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‘Getting Published’ reviewed in ‘Learned Publishing’
from Press News, posted 06/04/2010 - 07:03

Our Getting Published gets a good review by Oxford University’s Anna Marie Roos in the latest edition of Learned Publishing. She writes:

‘Publish or perish’ is the mantra for academics wishing to get a job, to get tenured, to get promoted, or to secure that plum grant or university position. As competition for academic posts becomes increasingly stiff, growing numbers of new PhDs and DPhils are submitting modified versions of their doctoral dissertations to academic publishers, who themselves are facing market recession and competition from electronic media. But all is not lost. Editor-in-Chief Gerald Jackson and his colleague Marie Lenstrup, who directs ASBS Netherlands, a book publishing consultancy, have written a clear and accessible new guide to getting published for the academic author in the humanities and social sciences. What makes this volume different from comparable titles on the market is that it is written by industry insiders, who are familiar with guiding academic authors through the publication process.

Their guide, designed for ready reference, covers the practicalities of academic publishing in a clear and accessible manner. Jackson and Lenstrup begin with a description of the roles of the staff behind the scenes at the publishing house, going on to discuss the interplay between the expectations of author, publisher, and reader for different types of academic books, ranging from monographs to successful cross-over books for the general market. They also cover one of the most important, yet usually overlooked, topics in academic publishing: how to choose a great title. …

The authors’ chart covering the main differences between a thesis and a monograph is one of the best I have seen; it should be a large-scale poster put on every new faculty member’s door. …

There follows a very well-considered chapter on promoting one’s own book – something that introverted academic authors often neglect. As publishers quickly lose interest in new titles after they have been out for six months, the authors remind us that it is really up to the author to get his or her book out there. …

Getting Published is well organized, clearly written, and reasonably priced; it should be on the academic author’s bookshelf.

Not bad, shan’t grumble. The full review can be read at the Learned Publishing link above. Thanks to Paul Kratoska of NUS Press for the pointer.


NIAS Press e-Newsletter
from Press News, posted 06/03/2010 - 05:14

We are very pleased to tell you that the first issue of our new e-Newsletter recently hit the intrays. The newsletter features notices of new books just published, details of conferences and other events where we or our books will be present, special offers for subscribers, and much more.

In an effort to kill slightly fewer trees, we have ceased sending a paper catalogue to scholars, but will instead include details of forthcoming and recently published books in the e-Newsletter.

We have no intention, though, of clogging up your intrays with constant chatter about every little thing that NIAS Press does, so will limit ourselves to sending out three e-Newsletters per year, in January, May and September.

If you did not get a copy in your personal intray, then we do not yet have your e-mail address and you must join our mailing list to ensure you don't miss out on future issues.


Rethinking how we present scholarly research
from Press News, posted 05/05/2010 - 05:13

After being stranded in New Zealand last month due to the volcanic cloud, NIAS Press editor in chief Gerald Jackson is finally back on the job. One might have thought that being stranded was enough and that his luck would have held in other ways at least. Not so. Part of his trip involved a San Francisco stopover, with purchase of one of Apple’s new iPads near the top of his to-do list. 

Sadly, he failed; no iPad was to be found for love or money. This new gadget is selling like crazy.

Happily, he did get to test drive an iPad and has mixed thoughts about it. For his first impressions of the iPad – and why he thinks it has the potential to utterly transform how we present scholarly research – you might like to visit the latest post from his Getting Published blog.


Farewell Frans
from Press News, posted 05/04/2010 - 07:34

  It is with great sorrow that we heard today of the unexpected death of Frans Hüsken, an old friend of NIAS (and an old NIAS author) aged only 64 years. Latterly, Frans was Professor of Anthropology at the Radboud University of Nijmegen but he had a varied career and played an important role in the creation and early success of IIAS (the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden). His research interests were in historical and political anthropology and the history of anthropology. In his fieldwork he focused on socio-economic, political and cultural transformations, particularly in rural Indonesia. Fuller details are here.

Among his many other works, Frans offered a very perceptive account of local elections under the New Order in his chapter, ‘Village Elections in Central Java: State Control or Grassroot Democracy’, in Hans Antlöv and Sven Cederroth (eds), Leadership on Java, produced by NIAS and published by Curzon in 1994. Over the years he kept in touch and it was only a few weeks ago that we chatted. He will be sorely missed by many, not least his family who must be shocked by this unexpected death. (If you wish to leave your condolences for Frans, you can do so here.)

Thanks to Charles Coppel and his Indonesia list for the notification.


Back from the AAS
from Press News, posted 04/06/2010 - 20:53

No, we didn’t carry off a whole swag of book prizes (though we should have!) but actually we came back home pretty satisfied the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, held a couple of weeks ago in Philadelphia. I didn’t hear any delegate total announced this time but – despite the recession – the conference bustled and the NIAS Press stand got its fair share of attention.

Although we had a number of interesting new titles on display, the most attention (I think) was given to Robert Cribb’s Digital Atlas of Indonesian History, an advance copy of which just made it to the conference on time. Here of course it helped that people could ‘get their hands dirty’ using the real thing (on the laptop seen here behind Marie).

