ABOUT HARRINGTON PARK PRESS

PUBLISHING FOCUS AND POLICIES

Harrington Park Press is a specialized academic/scholarly book publisher devoted to emerging topics in LGBTQ diversity, equality, and inclusivity.

  • We welcome manuscript submissions intended primarily for: –- college course adoptions -– required graduate/professional school reading -– practitioner handbooks
  • We currently seek manuscripts on LGBTQ scholarship related primarily to the social and behavioral sciences, social work, mental health, counseling, health care, social history, and other major fields of study and professional practice.
  • HPP devotes considerable personal attention to our authors’ editorial needs. This includes expert internal vetting, outside academic peer review, meticulous manuscript assessment, and intensive copy editing.
  • We provide competitive author royalties/advances.
  • We publicize titles through social media and review copies targeted to: –- membership society and independently published academic journals -– specialized mail and email promotions -– popular LGBTQ bloggers, newsletters, and newspapers.
  • We are distributed internationally by Columbia University Press to the library, retail, and institutional markets.

HISTORY

Harrington Park Press was originally launched more than 20 years ago as an imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc.

It actively published hundreds of LGBTQ scholarly monographs, texts, and trade books in both hardcover and paperback editions, and marketed them to both the scholarly and general markets. The Haworth Press was named after the township of Haworth in England, home of the literary Brontë sisters. It is now part of the Taylor & Francis Group/Routledge.

Harrington Park Press is being continued independently by Bill Cohen, the founding publisher of The Haworth Press, Inc., as part of the divestiture agreement with Taylor & Francis/Routledge. Like Haworth, Harrington Park Press is named after the small English township of Harrington, which maintains its own Harrington Park.

During its earlier years, Harrington Park Press achieved sales through a combination of direct mail to LGBTQ professional societies, carefully targeted publicity, and distribution to both the national chains and independent bookshops. Harrington Park Press also developed a distribution network that included five regional trade sales teams, plus specialty distribution in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

We located and reached even difficult-to-reach LGBTQ markets in countries such as India and Pakistan. These efforts required close relationships with and local resale programs by specialty bookshops in those countries.

The publicity efforts included developing firm editorial ties to both the LGBTQ scholarly and popular newspapers and periodicals.

Our current re-launching of Harrington Park Press continues the substantial heritage of our previous longstanding efforts. We are now distributed through Columbia University Press, the fourth oldest university press in the United States.

Columbia University Press distributes its own biannual catalog, which is used as a selection and purchasing tool by major university, medical, legal, business, public, and special libraries around the world. Columbia University Press also maintains contracts with regional sales groups in the United States/Canada, and counterpart arrangements with book reps in the UK and European continent, as well as the rest of the world.

Our primary focus is the publication of textbooks, course-related academic and scholarly titles, and handbooks for professional practice, with a special interest in publications that can reach larger audiences in the new ebook arena.

We will provide a leading edge, independent publishing outlet for LGBTQ/ diversity scholarship and professional practice within the social and behavioral sciences, history, and related fields. The promotion of LGBTQ titles relies largely on print and online publicity to drive sales via Amazon and other online book services. Each book we publish requires its own specialized publicity effort. An academic publicity department within Columbia University Press crafts its own academic and scholarly book-review promotion program. Harrington Park Press maintains its own proprietary list of LGBTQ publicity sources.

We will continue our historic ability to market to the LGBTQ audience in both hemispheres, and to the outermost corners of the rest of the world.

In addition, we will aim to develop and enhance the role of the textbook and monograph within scientific literature as strategically as possible. Our goal includes the exploration and exploitation of any new metrics that assist scholars in their tenure and academic career advancement.

