Research as a Book - Academic Book Publishing 101

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Hybrid (IKBLC and online)

Hosted by UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
2:00 to 3:30 PDT


The talk will focus on scholarly publishing and 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!



Randy Schmidt (UBC Press)

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 through 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


General registration opens on Monday, September 19th, at 9 am.

Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2 - 3 business days at the e-mail associated with your account. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail us at

Please email us if you are registered and can no longer 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.

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