Part 2 of our Interview with SAGE authors Richard Parsons and Naijian Zhang
As part of our recent interview with authors of the upcoming series Counseling and Professional Identity Richard Parsons and Naijian Zhang, we found out a little bit about what it is like to work with SAGE from an author’s perspective. Also, since we were talking with some published experts, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get some tips for any of our readers who may be working to get their research published.
1. Why did you choose to work with SAGE?
Parsons: I had worked with Corwin (a SAGE company) before and was impressed by the people there. He found them to be professional and efficient and liked the personal relationship that he could have with the staff.
Zhang: I actually approached the publisher Charles Thomas first who was very excited about the series and then later connected with Kassie Graves (a SAGE editor).
2. What do you like best about working with SAGE?
Parsons: We were impressed by the level of professionalism balanced with personal care shown by SAGE and felt that SAGE was a real team. SAGE is big enough to do a project this big, but small enough to make us feel valued. In fact, we took a pay cut to publish with SAGE over other publishers. But we did it in part because we knew that SAGE could do more with the books than other publishers might.
3. What tips might you offer other scholars who are trying to get published?
Zhang: Be punctual, be creative, and be committed.
Parsons: Before you begin writing, identify what is missing in your field and what people need. You should only attempt to publish if you love the process of writing and the project you are working on – don’t attempt to publish for the money because it will not be worth it. In fact, you should write because you have something to say and for no other reason.
To read part 1 of this interview and to learn about counseling identity, click here.