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With some help from a little networking – and a viable manuscript – in July 2011 I received a book contract from Routledge Press, one of the better respected commercial academic publishers. My most recent journal article, about a year previously, was in the Journal of American-East Asian Relations. The journal editor, Chuck Hayford, introduced me to senior Asian Studies scholar Mark Selden, who thought enough of my manuscript to refer me to Routledge’s in-house editor, to evaluate my work for inclusion in a book series edited by Selden. After satisfying a couple of peer reviewers and, thus, the Routledge editorial team, I got the contract.

The title will be The Role of American NGOs in China’s Modernization: Invited Influence. The book is a substantial revision of my doctoral dissertation. By the end of January 2012, I will send a (near-) final manuscript to my editor. After working out whatever copyediting and final content editing issues arise, I hope the book will be published by the end of the year. Alas, Routledge's business model entails short initial runs sold at high prices. They will market 250 hardcover copies at about $150. For the most part, only university research libraries will pay this price. I will help promote the book in that market by contacting friends and colleagues at universities. If and when Routledge sells all 250 copies, they will make paperbacks available for about $40 each. Looks as though the book will not make the New York Times best seller list, but I hope a few scholars will notice it – maybe some will even assign it for graduate classes.

- Norty