University Press Publishing
The Association of University Presses provides great information for learning about how university presses work. Please see their Ask UP site for a better understanding of book, journal, and digital publishing, plus additional resources for submitting a proposal and working with the publishing professionals who help produce your book and bring it to market.
Publishing with UNC Press
For a great big overview of all the folks and functions involved in publishing books at UNC Press, click to enlarge the infographic below. (Accessible text version of UNC Press’s Publishing Process available here.) Not every step applies to every book; each book has its own unique journey into the world. But this flowchart offers a good introduction to all the pieces that come together at UNC Press to bring work of great value to the widest possible audience.
The UNC Press Author Guide
The Author Guide pages of our website walk you through the steps in that infographic in a narrative form, providing descriptions, links, and downloads throughout to help demystify the process of publishing a book with UNC Press. This guide also connects you to the Author Portal, where contracted authors can securely upload documents, forms, and files mentioned in the steps here.
You can get a one-year glimpse of the cumulative work of the Press (the year’s awards, reviews, funding, special projects, and more) and put faces to the names of folks you’ll be working with by checking out our Annual Report.
The content on these pages is searchable; toggle the “Information” option next to the search bar at the top of any page to find what you’re looking for.
The Author Portal
The Author Portal is a restricted-access section of our site where contracted authors can fill out required forms, securely upload electronic materials, and conduct other business with the Press as described throughout the Author Guide. Your acquiring editor will provide your password for access once the contract is signed.
Information by Topic
For information about what each step in the process means for you as a UNC Press author, dig deeper into a specific topic by selecting one of the sections below.