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Every book published by the Edwin Mellen Press makes a contribution to scholarship by adding new information, new argument, or new analytical tools to the academic discussion of its topic. We focus on placing our titles with research libraries and academic peers.

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Focus on the Author’s Idea–Second Step in the Selection Process

The Edwin Mellen Press asks three questions when it does receive a proposal: What would this manuscript contribute to the scholarly discussion? How would this manuscript advance, qualify, or redirect the state of the question? How does the author relate what he or she has to say to what other scholars in this field are  Continue Reading »

The Problem of Percent Accepted

Authors and university administrators frequently ask us, “What percentage of book proposals do you accept?”Our answer is 20 percent. That is, in 2006 when we last ran the numbers, The Edwin Mellen Press considered 1983 proposals for publication, and we published 396 new titles. This is just a hair’s width under 20 percent. This ratio  Continue Reading »

The (Change) Business of Scholarly Publishing

Over the past 30 years,¬†academic publishing¬†has often become a matter of sales and budgets. Book proposals are accepted or declined based on the sales projections or net financial anticipations. New scholars with recent dissertations are told to rewrite them in order to increase sales. And so on. Money has become the primary agenda for all  Continue Reading »

Mellen Press Authors Have Distinguished Book Award Tradition

The Edwin Mellen Press has a long history of its authors and their books winning awards. As I review the lists, I find these to be especially notable: Best Scholarly Work on Medieval Music and the University The Harp and The Soul Studies in Early Medieval Music and Its Role in the Intellectual Climate of  Continue Reading »

Scholarly Business Models and Getting Your Book Published

Has your proposal for publishing a scholarly work met with silence or a sales pitch on making it more saleable? Many authors who approach scholarly or university presses are surprised that often authors are asked to rewrite radically their manuscripts. How, then, are other scholarly publishers able to offer publishing agreements for the same proposals?  Continue Reading »

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