Writing and Pitching to University Presses

This is the first of four linked events for Humanities scholars writing monographs. Please also see:

January 19, 2023 | Publishing Your First Book: A Seminar for Pre-Tenure Faculty: The Authors’ Perspectives
February 9, 2023 | Publishing in the Public Humanities
February 21, 2023 | A Workshop on Book Proposals


This moderated panel will include a discussion around writing, pitching, and publishing book proposals and manuscripts to university presses as a humanities scholar. Our invited panelists work in Canadian university presses and will respond to topics such as:

  • Writing and publishing for Canadian university presses
  • Advice for early career scholars and junior faculty in the humanities
  • First monographs and dissertations to monographs
  • Trends in academic publishing
  • Publishing for trade audiences.

This event is especially aimed at faculty working in the humanities. Junior faculty and graduate students are particularly welcome to attend.

This event is part of our Public Scholarship Series.

Thursday, December 8, 2022 
12:30-2:00 pm (Pacific Time)
Online via Zoom


Moderator and Panelists

  • Mary Chapman, Professor, English Language and Literatures (Moderator)
  • James MacNevin, Senior Editor, UBC Press
  • Mark Thompson, Acquisitions Editor, University of Toronto Press
  • Jonathan Crago, Editor in Chief, McGill-Queen’s University Press

Speaker Bios

Mary Chapman specializes in American literature and transnational American Studies; in particular, she works on intersections between cultural forms (i.e. suffrage activism, print culture, parlor theatricals, parades), literary production, and politics in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America. She is currently writing a microhistory of the Eaton family which included Edith Eaton (“Sui Sin Far”) and Winnifred Eaton (“Onoto Watanna”) and is the Director of the Winnifred Eaton Archive.


James MacNevin has a diverse background in book publishing. He began his career in 2001 working for independent trade publishers and later moved into textbook publishing and finally into scholarly publishing—a trajectory that has left him with an appreciation for many varieties of research and writing, and for works that speak to multiple audiences. He is currently a Senior Editor at UBC Press, where he acquires books in history, sociology, environmental studies, urban studies, and related areas.


Mark Thompson is the literature, film, and cultural studies editor at University of Toronto Press.