Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The University of Georgia Press seeks an experienced and motivated Senior Acquisitions Editor. The Senior Acquisitions Editor is responsible to the
UGA Press's Editor-in-Chief for evaluating, acquiring and transmitting
25-30 high-quality, marketable new manuscripts per year for the
University of Georgia Press. While this position has some flexibility in
the area of acquisition, its primary focus will be History and/or
International Studies (as determined by experience of preferred
candidate). Responsible for developing intellectually distinguished and
successful lists in History and/or International Studies including but
not limited to the following series: Studies in Security and International Affairs; Early American Places; Race and the Atlantic World, 1700-1900; Politics and Culture in the Twentieth-Century South; Since 1970: Histories of Contemporary America.
This position also assists the Editor-in-Chief and Director with shaping the Press's overall publishing program and identifying outside funding sources for select projects in need of external support.
Founded in 1938, the University of Georgia Press is the largest book publisher in the state. It has been a member of the Association of American University Presses since 1940. With a full-time staff of 24 publishing professionals, the Press currently publishes 80-85 new books a year and has over 1,500 titles in print. For more information, please visit the Press website.
The Press is located on the University of Georgia’s historic North Campus in Athens, Georgia. Perennially rated as one of the nation's top college towns, Athens offers a vibrant place to work and live. With Atlanta 70 miles to the west, Athens offers good proximity to the city while maintaining a small-town culture and feel. Athens offers a nationally recognized music scene, great restaurants, a local food movement, and a vibrant downtown area with independently owned businesses. Please visit here for more information about Athens.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in a humanities or social science discipline; minimum of five years of acquisition experience with a scholarly or trade publisher; proven track record of working successfully with senior scholars and authors.
Demonstrated success in list building.
Ability to work independently and imaginatively in seeking out promising book projects.
Ability to work effectively with authors and external reviewers.
Ability to manage multiple, deadline-driven projects simultaneously.
Tenacity and creativity to see projects through to successful publication.
Superior communication and networking skills.
Familiarity with manuscript development and preparation.
Familiarity with all stages of the publishing process.
Familiarity with best practices and emerging models of digital publishing, including ebooks and library aggregation.
Knowledge of copyright and contracts as they relate to book publishing.
Ability to travel.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree preferred.
The full description of duties and application instructions is available here.
The University of Georgia values diversity in its faculty, students, and staff and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented minority candidates. The University of Georgia is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
The financial meltdown of 2008 has been attributed to a pre-crash economy whose incentives and rewards resembled a freewheeling casino rather than a rational marketplace. . . .In honor of University Press Week, Southern Spines features an interview with THE INVISIBLES author Hugh Sheehy.
The U.S. has been here before. The middle of the 1830s was one of those times, when land speculation and easy credit blurred the lines between legitimate and illegitimate pursuits of wealth. No part of the U.S. was more steeped in this culture of speculation than the Deep South, because the forced removal of Native Americans had opened vast swaths of valuable cotton land there for development. Cotton cultivated by slaves was the raw material driving the early Industrial Revolution. The crop’s market prices kept rising seemingly regardless of supply, and it became America’s most significant export and arguably the most important commodity in the world.
SS: The book is called The Invisibles, which likely borrows from one of the short stories with the same name. Define an “Invisible” for us.Over on Lambda Literary, the other recent Flannery O'Connor Award winner, E. J. Levy, answers questions about her collection, LOVE, IN THEORY, "her long road to publishing, the eroticism of academia, and of course, love."
HS: It’s a weird condition because it’s kind of a paranoid condition. It’s a person who is unmemorable for some reason, who doesn’t get detected by other people. Other people don’t pick up on their presence. They are there, but nobody notices them. When they’re gone, it’s as if they’ve never been there. They’re there lurking.
Finally, for the sake of cheesiness, what’s your own theory of love?California State University, Fullerton highlights Erica L. Ball's new book, TO LIVE AN ANTI-SLAVERY LIFE and shares an excerpt on their news services website.
