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Solving the Mystery of Crafting a Winning Book Proposal

Many scholars excel at writing academic manuscripts but are less confident when asked to pitch their work in the final stage ahead of submission: the book proposal. Laura Portwood-Stacer, author of The Book Proposal Book (Princeton University Press), will break down the book proposal process in a clear and attainable way and offer tips on how to (successfully!) pitch your proposal to prospective university presses and academic publishers.

Laura Portwood-Stacer will provide some much-needed clarity on how to craft a winning book proposal. You will get:

Sad news: Dr. Margot Liberty

Hello everyone. Elaine Nelson, WHA Executive Director, shares the sad news that Dr. Margot Liberty died on February 9. Dr. Liberty was active in the WHA for many years, both as a scholar and within the organization. She won the Joan Paterson Kerr award for best illustrated book for her edited volume, A Northern Cheyenne Album: Photographs by Thomas B. Marquis.

How Can You Benefit from Publishers’ Efforts to Diversify Their Author Base?

Traditionally, leading publishers have favored publishing books written by established academics in top universities. While much of this seminal research is critically important in laying the foundations in many fields, oftentimes potentially groundbreaking research from smaller universities or from underrepresented populations hasn’t been afforded the same opportunity to be seriously considered by leading publishers.