The Helps: YPublish and the Reference Collection
While much of YPublish’s mission involves bringing self-labeled writers together to fine-tune their craft, those writers also gather to help the greater campus community benefit from learning more about submissions by offering expertise, events, and even a reference collection.
Working with Professors
Your professors publish—and if they don’t, they have the insider’s scoop on the professors who do. If you have an academic piece you want to publish, sit down with a professor and talk candidly about publication and not just grades.
Professors can give you realistic expectations and invaluable information. Do everything you can to track down a professor to mentor you through the publication process—and if they want co-authorship, make sure it really is “co”; get your name on it.
Location and Hours: Collection and Club
The YPublish Club meets weekly as a writers’ group to discuss improvements on its members’ writing as we work toward publication. We also take the opening of each meeting to talk generally about publication or specifically about members’ submission attempts. Visit our website, to find out our meeting times and locations.
In addition to club meetings, YPublish maintains the YPublish Reference Collection in 4037 JKB. This collection includes Writers’ Market and other important books and files that list publishers and tips. Visit our website or email us to schedule an appointment to visit the Reference Collection and to ask for additional help.
The YPublish Reference Collection is contained within a computer lab that is not an Open Access Lab and is therefore kept locked. However, YPublish members and Reference Collection patrons have the privilege to access the materials according to policy. Email YPublish for more information or, if you stop by 4037 JKB and find it open, you are permitted to enter and make use of the Reference Collection materials and any desk space that has not been previously scheduled.
As part of the Reference Collection policy, books are not to leave the fourth floor of the JKB. You may walk down to a photocopier and make copies as needed (and as fall within copyright law), but keep your work confined to 4037 JKB. Your use of the YPublish Reference Collection is a contract between you and YPublish that we will keep the Collection up-to-date and you will take care of it—leaving it as you found it, observing the Honor Code, using it only during open hours, and not creating disturbances.
YPublish frequently hosts writing salons, speakers, and other publication- and writing-themed events—including an annual Publishers Fair—to allow writers of all types to meet and learn more about the submission process and writing for publication. Additionally, we send out a newsletter approximately once per week to update members on upcoming submission opportunities. Email us to join our newsletter and receive updates on meetings and markets.