I’m from the dairyland of the Midwest so I’m a huge fan of cheese! I think (I hope) I’m done with theories of love; these days, I’m for love, in fact. I think Thomas Merton said it well, “We are what we love.” So, if I have any theory on the subject now, it would be to choose well what you love and then love with all you’ve got; in the end, it defines us, as much as we try to define it.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Press release from UGA Today:
Georgia collections sought for nationwide digital library
Athens, Ga. - The Digital Library of Georgia is accepting applications for original, unpublished historic materials significant to Georgia to be digitized and included in a nationwide digital library.
Georgia libraries, museums, historical societies, archives and other cultural heritage repositories are invited to submit applications for up to five collections each to be considered for digitization and subsequent inclusion in both the Digital Library of Georgia and the Digital Public Library of America. The deadline is Jan. 25. Applications can be found here.
The Digital Public Library of America is a groundbreaking project to make the country's local archives digital, searchable and freely accessible. Launched last summer by Harvard University, the DPLA recently received a boost when the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation gave $1 million to create seven pilot sites with libraries in Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina and Utah to serve as regional hubs. Georgia's share of the grant, together with additional funding from the Arcadia Foundation, is $350,000.
Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia has operated since 2000 as part of Georgia's GALILEO virtual library. According to Toby Graham, director of the Digital Library of Georgia, the DLG already includes more than a million digital files.
"This project will allow us to issue a call for nominations from libraries and archives and other institutions around the state to add more content to the Digital Library of Georgia, which will serve as a pipeline into the Digital Public Library of America," Graham said.
Selection of materials to digitize will be made according to the availability of resources and the DLG collection development policy, which can be found here. DLG will be partnering with Lyrasis for the conversion of selected content, and staff hired through the grant funds will create descriptive records.
"Georgia's public archives—libraries, colleges and universities—have a rich collection that we're eager to share with the world," said Beverly Blake, Macon program director with the Knight Foundation. "Perhaps most importantly, this project will help ensure that our local communities engage with that history and contribute to the collection, helping our libraries become dynamic, digital community centers."
See here for more information on the Digital Public Library of America.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Today is Day 5 of the University Press Week blog tour. Be sure to check out these posts by our peers:
Author and New York Times editor Constance Rosenblum celebrates the regional pride of university presses over on the New York University Press blog.
The Columbia University Press blog features two posts. The one from its editorial director and associate director Jennifer Crewe describes university presses’ willingness and ability to innovate to meet new intellectual and economic challenges. Columbia University professor Sheldon Pollock calls upon the university and its faculty to become more involved with university presses.
John Sherer, director of the University of North Carolina Press, writes about his recent transition from New York trade publishing back to his roots at UNC Press.
The University of Alabama Press features a post from author Rick Bragg.
Author Catherine Allgor says of the University of Virginia Press, "The process of creating this book [THE QUEEN OF AMERICA] with UVP has truly been an exercise in holistic business. In the end, it is a beautiful book. The product reflects the process, which left all of us feeling happy and fulfilled in this work we do. Uniting in a quest for excellence is the hallmark of the University Press, especially mine." She challenges business schools to refer to the university press model when identifying a holistic approach to business.
And finally, the tour wraps up on the Oregon State University Press blog with a post from intern Jessica Kibler.
Thanks for joining us all week on this blog tour!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Nervous Breakdown reviews E. J. Levy's LOVE, IN THEORY. "EJ Levy’s new story collection, LOVE, IN THEORY, is a powerful array of contradictions: sensuous yet wry, bruising yet brainy, perfectly precise yet voluptuously messy."
Idra Novey, EXIT, CIVILIAN, was the NewsPoet on NPR's "All Things Considered" on November 9. Go here to check out her interview and read her poem, "The President Rehired."
According to the Iowa Review, "Danielle Cadena Deulen has hit her stride and shows no signs of slowing." The stories in THE RIOTS "create empathy, if not sympathy, for [Deulen's] younger, troubled self."
In a new podcast for the Journal of Southern Religion, Art Remillard interviews Joshua Rothman, author of FLUSH TIMES AND FEVER DREAMS, about his new book and why scholars of southern religion might be interested in it. Listen to the podcast here.
Article on Charles Seabrook and his book, THE WORLD OF THE SALT MARSH, in Connect Savannah. '“Everyone who lives here should read it,” suggests [local artist Betsy] Cain. “It gives a deep understanding of where we live.”'
