I expect to defend my dissertation later this year, and then to begin the work of turning it into a book. My advisor has suggested that I schedule brief meetings with university press editors during an upcoming academic conference. How should I prepare for these appointments?
Send the editor your CV in advance, along with a brief description of your project. At this early stage, a meeting with an editor is less about pitching a book proposal than establishing a connection and asking questions that will help demystify the publishing process and guide your next steps. The editor will likely have questions about your research and timeline.