FROM LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY: BIRTH OF ASIA MEDIA PRESS

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL has concluded a negotiation with Marshall Cavendish International Asia to launch a joint book publishing operation, with an elite number of titles originating from the AMI West Coast operation from the campus of Loyola Marymount University.

The well-known Singapore-based international publisher of a wide variety of book topics — ranging from global diplomacy and economics to award-winning fiction to mouth-watering recipe books —  and AMI, based in Los Angeles on the LMU campus, will together issue a small number of titles annually that will bear both the new logo of Asia Media PRESS and the well-established logo of MCIA.

The new titles will be acquired by AMI editors and a small staff of ambitious LMU students eager to learn about the book-publishing business in a practical, real-world way.  Asia Media Press content will focus on titles that reflect the overall editorial vision of AMI, which is inspired by an intense interest in Asia, America and its growing networks of interrelated and overlapping topical areas in international security, literature, entertainment and world cultures.

Andrea Plate, LMU instructor and AMI writing/editing advisor in the university’s Bellarmine College, the largest single division of LMU, has agreed to serve as the first managing editor of Asia Media Press. She is the author of books published by Doubleday,  McGraw-Hill and Marshall Cavendish.

Over the years, MCIA books have garnered many local and international awards, including, for example, the 2011 Bookfest PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD (English nonfiction) for its 2010 bestseller ‘Conversations With Lee Kuan Yew’ (see: https://asiamedia.lmu.edu/2011/12/09/singapore-peoples-choice-award-goes-to-book-on-lee-kuan-yew.) Marshall Cavendish Associate Publisher Mei Lin Lee gently hammered together this promising if highly experimental co-publishing agreement with AMI’s Founder, LMU Clinical Professor Tom Plate, a full-time professor in the Dept. of Asia and Asian-America Studies and author of ‘Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew’.

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