Academic Book Publishing 101

Date & Time

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm



Offered by

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and UBC Press

The talk will focus on scholarly publishing in the humanities and social sciences. It will provide an opportunity to ask questions about the process of publishing a book with a university press. Topics of discussion include:

  • what distinguishes university presses from other publishers
  • how to locate the appropriate publisher for your work
  • how to prepare an attractive prospectus
  • how to turn your thesis into a book
  • sources of funding for scholarly monographs and collections
  • the stages through which a manuscript must pass before publication
  • what to expect of your publisher and what your publisher will expect of you

The session consists of a 45-minute presentation followed by a question and answer period. Bring your questions!


Since starting at UBC Press in 1996, Randy Schmidt has been a driving force within the acquisitions department.  During that time, he has helped guide hundreds of books from the proposal stage though peer review and into production. Along the way, he coordinated the launch of several well-respected series, including Law and Society and Nature | History | Society, and most recently he established the series Landmark Cases in Canadian Law. Randy's editorial approach is simple: find good manuscripts, shepherd them to publication in a timely manner, and make authors happy.

Registration Information

General registration opens on Tuesday, March 19th at 9 am .

Registration is open to current UBC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. After registering, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail us at Please email us if you are registered and are no longer able to attend this event.


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.