Should You Consider a University Press for Your Next Book?
For years, university presses have focused on scholarly monographs and college textbooks. But that is changing. More universities are publishing popular non-fiction and fiction, in part because there's money in it. University presses can easily turn a profit from a press run of 10,000 to 15,000 books--figures that would cause a traditional trade press to turn up its corporate nose in disgust.
That is good news for historical writers looking for new markets.
Which of the university press should one approach?
Start with the Association of American University Presses at aaupnet.org. The website includes a resources section called For Authors & Faculty. The Finding a Publisher section includes a grid which shows which publishers are interested in fiction, biography, folklore, sociology, American history and other topics. Some publishers prefer fiction that targets their region. They are less picky when it comes to nonfiction.