Thursday, November 14, 2013

University Press Week: Day 4 of Blog Tour University Press Week blog tour continues! We are more than halfway through the tour, and today is the longest leg of the tour, with posts from 9 of our fellow university presses.

Today the theme is "The Importance of Regional Publishing." The tour stops at the following presses:

Fordham University Press director, Fredric Nachbaur, writes about establishing the Empire State Editions imprint to better brand an market the regional books, reflect the mission of the university, and co-publish books with local institutions.

Louisiana State University Press discusses the challenge of capturing an authentic representation of Louisiana's culture, especially when it is an outsider looking in, as many authors (scholar or not) are. The post will also discuss how it takes more than just a well-written, thoroughly researched book to suceed in depicting the nuances of Louisiana's food, music, and art. It also requires a relationship of respect and acceptance between subject and author.

Oregon State University Press gives a brief introduction about regional publishing, followed by specifics about the OSU Press list.

Syracuse University Press has a post from regional author, Chuck D'Imperio. He discusses the roots of regional writing in many of the "classics." From oral testimonies to local guidebooks, these stories contribute to the culture and history of the region.

University of Alabama Press tackles the importance of regional publishing.

University of Nebraska Press editor-in-chief, Derek Krissoff, defines the meaning of place in university press publishing.

University of North Carolina Press editorial director, Mark Simpson-Vos, highlights the special value of regional university press publishing at a time when the scale for so much of what we do emphasizes the global.

University Press of Kentucky regional editor, Ashley Runyon, writes on her unique editorial perspective as a born-and-bred Kentuckian as well as preserving Kentucky's cultural heritage. The post will also feature some highlights about what makes Kentucky (and Kentucky books) unique.

University Press of Mississippi marketing manager and author, Steve Yates, describes how regional publishing changed his writing and his life.

Look for some more great content during University Press Week! Follow the tour with this schedule or the hashtag #UPWeek on Twitter and Facebook.