While Marie was chained to the book exhibition for much of the conference, I scurried between panels, met with authors and generally hustled. On the Friday afternoon, we took part in a publishing roundtable that saw a good conversation between a broad group of publishers, librarians and authors. Ostensibly, the topic was ‘Getting Published’ (a subject close to our heart) but in fact the roundtable roamed across far more issues than this, most of which however were tinged by the impact of moves towards electronic publishing.

Further roundtables are planned at subsequent AAS annual meetings. We look forward to taking part in these and trust that as many of you as possible will also participate. Before then, however, we shall be part of a ‘seriously brilliant’ panel and master class on getting published at the upcoming Euroseas conference in Gothenburg in late August. If you can make it there, you will find this dual event well worth attending.


AAS 2010 conference
from Press News, posted 03/17/2010 - 09:57

The annual AAS conference is almost upon us so we have been busy gathering books to show, producing new catalogues and fliers to hand out, and planning our schedule and appointments.

This year, NIAS Press is sending Editor-in-Chief Gerald Jackson and Marketing Manager Marie Lenstrup to AAS. We hope that all those of our authors and readers who are also going to AAS will visit our stand to say hello and to have a look at our new books.




At long last
from Press News, posted 03/03/2010 - 07:25

It’s been something of a grueling process but finally Robert Cribb’s Digital Atlas of Indonesian History has gone off to the printers. Printers? A good question. The essence and value of the atlas are in its vast array of maps and text arranged and presented on a DVD and companion website. With the DVD is a printed user guide, however. Our Singaporean printer will be printing this guide as well as arranging the mass production of the DVDs. 

Proudly displaying a copy of the DVD master that went off for manufacture are Gerald Jackson and Bernd Wunsch, who did much of the work to transform a work of scholarly excellence into something that is also utilitarian and interactive for its users. Behind them, the atlas can be seen on screen with Robert Cribb keeping a close eye on things.

If you are attending the AAS General Meeting in Philadelphia later this month, take the time to visit the publishing exhibition there (from memory, downstairs in the ballroom). Here, you can see – and test drive – an advance copy of the atlas on the NIAS Press stand. And should you wish to meet and talk to the author, Robert Cribb will also be attending the conference and occasionally be on stand. 

Sale copies of the atlas should reach our warehouses and appear in bookshops by late April. Shortly before then, we’ll open up access to the companion website. More news about that later.

Remember, if you want to be updated about availability of the atlas, you can subscribe to a news service about this on the atlas book details page. The same service is available for all NIAS titles.


Worth waiting for
from Press News, posted 02/03/2010 - 14:12

Just before Christmas, we heard that manufacturing was about finished for the four new books we were printing in Singapore. These books were:

For various reasons, it’s taken us a while to get our hands on these (even though one of them actually had a book launch in Phnom Penh a few weeks ago).

But now it’s official. We have advance copies in our hands and we are happy with the results.

 a book mistress and her books

Now the trick is to ensure they depart from Singapore port before the 14th when Chinese New Year starts and everything (well almost everything) in Singapore closes down for the holiday.


A ‘must-read’ book indeed
from Press News, posted 01/27/2010 - 13:33

We always knew that Sean Turnell’s Fiery Dragons was a top-notch study and this was quickly confirmed by Bertil Lintner (never someone to give soft reviews) who called it a ‘a must-read’ in his review in the Far Eastern Economic Review. Ian Brown followed up last November with a warm and detailed review published at EH.Net. And today we received a new review by Peter J. Drake published in Asian-Pacific Economic Literature. If you have access to the journal online, then the link is here. Otherwise, here is a taster from what Professor Drake writes:

Monograph case studies of money and finance in developing countries are scarce and scholarly contemporary works on Burma are even rarer. So this fine book on money and finance in Burma is doubly welcome. […] The book is skilfully constructed and developed. Each chapter is essentially an historical narrative, interwoven with thematic and institutional material. Clarity of understanding is greatly assisted by an introductory section on structure and outline, a timeline of events and, within each chapter, an opening synopsis. […] Turnell has given us a most engaging work, in which substantial historical and empirical research is blended with serious and correct analysis. The book is well-fitted to stand among the other authoritative case studies of financial development in the countries of Southeast Asia.


‘Cambodians and Their Doctors’ launched in Phnom Penh
from Press News, posted 01/15/2010 - 09:57

 To date we haven’t received an advance copy of Cambodians and Their Doctors at the Press but the authors have. A whole lot of copies of the book were rushed from our Singapore printer to the authors in Phnom Penh so that a proper book launch could be held before their departure home to Sweden today.

Jan Ovesen reports that the launch at Monument Books went well. Both authors and the bookseller were happy, with 40 people attending and a healthy number of sales. He adds:

We have also given an interview to the Cambodia Daily, they will do a feature in the weekend magazine, scheduled for next Saturday. … I [also] gave an interview this morning to a Cambodian journalist who will present the book on his (Khmer language) TV programme. This will not necessarily boost the sales significantly, but it is not unimportant that the work becomes known. On the whole, the promotion here has been a very nice experience, a suitable end of our visit …

Now this is a good example of how to promote your book!



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