“Meet the Press”

November 10-16 marks University Press Week 2013! All week long, presses around the Web will be hosting special posts as part of a UP Week Blog Tour. The Digital Digest will be following the tour with a daily round up.

McGill-Queen’s University Press: “Happy University Press Week!”
MQUP kicks off the tour with a dual interview of editors Kyla Madden and Jonathan Crago, from their beginnings in university press publishing, to their favorite new titles from the press, to the upcoming Making Knowledge Public on-campus author roundtable about scholarly books and public engagement.

Penn State Press: “Meet the Press: John Morris, The Invisible Manuscript Editor”
John Morris, Penn State University Press’s Manuscript Editor, talks telecommuting from Michigan, the peculiar memory of a copyeditor, why PSUP authors are a dream (they never use trendy language and are always nice about corrections), and more.

University of Illinois Press: “Meet the Press: Laurie Matheson”
Editor-in-Chief Laurie Matheson discusses her experience with university press publishing, including the difference between her time in scholarly and commercial publishing: “I’m much more at home in scholarly publishing, where we publish for the long term, rather than the flavor of the week, and where we have the support of a community of scholars who serve as peer reviewers and then consumers of our books.”

University of Hawai’i Press: “University Press Week: Employee Profile”
The UHP blog profiles retiring Journals Manager Joel Bradshaw’s travelogue of a life, begun in Japan and bouncing across the Pacific (plus Romania) ever since, and how experience with linguistics and print production led to his 15-year career with the press.

University of Missouri Press: “Staff Profile: Director David Rosenbaum”
Ten days into his role as Director, the UMP blog features a profile of David Rosenbaum, who appreciates “the culture of cooperation between university presses varies considerably from the culture of competition between commercial publishers,” and hopes to bring more of to the university-press relationship as well, seeking “a stronger connection to the University of Missouri itself.”

University Press of Colorado: “It’s University Press Week!”
Managing Editor Laura Furney shares the details of her 20 years at UPC: her wide-ranging experience, her assistance with the press’s recent merger with Utah State University Press, and her leadership on the digital frontier.

University Press of Florida: “Meet the Press – Sian Hunter, Acquisitions Editor”
The UPF blog interviews Assistant Editor-in-Chief Sian Hunter: as with many of today’s interviewees, she recognizes that “sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good” when setting out to build a career, but also appreciates the payoff of thoroughness, persistence, and intellectual integrity she has found in scholarly publishing.