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Doing Simple Things Well, a No Shelf Required Feature 22 July 2020

The influential No Shelf Required online library magazine ran a major feature on Cambridge Scholars Publishing in its July 2020 edition. 

To read about how CSP “Does Simple Things Well”, four “Surprising Things” about CSP; a commitment to long-form research; how we think global but act local; and the fascinating history behind our Library home….click here.

Here’s a flavour of the feature, written by NSR Editorial Director Mirela Roncevic,:

Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Doing Simple Things Well

Something of a shockwave ran through the publishing world in Spring 2019 when Stanford University announced it could no longer support its University Press, and that the venerable and high-prestige Stanford University Press (founded in 1892) would be closing. A shock, but for many, no real surprise, as a chilly wind had been blowing through the academic monograph publishing industry for several years. Outside of a shelter under the wing of a giant multinational (Routledge, Wiley), or life as a tiny niche labor-of-love press, is there a future?  The Stanford story, despite its subsequent temporary stay of execution, said – maybe not.

So we were intrigued to hear of an independent scholarly monograph publisher who wasn’t complaining about the chill. One which was expanding, not consolidating; was broadening its publishing horizons, not narrowing them; and that was staying – solidly and defiantly – rooted in publishing academic books for a university market. That led us to learn the story of Cambridge Scholars Publishing (CSP) and seeing a publisher taking the refreshing approach of doing simple things, well….

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Meet the Publisher: Damian Baker 22 April 2020

Visitors to our website will be familiar with our ‘Meet our Authors’ section. While we aim to put our authors first in everything we do, we also want to tell you a little about the people who help to transform an idea and a manuscript into a published title.

In the latest in our ‘Meet the Publisher’ series, we would like to introduce our Head of Production, Damian Baker. A native of Tauranga, New Zealand, Damian first moved to Newcastle in 2012 with his wife and son, and joined Cambridge Scholars Publishing in the summer of 2019.

Damian has had a long and varied career in print and production, from an early career as a Graphic Artist, to a 7-year stint for Fuji-Xerox New Zealand, in addition to managing a high-volume digital colour press for a Newcastle-based commercial printer.

Outside of work, Damian is an active member of the local Scouts Association, which his two sons, aged 7 and 11, attend. The Baker family enjoy rugby, surfing in the summer months, visiting National Trust locations, and exploring the spectacular Northumberland countryside.

When he does find time to relax, Damian can usually be found outdoors in the garden, ideally in front of a barbeque!

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Meet the Publisher: Adam Rummens 18 February 2020

While we strive to keep our authors at the heart of everything we do here at Cambridge Scholars Publishing, it's nice, every once in a while, to spare a thought for our unsung heroes who silently plug away behind the scenes. For this edition of Meet the Publisher, that honour goes to our resident Commissioning Editor, Adam Rummens.

A native of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Adam joined Cambridge Scholars straight out of university in March 2014, and has gone on to become one of the longest-serving members of our editorial team, overseeing Social Sciences. A man of few words but many talents, Adam's calm, care-free demeanour brings regular welcome respite during the hectic day-to-day activities of the publishing world. On top of that, he's also the undisputed office champion for typing speed!

Adam holds a degree in English Language from Newcastle University, and takes a particular interest in the etymologies of place-names, along with a fascination in how new words enter into common usage, 'an extended study I did in my final year explored the extent to which new words are introduced to the language community through explanation, and how long after their coinage this process of explanation lasts. It was interesting using linguistics corpora to examine new words in context, mostly in newspapers.'

Quite naturally then, one of Adam's personal highlights at CSP was the work he did on the recently published edited collection Naming, Identity, and Tourism, which studies the origins of place-names and how these come to influence the identity and culture of the surrounding area and communities.

In terms of literature, Adam names his favourite book as Kurt Vonnegut's classic anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse 5, remarking that he is 'captivated by Vonnegut's style of writing - I think it's incredibly thought-provoking too, in terms of the damage war does, of course, but also philosophically in the way it explores and questions the linearity of time.'

