Posted by Alyssa Berthiaume, Marketing Coordinator, and Whitney Feininger, Assistant Editor
We are happy to announce the return of a special feature on our blog:
“How to Work with a Scholarly Press”
You may have noted that in the last year we have occasionally featured posts specific to working with an academic publisher. These posts have examined topics like submitting a proposal, the importance of word count, preparing the final manuscript, and attending conferences.
This year we are moving from the occasional post to an actual blog series, continuing to cover a variety of practical topics—both general and specific— across all aspects of publishing with advice from our commissioning, desk-editorial, and marketing staff as well as from our authors and series editors. Our hope is to educate authors on practical issues with working with a press and to empower them to deliver better and more complete proposals and manuscripts. In general, we aim to address two new topics per quarter—the first two to appear online before the end of March.
You will be able to find these posts (new and old) under the category “Author Advice.” We will also be announcing the appearance of new posts through status updates on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to friend and follow us on those sites.
If there are any particular topics you would like to see reviewed, please let us know by leaving a comment.
A Review Article by Geraint Hughes, of British Generals in Blair’s Wars, was published in the November 2013 issue (6) of The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
Here’s a short extract:
Over the past 15 years the British armed forces have almost constantly been in a state of war. At the time of writing Britain has fought in seven external conflicts: the joint US–UK bombing campaign against Iraq in December 1998, the Kosovo War (March–June 1999), the intervention in Sierra Leone (April 2000–September 2001), the NATO-led mission to end the Macedonian civil war (August 2001), the invasions and occupations of Afghanistan (October 2001 onwards) and Iraq (March 2003–July 2011), and the multinational air campaign in Libya (March–August 2011). At the beginning of this period, the British armed forces—the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force (RAF)—were hailed by the Labour government of Tony Blair as a ‘force for good’ in world affairs, and the ‘New Labour’ ideology emphasised UK involvement in humanitarian intervention in overseas conflicts.
Currently, however, there is widespread fatigue and disillusionment among Britain’s politicians, senior military commanders and the general public, arising from the legacy of the Iraq war and Britain’s embroilment in Afghanistan, and the parliamentary vote blocking UK participation in any US-led air strikes against Syria (29 August 2013) can be seen as evidence of a widespread and fundamental hostility towards military interventions overseas. Above all, the laudatory and often self-congratulatory commentary about the inherent skills of the British armed forces has become a casualty of the fighting in Basra and Helmand.
Thousands of servicemen and women have served in demanding overseas tours, with hundreds giving their lives in the process, and thousands more dealing with the physical and psychological traumas that come from engagement in combat. The three armed services—and in particular the Army—are now tarnished with a word rarely used since 1942: ‘defeat’. If success can encourage complacency, failure often leads to soul-searching, introspection and recriminations.
In this volume, two former British Army officers (Major General Jonathan Bailey and Colonel Richard Iron) and a military historian (Hew Strachan) have collected a series of essays from serving and veteran senior commanders, based on papers originally delivered at the ‘Campaigning and Generalship’ seminars held at the University of Oxford’s Changing Character of War Programme between 2005 and 2012. These provide a professional analysis of the armed forces’ performance—and that of the Army in particular—in ‘Blair’s Wars’. Collectively, they make for illuminating and sobering reading…
… British Generals in Blair’s Wars is a valuable contribution to the debate surrounding Britain’s recent experiences of war, and on the future of both the UK’s armed forces and its national strategy. It is required reading for historians and political scientists interested in the UK’s politico-military relationships, and is also of relevance for comparative purposes for scholars interested in the foreign and defence policies of other states.
If you subscribe to this journal, this is the link to the full review article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00358533.2013.857810
More information about British Generals in Blair’s Wars
The next few weeks will be busy ones for us, as we attend a number of conferences. We’ll have books on display, and commissioning editors in attendance at many of these, so it’s a good opportunity to take a closer look at some of our new books, or to talk to us about possible book proposals. Maybe we will see you at one of these events?
28-30 August 2013, London (Valerie Rose, Katy Crossan and Fiona Dunford in attendance for Ashgate)
European Sociological Association
28-31 August 2013, Turin (Neil Jordan and Claire Jarvis)
British Association for Victorian Studies
29-31 August 2013, London (Hattie Wilson)
American Political Science Association
29 August -1 September 2013, Chicago (Robert Sorsby and Elizabeth Sutton)
University Association for Contemporary European Studies
2-4 September 2013, Leeds (Michael Drapper)
British Association for the Study of Religion
3-6 September 2013, Liverpool Hope (Sarah Lloyd)
European Society of Criminology
4-7 September 2013, Budapest (Alison Kirk)
European Network for Social Policy
5-7 September 2013, Poznan (Claire Jarvis)
7th ECPR General Conference
4-7 September 2013, Pessac (Rob Sorsby)
The Military Orders: Culture and Conflict
5-8 September 2013, London (John Smedley)
Eighth Biennial International Conference on Music since 1900
12-15 September 2013, Liverpool (Heidi Bishop and Emma Gallon)
Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution
13-15 September 2013, Leeds (Emily Yates)
8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations – SGIR
18-21 September 2013, Warsaw (Kirstin Howgate)
Royal Musical Association Annual Conference
19-21 September 2013, London (Emma Gallon, Laura Macy and Heidi Bishop)
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
30 September-4 October 2013, San Diego (Guy Loft and Leigh Norwich)
Our website always has an up to date list of conferences we’ll be attending
Find out more about submitting a book proposal
A team from Ashgate’s Vermont office valiantly participated in Green Up Day (a statewide clean-up) earlier this month. Green Up Day takes place every year on the first Saturday in May, and is organised by Green Up Vermont.
