February 4, 2006

And on the right side of publishing competence ...

Our edited book Schools as Imagined Communities is out! I'm so happy. This is one of the two edited collections I've been working on for the last few years. The other one is still in press, but the imagined communities book has been a labor of love, especially since it involves other people's labor. Go buy! Assign it to classes! Deirdre Cobb-Roberts, Barbara Shircliffe, and I don't get a single red cent, since all of the royalties are donated to three organizations (the History of Education Society, the American Educational Studies Association, and Bealsville, Inc., a local preservationist society—see the obituary of Carrie Johnston for a bit of the background).

And, unlooked for, Palgrave Macmillan corrected a minor error that I thought was going to be preserved in the book. We had asked that Deirdre be first author, but when we saw the cover, it came back with me as first author, and then the galleys had Deirdre as first author. Yikes! It's a minor inconsistency but a bit embarrassing. So we told them we didn't really care who was listed first (we don't, really), but that it needed to be consistent. The next version I saw (including the one on Amazon) had me listed as first editor, so that's how we gave the citation to our chair. And then we got our copies in the mail. They fixed it!

It's a minor thing, really, but a point of professionalism in favor of the press. (And, if you have the chance to work with Palgrave Macmillan, I recommend them. We received the copyedited MS and the galleys electronically, which speeds the work on a collaborative project dramatically.)

Incidentally, the link to the book is for Amazon—Powell's doesn't yet have it listed. But I don't care where you buy the book.

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