Nov 18, 2008

A new chapter begins for Liberty

by Megan House

A new publishing company has launched at Liberty. The Liberty University Press (LUP) will provide authors with many benefits other publishing companies do not offer, according to the Liberty Journal.

Vice president of academic affairs Boyd Rist said a publishing company has been considered for many years. Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. thought a publishing company was important for Liberty’s development and the Board of Trustees supported the idea. Earlier this fall, a meeting was held in order to discuss the launch of a publishing company. When the series of meetings concluded, a decision was made to begin preparations for LUP.

LUP was established so Liberty faculty members, along with those from other institutions, would have an opportunity to publish their works. The press is also available to authors outside the academic community.

“The press welcomes submissions from established and prospective authors writing on subjects that would be of interest to the general population beyond the academic community,” Rist said.

Liberty will benefit from LUP in many ways.

“A university press denotes a level of maturity and stability in a college or university,” Rist said.

According to the Liberty Journal, “Representatives from Liberty University Press guide the author through the entire publication process.” They will help with the design and marketing of the book.

Manuscripts are reviewed by the publisher, according to Rist, and if a positive recommendation is given, the manuscripts will go through a peer-review process prior to the decision of whether or not they will be published.

“The aim of those of us involved in establishing the press is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ through writings that expand the boundaries of Christian scholarship, as well as to build up the saints in matters of faith and practice,” Rist said.

Published books will be available through distribution channels such as Ingram, Spring Arbor Distributors, and the Barnes and Noble Web site. Manuscripts are being accepted for submissions at any time. Details are located on the Liberty splash page.


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