The Outside Reader

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Publishing Guidance

Once upon a time, a junior scholar could write a polished dissertation, ask a well-placed advisor to make a call or two, and be reasonably certain of a contract and publication with a reputable scholarly press. That world is long gone. As if peer review weren't bad enough, today's publishers want their potential authors to talk about proposals, platforms, and exclusives. Even experienced authors are confused: what on earth do publishers want?

It doesn't have to be this way. While we cannot guarantee you a book contract, we can at least demystify the process. With nearly 10 years of experience working with publishers in trade science, environmental studies, public health, medical anthropology, science and technology studies, and the history of science, medicine, and technology, The Outside Reader can dramatically improve your odds for finding the right home for your project.

Just to be clear: we are not an agency, we cannot negotiate on your behalf, and we cannot offer legal advice. Instead, we can and will give you the information you need to become your own best advocate when dealing with publishers.

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