Publishers’ websites (II)

Take someone involved – as a student, teacher, or researcher – in a certain discipline in higher education. Economics, let’s say. They are likely to be most interested in the phenomena on which the discipline focuses – in the case of economics, such phenomena as oil prices, fiscal deficits, or GDP.

Next will come, most likely, an interest in the intellectual components of the discipline – the research, the theories, the debates, and so on.

Interest in publications is likely to derive from that interest – publications are one of the vehicles for research, theory, debate etc.

An interest in who published which publications is likely to arise only when it comes to chasing references. So we may say that interest in publishers is a subset of a subset (publications) of a subset (the intellectual components of a discipline).

Yet most publishers’ websites appear to be built on a contrary assumption, namely that interest in the publisher is all-consuming. Certainly they usually tell you very little about anything other than themselves.

On this website we seek to strike more of a balance. On the one hand, as publishers we are naturally engrossed in our own publishing programme and want to tell the world about it (we figure that if we don’t, nobody else would!). But we also recognise that our users are most likely to be interested, first, in creative writing – stories, poems, etc. and the processes that create them – and, second, in the intellectual aspects of the discipline – such as methods of teaching, learning, and research.

We are, therefore, developing a series of concise resources on creative writing studies, supplemented by news items. For examples, please see the news flashes below – on Susan Sellers, for example – and the resources that may be accessed from our For scholars, For authors, and For students pages.

If you would like to help us – for example, by suggesting new resources, recommending improvements, or offering resources of your own – do please let us know. For ways to contact us, please visit our About Us page. And, of course, we’d welcome further news items.

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About Anthony Haynes

Director, Frontinus Ltd Communications Associate, FJWilson Talent Services

2 comments

  1. I think the reason that creative writers are assumed to be obsessed with publishing is because there is a parallel assumption that if you aren’t published, your work has no meaning. Publication is the Holy Grail for all ambitious writers, but it is not the whole story.

    I believe that writers should inform themselves about current trends in publishing – and following this blog is a good start! But I also want to encourage people to write first, and do everything else later. If we are Writers, then we must Write, and we shouldn’t be self censoring our work because of commercial notions about what is hot and what is not.

    Virginia Woolf is a great inspiration here. Of course her published work is brilliant, if sometimes challenging, but some of her notebook jottings are pure genius. They were not not written for publication, but because she had no alternative but to get the words down. My blog is about the writing life, and I hope that – like my forthcoming book – it will help writers not only to keep writing, but also to enjoy the actual experience of Being a Writer.

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