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Thoughts on Cambridge Scholars Publishing? 
24th-Feb-2009 11:54 pm
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I recently was contacted by an editor at Cambridge Scholars Publishing to ask if I would like to publish my dissertation with them. I definitely want to do this, but I wondered if anyone had feedback on this particular publishing group(?):

http://www.c-s-p.org/

Thanks!!!

P.S. BTW, I'd be grateful for any advice on publishing one's dissertation. :D
Comments 
25th-Feb-2009 10:00 am (UTC)
The product looks quite poor, and don't expect them to do anything (even proof-reading, publicity). They do dust-jacket design, but frankly I'd do a better job myself.

That said, I published a set of essays with them last year and in a small, specialist area it was a quick and easy option which all in all I'm pleased with. The product was expensive, but its one of those academic only-really-for-libraries books anyway. I've had an essay in someone else's book from them, and know others who have edited collections with them - similar results. Its ok if you want a book and don't have huge expectations for the project.

When it comes to my thesis, if I don't get a 'proper' publisher, I think I'll just put a pdf online.
25th-Feb-2009 10:43 am (UTC)
I work for the book reviews section of a journal and have received a book from them (I remember because I was thrown for a minute when entering the information into our database because I almost put it as Cambridge UP). The book itself looked like a normal, professionally made book, with a nice cover and all. We haven't received a review for the book yet so I don't know about the quality of the content and editing though.
25th-Feb-2009 11:50 am (UTC)
It won't do anything for your reputation - they aren't selective about what they publish, and tend to trawl about conference organisers, asking to publish collections of proceedings. I've had an essay or two in various proceedings that came out with them, and didn't think much of the final product - though I believe their print runs are tiny, and certainly I never got an author's copy of either book. As others have said, I imagine their input into proofing, publicity etc is minimal. That said, it's so hard to find a decent press to take on a collection of essays these days, that they end up putting out some decent enough stuff, but, in your position, I wouldn't punlish with them, unless getting a book out at all costs is all that matters. I'd at least try more reputable publishers in your field before even considering Cambridge Scholars.
25th-Feb-2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
A page of anonymous/pseudonymous online people discussing the merits (or otherwise) of CSP in 2006 can be found here:

http://chronicle.com/forums/index.php?action=printpage;topic=23575.0
27th-Feb-2009 05:50 am (UTC)
Normally, a diss *should not* be published straight out of the gate because it is a gradschool opus that requires further development. I'm not trying to say you aren't absolutely fabulous; however, it is scarce as hen's teeth that a diss is ready for publication with a serious press straight out of gradschool.

As to CSP, I organized a conference and they approached us with rather poor results. I say save what you have, polish it for a few years after you get a job and publish with a more reputable agency.
18th-Feb-2010 09:17 am (UTC) - Cambridge Scholars Publishing
CSP specialise in publishing for those who need to be published for CV purposes. They are definitely not for you if you hope your book might be read or purchased. There is virtually no editing (I have better WP skills than they do) and no deviation from their in-house layout, which is cramped and looks poor. Books are priced at around £40 for a meanly produced A5 case-bound edition and £20 if you get as far as a paperback. As they seem to print on demand they are unlikely sell more than a handful of your books. The result is that you are effectively locked into CSP indefinitely and their pricing/poor production means your book won't be a commercial proposition, even for specialist outlets.
Summary - OK if you need to published at all costs but try for something better. Or consider clubbing together and start your own imprint using on demand publishing. After all, CSP did just that.
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