Your book title is an editor’s first data point, and many authors (myself included!) draft terrible titles. Write a strong title with the actionable lessons in this post!
You might know that your book will need to speak to scholars in your discipline(s) and have heard that it’s unwise to describe your book’s audience as “a general audience interested in [topic]” on your academic book proposal. But regardless of what your book proposal says, you might still hold out hope that your book
You might have heard that it’s a good idea to publish journal article versions of one or more of your book chapters but been warned that publishing too much from the book can jeopardize your book’s chances with university presses. Both are true. In this post, I outline why you definitely should publish some of
William Germano, author of From Dissertation to Book, asserts that books originating out of dissertations struggle to shake “dissertation style.” Beyond stylistic tendencies like passive voice, first book authors, he contends, are rarely able to foreground their voice while engaging with existing scholarship. All too often, their voice gets lost in the shuffle. I knew
When you begin writing your first academic book–or, more likely, revising your dissertation into a book–it’s important to choose a few model books to help you understand your field’s norms. Deconstructing and emulating model books can also increase your confidence in your own first academic book. But not all books are created equal when it