Palgrave Macmillan Authorsâ€™ Newsletter
Issue 04 â€˘ May 2012
Olympics Special: A Summer to Remember Your Guide to the New Innovations at Palgrave Spotlight: Prize Winning Books and Highlights World Shakespeare Festival: Celebrating Shakespeare this Summer
A Political and Economic Chronology of the Olympic Games from The Statesman’s Yearbook The Games scheduled for London in 2012 will be the XXX
Olympiad. Nineteen countries have hosted the Games, with (to 2008) 102,877 participating athletes from 227 countries and territories. With the Games being the
Welcome to Issue 4 of Connected, the author newsletter from Palgrave Macmillan. Connected is sent out twice a year, and aims to update you on new products and achievements from Palgrave Macmillan, as well as providing some useful information and special offers for all our authors, contributors, and journal editorial board members. We’re taking inspiration from the 2012 Olympics for this internationally themed newsletter. We have articles written by team members in our North American and Australian branches – bringing you the headlines from our offices around the world, and a look at our involvement in the Beijing Bookfair. We also have some exciting updates about the next chapter for Palgrave – including a look at our innovative new venture, Palgrave Pivot – as well as the return of our Spotlight on Success feature. Don’t forget that as one of our authors you can save 35% on all Palgrave Macmillan titles. Details of how to use your author discount can be found on the back page. As ever, if you have any queries about your Palgrave Macmillan publication please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org where we will be happy to help. With best wishes, Holly Tyler Author Care Coordinator Palgrave Macmillan
biggest event of 2012 we take a look back at the history of Olympics, as featured in The Statesman’s Yearbook. Origins The first Olympic Games were a quadrennial series of athletic contests held at Mount Olympus in Greece in honour of the god Zeus. Records suggest they were first held in 776 BC and ran until 393 AD. In the 19th century the idea of an international revival of the ancient competition came from a Frenchman, Pierre de Coubertin. An avid classicist, he became convinced that organized sport contributed to ‘moral and social strength’ and in 1889 began devising a plan to bring back the Olympic Games. 1936 - Games of the XI Olympiad Host city: Berlin (Germany). The German Chancellor, Adolf Hitler, intended the Games to be a celebration of the German nation and his Nazi ideology. The African-American athlete, Jesse Owens, won four gold medals including the 100 and 200 metres, which were widely celebrated as a response to Hitler’s theories of Aryan racial superiority. 1948 - Games of the XIV Olympiad Host city: London (United Kingdom). These came to be known as the Austerity Games. Several teams, including the USA, brought with them their own provisions since in Britain rationing was still in force. There was insufficient funding to build an Olympic Village so male competitors were housed in RAF bases while female competitors stayed in university accommodation. Neither Germany nor Japan were invited to compete, while the USSR refused its invitation. The International Wheelchair Games was held to coincide with the main Games. For veterans of the Second World War who had suffered spinal injuries, the tournament was the forerunner of the Paralympics. 1972 - Games of the XX Olympiad Host city: Munich (West Germany). In the early hours of 5 Sept. eight members of a radical Palestinian group, Black September, broke into the Olympic compound and killed two of the Israeli team and took a further nine hostage, demanding the release of political prisoners. The militants were transferred by helicopter to Munich’s Fürstenfeldbruck Airport. There the German authorities launched a rescue mission, during which the nine hostages were killed along with five members of Black September and a German police officer. A memorial service was held on 6 Sept. at the Olympic Stadium. The Games resumed at the behest of Avery Brundage and the Israeli authorities. This is just a small sample of the information available so if you want to see to full political and economic chronology of the Olympic Games, including medal tables, visit The Statesman’s Yearbook at www.statesmansyearbook.com
New Developments for Palgrave Over 4,850 Palgrave Macmillan titles included in Thomson Reuters Book Citation Index In 2011 Thomson Reuters announced the launch of the Web of Science Book Citation Index, a new resource covering 30,000 books in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Palgrave Macmillan is delighted to report that over 4,850 of our Scholarly titles are included. Content for the Book Citation Index is comprised of scholarly books, both electronic and print, that present fully referenced articles of original research or reviews of the literature, and has been carefully selected based on well-defined criteria to offer the most significant literature available.
Palgrave Pivot: Breaking Boundaries Launching globally in Autumn 2012 and publishing across the Humanities the Social Sciences and Business, Palgrave Pivot introduces an innovative new format for scholarly research. Designed to liberate scholarship from the straitjacket of traditional formats and business models, it offers authors:
ÂÂ the flexibility of publishing at lengths between the journal article and the conventional monograph (around 35 thousand words)
ÂÂ a commitment to publish within 12 weeks ÂÂ Wide dissemination: volumes will be available as digital collections for libraries, including via Palgrave Connect, individual ebooks for personal use, and as digitally-produced print editions Now accepting proposals: We are now accepting proposals for Palgrave Pivot. For information on how to submit your proposal, please visit: www.palgrave.com/pivot/ As scholarly publishing evolves in the digital world, Palgrave Pivot allows us to deliver quality new research rapidly. Palgrave Pivot is a market-changing initiative for the Humanities and Social Sciences and presents our communities with an alternative publishing model.
