The Book is Done

After spending probably too long on revisions, hunting down a bunch of image permissions, and correcting far too many footnotes, the moment has come: I have SUBMITTED THE FINAL MANUSCRIPT for Building the Land of Dreams.

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Contract

Back in May I shook hands (figuratively speaking) on a deal with Princeton University Press to publish my book. So this is nothing new, but it still feels like a milestone: I signed a contract, finally. So it’s official and I can now say “my book is under contract.” Now if I can just deliver a manuscript on time …

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Something exciting happened …

… in New York that I can’t really talk about right now. The week of September 25th is when I’ll be able to talk about it. It’s hilarious, exciting, silly, kind of unbelievable, and it involves not me so much as my beautiful, awesome wife. Stay tuned …

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Reader reports

So as academics all know, but most regular people might not be aware, when you publish with a University press your work goes through peer review which means sending it out to at least two readers (3 in my case), people who are expert in the field and have no prior involvement with the author or the project. The readers are anonymous in theory, although it’s not too hard to figure out who they are (especially since they are selected from a list composed by the author and editor). They make comments, suggestions, and criticisms which the author is supposed to acknowledge and consider.

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The Book

Although I may never find a tenure track job, it looks like at least I’m going to be a published author. Princeton University Press will publish my book, Building the Land of Dreams: The American Transformation of New Orleans, in tPU Presshe fall of 2015. The reader’s reports are back, and were very positive; my revisions should be complete by this fall, and actually the fact that I’m teaching a slightly reduced schedule should actually help with this a bit.

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Teaching is done

I’ve finished my spring semester courses, grades are in. It was a great semester of teaching, but it’s always a relief to be done! Now it’s on to thinking about book publication, travel plans for the fall, and thinking about what my somewhat different life is going to look like in the fall.

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The big finish

And, final grades are in … and the semester is done! a semester in which I taught FOUR SECTIONS of Global History from 1500 to the present. 115 students. Now it’s off to NYC for God Street Wine‘s 25th reunion shows!

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