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Book Pitches at SEALS

From SEALS President Nancy Levit:

Dear Colleagues,

As you and your faculty are planning travel over this year, I want to call to your attention a Book Publishers Symposium: How to Pitch a Book panel we will be having at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools annual meeting, on Tuesday, August 1, from 6:30-8:00 PM, along with slots on the days following  the panel for editors from the academic presses to hear actual book pitches from SEALS attendees.

At some point, probably in April, we will be accepting (on a first come, first served basis), applications for the book pitches slots. The reason I want to alert you to this now is that we still have a few hotel rooms available for SEALS.  To register now for the conference and obtain a hotel room, please go to:

Here is the Book Pitches panel description.

Book Publishers Symposium: How to Pitch a Book
Book publishers will explain what they are looking for in book pitches and will offer suggestions on how to construct and present book proposals. They will cover norms in the publishing industry about simultaneous submissions, expected contents in a book proposal, and what to put in a cover letter (for example, estimating the market and whether the book will have enduring significance; situating the proposed book in the existing literature by comparing other chief books in the area and explaining how this book will differ).

Speakers: Ms. Pamela Siege Chandler, West Academic; Mr. Thomas LeBien, Harvard University Press; Mr. Niko Pfund, Oxford University Press; Mr. Keith Sipe, Carolina Academic Publishing; Mr. Joe Terry, Wolters Kluwer.  (These are the folks who will hear the book pitches)

Excited to see everyone at SEALS!


SEALS President 2017

Professor Nancy Levit
Acting Associate Dean of Faculty
Curators’ Distinguished Professor and Edward D. Ellison Professor of Law
UMKC School of Law

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