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Revising Your Dissertation, Updated Edition

Advice from Leading Editors

Beth Luey (Editor), Sanford G. Thatcher (Foreword)


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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?
BETH LUEY

PART I. RETHINKING AND REVISING

I. You're the Author Now
WILLIAM P. SISLER

2. What Is Your Book About?
BETH LUEY

3. Turning Your Dissertation Rightside Out
SCOTT NORTON

4. Bringing Your Own Voice to the Table
SCOTT NORTON

5. Time to Trim: Notes, Bibliographies, Tables, and Graphs
JENYA WEINREB

PART II. DISCIPLINARY VARIATIONS

6. Caught in the Middle: The Humanities
JENNIFER CREWE

7. Putting Passion into Social Science
PETER J. DOUGHERTY AND CHARLES T. MYERS

8. From Particles to Articles: The Inside Scoop on Scientific Publishing
TREVOR lIPSCOMBE

9. Illustrated Ideas: Publishing in the Arts
JUDY METRO

10. A Sense of Place: Regional Books
ANN REGAN

11. Making a Difference: Professional Publishing
JOHANNA E. VONDELING

Conclusion: The Ticking Clock
BETH LUEY

Frequently Asked Questions
Planning Tools
Useful Reading
About the Contributors
Index
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

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