, Sinauer Associates
11:30 AMTurning an Idea into a Book: Proposals, Contracts, Editors, and Other Publishing Oddities
Robert Kirk, Biological Sciences & Natural History; Science, Princeton University Press
11:50 AMEditors' Decision-Making Processes: How We Evaluate What Is a Trade, Scholarly, Technical, or Course Book and "Right for Our List?"
Jean E. Thomson Black, n/a
12:10 PMLong live the edited volume
Christie Henry, University of Chicago Press
12:30 PMHow Do You Approach an Editor and “Make a Match” with the “Right” Publisher?
Blake Edgar, University of California Press
12:50 PMUnderstanding What It Takes to Develop and Write Science Textbooks
Andy Sinauer, Sinauer Associates
1:10 PMIt's a Jungle Up There Writing for Technical Versus Public Audiences
Margaret Lowman, New College of Florida

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