Michigan State University

New faculty discussion group: Print on Demand (POD) Self Publishing & Alternative Publishing Models in Academia

Breezy Silver

MSU faculty, academic staff, and academic administrators are invited to take part in a new faculty discussion group on Print on Demand (POD) Self Publishing and Alternate Publishing Models in Academia. The MSU Libraries are organizing the group in response to faculty request.

Discussion topics will include: advantages and disadvantages of alternative models; resources for editing, design, indexing and production; marketing through professional organizations and trade associations; distribution through non-traditional channels, and more.

Fall 2012 schedule:

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 4 PM

Self Publishing and Printing on Demand (POD): You Don't Need to Have a Garage Full of Books

Publishing has changed, and will change even more dramatically in the future. Brenda Sternquist, Professor of Marketing, Broad College of Business will lead a discussion on this new paradigm for publishing. Initial discussion to identify publishing issues, opportunities and faculty needs. The emphasis will be on creating a community of authors who want to share their experiences, and learn from others.

Wednesday, October 31, 4 PM

Filling in Your Gaps: Working Well with Freelance Editors, Designers, and Indexers

Margot Kielhorn, Managing Editor (emerita), MSU Press Journals Division, will discuss best practices for working with freelance publishing professionals. General discussion to follow.

Wednesday, November 28, 4 PM

Case Study on Self-Publishing in the Humanities

Ronald Haladyna, Professor (emeritus) of Spanish and Latin American Culture, Ferris State University, will compare his experiences editing one bilingual anthology of South American poetry with a university press, and publishing three additional volumes himself. General discussion to follow.

Location: Main Library, North Conference Room (W449)

The group will continue in Spring term, on the last Wednesday of the month from January to April (January 30, February 27, March 27, April 24, 2013.)

For more information, contact Ruth Ann Jones at jonesr@msu.edu or 517-884-0910.

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