Nozomi Goto - Faces of Brill
Position: Jr. Acquisition Editor
Short job description:
Nozomi is developing a new publishing program within American Studies that focuses on the history of North American relations with countries in the Pacific Rim. Her work as an Acquisitions Editor consists of searching for authors and editors to publish with Brill, identifying gaps in the existing academic literature that could be filled with new publications, and strengthening the existing book series and journals in her program. In addition, she is also handling the hands on aspects of the job, from contract coordination and peer review, to working with authors on their final manuscript.
“When tracking trends in the field, I conduct desk research, but also meet with scholars on campus or at conferences,” Nozomi says. “Advice from experts is always useful. It is kind of a mix between following a path and a developing your own way.” Nozomi also develops reference works and primary sources.
What do you like the most about your job?
“I am a people person and really enjoy making and learning from contacts in the field. The job is diverse and interesting, and because Brill is an international publisher, I’m able to work with scholars from all over the world.”
What is the most challenging part of your job?
“Building a new program is a challenge. You start from scratch, in a specific field where Brill was not previously known. Brill publications are also quite expensive, which can understandably be a concern of prospective authors,” Nozomi explains. “My role is to introduce Brill to a new market and show them how we can meet their publishing needs.”
What motivates you for this position?
“Previously at Brill, I worked as an Assistant Editor, and now, in this new role, I have more responsibilities, but also more autonomy. I can shape the list much more than before, which is a big motivator,” Nozomi says.
“It’s exciting to start a new book series or a journal because I feel like I have helped contribute something to the field.”
What are the qualities you look for in an author when you do acquisition?
“I am looking for someone with good academic standing and regular publications as an editor or in a journal. Scholars who are passionate about their topic often make excellent editors. I’m looking for experts who are reliable, and who approach their work with creative ideas,” Nozomi says.
“Of course, it’s also ideal to work with academics who can set realistic deadlines and keep them,” Nozomi says, “but it’s a big challenge.”
How did you become involved in publishing?
“I worked as a journalist in the past, so I have always been involved in writing and editing. I’ve also lived in various places throughout the world, and have always tried to make the best of my situation. When I moved to the Netherlands, I was lucky that this position became available, since it was such a good fit. I really enjoy it.”
What are you currently working on?
“The first publication in the new program I have been developing is the peer-reviewed journal ‘Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas’ and the first issue will be published 2015,” Nozomi says.
“The editorial board is very strong, and the journal is multi-disciplinary. The perspectives are from North, Central and South America as well as the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean. The journal explores visual culture in all its multifaceted forms and provides an intellectual forum for researchers and educators to showcase, engage and be in dialogue with this growing multidisciplinary area of investigation within the humanities. ‘Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas’ will be published twice annually with one double issue. There is also a Facebook page for this journal.”
“I’ve been working on the journal for three years now and it has come a long way –from the first email exchanges on the topic to the first published issue,” Nozomi summarizes.
Who is the readership?
“The main audience consists of academics, but the subject area warrants wider appeal. Individuals following the art world might find the journal interesting, as well as those studying social sciences. ‘Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas’ explores the culture around artists and appeals to the art community and art historians as well. ”
List three keywords you would associate to:
Your current position: “Challenging, stimulating, transnational”
Scholarly publishing: “Competitive, evolving, enigmatic”
Brill: “Poco a poco, classic, intrepid”