The Outside Reader

Bringing Books to Life


The Outside Reader offers editorial and publishing consulting services for scholars and scholarly publishers. We focus on big picture questions for books: What is your book about? How should you go about getting it published? Who is your audience, and how will you reach it? Most of our clients are authors, but we occasionally work directly with publishers.

Many of the services offered by The Outside Reader were once handled by agents, publishers, or publicists. The changing realities of the publishing industry have forced presses, particularly scholarly presses, to focus on their core businesses of acquiring, publishing, and distributing books, rather than investing time and money in editing and publicity.

The Outside Reader is here to help. We firmly believe that the publishing process should be as transparent as possible, and that an informed author is an empowered author.