Seabrook will be signing books at The Book Lady in Savannah on November 17 at 7:00pm.
The Press is saddened to learn of the passing of two Press authors: O M Brack Jr. and Bertram Wyatt-Brown. Brack edited Sir John Hawkins' THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. and was textual editor for the Works of Tobias Smollett series. Wyatt-Brown was the author of THE LITERARY PERCYS.
Today is Day 4 of the University Press Week blog tour. Be sure to check out these posts by our peers:
The Princeton University Press blog features an interview with Labyrinth Books co-owner Dorothea Von Moltke. She discusses their business model, how prominent university presses are on their shelves, how they make purchasing decisions, how they collaborate with university presses, and also the future of the university town bookstore/university press publishing – what’s unique and special about what they and we do.
Over on the Indiana University Press blog, former intern Nico Perrino shares how university presses are an essential cog within our society's "sophistication machine" and their vital role disseminating scholarly communication and advancing scholarship.
Fredric Nachbaur, director of Fordham University Press, explains on their blog how they have been celebrating University Press Week.
The Texas A&M University Press blog post is by author and Houston Chronicle columnist Loren Steffy. He discusses the impact of university presses, as well as the lasting impact of TAMU Press both on the field of nautical archaeology and on Steffy's family.
Georgetown University Press's publicist, Jackie Beilhart, contributes to today's blog post. It focuses on Less Commonly Taught Languages and how university presses are uniquely talented in creating scholarly material for these languages.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Over on the University of Chicago Press blog, critic, writer, and editor Scott Esposito shares how Wayne Booth's MODERN DOGMA AND THE RHETORIC OF ASSENT contributed to his own engagement with criticism.
Jason Weidemann, senior acquisitions editor for the University of Minnesota Press, writes about the time he recently spent in Cape Town lecturing on publishing.
Author Stephen Wade discusses how university presses "make room for the richness of American voices" for the University of Illinois blog.
Bison Books Manager Tom Swanson explains why university presses matter to their region for the University of Nebraska blog.
Author Laurence M. Hauptman blogs for Syracuse University Press and outlines three main reasons for why university presses matter.
In addition to the blog tour for University Press Week, member presses were asked to create a "Press Influence Map" to show, visually, the significance and outreach of each particular press. More than 30 university press maps demonstrate contributions at both the community and worldwide scale. They are available for browsing here.
"State university presses shine a bright light on their regional community; prestigious disciplinary lists reach out to scholars across the globe as both authors and readers; and institutional collaborations, translations, prizes, and events can carry the name of a university and its press almost anywhere."
Using Google Maps and a custom iconographic key, the UGA Press map demonstrates the many associations the Press has with people, places, and organizations around the world.
Listed here are:
-workplaces of authors, editors, and other contributors whose books are being published in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
-locales important to these books, as settings or subjects
-organizations with which we have partnered to publish these books
View our map here or click on the map below.
View University of Georgia Press Influence Map in a larger map
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Today is Day 2 of the University Press Week blog tour. Be sure to check out these posts by our peers:
MIT Press features a post from editorial director Gita Manaktala on current shifts in reading and scholarship and how university presses can continue to deliver value to readers and authors.
University of California Press has a post from library relations manager Rachel Lee. She discusses the relationship between libraries and university presses.
Author and University of Hawaii Press editorial board member Barbara Watson Andaya will be sharing how university presses extend the global boundary of knowledge.
Wilfrid Laurier University Press includes a post from author R. Bruce Elder, who highlights the importance of scholarly monographs, particularly as they relate to thinking more critically about the big questions in our society.
University of Florida Press interns Alia Almeida, Claire Eder, and Samantha Pryor share their experiences at the University of Florida Press.
In addition to the blog tour, two local publications have also publicized UGA Press's participation in University Press Week. The University of Georgia newspaper, Columns, offers suggestions for how students, faculty, staff, and members of the community can learn more about UGA Press and University Press Week.
Our director, Lisa Bayer, also has a letter to the editor in a recent edition of the Athens Banner-Herald.
The UGA Press provides a vital service to citizens and students of Georgia by publishing books of the highest quality about our state. By telling and preserving the story of Georgia, the Press enables a better understanding of our past and informs the conversation about our future.
