Books for the Long Run Part I: What Makes For a Successful Scholarly Book?

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm


Please join the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program for Books for the Long Run, a three-part series of panel discussions on strategy for successful publishing. The first event on January 15, 2019 features Thomas LeBien and Susan Arellano speaking on the topic, “What Makes for a Successful Scholarly Book?” The panel, moderated by Fox Family Pavilion Distinguished Scholar and Princeton University Press, Editor at Large Peter Dougherty, will work backwards from the typical publishing workshop agenda to demonstrate to prospective authors what publishers think of as success in terms of review coverage, sales, awards, national and international exposure, translations, and long-term performance for a strong scholarly book.

About the Panelists:

Executive Editor-at-Large at Harvard University Press, Thomas LeBien has spent twenty-seven years in book publishing holding positions ranging from editorial assistant to publisher, with stints at Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Simon and Schuster.

Susan Arellano is the publisher of Templeton Press, a subsidiary of the John Templeton Foundation. Before joining Templeton Press, she was a literary agent at Inkwell Management and the Susan Rabiner Agency where she specialized in serious nonfiction.  Prior to becoming an agent, she was a long time editor at Basic Books, The Free Press, and Yale University Press. She has published best selling books in psychology, sociology, education, religion, business, and politics. 

About the Series:

Books for the Long Run is the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program’s series of three panels on strategy for successful publishing, moderated by Peter Dougherty, the Robert A. Fox Family Pavilion Distinguished Scholar and Princeton University Press Editor at Large. The series begins with the “end game” or strategy underlying the publication of any successful scholarly or serious non-fiction book, then reverse-engineers to tactics and the mechanisms of the publishing process. Each panel discussion features presentations by publishing professionals. The second event in the series will be on March 14, “What Do Book Editors Want,” and the third and final panel will be on April 18, “Finding the Right Publisher.”

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Event location:
Robert and Penny Fox Family Pavilion | Spady Room
3814 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104