Research Development, Publication and Writing Resources
The Center for Faculty Advancement (CFA) provides dedicated resources that support faculty research, finding external resources to support research and opportunities for writing and publishing goals. Please check back often as we continue to add new resources and programming.
The mission of research at NYU is twofold: to educate its students, and to discover new knowledge through scholarship. These two missions enhance and inform one another: students at a research university in many instances are taught by the discoverers of the information being discussed in the course, and the classroom's free exchange of ideas can help sharpen research.
NYU’s faculty are at the forefront of their scholarly disciplines, and their research helps shape the understanding of an enormous range of academic fields: from the mathematical sciences to economics, from philosophy to neural science, from art history to sociology. Learn more about:
The Center for Faculty Advancement offers a number of resources designed to assist faculty as they work to develop and seek external funding for their research, write, publish and distribute their work to many audiences.
Publishing & Writing Workshops provide insight into, and hands on tools for navigating the writing and publishing process, whether that be producing a book manuscript, journal article, textbook or other publishing forms. Our goal is to provide faculty the support needed to advance their writing and publication agendas. Our current publication series focuses on book manuscripts and is led by Dr. Robert DiYanni, Adjunct Professor of Humanities, and Instructional Consultant for the Center for Faculty Advancement. Dr. DiYanni has published 40 books with major publishers including Random House, McGraw-Hill, Prentice-Hall, Pearson, and Princeton University Press.
Links to workshop recordings are available in the drop-down list of each event.
An Overview of the Book Publication Process (June 16, 2020)
Getting a scholarly book or a college textbook published presents a number of challenges. The biggest challenge, of course, is writing the book, which includes mapping out a book project and adhering to a workable writing schedule. The first step is preparing a proposal with sample chapters. A close second is deciding to whom you should send your proposal, considering what makes one or another publisher right for your book idea. This session will provide participants with some nuts and bolts information about how to get a book published, with an emphasis on preliminary tasks and initial challenges. Those interested in publishing either an academic book or a college textbook are welcome.
Topics covered in this session include the following:
- writing a book proposal;
- working with an editor;
- securing and evaluating a contract;
- responding to reader reviews of a draft manuscript;
- editing and proofreading;
- securing permissions fees;
- marketing, and publicizing your book.
Writing a Book Proposal, Part 1 (June 30, 2020)
This workshop focuses exclusively on what’s needed for a book proposal to be submitted to an academic or textbook publisher.
This is the first of two interactive sessions on writing a book proposal. In this session we will concentrate on the following questions:
- Why are you writing this book?
- Who are you writing it for?
- What are you attempting to do or provide in it—and why?
During the session, participants will respond individually in writing in real time following a brief discussion of the questions. Groups of three will then share their ideas in breakout rooms, after which full-group discussion will ensue.
Participants can expect to come away with an understanding of why addressing these questions carefully and thoughtfully is essential for a successful book proposal. They can also expect to make a start on writing their own book proposals.
Writing a Book Proposal, Part 2 (July 14, 2020)
This second book proposal workshop focuses exclusively on what’s needed for a book proposal to be submitted to an academic or textbook publisher. In this session, we will concentrate on the following questions:
- What is distinctive about your book?
- How does it compare with other books of its type?
- What does it add to the conversation in your discipline—whether narrowly or broadly conceived?
Participants will respond individually in writing in real time following a brief discussion of the questions. Groups of three will then share their ideas in breakout rooms, after which full-group discussion will ensue.
Participants can expect to come away with an understanding of why addressing these questions carefully and thoughtfully is essential for a successful book proposal. They can also expect to make progress towards writing their own book proposals.
Securing and Evaluating a Book Contract (July 28, 2020)
One of the most important aspects of getting a book published is acquiring a contract and ensuring that it meets the needs of both author and publisher. Knowing what to look for in a book contract and deciding what’s most important for you are critical elements. This workshop will attend to the elements of standard publishing contracts, including author advance, royalty rates, acquiring permissions and paying fees for reprinting material, indexing fees, and other logistical matters requiring agreement between author and publisher. Sample contracts will be examined for these and other contractual considerations. Participants can expect to come away with an understanding of how to read a publishing contract and what to look for to protect the author’s interests.
Upcoming Publication Workshops