Past Events

Demystifying the Monograph: How to Publish Your First Book

DRN and ECRN Events – Mark Eastment, Natalie Foster, Tom Young

  • 13 December 2022
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Paul Mellon Centre

This is an event for DRN/ECRN members only. You can find out more about the network here.

Join us to hear about how to publish your first monograph from the perspective of academic publishers and first-time book authors.

We have invited editors, Mark Eastment and Natalie Foster, from renowned academic publishers to discuss what they look for when commissioning history of art books including themes, content, formatting, copyright permissions and image licensing. We will also be joined by first-time book author Dr Tom Young. He will discuss how he turned his thesis into a book, his approach to publishing and the challenges faced.


About the speakers

  • Mark Eastment is a commissioning editor at Yale University Press. His recent titles include Rick Poynor’s David King, Amy de la Haye’s Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, Oliver Watson’s Ceramics of Iran, Ian Collins' John Craxton – A Life of Gifts, Roy Strong’s The Elizabethan Image, David Bownes' Hidden London: Discovering the Forgotten Underground and David Ekserdjian's The Italian Renaissance Altarpiece.

  • Natalie Foster is a senior publisher, acquiring titles in a variety of formats, from introductory guides and textbooks for undergraduates to companion and reference titles. Working with scholars outside of the US, she particularly welcomes proposals for accessible, student-friendly books that critically examine the social and political aspects of media and visual cultures.

  • Tom Young is Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Art Histories at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Prior to that, he was a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Warwick, the project curator of the British Museum’s exhibition Tantra: Enlightenment to Revolution, a curator at Lakeland Arts, and a lecturer at the University of Warsaw. He has held fellowships at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, the Huntington Library, and the Yale Center for British Art. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2023. His first book, Unmaking the East India Company: British Art and Political Reform in Colonial India, c.1813–58, was published with the Paul Mellon Centre.