We are the leading publisher of books on Georgia’s rich history, culture and natural environment. You will recognize many names in our catalog, from Erskine Caldwell and Jimmy Carter to Flannery O’Connor and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. We are also the publisher of many of the faculty of Georgia’s public universities. In 2013, the Press will celebrate 75 years of publishing on and for Georgia.
Monday, November 12, 2012
|Photo credit: Olivia Drake|
Small is Better: Why University Presses Are Sustainable Presses
My recent stroll through the Brooklyn Book Festival reminded me that, despite dire predictions about the future of reading, small publishing houses are where innovative books grow. In a media world where big is not always better, a small press offers sustainability and quality, reaching out to wonderful writers who can't guarantee mass sales. Furthermore, small presses are conserving publishing's original economic model. They produce beautiful books in small runs. They have the occasional best seller that allows them to lose money on other worthy books. They assemble and retain staffs that are committed to the author, to the reader and to ideas.
That's a model that university presses never abandoned. It works. And we love making it work.
I say "we" because Renee Romano and I became members of the university press publishing community three years ago. Editing our series, "Since 1970: Histories of Contemporary America" at the University of Georgia Press, and our own edited collection, DOING RECENT HISTORY: ON PRIVACY, COPYRIGHT, VIDEO GAMES, INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS, ACTIVIST SCHOLARSHIP, AND HISTORY THAT TALKS BACK (2012), has been a great reminder of why publishing with a university press might be your first choice, not a default position.
Small is personal. At a university press, your book is being taken through the process by an editor who may have even solicited it, has helped you craft the proposal and is committed to the success of each book. your book will be in print over the long term. You might even get your fifteen minutes of fame from marketing departments that are increasingly sophisticated about testing larger markets for your work: go here to see NYU Press author Amy Farrell kickin' it about FAT SHAME (2011) on the Colbert Report!
To put it bluntly, as large publishing houses have consolidated under the ownership of a few large media empires, making money on everything they publish is a far greater priority than helping you through the difficult process of crafting good scholarship that will only sell to a select audience. This doesn't mean commercial editors are bad or unintelligent people: many of them are intellectuals with the same degrees you have. But they need books that will sell, even if it means an endless stream of relatively interchangeable memoirs about addiction, mental illness, sex scandals, parents who go off the rails, the triumph of overcoming (fill in the blank) and the truly terrible things that bad people do to children.
But I want to argue that this is ok: for a thoughtful book about complex ideas, I think smaller may be better. And it's a good thing too. Chances are, although you aspire to be Jill Lepore (or at least I do — I won't speak for you), your first book, and probably all the rest of them, will be published by a university press. People who encourage young authors to "get an agent," or who wax about the potential that manuscript has for a mass audience, are expressing great confidence in you, and you should feel honored by that. But here's what usually happens when you take their advice: you send your proposal to a friend of a friend who knows an agent who either reads it (or doesn't) and says,
"I'm sorry, I can't sell this."
But so what? Ideas weren't put on this earth to be sold, only hustled along to the next person who can make good use of them. As Anis Shivani of the Huffington Post wrote in 2010, small is innovative, small is thoughtful. Small means publishing what is important not something whose profits can be maximized through a vertical integration scheme. Too often ignored, "university presses are often the ones that provide the most thoughtful analyses of civil liberties, constitutional law, foreign and domestic policy, trade and finance, globalization, immigration and citizenship, and other areas where the rapidity of events in recent years has made it difficult to step back and put matters into perspective."
Although ongoing budget cutbacks in higher education mean that university presses have been pressed to not lose money, they don't have corporate bosses who answer to impatient shareholders. University presses have a far more realistic goal: not losing money and serving smaller, specialized audiences that they know intimately.
This is particularly important for history. While it seems that nearly every book about any aspect of the American Civil War has an audience, that's not true of, say, the Wars of Independence in 13th century Scotland. Myself, I have always aspired to write what I call an "airport book." This is an imaginary work of meticulous scholarship that will cause the historical profession to shower me with praise and prizes, but will catch fire and be sold in the bookstores at the Minneapolis airport. (Which are, by the way, some of the finest airport bookstores in the country.)
