Acquiring is the first step in the publication process. The University of Arizona Press’s Acquisitions Department is responsible for originating, developing, evaluating, and acquiring approximately 25 to 30 scholarly and trade books per year. This involves screening and evaluating manuscript and proposal submissions, interacting extensively with current and prospective authors in a variety of fields, selecting readers and evaluating peer reviews, gathering necessary permissions for photographs and/or previously published materials that will appear in the book, remaining current in knowledge of the market for acquired books, and working with all Press departments throughout the publication process.
- Assist acquiring editors in soliciting manuscripts by finding email addresses, writing query letters to potential authors, and preparing necessary materials
- Prepare necessary documents for presenting manuscripts to the Publications Committee
- Manage incoming final manuscripts by tracking and organizing permissions, illustrations, and other items needed for turning the project over to the Editorial, Design, and Production Department
- Correspond with current and prospective authors for updates on their manuscripts
- Assist the acquiring editors on various other projects