From Dissertation to Book, Second Edition, Germano
Dissertation to book proposal - The Outlook Group
Whether you are writing a journal article or turning your dissertation into a book you need to start writing it. There are lots of things that can distract you from writing. However, if you set a realistic writing goal, the unexpected things that come up during the day will not derail you.
from dissertation to book Thesis or Dissertation
Karen Darling, a senior editor at the University of Chicago Press, suggests that first-time authors read widely as they work to transform their dissertations into books. But not, she cautions, simply so they can pack more citations into those books. (Side note: A book will always have significantly fewer citations than a dissertation.)
“Rarely is there a book that one can call indispensable. William Germano's From Dissertation to Book is an indispensable book for any one contemplating 1. Gradutae School 2. Writing a Dissertation 3. Revising a Dissertation 4. Reading a "First Book" as an editor, member of a tenure and promotion committee, or as a dean or provost. Every economically selected word in this book will help all to understand professional authorship for today's academic world. Indeed, Germano's own clean, clear, pithy style is a model for his readers.”—Sander L. Gilman, Weidenfeld Professor of European Comparative Literature, St. Anne's College OxfordPhDs are often encouraged to transform their dissertations into books. Yet the audience, content, structure, writing, and voice of a dissertation (i.e., thesis) differ dramatically at times from a published book, even one that is based on the dissertation’s data and arguments. In writing your dissertation, you figured out something important and explained it in a way that your advisers would understand and validate. For your book, you need to tell the story differently, with fresh insight, clarity, and a new readership in mind. This workshop will help you do that.Germano draws on his years of experience in both academia and publishing to show writers how to turn a dissertation into a book that an audience will actually enjoy, whether reading on a page or a screen. Germano also acknowledges that not all dissertations can or even should become books and explores other, often overlooked, options, such as turning them into journal articles or chapters in an edited work.Conventional wisdom holds that graduate students should start publishing in journals before they try to turn their dissertation into a book. 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 standard advice. The beginning author's route from journals to scholarly presses has been marked out for a long time.