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John Fielding Walsh

John Fielding Walsh

Boston

I can help you plan and manage the complete production of your book from concept through reprints.

Overview

John F. Walsh was the associate director of Harvard University Press and served the press as its design and production manager for twenty five years. He produced over 4,500 new books, transformed the press’s workflow from photo-mechanical to digital, and was the longest serving member of its management committee, including two strategic planning initiatives. John served Bookbuilders of Boston for multiple terms on its board of directors and as its treasurer, auditor, and education tsar. He was awarded the William A. Dwiggins bowl in 2002. He has taught book production at the Radcliffe Publishing Course, Emerson College, Boston University, and UMass Lowell. He was elected a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2012

Work experience

Co-Founder

Spring Tide Production

December, 2013 – Present (about 3 years)

Spring Tide Production specializes in offering book publishing expertise at affordable prices.

We deliver detailed summaries, recommendations and road maps that brings our customers greater efficiency and immediate costs savings. Since we are paid only from your first year savings, there is no budget line item at risk; future savings are 100% yours.

From publication basics to trimming schedules and breaking logjams to analyzing print runs and choosing vendors, our analysis is fast, insightful and clearly presented. Reduce your risk, reduce your cash outlay, and pocket the savings.

Design and Production Manager

Harvard University Press

October, 1984 – June, 2011 (over 26 years)

I started in 1974 as the assistant production manager, principally responsible for book manufacturing on new books and reprints.

Promoted to production manager in 1984, managing design, production, manufacturing, and the paper inventory. Fully responsible for cost control, schedule fidelity and quality control for all new books (125 titles) and reprints while managing a department of eight.

Promoted to assistant director of the Press in 1991 and to associate director in 2002 and became the longest serving member of the Press' management committee, including two strategic planning sessions.

Workload increased over time to 220 new titles annually across two seasonal lists and the department grew to as many 17 people. Introduced digital printing into both the frontlist and backlist. Oversaw the transition from a photo-mechanical workflow to a fully digital one.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

The Ants

Bert Holldobler, Edward O. Wilson

View a collection of videos on Professor Wilson entitled "On the Relation of Science and the Humanities" This landmark work, the distillation of a lifetime of research by the world's leading myrmecologists, is a thoroughgoing survey of one of the largest and most diverse groups of animals on the planet. Hölldobler and Wilson review in exhaustive detail virtually all topics in the anatomy, phys... read more

View a collection of videos on Professor Wilson entitled "On the Relation of Science and the Humanities" This landmark work, the distillation of a lifetime of research by the world's leading myrmecologists, is a thoroughgoing survey of one of the largest and most diverse groups of animals on the planet. Hölldobler and Wilson review in exhaustive detail virtually all topics in the anatomy, phys... read more

The Smaller Majority

Piotr Naskrecki

Smaller, on average, than a human finger, creatures climbing, scampering, and flying out of sight make up 99 percent of all animal life visible to the naked eye. This is the “smaller majority” that we meet eye-to-eye, often for the first time and certainly as never before, in Piotr Naskrecki’s spectacular book. A large-format volume of over 400 exquisite, full-color photographs, some depicting... read more

Smaller, on average, than a human finger, creatures climbing, scampering, and flying out of sight make up 99 percent of all animal life visible to the naked eye. This is the “smaller majority” that we meet eye-to-eye, often for the first time and certainly as never before, in Piotr Naskrecki’s spectacular book. A large-format volume of over 400 exquisite, full-color photographs, some depicting... read more

Abstract Expressionist Painting in America (Ailsa Mellon Bruce Studies in American Art)

William C. Seitz, Dore Ashton, Robert Motherwell

William Seitz was a creative witness to one of the major artistic upheavals of our time. A painter himself, he knew the painters of the New York School and shared their milieu in the vibrant early years of the Abstract Expressionist movement. His pioneering study, written in the early 1950s and circulated only in photocopies, became an underground classic. When Seitz was laying the groundwork ... read more

William Seitz was a creative witness to one of the major artistic upheavals of our time. A painter himself, he knew the painters of the New York School and shared their milieu in the vibrant early years of the Abstract Expressionist movement. His pioneering study, written in the early 1950s and circulated only in photocopies, became an underground classic. When Seitz was laying the groundwork ... read more

The Harvard Dictionary of Music (Harvard University Press Reference Library)

This classic reference work, the best one-volume music dictionary available, has been brought completely up to date in this new edition. Combining authoritative scholarship and lucid, lively prose, the Fourth Edition of The Harvard Dictionary of Music is the essential guide for musicians, students, and everyone who appreciates music. The Harvard Dictionary of Music has long been admired for it... read more

This classic reference work, the best one-volume music dictionary available, has been brought completely up to date in this new edition. Combining authoritative scholarship and lucid, lively prose, the Fourth Edition of The Harvard Dictionary of Music is the essential guide for musicians, students, and everyone who appreciates music. The Harvard Dictionary of Music has long been admired for it... read more

The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Reading Edition

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson, poet of the interior life, imagined words/swords, hurling barbed syllables/piercing. Nothing about her adult appearance or habitation revealed such a militant soul. Only poems, written quietly in a room of her own, often hand-stitched in small volumes, then hidden in a drawer, revealed her true self. She did not live in time but in universals--an acute, sensitive nature reachi... read more

Emily Dickinson, poet of the interior life, imagined words/swords, hurling barbed syllables/piercing. Nothing about her adult appearance or habitation revealed such a militant soul. Only poems, written quietly in a room of her own, often hand-stitched in small volumes, then hidden in a drawer, revealed her true self. She did not live in time but in universals--an acute, sensitive nature reachi... read more

The Arcades Project

Walter Benjamin

"To great writers," Walter Benjamin once wrote, "finished works weigh lighter than those fragments on which they labor their entire lives." Conceived in Paris in 1927 and still in progress when Benjamin fled the Occupation in 1940, The Arcades Project (in German, Das Passagen-Werk) is a monumental ruin, meticulously constructed over the course of thirteen years--"the theater," as Benjamin call... read more

"To great writers," Walter Benjamin once wrote, "finished works weigh lighter than those fragments on which they labor their entire lives." Conceived in Paris in 1927 and still in progress when Benjamin fled the Occupation in 1940, The Arcades Project (in German, Das Passagen-Werk) is a monumental ruin, meticulously constructed over the course of thirteen years--"the theater," as Benjamin call... read more

A SECULAR AGE

Charles TAYLOR

The place of religion in society has changed profoundly in the last few centuries, particularly in the West. In what will be a defining book for our time, Taylor takes up the question of what these changes mean, and what, precisely, happens when a society becomes one in which faith is only one human possibility among others.

The place of religion in society has changed profoundly in the last few centuries, particularly in the West. In what will be a defining book for our time, Taylor takes up the question of what these changes mean, and what, precisely, happens when a society becomes one in which faith is only one human possibility among others.

The Structure of Evolutionary Theory

Stephen Jay Gould

The world’s most revered and eloquent interpreter of evolutionary ideas offers here a work of explanatory force unprecedented in our time—a landmark publication, both for its historical sweep and for its scientific vision.With characteristic attention to detail, Stephen Jay Gould first describes the content and discusses the history and origins of the three core commitments of classical Darwin... read more

The world’s most revered and eloquent interpreter of evolutionary ideas offers here a work of explanatory force unprecedented in our time—a landmark publication, both for its historical sweep and for its scientific vision.With characteristic attention to detail, Stephen Jay Gould first describes the content and discusses the history and origins of the three core commitments of classical Darwin... read more

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