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Getting it published : a guide for scholars and anyone else serious about serious books
Germano, William P., 1950-
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Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2001]

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xiii, 197 pages ; 23 cm.
Introduction -- What do publishers do? -- Writing the manuscript -- Selecting a publisher -- Your proposal -- What editors look for -- Surviving the review process -- What a contract means -- Collections and anthologies -- Quotations, pictures, and other headaches -- How to deliver a manuscript -- And then what happens to it -- This book - and the next.

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Writers and publishers depend on one another, but it often seems as if they speak two different languages. Getting It Published is a lively, insider's guide to academic publishing--a book that will tell you not only how publishing works, but how you can make it work for you. Written by a veteran editor with experience in both the university press and commercial worlds, the book fields the big questions in a scholar's life. Why do editors choose some books and decline others? How does a writer decide where to submit a project? How does the review process work, and why is it necessary? What can an author expect from a publishing house--before, during, and after publication? William Germano answers these questions and more, and along the way, offers encouragement, tips, and warnings.

This savvy guide unravels the mysteries of publishing and walks you through the process from start to finish. You'll learn how to think about your book before you submit it and what you need to know about your contract. With wit and humor, Germano also addresses some of the finer points of publishing etiquette, including how--and how not--to approach a busy editor and how to work with other publishing professionals on matters of design, marketing, and publicity. Graduate students, recent Ph.D.'s, and experienced authors alike will appreciate the chapters on "Quotations, Pictures, and Other Headaches" and on compiling and editing collections and anthologies.

"Scholarly publishing is a big, noisy, conversation about the ideas that shape our world," Germano writes, "Here's how to make your book part of that conversation."

Author Notes

William Germano is vice president and publishing director at Routledge. He has been editor in chief at Columbia University Press, where he also served as humanities editor

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

A former editorial director at Columbia University Press, now publishing director at Routledge, Germano has made a short, sharp, and probably indispensable book for anyone who is hoping to publish a serious nonfiction work. He deconstructs and demystifies what publishers and editors actually do and what authors should look for in finding the right house for their subject and in putting the right words in their contract. He also does a lot of hand-holding through the review process and the production of the manuscript. He is very kind but allows his impish sense of humor free reign, particularly in the glosses that appear in the margins (in a different font). He includes a brief but useful bibliography and, even better, lists "five books to keep at your elbow while you write" worth the price of admission right there for almost any writer of anything. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Library Journal Review

Addressing scholars seeking to publish nonfiction, former humanities editor Germano (VP, Routledge) assumes no knowledge on the part of his audience beyond their academic specialties. Suggesting that authors keep publishing procedures in mind while writing, he includes tips on editing, getting permissions for anthologies, and delivering the manuscript. Intended as ready reference (an index is promised), the book is brief enough to skim, which might prove fruitful in other ways. Unfortunately, the book lacks an appendix listing current university presses. Compared with the many overly long how-to-get-published guides for aspiring novelists, this is a concise and readable text with minimal fluff. Strongly recommended for academic and public libraries. Robert Moore,, Southboro, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
1. Introductionp. 1
2. What Do Publishers Do?p. 5
3. Writing the Manuscriptp. 30
4. Selecting a Publisherp. 43
5. Your Proposalp. 59
6. What Editors Look Forp. 72
7. Surviving the Review Processp. 80
8. What a Contract Meansp. 97
9. Collections and Anthologiesp. 120
10. Quotations, Pictures, and Other Headachesp. 144
11. How to Deliver a Manuscriptp. 160
12. And Then What Happens to Itp. 171
13. This Book--And the Nextp. 183
For Further Readingp. 193
Indexp. 195