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Updated: 2014-08-22T10:00:00-05:00


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People Make Publishing: Thanks to J. R. R. Tolkien


Rob Buchanan is the sales coordinator in the marketing department. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to J. R. R. Tolkien. The first adult books I ever read were The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I...

From the desk of Ryan H. Edgington


Ryan H. Edgington is a visiting assistant professor of history at Macalester College. His book, Range Wars: The Environmental Contest for White Sands Missile Range is now available in hardcover and paperback. A couple months ago, Secretary of Defense Chuck...

The Marketeers Club: The Zeal of Reading a YA Book


“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ―John Green, author...

Doc Martyn's Soul: The “What If?” of Marketing Multiple University Presses


University presses are silos joined in many ways by bridges of varying strength. We’re connected through what we do, who we publish, the genres in which we publish, our missions, and our sense of the importance of scholarly publishing. But...

From the desk of Eric Brach: Remembering Billy McGill


Eric Brach is a lecturer in English at California Lutheran University and worked with Billy McGill on his book, Billy "the Hill" and the Jump Hook: The Autobiography of a Forgotten Basketball Legend (November 2013). Billy “the Hill” McGill passed...

From the desk of Dawn G. Marsh


Below author Dawn G. Marsh writes about the genesis of her book, A Lenape among the Quakers (UNP, March 2014), in graduate school. My book, A Lenape among the Quakers: The Life of Hannah Freeman, emerged from the pages of...

The Marketeers Club: Reading is fundamental—but struggling to become a priority


Tish Fobben is the direct response manager at the University of Nebraska Press. A recent Shelf Awareness newsletter headline caught my eye, “RIF Survey: Reading Important, but Not a Top Summer Priority.” Shelf Awareness reported “a new survey commissioned by...

From the desk of Kate Buford: What's in a Name?


Kate Buford is the author of Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe. We know the legal facts by now. On Wednesday, June 18, the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, part of the U.S. Patent...

Backgrounding the Outward Odyssey Series


This op-ed originally appeared on Spaceflight Insider. Colin Burgess is the editor for the Outward Odyssey Series. During a recent interview, I was asked where ideas for new books originate. I replied that they usually come quite unexpectedly and often...