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Syracuse to Host Humanities Book Publishing Workshop Feb. 24

Editors from SU Press, SUNY Press will cover entire process, from project to proposal to publication

Feb 20, 2017 — Article by: Rob Enslin

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Scholarly book publishing is the focus of an upcoming workshop in the Syracuse University Humanities Center.

Suzanne Guiod, editor-in-chief of Syracuse University Press, and Beth Bouloukos, senior acquisitions editor at State University of New York (SUNY) Press, will co-present a how-to program on Friday, Feb. 24, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in room 304 of the Tolley Humanities Building. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, includes brief presentations and a Q&A.

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“This is an opportunity for scholars to learn about the state of academic publishing in the humanities, as well as the process of working with a university press, from proposal to publication,” says Vivian May, director of the Humanities Center and professor of women’s and gender studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. “Suzanne and Beth will speak to the changing publishing landscape, and will discuss classic topics, such as what editors look for in a proposal and how authors can best identify and connect with the right editor for their projects.”

The workshop also will teach attendees how to select publishers, create compelling book proposals, and succeed as first-time or mid-career authors.

May anticipates a certain amount of emphasis will be placed on the acquisitions and production process, as well as upcoming trends in academic publishing. "New formats, such as e-books, e-chapters and print-on-demand, give scholars opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible a few years ago. The academic market endures, despite rumors to the contrary," she adds.

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Suzanne Guiod

Guiod has more than 15 years’ editorial experience in scholarly, professional and trade publishing. At Syracuse, she acquires projects in Middle East studies, Arab American studies, peace and conflict resolution, disability studies and the history of sport.

The Boston native came to Syracuse in 2012, after eight years as the editorial director of the University of Rochester Press. She also has worked as the Northeast publisher for Arcadia Publishing and as managing editor of the “Encyclopedia of New England” (Yale University Press, 2005). Guiod earned a master’s degree in English literature from the University of New Hampshire and a graduate certificate in scholarly publishing from Arizona State University.
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Beth Bouloukos

Bouloukos joined SUNY Press in 2011, after holding visiting professorships at SUNY Albany and Fairfield University. Her work encompasses projects in education, Latin American and Iberian studies, Latinx studies, queer studies and women's and gender studies.

Also a visiting assistant professor of Languages, Literatures & Cultures at SUNY Albany, she earned a Ph.D. in Latin American studies and gender studies from Cornell University.

Located in the Tolley Humanities Building, the Humanities Center cultivates diverse forms of humanities scholarship, sponsors a range of dynamic programming and partnerships, highlights the humanities as a public good and underscores the relevance of the humanities for addressing enduring questions and pressing social issues.
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