An avid rambler, in his spare time Adam loves exploring the great outdoors, being a former member of Newcastle University's fellwalking society, in addition to being a keen mountaineer, having last year climbed to the summit of Helvellyn in the Lake District, an impressive feat indeed!

Adam is a long-suffering (and patient) supporter of Newcastle United FC, getting to games whenever he can, and still lives happily in the city in which he grew up.

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Meet the Publisher: Sean Howley 16 December 2019

Visitors to our website will be familiar with our ‘Meet our Authors’ section. We have always tried to put our authors first in everything we do and will continue to do that. However, we also want to tell you a little about the people who help to transform an idea and a manuscript into a published title.

In this month’s ‘Meet the Publisher’, we’d like to introduce the eagle-eyed proofreader Sean Howley. Sean is our Reviews Editor and heads our prepress department. He joined the company full time in 2012 after graduating from Northumbria University, where he enjoyed studying literature from a philosophical perspective.

His academic research focused on the evolution of tragedy in American writing of the ‘30s and ‘40s, specifically examining the difference between pre- and post-Second World War works. His penchant for American literature and culture becomes clear by a cursory glance at his bookshelf. Taking pride of place is the sprawling and encyclopaedic tome, Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace.

Explaining his love for the book, Sean notes that “it’s an unconventional novel which draws on classics such as The Odyssey and Hamlet, as well as tennis and absurdist humour. It is both deeply funny and moving, and centres around the theme of addiction in its various guises (as well as featuring a germophobic President previously better known for his work in the entertainment world) … It’s still a highly relevant text to this day.”

When asked to choose a highlight from the extensive Cambridge Scholars catalogue he has worked on, he plumped for Bruce Springsteen’s America: A Dream Deferred by Alessandro Portelli.  “Striking a balance between academic research into one of the most prominent (and socially conscious) figures of late 20th (and early 21st) century rock music and a fan’s genuine passion for The Boss,” he explains, “the author’s enthusiasm for the subject shines through, and will be sure to connect with the reader.”

Sean lives in Newcastle with his partner Kate, is an avid Celtic F.C. fan, and – injuries permitting – keeps in better shape than many professional athletes. He is currently training for next year’s Great North Run.

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Meet the Publisher: Rebecca Gladders 14 October 2019

Visitors to our website will be familiar with our ‘Meet our Authors’ section. We have always tried to put our authors first in everything we do and will continue to do that. However, we also want to tell you a little about the people who help to transform an idea and a manuscript into a published title. As such, in this new segment, we’d like you to ‘Meet the Publisher’.

We begin the series with Rebecca Gladders, our Senior Commissioning Editor. Rebecca joined the company in the summer of 2018, and leads our editorial team, liaising with authors and providing support and mentorship to the commissioning department.

She graduated from Newcastle University in 2018, where she specialised in early English and lexical development. Her dissertation focused on the lexical and contextual change of ‘happy’ and ‘happiness’ from Old English to present-day English, with emphasis on the influences of Old Norse. 

Aside from intellectual curiosity, the research had a more personal motivation: her surname can roughly be considered a scion of ‘glæd’, the Old English term for ‘bright’ or ‘shining’. The word went on to become ‘glad’ (a synonym of ‘happy’), meaning—with just a little creative license—that her name is an extension of happiness.

Her favourite book (at this moment in time) is Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies by Scarlett Curtis. In Rebecca’s words: “It collates the remarkable histories, opinions and escapades of some incredible women while being hugely funny and relatable, refraining from straying into sanctimony throughout.”

One of her favourite experiences here at Cambridge Scholars was her involvement with Anna Cornelia Beyer’s book Health and Safety for Spirit Seers, Telepaths and Visionaries: Self-help for Schizophrenia. It’s a “refreshingly positive take on mental health and is written by a phenomenal woman who has never let her schizophrenia diagnosis hold her back.”

Rebecca lives with her fiancé and son in Newcastle, and—in addition to her thankless support of Middlesbrough Football Club—is an avid foodie, reader and coffee aficionado.

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