Connect – Topic Pages Coming to Palgrave Connect in April 2012, topic pages are a new feature which will showcase the best of Palgrave’s publishing on current and newsworthy subjects. These pages will include invaluable subject overviews, contextual information about the works cited, interviews with key figures, and links to additional resources – and so will provide a new perspective on topical areas for faculty and non-specialists alike. Featured content will be drawn from across our book and journal programmes and put together by specially commissioned authors or in-house editors.
We are very pleased to be the largest contributor of content in the humanities and social sciences as we believe the Book Citation Index will play a key part in showing the crucial importance of publishing original scholarly research in monograph format.
Having freely available, rich-media content on frequently-searched topics will increase the
A full list of the Palgrave Macmillan titles included can be viewed by searching for ‘Palgrave’ at http://wokinfo.com/mbl/
we’d love to hear from you!
discoverability of the platform from search engines, so we hope to raise the profile of Connect and all our content through this initiative. We will be publishing several topic pages over the coming year. We launch with a page dedicated to the Olympics, compiled by one of our most prestigious authors Kath Woodward, and another in celebration of Feminist Review’s 100th issue. Later this year you can look forward to features on the Eurozone crisis and the US presidential elections – if you have any ideas for future pages
CourseSmart.co.uk CourseSmart is the world’s largest provider of eTextbooks and digital course material. It is a cross-publisher platform founded and owned by five publishers; Cengage Learning, Palgrave Macmillan, McGraw Hill, Pearson and Wiley, with other publishers also signed up. CourseSmart launched in the US in 2007, and has over 2.5 million users worldwide. The UK site launched in February 2012, and we have already begun to upload textbooks onto the site. CourseSmart makes textbooks available online for lecturers to review, and for students, institutions and individuals to buy. As it is cross-publisher it means that all titles can be in one place with no need to remember multiple logons. The platform includes the ability to print (within limits), take notes, bookmark, and has print fidelity. We believe this is an exciting development, please do explore the site yourself here: www.coursesmart.co.uk. If you have further questions about this please visit: www.palgrave.com/authors and view the FAQs on CourseSmart.
The Palgrave Rights Report: the Beijing Bookfair by Clare Hodder
Spotlight on Success - Olympic Special! BRONZE Minding The Markets by David Tuckett received some excellent press attention, its London launch was attended by Mervyn King and it has received endorsement from George Akerlof!
Every year the Palgrave Macmillan rights team attends International Bookfairs. London (April) and Frankfurt (October) are the big ones. Almost all international publishers seeking to acquire foreign rights will send someone to one or both of these fairs. We have attended numerous other fairs around the world but the most important fair on our calendar, after London and Frankfurt, is Beijing. Palgrave have been attending the Beijing Bookfair, which takes place every August, for nearly a decade, and it has grown from a small and slightly haphazard event to a thriving international bookfair. Despite its growth it has retained much of its original quirkiness and charm. When the fair comes to a close there is a brief announcement and the lights are switched off. If you haven’t finished your last meeting promptly, you have to feel your way to the exit in the dark! There are random closures for visiting dignitaries, with no notice (announced in Chinese only) and reinforced by the arrival of security guards with dogs, ushering you out of the hall mid-meeting. Happily under such circumstances our Chinese customers think nothing of continuing meetings in the corridor outside! We use bookfairs as a chance to catch up with foreign publishers we have previously worked with, in addition to trying to find new partners. We review existing projects and present information about new and forthcoming titles. After the bookfair we follow up by sending review copies of titles the publishers expressed a strong interest in. The foreign publisher sends the book out for review, meets with their editorial teams and if they think there is a good fit with their list and there is a strong market they will make an offer for the rights. Following (firm but fair) negotiations we agree on terms and issue an agreement. Once the agreement is in place it can typically take between 1 and 3 years before we see final translated copies. We are always pleased to receive leads from authors which may help us to license translation rights in their book, such as contacts in foreign universities who may be in a position to review or recommend the book to a local publisher, or contacts at overseas publishers that have previously published an author’s work. Please contact us at email@example.com if you would like to discuss translation opportunities for your book.
Sebastian Groes’s The Making of London got great review coverage, being featured in The Guardian as well as Time Out London which said ‘Anyone who has read Moorcock, Duffy, Ackroyd or Ballard and wondered how it all fits together will be fascinated and enlightened.’ Emotion Science by Elaine Fox has been short-listed for the 2011 British Psychological Society Book Award.
