Manuscript Works was launched in 2015 by Laura Portwood-Stacer, PhD, and offers services aimed at taking scholarship from draft to published manuscript. I serve clients in media studies and communication, cultural studies, sociology, gender studies, critical race and ethnic studies, information science, STS, history, religious studies, and adjacent fields. My book clients have published with or are under contract with presses such as:

  • Princeton University Press
  • Duke University Press
  • New York University Press
  • The MIT Press
  • Yale University Press
  • University of California Press
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Harvard University Press
  • Stanford University Press
  • University of Michigan Press
  • University of Massachusetts Press
  • SUNY Press
  • Rutgers University Press
  • Temple University Press
  • Fordham University Press
  • The New Press
  • Verso

I hold a PhD in communication (with a certificate in gender studies) from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. I am the author of Lifestyle Politics and Radical Activism, a book based on my dissertation, as well as scholarly articles appearing in publications such as New Media & SocietyJournal of Consumer CultureFeminist TheorySexualities, and Flow. From 2013 to 2018 I served as co-editor of book reviews and the "Commentary & Criticism" section of the journal Feminist Media Studies. I was also co-editor of a special issue on Internet Memes for the Journal of Visual Culture. I have extensive experience with the peer review process for several book presses and over a dozen journals in the fields of media, communication, sociology, and cultural studies. I'm eager to share all that I've learned along the way in order to help clients achieve their own publishing goals!

Check out my @Medium posts about editing and publishing:

"7 Mistakes I Made When I Published My Academic Book"

"8 Signs You Need a Developmental Editor for Your Academic Book"

 Photo by Magdalena Olszanowski

Photo by Magdalena Olszanowski