Richard Carlin is a dynamic, skilled, professional with over 30 years’ experience as a publishing executive and published author.  His work has encompassed all aspects of editorial work, from basic copy editing, proofreading, and indexing to manuscript development, rewriting and ghost writing, development of interactive etexts and online learning materials, authoring marketing and sales materials, writing social media posts, presenting books at sales conferences and academic meetings, working with in-house and traveling reps to build sales, and interfacing with all other departments (marketing, sales, manufacturing, online product development, and finance and administration).  He specializes in building lists based on a publisher’s established strengths, while recognizing new opportunities both within his area of specialization as well as ways to work across other lists.  He has successfully helped authors develop their manuscripts, from the proposal stage to published books.  He also has a strong track record working with younger academics who have enjoyed long and successful publishing careers in their fields.  As an author, he has written over 20 nonfiction works, several of which have been named to top 10 lists and won high recommendations from critics and academic journals.  He is a Grammy Winner for Best Liner Notes in 2017 along with coauthor Ken Bloom.



·       Eubie Blake: Rags, Rhythm, and Race (coauthored with Ken Bloom; Oxford University Press, 2020)

·       Country Music: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2019)

·       Godfather of the Music Business (University of Mississippi Press, 2016)

·       Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: The Apollo Theater Story (coedited with Kinshasha Conwill; Smithsonian Books, 2009)

·       Worlds of Sound: The Smithsonian/Folkways Story (HarperCollins Publishers, 2008)

·       Country Music (Blackdog and Leventhal, 2005)

·       Encyclopedia of American Popular Music (6 volumes; general editor and author of two volumes; Facts on File, 2003-06)

·       Country Music Encyclopedia (Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2002)

·       The Big Book of Country Music (Penguin, 1995)

·       The World of Music (4 volumes; Facts on File, 1986-90)

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