In the photos here they can be seen ‘greening-up’ Burlington bikepath, which is a recreational path for biking and running that goes along Lake Champlain.
Posted by Brenda Sharp, Assistant Editor
The London School of Economics (LSE) Review of Books was launched in April 2012 in a move to reduce the time delay in getting social science books reviewed, with free access for all being of note. The key feature of the LSE Review of Books is the publishing of daily reviews of academic books across the social sciences. Patrick Dunleavy, the General Editor of the LSE Review of Books, is clear that this ‘real time review’ of books provides numerous benefits to publishers, authors, and universities in facilitating the ability to engage with a wider audience, not only within academia but in all areas of civil society. Patrick’s ultimate aim is for publishers to provide a digital version of the text in advance of publication in order for the review to be published on the same day as the book.
Following on from the success of the initiative the LSE Review of Books Awards event was held on Thursday 16th May in the Shaw Library situated in the Old Building at the LSE. The Awards were a thank you to the many reviewers who have written for the Review of Books, and also provided an arena for the many people present to talk about books and publishing and to enjoy the delicious lunch provided by the University. There were around fifty people in attendance including publishers, academics, and reviewers and, after a short speech by criminal law expert Professor Nicola Lacey from the University of Oxford, the Awards Ceremony was underway.
Each award was sponsored by a publisher and included Princeton University Press, Palgrave MacMillan, Routledge, and Polity Press. The Ashgate Prize for Most-Read Review in Architecture and Urban Studies was won by Ben Campkin for his review of ‘City, Street and Citizen’ by Suzanne Hall published by Routledge. Speaking to Suzanne, she was immensely pleased to have a review of her book published so quickly in an accessible and free format. As we are very aware reviews of academic books are often sited within journals which, in most cases, require payment and may be published many months after publication. The future for academic publishing in this digital age is certainly a challenge but it may just be that real time reviews support academic publishers to exchange knowledge and scholarship for the twenty first century.
Posted by Richard Dowling, Sales Director
Ashgate attended the Kuala Lumpur Book Fair this year for the 9th year in a row. The Fair runs for nine days, and it’s an opportunity for us to meet with our library customers and showcase our new books. The sales reps from the library suppliers we work with bring librarians to our stand to look at the books we have on display and at our catalogues, and to place orders.
We took around 390 books this year which is on a par with previous years. Gower Business & Management titles proved the most popular overall, with Politics coming in second and then Islamic Studies third. Catalogues are still important and around 10% of the total orders were for titles that were not on display.
Popular titles at the Fair:
The Ashgate Research Companion to International Trade Policy (Edited by Kenneth Heydon and Stephen Woolcock)
Energy Access, Poverty, and Development (Benjamin K. Sovacool and Ira Martina Drupady)
Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (Edited by Daphne Halkias and Paul W. Thurman)
Islam and Sustainable Development (Odeh Rashed Al Jayyousi)
Personalising Library Services in Higher Education (Edited by Andy Priestner and Elizabeth Tilley)
Qualitative Research Skills for Social Work (Malcolm Carey)
University Libraries and Space in the Digital World (Edited by Graham Matthews and Graham Walton)
We have been experimenting with our online catalogues and looking forward to 2013 by adding some extra interactive features.
Do you currently use our online catalogues?
Do you find them user-friendly?
How can we improve them?
Would you be willing to kindly spare a few minutes of your time to look at our latest Modern History catalogue and then answer some quick survey questions?
The survey (with 8 short questions) is here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/96FN5DZ.
We provide information on newly published titles in a number of different ways, so that you can receive the information you need in the form that you prefer. Here are the options:
Email updates: You can sign up to receive email updates from us in the subject area of your choice. Email updates are sent out once a month (we don’t want to overload your email inbox!) and they include information about every new title we publish in your chosen subject, as well as news about forthcoming conferences, new series and prizes won by Ashgate authors and books. To sign up go to www.ashgate.com/updates.
Follow our subject twitter feeds: we run twitter feeds for each of the main subject areas that we publish in:
Leaflets and catalogues: if you would like to receive printed leaflets and catalogues, go to the catalogue sign up page on our website.
We now send out a monthly new titles email update covering all the different subject areas we publish in. This has been introduced for librarians, but anyone who would like to receive it can subscribe!
If you would like to receive this new update, please visit the librarians page on our website and click on the button.
Don’t forget that we also have monthly email updates for individual subjects areas, which are a good way of keeping up to date with new titles in your field of interest, as well as information on conferences we are attending (where you will be able to browse a selection of books).
Why not sign up? It’s free… and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Ashgate’s Sales Director Richard Dowling visited India last month, for the New Delhi Book Fair. The fair is spread over 12 exhibition halls, with 1300 publishers in attendance (up 400 from the previous fair).
Ashgate is represented in India by Surit Mitra of Maya Publishers, and the Maya stand had around 200 Ashgate books on display at the fair, as well as a wide range of our catalogues.
The fair is a popular event for librarians. A large number attend, and the fair gives them an opportunity to look at the books on display, and make lists of titles to order later on. Having a presence at the fair is a good way for us to sell good numbers of books into the Indian market.
Surit Mitra (Maya), Sanjog Kapoor (Segment books) and Richard Dowling (Ashgate)
As Ashgate’s agent in India, Surit works closely with Indian library suppliers, helping us to sell our books into a wide range of academic and specialist libraries.
Sales of Ashgate books in India are growing (along with the Indian economy), with the demand for titles in social science subject areas in particular becoming stronger.