I’ve been listening to interviews on the New Books Network—a podcast with specific channels in practically every discipline (French, Literary Studies, Philosophy, History, Popular Culture, etc.)–since before my first book was published. I’ve long thought that listening to them was one of my secret weapons for writing my book and getting it published.
Whether it is three months or three years until you write your first academic book proposal, there are steps you should be taking now to ensure it is as strong as possible. The steps below will help you tailor your academic book proposal to target the best university presses in your field and create the
You might have heard that you should publish your book with a university press, but the publishing process–especially when it comes to university presses–might still be murky. Read on to learn the basics of university press publishing.
If you are publishing your first academic book for tenure and promotion purposes, you know you are on a deadline. And yet most resources for first-time academic book authors don’t discuss time at all. In short, nothing prepares you answer one of your most pressing questions: “How long does publishing an academic book take?”
From the outside, publishing your first academic book seems both straightforward and mysterious. Most first-time book authors associate one key moment–the book proposal–with the entire process. Do it right? You’re good! But publishing your first academic book is much more than the proposal alone. This post breaks the journey down into the seven stages of
How can you publish your academic book with a top press in your field? In this post—the final in the four part “Finding an academic Publisher” series—I show you how to do just that. By now, you’ve already done the hard work. You’ve gotten to know your book again, and you put together your long
How can you find the right publisher for your academic book? In this four-part series, I show you how to do just that. By this point, you’re armed with two crucial pieces of information: how presses will see your book, and the long list of publishers that publish books in your field. In this step,
How can you find the right publisher for your academic book’s content area?In this four-part series, I show you how to do just that. In the last post, I showed you how and why you need to see your book again—not as the content expert you are, but rather as a university press will. Armed
Many first-time authors tend to have lofty beliefs about whether their book could reasonably be adopted in university courses. But how can you tell, realistically, whether your book has course adoption potential? Use the questions below to figure out whether your academic book can be adopted in university courses and, if so, which ones.
You might assume that when you are publishing your academic book, it is the publisher’s responsibility to market and publicize it. You might also assume that publicizing your academic book only happens after your book is published. But this is a very limited view of how academic books are publicized. In reality, intentionally generating interest for