SILVER The History of British Women’s Writing, 1500-1610 – ed. Caroline Bicks & Jennifer Summit - won the 2011 Collaborative Project Award by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. National Belonging and Everyday Life by Michael Skey and Paul Thomas’s Youth, Multiculturalism and Community Cohesion have both been shortlisted for the BSA Philip Abrams Prize for the Best First Book in Sociology. Asbjørn Grønstad’s Screening the Unwatchable has been selected for an exhibition of highly recommended books from the Kraszna-Frausz Foundation Book Awards and will be on display during the World Photography Festival and Exhibition at Somerset House from 27th April - 20th May.
GOLD Fixing Drugs by Sue Pryce was listed as Book of the Week in the Times Higher Education Supplement in February and was described as ‘An excellent overview of a complex issue… the author should be congratulated on this major achievement.’ Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction by Barry Forshaw has been reviewed in all major newspapers and was featured in booksellers top 10 most reviewed books in January. The Financial Times reviewer, Mons Kallentoft, described the book as ‘the most complete guide to Scandinavian crime fiction yet written in any language, an invaluable companion for anyone interested in the genre.’
Spotlight on Success - Olympic Special! Marathon: Books that backlisted the best
Palgrave Australia – The Big News from Down Under by Anthony McKenney In Australia we have had substantial success with the highly innovative Pocket Study Skills range. It has been received very well by students, booksellers and university lecturers. Since its inception we have sold well over 15,000 units, with 6,000 of those arising in 2011. This year too is shaping to be something special for this series; further evidence that these student needs are very real. By these numbers it’s clear that the concise format and content of the books satisfies students in their quest for straightforward and affordable direction in tacking issues from Time Management through Getting Critical to Planning your Essay. This series of 11 titles (with 3 more to come soon) addresses specific needs and easily complements the Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell, a book which sells across all parts of the
Australia market with sales of well over 10,000 in its latest edition.
Sherrie A. Inness 9781403963963 • £19.99
As we see an ever increasing demand for improved study skills at the entry point of university, the Palgrave study skills suite of titles is fulfilling general and specific needs comprehensively. As lecturers tune students to their new environment this series is finding a welcome home across all Australian universities.
The Global Scholarly Proposal Meeting by Brigitte Shull and Robyn Curtis
Aids in the Twenty-First Century Tony Barrett & Alan Whiteside 9781403997685 / £22.99 How does Palgrave decide which books are a good fit for the company? Each week, the global Palgrave Macmillan editorial, sales and marketing team meets via video conference to discuss monographs, Palgrave Pivot projects, professional and trade books, and new series. This international approach to editorial acquisition enables us to fully explore the possibilities for each title, suggest editorial revisions for projects, and brainstorm new ideas. Editorial, sales and marketing colleagues weigh the merits of each project and consider how they reflect the Palgrave commitment to high quality scholarship along with how we can reach the widest possible market for the book. This format allows us to expand our knowledge of titles and assess projects on a truly international scale. As publishing continues to become an increasingly global industry, we at Palgrave are committed to staying at the forefront of the industry by New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone Raquel Rivera 9781403960436 / £78.00
reinventing and reinvigorating our practices.
Focus on The Statesman’s Yearbook The reference work of choice for accurate and reliable information on every country in the world.
Journals news : the headlines By Vicki Smith
“In January 2011 The Statesman’s Yearbook launched a new and exciting interdisciplinary initiative, Focus. In
In March, Feminist Review celebrated the
the feature SYB’s editor Barry Turner takes a monograph
publication of its 100th issue titled Recalling
or journal article on a relevant issue and produces a
‘The Scent of Memory’. Issue 100 revisits
concise analysis that encompasses the key themes of
an article by Avtar Brah, ‘the Collective’s
the piece. Initially concentrating on monographs from
longest standing member. ‘The Scent of
Palgrave’s politics and history list, including Ireland’s
Memory’ first appeared in Feminist Review
boom and bust and events in the Middle East, Focus
in 1999 (Issue 61) and posed a number of
has recently widened its scope to Palgrave’s journals,
questions to the reader. The celebration of
including Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, a
this landmark issue has provided an ideal
publication unique in its examination of brand strategy’s
opportunity to respond to these questions,
role in the development of cities, regions and counties.”
taking Brah’s article as a starting point.
