Advice for First-Time Authors Preparing to Seek a Publisher: A talk by two editors from the University of California Press

Are you looking to get your book manuscript published by a leading academic press? If you are, then this is the event for you! The Humanities and Social Sciences Association is proud to announce a talk by Kari Dahlgren and Eric Schmidt, two editors from the University of California Press, on strategies for scholars seeking to publish a book for the first time. The editors will address the following key elements in trying to get your book published:

The Proposal : What makes a compelling proposal? What information is essential and what’s distracting? What to avoid in a proposal, and what to strive for?

How to Shop a Manuscript: What should you think about when determining which presses to approach? What should you expect about the process?

The Contract: What are the components, and what questions should you ask? 

The Publishing Process and Timeline: What happens once your book is accepted by a press?


Kari Dahlgren, Art History Editor, has a B.A. in English from Northwestern University. She was Publications Manager/Editor at the Center for Creative Photography from 2005 to 2010. Her work there included editing, project management, and print production of books, journals, web projects, and related materials. Previously, she served as Associate Director of Publications at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, where she worked from 1997 to 2005. 

Eric A. Schmidt, Classics and Religion Editor, studied painting and printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design before receiving his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Eric has been with UC Press since 2007, working in acquisitions and manuscript editorial on our lists for classics, history, art history, music, and cinema, before taking up the editorship for classics and religion.