The aftermath of graduate school can be particularly trying for those under pressure to publish their dissertations. Written with good cheer and jammed with information, this lively guide offers hard-to-find practical advice on successfully turning a dissertation into a book or journal articles that will appeal to publishers and readers. It will help prospective authors master writing and revision skills, better understand the publishing process, and increase their chances of getting their work into print. This edition features new tips and planning tables to facilitate project scheduling, and a new foreword by Sandford G. Thatcher, Director of Penn State University Press.
Foreword to the 2008 Edition
SANDFORD G. THATCHER
Introduction: Is the Publishable Dissertation an Oxymoron?
PART I. RETHINKING AND REVISING
I. You're the Author Now
WILLIAM P. SISLER
2. What Is Your Book About?
3. Turning Your Dissertation Rightside Out
4. Bringing Your Own Voice to the Table
5. Time to Trim: Notes, Bibliographies, Tables, and Graphs
PART II. DISCIPLINARY VARIATIONS
6. Caught in the Middle: The Humanities
7. Putting Passion into Social Science
PETER J. DOUGHERTY AND CHARLES T. MYERS
8. From Particles to Articles: The Inside Scoop on Scientific Publishing
9. Illustrated Ideas: Publishing in the Arts
10. A Sense of Place: Regional Books
11. Making a Difference: Professional Publishing
JOHANNA E. VONDELING
Conclusion: The Ticking Clock
Frequently Asked Questions
About the Contributors
Beth Luey, Founding Director Emerita of the Scholarly Publishing Program at Arizona State University, is author of Handbook for Academic Authors and Editing Documents and Texts.
"Provides rare insight into the process of finding the most effective ideas, passions, and structures for a well-turned revision."—Douglas Mitchell, Executive Editor, University of Chicago Press
"At last! An authoritative, up-to-date, succinct, intelligent, and witty guide to making the transition from dissertation to book. A must-give to a graduating Ph.D."—Charles Grench, Assistant Director and Senior Editor, University of North Carolina Press
"Luey deserves our thanks. . . . Indispensable for scholars."—Sanford G. Thatcher, Director, Penn State University Press