From Karen Darling at University of Chicago Press: Resources for Publishing Your First Book

The panel of the Author's Workshop. David Kaiser of MIT, Karen Darling of the University of Chicago Press, Audra Wolfe of Outside Reader, and Marguerite Avery of MIT Press. Friday, November 4.

The Graduate and Early Career Caucus of the History of Science Society sponsored a well attended and lively Author Workshop on publishing  that included representatives from the University of Chicago Press, MIT Press, and independent editors. A full report on the GECC activities at the annual meeting is forthcoming. In the meantime workshop participant Karen Darling of the University of Chicago Press has followed up on a question from the audience about resources for aspiring authors on publishing. Here are her suggestions:

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The Association of American University Presses Directory. The print version of the directory (available at includes descriptions of the editorial programs at individual university presses, as well as contact information, and so on. For an online directory of links to individual university presses, see

Most university press websites offer submission guidelines.

William Germano, Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books (University of Chicago Press, 2001; 2nd edition, 2008)

William Germano, From Dissertation to Book (University of Chicago Press, 2005)

Beth Luey, ed., Revising Your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors (University of California Press, 2004) and Handbook for Academic Authors (Cambridge University Press, 3rd edition, 1995)

Eleanor Harman, Ian Montagnes, Siobhan McMenemy, and Chris Bucci, eds., The Thesis and the Book: A Guide for First‐Time Academic Authors (University of Toronto Press, 2nd edition, 2003)

Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato, Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction‐‐and Get It Published (W. W. Norton, 2002): although intended for authors of non‐academic, trade books, much of the advice here applies equally well to authors of scholarly books

Scott Norton, Developmental Editing: A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors, and Publishers (University of Chicago Press, 2009)

W. Brad Johnson and Carol A. Mullen, Write to the Top! How to Become a Prolific Academic (Palgrave, 2007)

Howard S. Becker, Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article (University of Chicago Press, 2nd edition, 2007)

Susan E. Abrams, “An Optimal Foraging Strategy for Scientist Authors,” American Scientist 77 (May‐June 1989), 227‐231 (Jstor link. Subscription or payment required for full article)

MLA Style Manual, 3rd edition: includes detailed advice on the review processes used by scholarly journals and presses, as well as information on copyright, fair use, and so on

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition: definitive guidance on citation styles, and more, plus chapters on copyright, permissions, proofreader’s marks, and other practical aspects of authorship (also available online at

Susan M. Bielstein, Permissions: A Survival Guide (University of Chicago Press, 2006)

John B. Thompson, Books in the Digital Age: The Transformation of Academic and Higher Education Publishing in Britain and the United States (Polity, 2005): a detailed report on the state of academic book publishing, a good book to give to naïve deans and chairs

John B. Thompson, Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty‐First Century (Polity, 2010): an overview of the American and British trade book publishing industry, based on thorough statistical study


2012-2013 Lemelson Center Fellowships, Travel to Collections Awards

The Lemelson Center Fellowship Program and Travel to Collections Award Program support projects that present creative approaches to the study of invention and innovation in American society. These include, but are not limited to, historical research and documentation projects resulting in publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, and multimedia products.

The programs provide access to the expertise of the Institution’s research staff and the vast invention and technology collections of the National Museum of American History (NMAH).  The NMAH Archives Center documents both individuals and firms across a range of time periods and subject areas including railroads, musical instruments, television, radio, plastics, and sports equipment.  Representative collections include the Western Union Telegraph Company Records, ca. 1840-1994; the Earl S. Tupper Papers, documenting Tupper, and his invention, Tupperware; and the Howard Head Papers, documenting the inventor of Head-brand fiberglass skis and Prince tennis rackets.

The Lemelson Center invites applications covering a broad spectrum of research topics that resonate with its mission to foster a greater understanding of invention and innovation, broadly defined.  However, the Center especially encourages project proposals that will illuminate the role of women inventors; inventors with disabilities; inventors from diverse backgrounds; or any inventions and technologies associated with groups that are traditionally under-represented in the historical record.  Pertinent NMAH collections include the papers of Victor L. Ochoa, a Mexican-American aeronautical inventor; the papers of Dr. Patricia Bath, an African-American inventor of a patented cataracts treatment; and the HIV/AIDS and LGBT Reference Collections, which document innovative public health programs and associated technologies.  For a comprehensive list of Archives Center collections, see

The Lemelson Center Fellowship Program annually awards 2 to 3 fellowships to pre-doctoral graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and other professionals who have completed advanced training.  Fellows are expected to reside in the Washington, D.C. area, to participate in the Center’s activities, and to make a presentation of their work to colleagues at the museum.  Fellowship tenure is based upon the applicants’ stated needs (and available funding) up to a maximum of ten weeks.  Stipends for 2012-2013 will be $575/week for pre-doctoral fellows and $870/week for post-doctoral and professional fellows.  Applications are due 15 January 2012; notifications will be made by 15 April 2012.  For application procedures and additional information, please see resources/research_fellowships.aspx.  Researchers should consult with the fellowship coordinator prior to submitting a proposal – please contact historian Eric S. Hintz, Ph.D. at +1 202-633-3734

The Lemelson Center Travel to Collections Award Program annually awards 4 to 5 short-term travel grants to encourage the use of its invention-related collections.  Awards are $150 per day for a maximum of 10 business days and may be used to cover transportation, living, and reproduction expenses.  Only applicants who reside or attend school beyond commuting distance of the National Museum of American History are eligible for this program. Applications are due 30 November 2011, with notifications by mid-December 2011.  For application procedures and additional information, see  Researchers should consult with the travel award coordinator prior to submitting a proposal – please contact archivist Alison Oswald at +1 202-633-3726 or


***Application Deadlines***

Travel to Collections Awards: November 30, 2011

Fellowships: January 15, 2012