As part of our FirstGen Program, we’re working to make the publishing process more transparent by sharing resources for authors on what to expect. Whether you’re a first-gen grad student hoping to publish in the future, or a faculty member currently working on a manuscript, we’ve compiled a list of helpful resources for you. If you’re a faculty mentor, we also encourage you to share this post with mentees and students.
Are there additional book publishing resources you’ve found especially helpful, or that you often share with colleagues? Please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll continue to expand this list over time.
General Resources on Publishing
- Ask UP
- Manuscript Works Newsletter by Laura Portwood-Stacer
- The Book Proposal Book, by Laura Portwood-Stacer (Princeton, 2021)
- Strategies for Publishing in the Humanities: A Senior Professor Advises Junior Scholars by Miroslava Chávez-García, Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 2017.
- Emdash–Blog: publishing advice from another academic author by Katelyn Knox
- “How to be your own book agent: DIY Strategies for the Enterprising Academic”, by Lynn Comella, September 12, 2018.
- Revising Your Dissertation, by Beth Luey (California, 2007)
- National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development
- On Revision: The Only Writing that Counts, by William Germano (Chicago, 2021)
- The Book Proposal Book: A Guide for Scholarly Writers, by Laura Portwood-Stacer (Princeton, 2021)
- From Dissertation to Book, 2nd Edition, by William Germano (Chicago, 2013)
- Getting It Published, Third Edition: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Book, by William Germano (Chicago, 2016)
- “The Dissertation is Done, Now Move On,” by Patrick Alexander. The Chronicle Review of Higher Education, September 1 , 2014.
On First-Gen Scholars
- Center for First-Generation Student Success
- First-Gen Voices
Navigating the Academy
- Grad School Essentials, by Zachary Shore (California, 2016)
- Beginning a Career in Academia: A Guide for Graduate Students of Color, by Dwayne A. Mack, Elwood Watson , and Michelle Madsen Camacho (Routledge, 2014)
- Strategies for Navigating Power and Privilege in the Academy, by Miroslava Chávez-García. Latinx Talk, January 15, 2019.
- The Academic′s Handbook, by Lori A. Flores, Jocelyn H. Olcott (Duke, 2020)
Mentoring, Writing Groups, and Faculty Professional Development
The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity has a range of workshops, courses, and other resources for faculty. Check if you already have access through your institution, or sign-up for a paid personal account.