William germano's from dissertation to book is the essential guide for academic writers who want to revise a doctoral thesis for publication draws upon his extensive experience in academic publishing to provide writers with a state-of-the -art view of how to turn a dissertation into a manuscript that publishers will notice. Book editors groan when they see the phrase “revised dissertation” in a proposal the words bring to mind a manuscript heavy with scholarly apparatus in this chapter i discuss how to revise and trim your notes, bibliographies, tables, and graphs to shape a book that is authoritative but not pedantic having just spent. Transforming your dissertation into a publishable book can be a daunting task while your book will reflect the same themes and arguments as your dissertation, major revisions are necessary to ensure that your manuscript is readable, compelling, and accessible to a wider audience than your dissertation committee. He thus noted that this is just another reason that scholars should keep point #1 in mind when they work to turn the dissertation into a manuscript another editor noted that scholars should, however, publish no more than about a third of their dissertation in academic journals 3) make your cover letter. From dissertation to book, second edition (chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing) [william germano] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers when a dissertation crosses my desk, i usually want to grab it by its metaphorical lapels and give it a good shake “you know something” i would say if it. If you have a four-chapter dissertation that you are turning into a book manuscript , is it still advisable to publish two out of four of the chapters as peer the problem is that i was so sick of the phd work and (over)eager to start on my postdoc that i procrastinated with the book revision (ie making the the.
Prospective authors should bear in mind that every phd thesis will need to undergo rigorous revision in order to be published as a monograph with our press as such, the submission process was significantly easier the project was accepted, a contract issued, and the completed manuscript took just three months to. The extant literature describes a number of approaches to convert dissertations into journal articles including revising dissertation chapters for publication as journal articles , converting a dissertation into a the discussion section in a dissertation will be longer than in a journal manuscript submission. And you've probably looked up tips on how to write a winning book proposal but as you sit down near the beginning of the summer to start in on revisions, you might realize that you don't quite know how to turn that solid dissertation into a publishable book first, recognize that turning your dissertation into. Revising a dissertation the university of nebraska press does not consider unrevised dissertations considerable differences exist between a dissertation and a book, and even the best dissertation will need to be revised before being submitted for publication recast your manuscript to improve its narrative flow.
While a dissertation's in-depth research and analysis can provide a strong foundation for a book, the dissertation itself is not a book and will not be published by an academic press without substantial revisions some acquisitions editors are interested first books, especially if they bring new perspectives and fresh ideas to a. But rewriting a thesis is not simply a matter of making revisions to existing text here are some tips and tricks to help turn your thesis into a book (or perhaps a manuscript you can submit to publishers – including us) an original thesis should be regarded as the basis for an entirely new work, written with a.
It will take a minimum of 15 years from the time you submit your complete manuscript to an academic publisher and the time your academic book is any timeline for academic book publishing (whether drafting a book from scratch or revising a dissertation into a book) depends on multiple factors such as. I am often asked for advice on how to navigate the transition from completing a dissertation to revising the dissertation into a book, and writing i have talked to many people who have been reluctant to begin writing their book proposals because they think the entire manuscript needs to be revised,. An excerpt from from dissertation to book by william germano to judge by the manuscripts that scholars send to publishing houses, the majority of the theses for which the phd is awarded are still highly limited in some ways it would be simpler not to revise your dissertation at all and just begin with a fresh subject. How do you publish your dissertation as a book the question get a couple of chapters out there as articles, and you'll be able to test your ideas for the revision or so runs the but what if publishing dissertation excerpts in a journal actually reduces the viability of a young scholar's book manuscript.
This is great advice, thanks so much what would you say was a realistic timeline for revising your dissertation into a book i am applying for 1-2 year postdocs ( literature and the humanities) and they all require revision timelines could i have the first draft of a manuscript done and have contacted potential. While guidelines at individual presses vary, a general guideline on book length is 100,000 words a dissertation that is longer can always be cut, but a shorter manuscript suggests to the press that you do not have a thoroughly researched topic you can add material to the dissertation research, but this will.
Can i send the total dissertation as a manuscript or do i have to edit it before sending it don't keep the manuscript in the dissertation form itself do needed changes as you are from dissertation to book is the idea that revising the dissertation is a fundamental process of adapting from one genre of writing to another. I'm proud of the book i published from my doctoral dissertation, really i am i think it's well researched and well written yeah, when i got the reader reports back, they made sense to me and i knew i could easily incorporate their feedback into my revision of the manuscript except my response basically just. In other words, when you wrote your dissertation, you actually thought about framing it in terms of a book others are making a transition from having written more on the paper side, and are thinking about how you could convert those ideas into a book length manuscript i've written three books i fall in the second camp. If you have finished your phd you are probably thinking of turning your dissertation into a book your phd thesis usually becomes your first monograph and helps you to start building a reputation in the academic world working on your first book is something that you may want to do during a post-doc.