What’s the difference between internal review and “external” or “peer” review? Is it okay to have several presses review my manuscript simultaneously?
Internal review is casual dating
When I receive a manuscript for internal review, I’m seeing if it is well-written, thoughtful, cohesive. I’m deciding whether I think it has the chops to get good reviews from [...]
I’ve been thinking about gifts lately. (Go figure.)
In particular, I’ve been thinking about why it feels… awkward… sometimes to receive a gift, as an editor, from an author. Or to be more precise, from a would-be author.
In my experience, gift-giving between authors and editors isn’t reaching epidemic proportions. If it happens at all, it tends [...]
One year for the holidays, my in-laws donated, in my name, a flock of chicks to help in the fight against world hunger, courtesy of Heifer International. I thought that was mighty cool.
So how could I resist jumping on the bandwagon when I saw literary agent Nathan Bransford’s giving challenge today?
Exactly. I couldn’t [...]
While searching out advice on nonfiction book proposals for you, I came across this tidbit:
Acquisitions editors, your publisher’s “gate-keepers,”… are notoriously risk adverse. If a book doesn’t sell, or if an author doesn’t perform, they’re the one who has to answer their co-workers and superiors. On the other hand, even if a book turns out [...]
I’ve added a new feature to the site: Ask the Editor!
Use the query form if you:
want to ask a question without risk of “looking dumb”…
are curious whether a contract clause is “standard issue”…
are curious whether a contract clause might be negotiable…
want a second opinion on what someone else told you about publishing…
want me to clarify [...]
When it comes to book proposals, one thing that I think is often overlooked discounted in the academic world is that your book proposal is a sales tool.
I know, I know: In life-of-the-mind circles, talk about marketing and sales is a little… distasteful. But when it comes to getting your book published, paying attention to [...]
To wrap up the conversation, here’s the third thing you should know—or remember—about peer review. (Item 1 is here; Item 2 is here.)
(to confirm Aqua Regia)
From a purely monetary perspective, most referees provide essentially free labor.
Editors have a vested interest in identifying referees who will care about the [...]
To continue the discussion from Thursday, in response to this comment, here is the second of three things you should know—or remember—about peer review, and how it relates to the cost of academic books.
Most reviewers are paid between $100 and $200 to read an average-length manuscript.
The editorial director of a well-known foundation once [...]
As I said, I was rankled by several of the comments in response to Yglesias’ post about The High Price of Scholarship. For example, Aqua Regia noted:
“I’m pretty sure peer-reviewing is a pretty negligible cost of publishing. All the editor has to do is select a few names and send them the submitted paper. Like [...]
Catching up on my blog reading yesterday, I came across these posts on the high cost of academic books:
John Holbo opened with this:
I hereby declare – for the benefit of anyone at Oxford UP who might be reading – that I was going to require my (probably 50-or-so) students next semester to buy [two of] [...]