by Kathryn King
1st December 2021

How can I find a publisher for my book? What is the difference between a university press and other publishers? What should go in my book proposal? What will the publisher do to promote my book? These are just some of the questions that publishers are often asked by aspiring authors.

The world of publishing can be a mysterious and confusing place. That’s why the Association of University Presses (AUPresses), of which Bristol University Press is a member, decided to launch Ask UP, a resource for academics and the wider public to learn more about scholarly publishing by asking questions about all aspects of publishing and thereby demystify the publishing process.

This resource already features lots of answers to frequently asked questions, but the plan is to amplify and add to it over time to provide a comprehensive international resource that will make a reference point for all potential authors of scholarly publications. One of its key values is evident in these extraordinary times when face-to-face contact with the publisher may not be possible and you might like to know what is best practice throughout the sector.

From December 2021 to February 2022, Bristol University Press is proud to be the ‘host’ of the site on behalf of the AUPresses.  During our tenure, we will be soliciting questions from our community and networks to which we will draft answers and then submit to the Faculty Outreach Committee (of which I am a member) before uploading to the site. Bristol University Press is the first non-US university press to be a host, so this is a great opportunity for us to ensure that questions of relevance to international authors are included on the site.

Of course, all university presses are different and have different internal ways of publishing; however, generally university presses have similar philosophies and values and our books and journals go through a similar publishing process, so the site will continue to focus on the fundamentals of university press publishing.

If you have a question about publishing that you would like answered, you can submit it here, and we will alert you when the answer is posted on the site.

Similarly, if you feel that any questions on the site need amplification, or internationalising, please ask, and we will update them.

Of course, if you are a contracted or potential author with Bristol University Press, and have a question specific to your book, please continue to feel free to contact us directly with your query. You can see the list of staff here. You can also visit our Author Hub which provides answers to many questions.

We really hope that AskUP will be a real help to you. Please feel free to share this resource with colleagues and encourage them to use it.

Read more about Ask UP and AUPresses here.

Submit your Ask UP question here.

Kathryn King is Marketing Manager at Bristol University Press.


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