MEMBERSHIPS

Harrington Park Press is a member of:

Publishing

  • Association of American Publishers (Scholarly/Professional Division)
  • Int Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers
  • Lambda Literary Organization
  • Society for Scholarly Publishing

Library/Information Resources

  • American Library Association (GLBT Roundtable)
  • Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
  • Medical Library Association (LGBT Section)
  • Special Libraries Association (LGBT Special Interest Group)

Academic/Professional Societies…. (Institutional/Supporting Member)

  • American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Care (LBGT Special Interest Group)
  • American Association of Public Health – LGBT Caucus of Public Health Professionals
  • American Society on Aging (LGBT Aging Issues Network)
  • Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling
  • Association of Gay & Lesbian Psychiatrists
  • Consortium of LGBT Voluntary and Community Organizations (United Kingdom)
  • Gay & Lesbian Medical Association
  • Gerontological Society of America (Rainbow Research Group)
  • National Association of LGBT Addiction Professionals and Their Allies
  • National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
  • National Council on Family Relations (GLBT Alliance Focus Group)
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Sex (SSSS)
  • Society for Social Work & Research (LGBT Special Interest Group)

 
 
ABOUT OUR STAFF

BILL COHEN, Publisher/Owner

Bill Cohen graduated from Columbia College (Class of ’71) with an undergraduate degree in psychology. He jumped directly into the publishing industry with Human Sciences Press, now part of Plenum Press, a division of Springer Science+Business Media. Starting as a clerk-typist, Bill became Director of Marketing within a year, and was in charge of all publicity and sales efforts for academic journal and book titles, managing a direct mail campaign reaching one million pieces a year. At the age of 26, Bill left Human Sciences Press together with its president, Patrick McLaughlin, to launch The Haworth Press, Inc. The name was taken from the township of Haworth in the United Kingdom, which was home to the famous Bronte sisters. At the same time, Bill spent nights and weekends at the School of Library Science at Columbia University to learn more about librarianship, particularly serials librarianship and the selection and acquisition of monographs. Haworth Press began in Bill’s home office. From 1975 to 2006, the firm grew from publishing one peer-review academic journal to almost 200, and it published almost 5,000 monographs and texts. It eventually was housed in a multi-building office complex and had almost 200 employees at its Binghamton, New York, and Hazleton, Pennsylvania, sites. Harrington Park Press, a Haworth Press imprint, focused on cross-over titles of interest to both academics and the educated public, with a special focus on pioneering LGBT topics, as well as psychology and health care. In 1994, Bill bought out Patrick’s shares in the firm and became the sole owner.

In early 2007, Bill divested the firm to the Taylor & Francis Group/Routledge, and joined them as a consultant for two years. He retained ownership and trademark rights for Harrington Park Press, which he decided to re-launch in late 2012.

RICHARD KOFFLER, PhD, Senior Book Editor Emeritus

Dr. Koffler brings over 30 years of distinguished editorial/publishing experience to HPP, with a solid background in the social sciences and health care, among other disciplines. His academic career includes a BA from Yale University, an MA from New York University, and a PhD in comparative literature from Rutgers University; he subsequently held Fulbright and Old Dominion fellowships. Dr. Koffler taught at MIT, and then served as Program Officer for Publications at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Koffler followed up his tenure as Vice President, Editorial, for Associate Faculty Press/Kraus with a brief stint as Executive Editor for Rowman & Littlefield, and a long and fruitful period as Executive Editor for Aldine de Gruyter, the American division of Walter de Gruyter of Berlin, Germany. He later joined the relatively new firm of Questia Media in Houston, Texas, as Director of Publisher Relations. Dr. Koffler also held the position of Executive Director for the Association of American University Presses and served as a board member for the nonprofit educational organization. More recently, Dr. Koffler joined The Haworth Press, Inc., as Senior Book Editor. Since Haworth was sold to the Taylor & Francis Group/Routledge, Dr. Koffler has been teaching humanities courses at Fairleigh Dickinson University, in addition to his position as Senior Book Editor with Harrington Park Press.

