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FSU to hold forum for faculty, students looking to publish first book

The First Book Forum is open to FSU faculty and graduate students who are new to publishing longform scholarship work, as well as experienced researchers. The forum will cover everything from writing a first book to turning published articles into a full-length manuscript.
The First Book Forum is open to FSU faculty and graduate students who are new to publishing longform scholarship work, as well as experienced researchers. The forum will cover everything from writing a first book to turning published articles into a full-length manuscript.

Florida State University Libraries, in partnership with the FSU Office of Research Development and the Office of Faculty Development, presents the First Book Forum, an event catered to researchers and scholars interested in turning their research into book publications.

The First Book Forum is open to FSU faculty and graduate students who are new to publishing longform scholarship work, as well as experienced researchers. The forum will cover everything from writing a first book to turning published articles into a full-length manuscript.

Sessions will include how to turn a dissertation into a book, how to write to broader audiences, an introduction to digital publishing and an overview of textbook publishing and educational writing. The event will also feature information on how to work with FSU Libraries’ publishing support services.

The forum will take place from 12 – 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Strozier Library in the Bradley Reading Room, 116 Honors Way.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for those faculty members who have wanted to explore publishing,” said Beth Hodges, director of the Office of Proposal Development. “Our hope is that this forum will provide them with information and tools to prepare for this effort.”

By taking a cross-disciplinary approach to the presentations, the First Book Forum acknowledges different publishing demands faced by different audiences. Topics will cover publishing in the humanities field as well as in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“As faculty work to reach the broadest possible audience with their research in service of the public and the common good, book publishing becomes attractive even in traditions that rely on articles,” said Peggy Wright-Cleveland,director of Faculty Development in the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement. “We champion and value the interdisciplinary work that leads faculty to explore publishing in a new format or to a new audience.”

To register for the event, visit calendar.fsu.edu. For more information on Open Access Book and Journal Hosting at the Libraries, visit lib.fsu.edu. For further questions, contact Matthew Hunter, digital scholarship technologist, at mhunter2@fsu.edu.

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