The Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion presents

“A Brief Introduction to Publishing with a University Press”
with Peter Wissoker, university press editor

Thursday, April 29, 2010
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 3323

Drawing on his experience as a university press editor, Wissoker will discuss how the contemporary economic climate is affecting the publishing choices being made by university press editors, and how to go about publishing an academic book in this environment. 

The talk will address:

  • ways to assess whether you should write a book
  • how best to shape your project
  • the relationship between a dissertation and a book
  • how to prepare materials to send to a publisher
  • how to choose a publisher
  • how to approach a publisher
  • what happens at the press when your proposal is received
  • how publishers judge whether or not to publish a particular project

The session will close with a question and answer period. The goal of the workshop is to have everyone leave with a sense of purpose, a sense of direction, and a feeling of momentum.

Please email your RSVP to or call (949)824-2284. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion.

About the speaker:
Peter Wissoker worked as an acquisitions editor for nearly twenty years, most recently at Cornell University Press, where he rebuilt the press’s lists in anthropology, geography, sociology, and urban studies.  He began his career at The Guilford Press and then moved to Temple University Press where he was a senior acquisitions editor.  His best known titles include Denis Wood’s The Power of Maps and Sara Diamond’s history of the Christian Right, Roads to Dominion. A title he signed at Temple U. Press, There Goes the ‘Hood, received the 2007 Urban Affairs Association Best Book award. Wissoker’s writing has been published in the journals Urban Affairs Review and Antipode. Over the past decade he has given talks on academic publishing to graduate students and faculty at a number of universities and academic conferences, most recently at the Fordham University Law School.  Peter Wissoker lives in Ithaca, New York.

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