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current calls for papers

 

Enzo Arts and Publishing was founded by researchers with the aim of disseminating scholarship on contemporary art for emerging markets to the widest possible academic and non-academic readerships. Disenchanted with large publishing houses that offer no support or remuneration to academics, we have established a publishing solution that better serves writers and readers alike.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

We are a hybrid print and digital publisher.

Only digital texts can reach the largest possible global readership, which is our aim. However, research libraries consistently wish to acquire printed books, and form a very significant market for academic texts that should not be overlooked. Traditional book publishing remains integral to the furtherance of an academic career. We cater to both types of purchasers by offering accessible digital texts and high-quality printed outputs.

Peer-review is at the core of what we do.

We peer review every submission – and double peer review manuscripts whenever possible. We only publish material that makes a significant contribution to the field internationally, and prefer to publish on artists and movements that have been neglected or under-researched.

We are used to working with inexperienced and first-time authors.

We want to encourage new voices in the field and to support vital emerging research. We don’t expect authors to format their manuscripts, to write their own index, or to have in-depth knowledge of clearing copyrights – unlike many of our competitors, we do these things for you.

[spoiler title="DISTRIBUTION AND REMUNERATION"]

We’re represented by the world’s largest book distributors, and sell through online merchants including Amazon. We have contacts in the most significant research institutions and museums of contemporary art. We also distribute through our own websites, which receive thousands of visits a month.

We pay royalties, typically at a rate of 10%, on every copy sold.

Academic hardbacks tend to sell up to 300 copies. This number is determined by the market and does not vary much from publisher to publisher. Any publisher that offers authors incremental royalties, or promises a huge share on sales beyond 300 or 500 copies, is effectively not offering to pay anything. We believe research is valuable, and pay royalties on every copy sold.

Production budgets

We keep everything in-house to keep costs low. We clear image rights on your behalf and never expect authors to invest huge sums of money in obtaining illustrations. We do not ask authors to provide funding at any stage of the process.

Promotion

We’re well networked with readers, researchers and critics in the fields of modern and contemporary Asian and South American art. We’ll seek out reviewers for your book, supply cross-platform advertising campaigns, and provide you with the materials and support you need to promote your book at your own lectures and events.

Copies

We make an unlimited number of copies available to authors at cost price. Handy if you’re seeking to sell your own book at conferences, book fairs, on your university campus.

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[spoiler title="THE COMMISSIONING PROCESS"]

In the first instance, please make contact with us at commissioning@enzoarts.com to discuss your idea. We accept submissions of any research connected to modern and contemporary Asian and South American art history or visual culture. “Asia” is broadly defined to include East, South and Central Asia and the Middle East. We are also interested in other areas of the non-Western world. As a rule we will not consider works dealing primarily with art produced prior to the nineteenth century.

Your email should include an abstract and sample chapter, together with a list of illustrations (and their respective rights holders/collections where known) and an approximate word count for the finished manuscript. If the work is still in progress please state when you expect to be able to submit the final manuscript to us. We’ll also need details about your current affiliation (if any), a short biography, and a list of any previous publications. The most vital information that we need is a clear statement of how your research makes an original contribution to the field and differs from existing publications on the subject matter. Your submission will be reviewed and you will hear back from us within eight weeks. Your manuscript may be accepted or rejected, or we may write back with ideas on how you might alter your work to make it more marketable if appropriate. We will then agree a date for submission of the final manuscript and begin to clear reproduction rights. Download our style guide for further advice on preparation of the manuscript. The book will be published approximately eight weeks after your final text is submitted.

We can only accept material submitted by email and apologise that, due to the volume of submissions we receive not all submissions will receive an immediate response. Please send your work to commissioning@enzoarts.com [/spoiler]

[spoiler title="FICTION"]

We also publish literary fiction connected to our research objectives. We’re interested in novels treating artists and the art world in any region of the non-West.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title="BIOGRAPHY AND ARTISTS TEXTS"]

We also publish intellectual biographies of artists, theorists, writers and critics involved with art production in any of the regions we cover, and fictional or theoretical works by artists. We do not publish biographies of living persons.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title="OTHER MODERN ART"]

We will consider works on avant-garde and contemporary art produced in Europe or America where this work is of exceptional merit, where the artists or movements discussed are under-researched, and where the proposed manuscript is within the expertise of our editors and reviewers. Please contact us with a brief outline of your subject and we will let you know whether it is within our remit.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title="WHAT WE DON'T DO"]

We don’t publish on pre-modern art or antiquities. Though interested in publishing new translations of historically or critically significant texts, we are not interested in purchasing foreign rights. We are not currently seeking publication rights for academic journals.[/spoiler]

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