Revisions Stalled? Work ON Your Book before Continuing to Work IN it

Book Revisions Stalled? Why and how to work ON your book, not in it

Are you struggling to get a handle on your first scholarly book? To see clearly not just what you have, but where it’s ultimately going? Do you feel stuck in revisions–like you’re adding and changing text in your chapters, but there’s no end in sight?

The problem might be how you’re revising. Specifically, continuing to revise your chapters without a clear plan for the book as a whole can cause your revisions to stall.

Here’s how you can spare yourself time and stress: work ON your book before continuing to work IN it.

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Writing Your First Humanities Book? Become a Better Author with NBN Interviews

Writing Your First Humanities Book? How to Listen to NBN Interviews to become a better author-2

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.

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7 Writing Habits for First Time Book Authors to Cultivate

7 Writing Habits for Scholars to Cultivate

You will likely fall into one of two camps. If you’re in the first, you might find yourself frustrated and disappointed about your productivity. You know you can write more (or “be more productive”), but it feels like something is wrong with you. “I don’t know how other people do it!” you tell yourself.

Or, you fall into camp two: it feels like something is wrong with your environment. You just “can’t find the time to write.” You eke out most of your writing at the last minute. Then, exhausted, you take a break, only to find yourself facing an imminent deadline again.

Regardless of which camp you fall in (or even if you don’t quite see yourself in either), I’ve got great news. Like everything else, how much you write is dependent on  an interconnected set of habits, thought patterns, and beliefs.

The good news? All of these are behaviors you can take charge of and develop or change. Here’s how.

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My Dissertation to Book Timeline, or, How Long Does Publishing an Academic Book Take?

How Long does publishing an academic book take? My first book's timeline

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?”

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The 7 Stages of Publishing Your First Academic Book, Challenges & Tips

The 7 Stages of Publishing an Academic Book_ Challenges and Tips

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 journey down into the  seven stages of publishing your first academic book.

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My Top 16 Recommended Resources for Writing Your First Academic Book

My Top 16 Recommended Resources for Writing Your First Academic Book

Are you working on revising your dissertation into your first academic book? Or, are you writing a completely new book? Wondering what you should read for help with publishing your first academic book? Confused about where to start with revising your academic book for publication with a university press? Here are my top 16 resources for publishing your first academic book.

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