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A: A growing number of titles published by the University of Alberta Press are available as ebooks. We sell many of our ebook editions through our website.
Our e-bookselling partners include:
- Amazon.com (Kindle)
- Google ebookstore
- Ingram Digital
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- Wheelers Books
A: Most publishers receive hundreds and sometimes thousands of manuscripts in a year. Often publishers receive so many manuscripts that they cannot respond quickly or with more than a form (rejection) letter to individual authors. The University of Alberta Press (UAP) receives approximately 1000 proposals each year.
Authors will have a greater opportunity of finding a publisher if they find one whose program matches their book manuscript. We recommend that authors visit bookstores and libraries to find out which publishers are publishing the type/genre of book they have written. Then, visit those publishers’ web sites to learn if they will consider unsolicited manuscripts and, if so, whether they have specific submission guidelines (see Author Handbook: Submissions).
A: We would much rather receive a proper submission at the outset. To see what kinds of books we publish, a good place to start is our subject index. If you think there is a good chance that we would be interested in your work, send along a full proposal and supporting material by e-mail or mail.
Note that there are many kinds of books that we do not publish. Our editorial program is focused on certain fields and styles of scholarship. We do not normally consider unrevised dissertations, nor Festschriften.
A: Generally speaking, books are published according to the schedule indicated in author contract. However, many factors may come to bear on the schedule that may not be predictable at the time the contract is signed. For instance, the author may not be able to make necessary revisions within the time agreed which might cause the manuscript to lose its place in line. The necessary subvention may not be forthcoming in a timely manner. Changes in personnel or illness within the publishing house may cause delays. Even world events may affect a publishing schedule.
As much as possible the Press tries to keep authors informed of the status of their manuscripts.
The Association of Canadian Publishers. The national collective voice of English-language Canadian-owned book publishers.
The Association of Canadian University Presses / Association Des Presses. The Association of Canadian University Presses / Association Des Presses Universitaires Canadiennes exists to serve the interest of Canadian scholarship. By their publishing activity, ACUP / APUC members encourage the broadest distribution of the fruits of research and scholarship. The ACUP / APUC provides an organization through which the exchange of ideas relating to university presses and their functions may be facilitated. The members of our community practice a unique kind of publishing, which needs a public voice. The ACUP / APUC is a source for publishing advice and assistance to learned bodies, scholarly associations, institutions of higher learning, and individual scholars and the major voice of the scholarly publishing community to government, to the media, and to the public.
Book Publishers Association of Alberta The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) was founded in 1975 to support the development of a thriving provincial publishing industry, away from Canada’s traditional book publishing centres. Today one of the strongest communities of regional publishers in North America, the BPAA counts more than 25 member companies, many of which are owned and operated in Alberta. Our members publish books by local, national and international authors and provide significant cultural and economic benefits to this province. They work with writers, printers, artists and other creative people to produce high quality books that are sold in Alberta and throughout the world.
The Association of American University Presses. Formally established in 1937, AAUP promotes the work and influence of university presses, provides cooperative marketing opportunities, and helps its 130+ member presses fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. AAUP members are active across many scholarly disciplines, including the humanities, the arts, and sciences, and are innovators in the world of electronic publishing.
Canadian Publishers’ Council. Website for the Canadian Publishers’ Council, includes membership list. (The CPC includes publishers in Canada that are not wholly owned and operated in Canada; many multinational companies are members of the CPC.)
Association Nationale des Éditeurs de Livres. Association of Québec and French Canadian Presses L’ANEL regroupe près de 100 maisons d’édition de langue française au Québec et au Canada.
The Association of American Publishers. The major U.S. publishing organization’s website.
Bowker’s Books in Print. Bowker’s website listing all the books in print and publishers.
LiteraryMarketPlace Alphabetical listings of all types of publishers in North America and the rest of the world, with a special category for small presses.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.
The Awards to Scholarly Publications Program is a key activity of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Formerly known as the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program, the ASPP is a competitive funding program designed to assist with the publication of scholarly books on topics in the humanities and social sciences.
- William Germano, From Dissertation to Book. 2nd ed. (U of Chicago Press, 2013).
- William Germano, Getting it Published. 2nd ed. (University of Chicago Press, 2008).
- Eleanor Harman, et al., The Thesis and the Book (U of T Press, 2003).
- Beth Luey, Handbook for Academic Authors. 4th ed. (Cambridge U Press, 2002). [See chapter on thesis and book]
- James Mulholland, “What I’ve Learned about Publishing a Book,” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 45 (April 2014), 211–236.
- James Mulholland, “What I’ve Learned about Revising a Dissertation,” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 43 (October 2011), 39–51.
- Jacob L. Wright, “What Enhanced E-Books Can Do for Scholarly Authors,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 April 2014.
- Robin Derricourt, An Author’s Guide to Scholarly Publishing (Princeton University Press, 1996).
Style books for academic writing and editing:
- The Chicago Manual of Style Online: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. The Bible for all academic editors. This includes both Humanities styles and Author-Date styles for references.
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2013. APA style is one of the most commonly used author-date styles in the social sciences, specifically psychology, behavioral and social sciences, nursing, criminology, and personnel areas. The guide is a must for anyone dealing in any of these fields and also can be used for working in the sciences with author-date style.
For books on writing and editing your own work:
- William Zinsser, On Writing Well 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. (Harper Collins, 2006).
- Betsy Lerner, The Forest for the Trees (Revised and Updated): An Editor's Advice to Writers (Riverhead Books, 2010).
- Susan Bell, Artful Edit: On The Practice Of Editing Yourself (WW Norton, 2008).
- Carol Fisher Saller, The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself) (University of Chicago Press, 2009).
- Stephen King, On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft (Scribner, 2010).
- Stephen Fry, The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within (Arrow, 2007).
- Supply art in black and white format if at all possible. Authors often prepare graphs or scans of photos in colour, but these reproduce badly. Do not save colour images as black and white images, as these will also reproduce badly.
- Submit only TIFF (TIF) or EPS files if you submit art digitally. These are high-resolution files suitable for offset printing. Try to avoid JPG (JPEG) files. Halftones (art with any shades of grey) should be 266 to 300 dpi; line art 900 to 1200 dpi. These are minimums. If the art is to print at more than 100% (in other words, to be enlarged from file size), the resolution must be correspondingly higher.
- Do not provide PDF, and GIF files. None of these are intended for offset printing. Do not embed images in Word files, as we then have to strip them out.
- Please supply hard copy printouts of all art files, along with captions and any necessary permissions. Captions should be typed on a separate page from the art.
- Please note approximate placement for images, graphs, and figures in the manuscript. Example: <fig. 3 about here>.
A. The University of Alberta Press is an academic unit of Learning Services, reporting to the Vice-Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian.
UAP and its activities are funded by a combination of federal and provincial culture and research support grants, project funds, sales of books, licensing fees and international distribution rights, and institutional support.
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