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Q&A: How to approach a publisher to publish conference proceedings

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Q: "I am organizing a conference that I think will be very good. How do I approach a publisher for the proceedings? What is such a publisher looking for?" A: Michael Lennie, Authoring Attorney and Literary Agent, Lennie Literary and Authors' Attorneys: "Ask your adviser; or research similar proceedings to determine their publisher and editor. Obtain several and then contact them to see if they have an interest. The original contact should be by way of a query letter (one well written page) with or without synopsis, sent through snail mail with a SASE. Your initial query should be more detailed (3-4 pages) than the query for an article, including the names and a sentence or two about each participating panelist, his/her subject matter for the proceedings, the forum, date, time, etc."

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