- William Goodfellow, Assistant Research Editor, The Statesman’s Yearbook
‘The Collective’ marked the occasion with an evening of live music, performance and
“The old adage that everyone has at least one book in them might be adapted to say of
spoken word. A video interview with Avtar
academic writing that every monograph has within it an of-the-moment section than can
Brah and an audio recording of a lecture
be lifted from the main text to make a topical article. This is what we try to show with
by Lyn Thomas, author in Issue 100, are
Focus. We are not trying to suggest that whatever is not covered in an article can be safely
available on Palgrave Connect.
ignored. Quite the opposite, in fact. Those who log on to SYB extracts are encouraged to want more. At best, Focus is a jumping off point. Read on, is our message.”
To read articles from Issue 100 or previous
- Barry Turner, Editor, The Statesman’s Yearbook
issues visit http://www.palgrave-journals. com/fr/index.html
“I was flattered last fall when Palgrave asked if they could feature my book in a new online feature by The Statesman’s Yearbook. No author wants to admit that his book-
postmedieval received the award for
length argument can possibly be distilled to a mere 2,000 words. But I think that Barry
Best New Journal in Social Sciences and
Turner’s Focus summary of When the Luck of The Irish Ran Out nicely captured my 2010
Humanities at the PROSE 2011 awards in
book while exposing it to a new audience. I also very much appreciated Barry’s attention
to detail and commitment to accuracy.” - David J. Lynch, author of When the Luck of the Irish Ran Out
To learn more about postmedieval visit http://www.palgrave-journals.com/
For more information about any of our Focus articles or our other features on
The Statesman’s Yearbook visit us at http://www.statesmansyearbook.com/ To view news and full content for all of our titles visit www.palgrave-journals.com
Celebrating Shakespeare this Summer! By Maddie Voke THEN Back in 2007 a unique collaboration between Palgrave Macmillan and the Royal Shakespeare Company began with the publication of the RSC Complete Works. Critically acclaimed from the outset with praise from actors, literary critics and Shakespeare lovers alike, it has become the bestselling version of the Complete Works on the market. Five years, and more than 30 books later, we have completed our goal to publish fresh new editions of Shakespeare’s plays, full of the insight that can only come from working with one of the world’s best known theatre companies, combined with an editorial team at the cutting edge of Shakespeare scholarship in the shape of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen. Through the close involvement of the RSC, we’ve brought you unique access into performances of Shakespeare from over the last 130 years, and rare perspectives on being involved in a Shakespeare production from some of the key players. We’ve brought you David Tennant’s thoughts on what Romeo’s epitaph should be; Sam Mendes on the challenges of directing the inhuman humans of The Tempest; Fiona Shaw on being ‘kingly’ (or not) in Richard II; Michael Boyd on which of three Hamlets to direct; new Artistic Director of the RSC, Gregory Doran, on making audiences believe again in Macbeth; and many more.
NOW At the heart of the RSC series has always been the belief that Shakespeare’s plays were written to be performed, not read. This makes 2012 the perfect year to publish the final plays in the series as the first World Shakespeare Festival* begins. A celebration of Shakespeare as the world’s playwright, the festival is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations, and with Globe to Globe, a major international programme produced by Shakespeare’s Globe.
To celebrate the festival and mark the publication of the final plays in the RSC series we will be publishing a special gift edition of Shakespeare’s most magical and energetic play (within-a-play!) A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With a brand new foreword from Comedian Marc Wootton (on presenting his ‘Bottom’) and in a gift-friendly size with a beautiful new jacket it perfectly captures the celebratory spirit of summer 2012.
To pre-order a copy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and find out more about the RSC series visit www.palgrave.com/RSC Summer 2012 RRP: £4.99
*The World Shakespeare Festival runs from 23 April to November 2012 and forms part of London 2012 Festival, which is the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad, bringing leading artists from all over the world together in a UK-wide festival in the summer of 2012. For more information visit: www.worldshakespearefestival.org.uk
There is no Wealth but Life – Philip Blond (Extract taken from Chapter Four)
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If our economy essentially collapsed by destroying society as the ultimate arbiter of the good, then only a reintegration of economy and society can heal the wound and deliver a cure. The elevation of society above economy and the creation of a moral market is then the only genuine alternative to the continued destruction of wealth, both financial and social. There is no wealth but that enshrined in the good life and the extension of that to all subjects and all citizens.”
How to order InvestmentSimply and Public in a Globalized Economy log in toPolicy My Palgrave where you will be recognised as an author and your discount will be applied automatically. your email addressTwo) is not recognised, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org – Robert Skidelsky (Extract takenIffrom Chapter Human life is indeed a tapestry of diverse activities, not reducible to each other. It is not the case that all motivation is “really” economic, that all relations are actually to do with exchange and the search for profit. Yet it can be said with some reason that economics in the sense of housekeeping is a background for other things; and because of that it is particularly important to keep an eye on its moral contours. Get this wrong and many other things go wrong, in respect of individual character as well as social relations.”
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