2009 Tips for Hard Times
Tips for Hard Times Roundtable
The economic downturn has affected all sectors of society, including scholarly publishing. Every aspect of our operations, it seems, requires even more intense scrutiny than usual. What must we do when things get tough? What practical steps can we take to rethink our practices and become better publishers? In 2008 the AAUP central office issued a second edition of “Tips for Hard Times,” a list of recommendations for presses in three areas: increasing revenue, trimming expenses, and managing effectively. But such a list is never complete; it should continue to evolve with experience and circumstance. This roundtable will build on “Tips for Hard Times” by inviting participants to share suggestions for dealing with the current publishing climate. What specific steps worked at your press? What didn’t? What conventional publishing wisdom has been exposed as fraudulent? The emphasis will be on the descriptive and the practical, not the normative and the theoretical. The results of this discussion will be compiled into a working document of tips that will be circulated to participants and beyond.
Moderator: Richard Brown, Director, Georgetown University Press
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