Kaplan Publishing - Seeking Stories from Surgeons

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  1. KaplanPub

    Oct 3, 2008
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    Call for Stories from Surgeons

    Kaplan Publishing, the #1 educational resource for medical professionals, is launching Kaplan Voices: Doctors, an exciting new series of nonfiction books that share the stories behind the relationships, experiences, and issues doctors encounter over the course of their careers—from those med student days, to everyday life as a practicing physician. Whether it's a serious event or an anecdote that shows the lighter side of a serious profession, we want to hear your story!

    We are now accepting stories for the following anthology:

    The Real Life of a Surgeon
    With the risky nature of surgery, so much can be at stake, and emotions often run high. How do you tell a mother that her child didn't survive his surgery? When do you go against conventional wisdom to save a life? What's your average workday like? This anthology features first-person narratives from the students and doctors who have devoted their careers to this path, and offers an unblinking look at daily life in the field. We want to hear your stories. Share a story about an event that explores:

    * What led you to surgery as a specialty
    * The challenges and rewards of the field
    * Dealing with mentors early in your career
    * Unusual or memorable patients you've encountered
    * Diagnoses that were especially challenging
    * Mistakes or missteps that helped you learn along the way
    * Other doctors who taught you something significant
    * Unique experiences during your med school or intern days
    * Your everyday life as a practicing surgeon

    Submission Deadline: January 30, 2009
    Send stories (or questions about the project) to: [email protected]

    Payment: $250 if published, along with a complimentary copy of the book.
    Story length: 1,000–2,500 words
    Point of view: First Person
    Nonfiction: All stories must be true, previously unpublished stories from your personal experience.
    Tone: Inspiring, poignant, and, when appropriate, humorous.
    Format: Microsoft Word, 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced

    Contact info: Each submission should include your name, address, phone number, and email address.

    Remember: Tell a story that has a beginning, middle, and end. Write from your heart about a life-changing or life-defining experience. Be sure to make your story rich by vividly painting the characters, the setting, and dialogue.

    Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot acknowledge receipt of submissions or provide status updates. If your story is selected for publication, you will be notified by e-mail. Manuscripts will not be returned. Authors may submit multiple stories for any of the three books.

    Before final acceptance, you will receive an agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of publication. All manuscripts selected for publication will be subject to editing.

    To Submit Your Story:
    Typed submissions are preferred, but we will accept a hand-written submission.
    Each submission must include your contact information, including your full name, mailing address, phone number, and email address, if you have one.
    Each submission also must include a story title and word count.
    Electronic (emailed) submissions are preferred; mailed submissions are acceptable.

    Submissions via email: Send stories to [email protected]. In the subject line, cite the story title. Type the story into the body of the email or send an attachment in Microsoft Word. One (1) submission per email, please.
    Submissions via regular mail: You can send more than one story per envelope. Include one self-addressed, postage-paid envelope for each submission. Send only the paper copy of the story; do not send computer disks or CDs. Mail to:
    Kaplan Voices: Doctors editor
    Kaplan Publishing
    1 Liberty Plaza, 24th Floor
    New York, NY 10006, USA

    We're sorry, but we cannot accept phone calls.
    #1 KaplanPub, Dec 19, 2008
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2008
  2. jbean

    jbean Resident
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    Feb 11, 2006
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    Wow, 250 whole dollars?

    And gee, I also get a copy of the book to keep for my very own!?
  3. BlondeDocteur

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    Not bad, eh? Let's say they get 50 people... that's $12,500 bucks they have to shell out. They pay some poor sod a few thousand to cobble the thing together. That's, at most, a $20K outlay for authorship. They print in-house so they minimize the editing and printing fees. They sell the finished book at a reasonable 20 bucks, and every pre-med, aspiring surgeon, parents/friends/relatives/significant other in America buys one. Let's say they sell a very modest 20,000 copies a year (most Kaplan books sell orders of magnitude more than that). 20,000*$20 = $400,000 a year.

    But all the poor resident sees is "wow, $250 for 20 minutes of my time!"
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  4. andexterouss

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    Feb 12, 2005
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    But in this day and age of 15 minutes of fame, I bet Kaplan's email box is already clogged. Screw the money, folks just wanna say "i'm a published writer/author!".
    #4 andexterouss, Dec 22, 2008
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2008
  5. You're also probably better off customizing each prompt for each specific target audience (the surgery prompt reads too similar to the peds prompt, for example).

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