Publishing Books: Myths, Markets & Manuscripts


1-4 July 2024, 10:00-18:00

This summer term, Dr Cordelia Borchardt will again offer her popular Praxis-Workshop and provide insight into the work of editors and the real-life conditions of publishing.

Dr. Cordelia Borchardt is Senior Acquisitions Editor Fiction at S. Fischer Verlag in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Having studied in Munich, London and Oxford, she is holding a PhD in English Literature and has taught at Frankfurt, Marburg and Heidelberg Universities as well as Stanford. Concentrating on upmarket commercial fiction, she has worked with a wide range of German and international authors like Graeme Simsion, Rohinton Mistry, Rachel Joyce, Jörg Maurer and Shelby van Pelt.

Her workshop offers a first-hand practical experience of the world of publishing. It provides direct access to the workings of how to find authors and how to create, produce and sell books in the current marketplace.

Students will focus on publishing in the German-language territory, i.e. Germany, Austria and Switzerland, comparing its original and translated titles with the international publishing situation, placing particular emphasis on the markets in the United Kingdom and the United States. The overall aim is to provide authentic and direct insights into the work practices of the non-academic literary world and to enable students to do practical work on ongoing real-life publishing projects.

The workshop will be held as a regular blocked 2st AR course (2 ECTS). Registration: 12 to 19 Feb, noon.

For a course description and details on how to prepare for the workshop (between March and June) see u:find.

Cordelia Borchardt (© privat)

Cordelia Borchardt (© privat)