Three Things from NDQ and The Digital Press

Publishing tends to be a case of “gradually, then suddenly” to appropriate Hemingway memorable line in The Sun Also Rises. One project has been gradually wending its way through production over the last 18 months and the other has been building for about 6 months and suddenly both are almost ready for release!

Thing The First

The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota is very happy to provide a preview of our next publication: Visualizing Votive Practice: Exploring Limestone and Terracotta Sculpture from Athienou-Malloura through 3D Models by Derek B. Counts, Erin Walcek Averett, Kevin Garstki, and Michael Toumazou.

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As the dramatic cover suggests, this isn’t an ordinary book. The authors combine a thoughtful analysis of votive limestone and terracotta sculpture from the sanctuary of Malloura on Cyprus, a select catalogue of these objects, and integrated 3D images both embedded in the PDF and linked to Open Context, an dynamic (and archival) linked-data digital publishing platform. 

In other words, this book provides a window in the ancient sanctuary, votive practice, and a collection of sculpture documented through structured light scanning and made available as linked-open data. It will be available as a free, open access, peer-reviewed, monograph.

I know this is a mouthful, so perhaps the best way to understand this project is to go and download the introduction and a preview of the catalogue. To make full use of the 3D PDF technology, which allows you to interact with the 3D scan right on the page, you’ll need to download (for free) Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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Thing The Second

As readers of this blog know, I’m editor of the century-old literary journal, North Dakota Quarterly. Mostly, this involves corresponding with authors and making sure everything is ready for our publishing partner at the University of Nebraska Press. It’s tedious work most of the time, but I do get to hang out (via email) with inspiring and creative poets, writers, and artists which is its own kind of reward.  

The great thing about a journal with as much history at North Dakota Quarterly is that its past is a constant inspiration. For the cover 87.3/4, our designer at UNP decided to kick it olde skool with a design that would have looked at home on a cover of NDQ from the 1980s or 1990s.

The artwork on the cover is by Marco Hernandez, and it’s called Regando el Maiz y el Nopal. Issue 87.3/4 will also feature ten more prints from Hernandez as well as work from over 100 contributors.  

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Page proofs are circulating now and are due back to my desk before the holidays and the issue will go to print in early December. With any luck, subscribers will have their copies before the holidays!

Thing the Third

One of the coolest things about being a publisher and editor is watching work that I’ve shepherded through the publication process get recognized in one way or another. Mostly, this comes in the form of citation or positive reviews. 

Sometimes, it comes in the way of downloads or sales. The forces that have to conspire to lead a book to sell well AND in significant quantities are complicated, and I suspect it mostly has to do with chance. One of the odd quirks of the current election is that all sorts of people are trying to understand the US Electoral College more clearly. This has resulted in a sharp spike in sales for Eric Burin’s edited volume, Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College (2017). Earlier this week, it made it into the top-25 books in the category of Historical Essays. This is quite an achievement for a small press like ours with a limited marketing budget.

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If you want your copy, it’s on $8 on Amazon or from an independent bookseller.

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