2009 I was appointed Senior Editor at Sophia
Institute Press, following its affiliation with the Thomas More College of
Liberal Arts. Both institutions are located in
, but I remain based in
, where my wife and I run a small research centre and summer programme for the
I am sending this letter to friends, advisers and potential authors in order to
give some sense of what I will try to accomplish at Sophia, and how you may be
able to help.
My task is, while preserving the traditional Sophia strengths – its popular
reprints, spiritual classics and self-help and transformational titles, as well
as the successful new imprint for Catholic fiction, Imagio – to broaden the
range to include more scholarly, though still accessible titles in keeping with
Sophia’s developing role as a college Press.
As some of you know, I worked for many years as a senior editor for Routledge
and for HarperCollins. In the 1990s I was the editor for T&T Clark, an
Edinburgh-based publisher that was later bought by Continuum in
. I also still serve on the editorial board of the Catholic Truth Society in
, and of several international journals (Communio,
The Chesterton Review and Oasis,
details of which are appended). All of this experience, I believe, has helped to
prepare me for my new job.
Your help is something I will greatly value. Every editor depends on a network
of friends and contacts. Like a man armed with a fishing net, he has to trawl
for the best projects, the most interesting manuscripts around, and for that he
needs help. But in addition to this, a creative editor will also inspire new
projects, putting ideas and authors together that might not have met without
him. Ideas have consequences, but in order to bear fruit they must be developed,
expressed and communicated. This collaboration with authors is something I am
particularly looking forward to.
So, if you would like to write for Sophia Institute Press, or if you know of a
book that needs an appropriate publisher and think we might be it, I hope you
will contact me at Sophia in the near future, and bear us in mind in the years
Institute is a nonprofit institution affiliated to the Thomas More College of
Liberal Arts. The Press publishes books both classic and new that fulfill the
ideals of the Institute, making available a rich source of enduring wisdom to
the widest possible range of readers. Through the Imagio imprint it seeks to
revive the great tradition of Catholic fiction. Second
Spring Books is a new imprint of the Press that features accessible scholarly
works. This imprint offers an understanding of the contemporary world rooted in
the Catholic tradition of humane letters. It is associated also with the
College’s journal of faith and culture, Second
Spring, now also published by Sophia.
and the Centre for Faith & Culture in
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