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One Hour Call with Sylvia Frank


One Hour Call with Sylvia Frank Rodrigue


Sylvia Frank Rodrigue is an award-winning editor, author, and editorial consultant. She has worked with hundreds of authors since she began her career through an internship at Stackpole Books. At Louisiana State University Press she acquired history, literary studies, poetry, and political science books, and for twenty years she has acquired history books for Southern Illinois University Press. Through her company Sylverlining, Sylvia works as a freelance copyeditor for authors of nonfiction and fiction manuscripts and provides publishing advice and services. She is the co-author of Images of America: Baton Rouge and Historic Baton Rouge

While many authors work directly with university press editors, some submit their manuscripts to the editors of book series that a press publishes. Sylvia has been instrumental in starting several book series and in assisting series editors and authors as they work together. She received the Harold Holzer Lincoln Forum Book Prize for editing the Concise Lincoln Library and the Emerging Civil War’s Brig. Gen. Thomas Greely Stevenson Award for helping with Engaging the Civil War.

With deep experience in the pre-production stages—query, proposal, peer review, manuscript development, editorial board, illustrations and permissions,contracts, titles, metadata, and transmittal to the editorial, design, and production department—Sylvia is ideally positioned to answer questions about how to publish a book at a university press. In addition, working at smaller publishers has given her an understanding and familiarity with the rest of the publishing process, including marketing copy and cover design.

Publishing an academic book can feel like a fraught endeavor, and the stakes for authors may be extremely high. Schedule a call with Sylvia for practical answers to all your questions about publishing a book with a university press. Here are some of the questions you might want to ask:

  • How do I choose a press to contact?

  • How and when should I approach an acquiring editor? 

  • What may I expect from a series editor?

  • How do I become a series editor?

  • How do I write a query and a book proposal?

  • What is an advance contract?

  • What can I expect during the peer-review process?

  • How do I respond to peer reviews?

  • What do I do about a challenge I encountered?

  • Where can I find other resources?

Sign up now for a One Hour Call with Sylvia Frank Rodrigue and receive the right advice to help you save time and reach your publication goals.

“I owe a major debt of gratitude to Sylvia Frank Rodrigue, copy editor extraordinaire and the best sort of friend. With great patience and kindness, Sylvia steadfastly brought not only a sharp eye but a historian’s expertise and wordsmith’s care to my manuscript.”

–Sharon Kennedy-Nolle, author of Writing Reconstruction: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the Postwar South


“Sylvia Frank Rodrigue took over the publication of my book for SIU Press from an earlier acquisitions editor. Her first email contained enough advice to take me through step by step to the publication. From that first welcoming letter through to the publishing of the book, she was the voice of encouragement, friendship, and patience on the other end of the line, threading through myriad details and happy to answer my endless questions.”

–Libby Hill, author of The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History

“Sylvia Frank Rodrigue was to prove an unerring guide through the valley of the shadow of peer review, up the mountain of manuscript revision, and finally—in one of the great moments of my life—into the promised land of publication. I could not have been blessed with a more encouraging and inspiring guide through all of this than Sylvia.”

–A. E. Elmore, author of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: Echoes of the Bible and Book of Common Prayer

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