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Why should you turn your dissertation into a book, you ask?

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For now, I do have one piece of nuts and bolts advice for the TT folks, that trumps all other advice, in fact all other advice put together, which is: You cannot do it while maintaining a full teaching schedule. It is, actually, impossible. Even one-term or one-semester internal grants can put you over the top.

I myself ended up with 2 full years of leave, which is how I both wrote a book and had two children! A good department and Head will release junior faculty from teaching to get their publishing done. I work on literature, and based on my experience both as an undergraduate and as a teacher of undergraduates , we rarely, if at all, read secondary criticism in our courses.

I would approach this a couple of ways. So, here, if your market is not undergrad classes, then what is it? You are far, far, better off if your book intervenes in several fields rather than just one. There is a LOT of detective work that you can do to figure out how to situate your work within markets, and also how to subtly adapt your book mss.

Thankfully, I am only entering year four and I have a fellowship year up ahead that I won in a national competition. Otherwise I would be much more terrified. My problem is finding quality mentorship about book writing beyond: Again, although I realize the diss to book process is different for everyone, it could use a little more demystification. I am a hard worker and I write every day, but I am frustrated to be dealing with similar issues as I did during the diss—the fumbling, the confusion, the dead ends, rough prose—but without a committee whom I can talk to about my progress or whether or not I am on target in terms of quality, my timeline, or to help me with questions like—is my project too ambitious?

I finished my dissertation last April, and I very quickly received requests from two European publishers to turn my dissertation into a book. They also had reservations about the publishing houses. In fact, when I did not reply quickly enough, one publisher became a bit pushy about sending my manuscript. I politely declined the offers of both publishing houses, only to get yet another offer from a third publisher who had bought one of the other publishers. After reading your blog, I wonder if I made a mistake?

Should I have converted my dissn to a book? The main issues here are to me, that you mentioned that the publishers are European publishers.

But if you are based in the U. Especially for your book! Play hard to get! And yes, go the hard route—the route of actually publishing a few articles as peer reviewed pubs, and then writing up a proposal for the book and submitting it to the very top presses in your field, most likely based in the United States.

This is all time-consuming and difficult and carries more risk of rejection at various points. But the rewards are the REAL rewards, the big rewards, the tenure track jobs and the major fellowships and promotions. A book published by some little-known press does not carry a lot of weight as a tenure-book in the U.

The status of the publisher matters. Go for the very, very best that you can. Can you publish parts of your dissertation as articles and still publish it later as a united book? So in the case of a typical 5 chapter book, two chapters out as articles is the baseline to aim for.

Have you heard about publishing more chapters in other language, that is, two in English and one or two more in other language? Are there any benefits to self-publishing in the absence of a traditional publisher?

Competition for publication in Peer-reviewed sites can be a factor. What about publishing on Scribd and others? What are the benefits and downsides? If nothing else, it gets me found on the web besides in Rate-my-professor.

Responses coming in on Twitter and FB: The issue comes down to peer-review. I wrote my dissertation on seven working class girls in a deindustrialized urban neighborhood as they made the transition from 8th grade to high school. A university press said they are VERY interested in it, so I am busy this summer rewriting it as a book. What do I do with the literature review?

What do you mean by folding it into the introduction or sections? You want to remove the lit review for the most part, as that is one of the hallmarks of a dissertation that must be removed from the book.

I wrote my dissertation back in May of My mother passed away quite suddenly during fairly routine heart surgery a few months later. It was devastating; she was my best friend. My father starting dating a neighbor three weeks later and this woman hates my sister and me. They moved to another town, and now I barely speak to my father. I tell you all this to explain why I was derailed when I should have been publishing chapters from my dissertation. I presented a couple of chapters at conferences, and received a positive response.

I exchanged information with a fairly reputable publisher, but by the time she tried to get in touch with me, I was in a black fog.

That was three years ago. Can I recover from this? Is it over for me? I believe you can recover from this if you want to; you just have to start building up the record now that would have happened then, without the trauma.

Dear Karen, If you have a four-chapter dissertation that you are turning into a book manuscript, is it still advisable to publish two out of four of the chapters as peer reviewed articles?

This is all excellent advice, thanks. I was wondering if you could also provide some more details on the actual structure of the all-important book prospectus? Thank your for advising about publishing a dissertation as book.

In my case, my dissertation was an exploratory study about the effect of ethics education on undergraduate accounting students in an African country, where ethics is not taught in accounting-related programs in public colleges.

Now, I am wondering whether to publish my entire dissertation in academic journals or, just publish parts of it as articles. Nevertheless, I am also wondering if it is a good idea to have my dissertation published as a book. Honestly, I am a little bit confused. Would you please advise? Certainly my supervisor and faculty committee have all recommended that I get it published, but I do realise that a dissertation is very different from a book manuscript.

Can you help with this? I have a more practical question. Write the Book Prospectus Although it seems daunting, a book prospectus is not a complex document. I describe the book proposal in detail here. Usually these are short documents. Mine have ranged from four to seven single-spaced pages. Submit the Book Prospectus Find publishers who might be interested in your book manuscript, and send them the prospectus.

Often, they also will want one or two sample chapters. You can send your prospectus to as many publishers as you like.

Most publishers list submission guidelines on their websites. These guidelines often indicate exactly what materials they would like to see: Submit the Book Manuscript When acquisitions editors receive your prospectus, they make a decision as to whether or not they will send your book manuscript out for review. If they do not, they will send you a letter with their regrets. However, if they are interested, they often will call or email you with a request to see more materials.

Some presses want to wait for the whole book manuscript to be completed. Others will send out just the prospectus for review. Others will send out finished chapters. That depends on the book and the press. They will let you know. If just the prospectus is under review, this will not take very long. If it is the whole manuscript, usually you will wait several months. You Get a Contract The press makes a decision based on the reviews.

