Manuscript Works was launched in 2015 by Laura Portwood-Stacer, PhD, with a mission to help scholars achieve clarity and confidence in their published work. I prize straightforward, empathetic feedback that takes the guesswork out of revision and publishing and makes clients feel that they can finish their manuscripts and put them out into the world.

I serve clients in media and communication studies, STS, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, critical race and ethnic studies, sociology, information science, history, religious studies, and adjacent fields. My book clients have published with or are under contract with presses such as:

  • Princeton University Press

  • University of Chicago Press

  • Yale University Press

  • Duke University Press

  • The MIT Press

  • University of California Press

  • Cambridge University Press

  • Harvard University Press

  • Stanford University Press

  • New York University Press

  • University of North Carolina 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 associate editor of the journal Feminist Media Studies, where I co-edited book reviews and the "Commentary & Criticism" section of the journal. 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 dozens of journals in the fields of media, communication, sociology, and cultural studies.

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"

“When to Bring in a Developmental Editor on Your Academic Book Project”

“Getting Into Arguments” (about the importance of having one strong central thesis for your academic book)

You can download my collection of worksheets aimed at helping authors identify target presses for their book projects.

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Photo by Magdalena Olszanowski

Photo by Magdalena Olszanowski