“Pitching Your Book” Workshop

The 38th Annual Mid-America Theatre Conference

Hyatt Regency Galleria, Houston, TX  ~~  March 16-19, 2017

“Houston…We Have a Problem”

“Pitching Your Book” Session

Click this link for a downloadable PDF of the CFP:  MATC PYB 2017


MATC is pleased to offer a workshop at the 2017 conference for scholars and practitioners developing book proposals in the areas of theatre history, performance, pedagogy, theory, and/or practice. The session will feature an open conversation on book publication followed by a closed, interactive book pitch workshop for preselected participants. Book editors Scott Magelssen (Theater in the Americas series, Southern Illinois University Press) and Patrick Anderson (Performance Works series, Northwestern University Press) will offer participants suggestions for improving their in-person book pitch, as well as strategies for submitting their book proposal to academic publishers.

If you are developing a book proposal and would like critical feedback from these editors on how to present the project to publishers, please email a proposal document (not the full book proposal or manuscript) as a Word attachment by NOVEMBER 13, 2016 to session coordinators Robert B. Shimko (rbshimko@central.uh.edu) and Meredith A. Conti (contima@jmu.edu).

All proposals must include:

  • your name
  • your academic affiliation, if any
  • your title (identifying whether you are faculty or an independent scholar—both are invited to submit)
  • your contact information
  • a 500-word abstract of the project
  • a one-paragraph genealogy of the project including answers the following questions:
    1. Is it based on a dissertation, or is it a new project? If based on a dissertation, please specify how it has been expanded and revised both in terms of scope and complexity.
    2. What is the project’s current stage of completion (i.e. is it a complete manuscript or are just a few chapters finished)?
    3. Has it been submitted to a press in the past as either a proposal or a manuscript?

Session coordinators will select participants for the closed workshop portion of the session based on the overall clarity of the project and the time limitations of the conference itself. Selected authors must register for the conference for final approval to participate in the workshop.