STEVEN RIGOLOSI, Senior Consulting Editor

Steven Rigolosi has worked for over two decades in the academic and scholarly publishing arena. He has special expertise in assessing and developing core and ancillary college textbooks in the social sciences, life sciences, and humanities, as well as graduate-level monographs and professional handbooks. His distinguished career includes key positions in Prentice Hall, Longman, and Macmillan.

BARBARA CONOVER, Consulting Editor

After a lengthy career in corporate academic publishing. including positions as Director of Editing at Elsevier North Holland and Director of Periodicals at W. B. Saunders, Barbara spent more than the past ten years editing major textbooks, primarily in the disciplines of psychology and political science.

She ia a graduate and former trustee of Wilson College and was the coauthor of The Real Work of Work, a Labor-Management text.

Barbara specializes in the procurement of academic reviews; assessment and summary of reviews; recommendations for revisions; and visual suggestions for social sciences projects.

CLAUDE SUMMERS, PhD, Consulting Editor

Claude J. Summers is an American literary scholar, and the William E. Stirton Professor Emeritus in the Humanities and Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He taught at the university from 1970 until his retirement in 2002. He was promoted to associate professor in 1973 and to professor in 1977. He became the William E. Stirton Professor in Humanities in 1989, and became professor emeritus in 2002. He has published extensively on 17th and 20th century English literature.

With Ted-Larry Pebworth, Summers co-founded the University of Michigan-Dearborn Biennial Renaissance Conference Series, which began in 1974 and concluded in 2000. The conference series attracted leading scholars in the field of seventeenth-century English literature and resulted in numerous collections of essays, most edited by Summers and Pebworth.

From 2002 until 2015, Summers was general editor of glbtq.com, an online encyclopedia that presented detailed biographies of notable gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, as well as essays on lgbt history and culture. In that capacity, he also edited three volumes of entries from glbtq.com, which were published by Cleis Press as The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts, The Queer Encyclopedia of Film and Television, and The Queer Encyclopedia of Music, Dance & Musical Theater.

In 2016, Summers began writing a weekly column for The New Civil Rights Movement blog. Among the topics he has written about have been the jurisprudence of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, essayist Joseph Epstein, and America’s openly gay ambassadors.

Summers is the recipient of a Lambda Literary Award for The Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage and several of his books have been designated “Outstanding Scholarly Books” by the American Library Association. In 2008, he received the Monette-Horwitz Trust Award for his efforts in combating homophobia.

Summers has a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and an A.M. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. In 2013, he and his frequent collaborator, Ted-Larry Pebworth, were married on the fiftieth anniversary of their relationship. They reside in New Orleans, where they have lived since their retirement from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

ANN TWOMBLY, Production Coordinator

Ann Twombly (Twombly Books) coordinates all aspects of book production from receipt of the final, editorially approved manuscript to bound books. She has more than 40 years of experience in book production, including more than two decades at Northeastern University Press and freelance work for Harvard University Press, Commonwealth Editions, and University Press of Kentucky.

PATRICK CIANO, Creative Director

Patrick Ciano serves as design consultant and creative director for Harrington Park Press. As the sole proprietor of Ciano Design, Patrick specializes in the design and production of books, publications, and marketing materials for leading academic institutions and publishers. With 30 years of design expertise, his clients include Harvard University, Oxford University Press, The MIT Press, Little Brown & Company, New England Conservatory, and The Boston Conservatory, among many others.

Ciano Design has been nationally recognized for design excellence, has received numerous industry awards, and has been featured in the New England Book Show, AIGA Best of New England Design, the American Association of University Presses (AAUP), AIGA 50 books/50 covers, and Print Magazine.

Patrick is also on the faculty of Massachusetts College of Art & Design, where he has taught courses in design and currently serves as a professional student advisor.

http://www.cianodesign.com

LADISLAV CESELKA, Administrative Assistant

Ladislav has been Bill’s professional assistant for over 15 years, including home office procedures for Haworth Press.