Books for the Long Run Part III: Finding the Right Publisher

Thursday, April 18, 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 third and final event on April 18, 2019 features Eric Halpern and Christie Henry speaking on the topic, “Finding the Right Publisher.” 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:

Eric Halpern has been director of the University of Pennsylvania Press for more than two decades. For a dozen years before he worked in acquisitions at the Johns Hopkins University Press. He got his start at Cornell University Press in 1981.

Christie Henry joined Princeton University Press as Director in September of 2017, after 24 years at the University of Chicago Press, most recently as Editorial Director for Sciences, Social Sciences, and Reference.  She built a renowned editorial program in the sciences, and also managed programs ranging from economics to political science, cartography to reference, including The Chicago Manual of Style.  She has been an active member of the publishing community, and particularly the Association of University Presses, serving on its inaugural Acquisitions Committee and coauthoring its Best Practices of Peer Review, and is currently chairing the Task Force on Gender, Equity, and Cultures of Respect. 

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 first panel on January 15, 2019 featured Thomas LeBien of Harvard University Press and Susan Arellano of Templeton University Press discussing, "What Makes for a Successful Scholarly Book?" The second panel on March 14, 2019 featured Greg Britton of Johns Hopkins University Press and Lucy Randall of Oxford University Press speaking about, "What do Book Editors Want?" This third and final panel will be on April 18 on the topic of “Finding the Right Publisher."


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Event location:

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