Like the rest of the University of Georgia and most of the world, the University of Georgia Press is radically rethinking every aspect of our workflows and short- and long-term plans. While we remain committed to publishing books and supporting our authors, we are also acutely aware that our usual means of interaction will be necessarily hindered for the foreseeable future. Conferences, meetings, interviews, readings, author tours, and book launch events have all come to a screeching halt, so this time is particularly challenging—yet we are rising to the occasion.
At the same time, experts at the CDC and the WHO remind us daily that to flatten the curve of the spread of COVID-19, social distancing is imperative. To this end the University of Georgia has officially moved all instruction online and canceled campus events for the remainder of the spring semester. Also, our city of Athens, Georgia, has adopted a shelter-in-place ordinance, which restricts movement to essential services. While we know our work is essential for the intellectual health of our society, the physical health of everyone takes precedence in a time like this. Thus our staff will be working remotely until these measures have been lifted.
We are working with our partners to adjust accordingly in order make the best of this situation. With that in mind, we are taking the following steps over the coming days and weeks.
Support local booksellers: Booksellers are critical partners in what we do and many of them are hurting now. But there are ways you can help! Visit your local bookseller’s website to find out how to purchase books from them as many are offering curb-side pickup or delivery. If you don’t know which booksellers are close to you, find them on Indiebound. If you’d like to purchase a book online, you can also purchase through Bookshop.org and a feel good in knowing that a percentage of that sale will benefit your local independent bookstore if they’re an affiliate.
Open Scholarship: To support instructors, students, and libraries in online teaching and learning, we have joined hundreds of other university presses in opening access to our ebooks at Project Muse, ProQuest, and JSTOR . We are also launching an online library of Press titles commonly used in classes in Manifold Scholarship open editions.
Online Sale: The University of Georgia Press will be hosting an online sale through its website until May 31, 2020. Use code 08UGAP to get 50% off ALL titles. Free shipping on orders over $25.00.
Online Exhibits: We have also been hosting virtual conference sales to give attendees of canceled conferences the opportunity to purchase books we would have had on display. Please see the UGA Press conference sale page to purchase books with the related discount code.
Review Copies: Digital review copies of titles will be available upon request from NetGalley or as PDFs. Book editors, producers, and reviewers should contact publicity manager Jason Bennett with requests. Find his contact info on our staff directory here.
New Books and Old Favorites: As of now our distribution partners are still operating, so books should be available from booksellers or from us. The University of Georgia Press will continue to release new titles as scheduled. See our spring catalog if you’re wondering what that schedule is. We are discussing novel ways to help promote new titles with our authors and will be updating this space and our social media channels with new efforts as we think of them. We’re also open to suggestions.
Submitting Proposals: Our editors want to hear from you. Please see the editor’s page on our website for names and subject areas of UGA Press editors. Each name is hyperlinked to a profile page with contact info. Write to them with queries about a project and they will work to answer questions or set up meetings by phone.
If you don’t follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram), now is a good time. Tag us or send us a message with requests or ideas if you think of something you’d like to see. Chances are we’ll give it a go! You can also find contact information for individual members of the Press on our contact page if you have something in mind for a specific individual.
We wish everyone well as we individually and collectively navigate uncharted territory. Please stay in touch and know that we look forward to brighter days ahead when we can reconnect in person and share our human experience.