But for many reasons, few of us will write that book. More importantly, many of us won't want to — or can't — sacrifice the scholarly apparatus and theoretical framework that can make a book an excellent read for specialists but unattractive to even a well-educated reader. Scholars in the fields of art history, natural history, science studies and geography who require expensive illustrations may also find a mass market publisher unwilling to invest in the book they envision. Beautifully written memoirs, novels and poetry that would have been published by major houses thirty years ago, some by highly accomplished and successful authors who are now being passed over by pubshing houses that used to compete for them, are also finding a home at university presses.
Our bottom line is this: at a university press, publishing is what it used to be. Smaller, better. We can help you write the book you want to write, and we get it to your readers.
Next stop on the blog tour: the University of Missouri Press. A complete blog tour schedule is available here.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
For more information, see http://www.ugapress.org/.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
The Charlotte Observer lists Michele Gillespie's KATHARINE AND R. J. REYNOLDS in its round-up of new North Carolina-related titles.
Louisiana Cookin' calls CORNBREAD NATION 6 "a juicy read about everything related to cooking in the South."
Dr. Fulminarc's Sidekick Books blog reviews Idra Novey's EXIT, CIVILIAN from a British point-of-view: "With the USA sending so many of its citizens to prison, Novey’s poems and the questions they raise are timely and crucial in asking her compatriots to consider what the state of their prisons says about them."
Listen here for Poetry Magazine's "Who Brings the Joy" podcast to hear three of Idra Novey's poems.
Be sure to tune in to NPR's "All Things Considered" this Friday (11/9). Idra Novey will be this month's NewsPoet. "Each month, we bring in a poet to spend time in the newsroom — and at the end of the day, to compose a poem reflecting on the day's stories."
Congratulations to Mark Auslander and his book, THE ACCIDENTAL SLAVEOWNER! The book has been awarded the 2012 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology.
Monday, November 05, 2012
THE FAITHS OF THE POSTWAR PRESIDENTS: FROM TRUMAN TO OBAMA
A compelling look at the role of religion in American politics and culture
David L. Holmes
"This is an admirable and colorful yet balanced look at our recent Presidents and their religious beliefs. It will have wide appeal for all readers and particularly for those interested in presidential history." —Nancy Richey, Library Journal
"Holmes, professor of religious studies at the College of William and Mary (The Faiths of the Founding Fathers) examines the backgrounds of our presidents since WWII by delving into their families, the people who influenced their religious beliefs, and their patterns of attending Sunday worship. . . . [I]t is well-researched reading for the reader who wants to know about the presidency." —Publishers Weekly
"Hackworth's study begins to remedy the absence of attention to religion within the critical scholarship on neoliberalism, and it will push this literature in a new and much needed direction. Faith Based is very accessible and interesting, and it moves along nicely. It's a great book." —Jason Dittmer, author of Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity
HERE, GEORGE WASHINGTON WAS BORN
A lively and engaging look at patriotism and collective memory
Seth C. Bruggeman
"In addition to his discussion of this national monument, Bruggeman provides a broader insight into the history of public commemoration from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century, highlighting the changing ways in which sites and objects have been revered...Bruggeman’s study adds an important piece of the puzzle to our understanding of public history and the ways in which the past has been presented to general audiences during the last eighty years."
—American Historical Review
JIMMY CARTER, THE POLITICS OF FAMILY AND THE RISE OF THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT
A look at the seismic shift in the political landscape that gave rise to the Religious Right
J. Brooks Flippen
"Flippen offers an exhaustive, highly documented, and fascinating account of how Jimmy Carter both helped inaugurate 'The Year of the Evangelical' in 1976 and ultimately lost the momentum of this movement to Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party."—Choice
Other related titles:
LIFE OF GENERAL WASHINGTON
David Humphreys With George Washington's Remarks Edited and with an Introduction by Rosemarie Zagarri
"Priceless . . . The book belongs on all Washington shelves."—Library Journal
JIMMY CARTER, AMERICAN MORALIST
The life story and moral legacy of our thirty-ninth president
Kenneth E. Morris
"[Written] with humor, precision, and precocious hindsight."—Washington Post Book World