Streamline Your Scholarly Publishing: Strategic Workshop for Faculty

Special Guest Facilitator: Carole Sargent, Director of Scholarly Publications
Georgetown University

Friday, April 12th, 9:00-12:30
Location: Poetry Center, Sawyer Library

For the past seven years, Georgetown University's Office of Scholarly Publications has guided faculty to simplify and demystify the scholarly publishing process. On Friday, April 12th, 9:30am-12:30pm its Director will join us at Suffolk University for a half-day publishing workshop. You'll learn tested processes for any book or article. You’ll also glean inside information straight from editors at university presses and top-tier journals, while understanding ways that scholarly publishing has changed in the last decade. You'll leave the workshop with a plan to streamline your writing process, and a strategy for getting your work to the right editors. You'll also receive two free books that have already inspired hundreds of faculty members (even the very well published) to produce richer work in less time. RSVP

Who: Carole Sargent, Ph.D., Director, Office of Scholarly Publications

When: Friday, April 12th, 9am-12:30pm

What to bring: Books will be provided. Please prepare and submit questions in advance if you wish,

Who should come: Faculty at any tenure level are encouraged to participate. Although this workshop is highly suitable for first-time authors and pre-tenure faculty, it has always been quite popular among post-tenure scholars, especially those whose service responsibilities and work-life balance issues may obstruct plentiful publication.


9:30-10:00 OVERVIEW. Introductory talk about why we founded this office, how scholarly publishing is changing.

10:00-10:30 UNIVERSITY PRESS STRATEGIES. Notes from seven years of visiting presses and speaking with editors. Discussion of many new norms in scholarly publishing that may pleasantly surprise you.

10:30-11:00 GROUP OR PARTNER WORK: A NEW TAKE ON QUERY LETTERS. Includes an extra few minutes for a break.

11:00-11:30 SCHOLARLY ARTICLES. Introduction to the workbook, discussion of specific publishing strategies with examples.

11:30-12:00 GROUP OR PARTNER WORK: THE POWER OF THE ABSTRACT RECONSIDERED. Includes an extra few minutes if anyone wants a break.

12:00-12:30 GENERAL Q&A & LUNCH. Although there will be some time for questions all morning, we'll have a closing discussion that takes on specific cases.

ABOUT YOUR FACILITATOR: Carole Sargent is the Director of Scholarly Publications at Georgetown University, where she previously taught eighteenth-century English literature. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Virginia, and her two books with Farrar, Straus & Giroux received attention in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, and on "60 Minutes," NPR and CNN. This office has been profiled in The Chronicle of Higher Education. She has published scholarly articles in Eighteenth-Century Studies and Studies in English Literature, and a new scholarly book is out for peer review with a major university press. She welcomes your questions or thoughts before the workshop,