Upcoming workshops help navigate world of publishing

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Workshops on Nov. 26 and Dec. 4 will help prospective authors navigate the publishing world.Few things are as satisfying as seeing your name in print.But if you’re about to sign a book contract or hope to one day, there’s a lot to consider.Fortunately, the workshop Contracts, copyright and confusion: How to make sense of your book publishing contract is being held Monday to help prepare prospective authors for the publishing process.The workshop will cover the terms you can expect to see in a book publishing contract and what surprises may occur. It will also answer common questions about control over cover art, copyright permissions for third party materials and what happens when a book goes out of print.The free session is open to faculty and students and will feature guest speaker Lisa Quinn, the acquisitions editor at Wilfrid Laurier University Press. In her role, Quinn acquires and develops manuscripts in the humanities and social sciences. She has also taught courses in publishing and media, and is a member of the Library Relations Committee for the American Association of University Presses.The workshop runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. in TH253 and registration is required online or by email.A workshop on how to get published is also planned for Tuesday, Dec. 4.The session, which will feature a panel discussion with editors and publishers from the University of Toronto and Oxford University presses, will cover submitting a proposal, the peer review process, revisions, the difference between a thesis and book, and publishing timelines, among other topics.Whether you’re a graduate student just beginning your professional career or a seasoned academic, this workshop will provide invaluable insights into publishing both scholarly works and textbooks.How to get published: Insights from leading university press publishers runs from 11:40 to 1 p.m. in TH 253.For more information on either workshop, email Chabriol Colebatch or call her at ext. 3232.

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