They can decide to a offer a contract based on the reviews; b ask you to do more revisions and send it out for review again or c decline to offer a contract based on the reviews. If it is c , you go back to Step Two. You Sign a Contract If the reviews are favorable, the press will offer you a contract, which you first negotiate and then sign. Here are some items often up for negotiation: You Revise the Manuscript You revise the manuscript based on the reviews.

I would have liked some more practical tips, but I suppose in such a short space and in a work aimed at an audience across academic disciplines, that would have been a difficult thing to do. Still, valuable for the inspiration it provides to be ruthless with the scalpel when it comes to attacking the dissertation and turning it into something new. Jul 20, sdw rated it really liked it Shelves: You have finished your dissertation.

You have taken the requisite month break from the material. What do you do? Well, if you are like me you order every book on amazon that looks like it might provide guidance. This is the first guide I have made it all the way through, whic You have finished your dissertation.

This is the first guide I have made it all the way through, which says something about its length concise! It is a clear and inspiring revision guide.

The first chapter of Revising Your Dissertation terrified me about the shrinking state of the academic publishing world, the increasing availability of electronic dissertations, and the need for marketability. It filled me with fear and panic. It made me feel that only those with realistic aspirations towards academic rock start status could expect to have their first book published. I felt ready to print out my manuscript and attack it with a red pen.

The book ends with three handy check-lists to review prior to sending out your manuscript. The first, Dissertation v. Book, deserves a place taped to the wall over my desk. Tell you how to get your book published. I do not know how to write a query letter. This book only focuses on the ins and outs of what your manuscript should look like.

May 20, Jeremy marked it as to-read Shelves: Read the second edition instead? Jan 16, Judy rated it it was amazing. But the point of the fairy tale is that the Ugly Duckling turns into a Beautiful Swan. Just how this transformation can be brought about is the substance of this book, whose author has one foot in the academic world and another in the publishing world—and who is thus perfectly situated to identify the challenges for budding acad "The dissertation is the Ugly Duckling of the publishing world.

Just how this transformation can be brought about is the substance of this book, whose author has one foot in the academic world and another in the publishing world—and who is thus perfectly situated to identify the challenges for budding academics and advise them on how to package their research in a way which will arrest the attention of editors and readers.

So how does one go about reworking their dissertation, which, after all was good enough for the examining committee? What needs to be adjusted? Even a scholarly audience, with a determination to read, prefers a compelling ride to a hard slog.

In addition, Germano takes a critical look at academic prose, exposing the pitfalls. There are several, but they are overlooked by recent grads I plead guilty - oh all those passives for which I now blush! The good news is that these pitfalls are easily avoided, and there are ready ways to cultivate an engaging style.

Short and highly readable, this book not only instructs but also inspires. Apr 06, Mark Jr. Don't let the title fool or scare you: I'm not planning to turn my own dissertation into a book—in large part because of Germano's advice. From long experience as an editor and an academician whose own dissertation is sitting safely on a shelf, unpublished , Germano knows that not all dissertations will make good books. In fact, very few will without major revision.

Germano has persuaded me that another of his suggested options is better for my particular work: Take the few chapt Don't let the title fool or scare you: Take the few chapters that really say something and turn them into journal articles or perhaps another book. Germano provides a great deal of practical advice, including pre-eminently Checklist 1 in the back of the book, a simple run-down of the differences between the audience, voice, structure, and length of a dissertation and of a book, respectively.

Germano writes with a noticeably smooth and engaging voice himself. I thoroughly enjoyed and profited from this book. It's hard to imagine anyone writing from a better perspective. Germano uses a lot of words to say what he wants to say, but the things he wants to make clear are rather useful. Germano's book is much less a practical guide with concrete steps and tasks and much more a look inside the mind of a book editor.

I found a lot of it to be repetitive and would have liked less metaphorical illustrations and more concrete advise. I'm not a STEM person here--I'm an ethnographer, so I have a pretty high tolerance for storytelling and the like--that's just not what I was looking for from this book. People who received little advice or feedback specifically on scholarly writing in grad school will probably gain more from this book than I did I was fortunate to have an advisor who was a former editor and put me through my paces.

I thought the useful bits made up maybe 30 pages out of the pages of prose here. Luckily, "From Dissertation to Book" is a pretty quick read. Nonetheless, I will say that the book did get me pumped up to go back to my diss and do something with it after having set it aside for almost two years writing a dissertation is traumatic. I thought the final chapter "What Happens Next" also did a fine job of explaining and affirming the role of writing in the scholar's life.

Feb 04, Eric Black rated it it was ok Shelves: There are books you read because you want to and books you read because you have to. I read the second edition. If Germano is correct, the need for this book is ample; however, the need for this book to be this length and this repetitive is not demonstrated within its pages. Oct 02, Corey Wrenn rated it it was ok. While I certainly picked up a few helpful tips make sure those first 50 pages shine; steer clear of passive voice, etc.

Not as much concrete advice as I had hoped should the methodology section be included?

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From Dissertation to Book has ratings and 38 reviews. Raymond said: Revision, revision, revision. Germano states that the manuscript a writer submits /5. May 31,  · How do you publish your dissertation as a book? The question has been asked countless times yet still animates scores of ambitious graduate students—and their advisers—in the humanities and Author: Leonard Cassuto.

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An excerpt from From Dissertation to Book by William Germano. Also available on web site: online catalogs, secure online ordering, excerpts from new books. Sign . The Book Prospectus is the ultimate preparation for the “dissertation to book” transformation because it involves envisioning your dissertation AS A BOOK. It helps to guide book .