Organizers of the EFA’s Academic Editing Chapter (a partnership with Editors Canada) are pleased to be expanding their programming this year. The chapter kicked off the EFA / Editors Canada Joint Academic Editing Book Club (JAEBC) last year, and as part of that series, on April 3, it featured an author Q&A for the first time: a discussion with Laura Portwood-Stacer, PhD, author of The Book Proposal Book.

Laura drew from years of experience founding and building Manuscript Works, a consultancy that serves academic authors. She also expanded on the subject of The Book Proposal Book, advising the meeting’s sixty-two attendees about how to guide scholars through the process of developing a book proposal and pitching it to acquisitions editors. Attendees asked questions about a range of topics, from the nuts and bolts of peer review to how editors can support authors through opaque aspects of the publishing process. A recording of this event is available with the passcode 18eU$#SV.

Those who are interested can follow the Academic Editing Chapter on its web page and can also sign up for its mailing list. Chapter organizers look forward to hosting several events in the coming weeks, all of which are open to everyone:

  • April 17, 10am PT / 1pm ET: Academic Editing Coffee Chat, a discussion about books we wish we had edited (find out more or REGISTER)
  • April 28, 9am PT / 12pm ET: Let’s Talk About . . . AI and Automation for Editorial Project Management, a talk by Dr. Cathy Hannabach (find out more or REGISTER)
  • May 5, 10am PT / 1pm ET: Academic Editing Book Club, a discussion of Networking for Freelance Editors: Practical Strategies for Networking Success, by Linda Ruggeri and Brittany Dowdle (find out more or REGISTER)

(Pictured: Professional headshot of Laura Portwood-Stacer.) 

Emma Calabrese

Academic Editing Chapter