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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What To Do Before Writing an Academic Book Proposal: 4 Crucial Steps

What to Do Before Writing an Academic Book Proposal_ 4 Crucial Steps

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 strongest possible case for your book.

(Looking for a comprehensive guide where I answer all your book proposal questions? Read Academic Book Proposals: All Your Questions, Answered)

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University Presses: 4 Things First-Time Book Authors Must Know

Information about University Presses for First-Time Book Authors

Are you a first-time academic book author? Do you hope to publish your academic book with a university press, but don’t know much beyond that? Below, I give you the information about university presses you must know to find the right academic publisher and write the strongest academic book proposal possible.

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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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Finding the Right Academic Publisher #4: Ranking University Presses

Finding a Publisher for your Academic Book, Activity 4_ Interviewing Colleagues and Mentors to Rank Your List of Target Presses

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 list of publishers in your field. Then, you researched presses that publish in your fields. You now know which presses actually publish books like yours. And you have a strong case for why your book would be a great fit for the others.

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Finding the Right Academic Publisher #3: Assessing University Press Fit

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, you’ll research your long list of potential publishers in order to narrow it down to the top few that publish books like yours.

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Finding the Right Academic Publisher #2: Long List of Target Publishers

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 with this knowledge, you will now identify the longest list of possible presses for your discipline and content area.
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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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Can Your Academic Book be Adopted in Courses? How to tell.

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 your book’s course adoption potential for sure?

Use the questions below to figure out if your academic book can be adopted in university courses and, if so, which ones.

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Acquisitions Editors vs Series Editors: Who they Are, What they Do, and How that Affects your Book

Even though the resources I consulted when preparing my book proposal discussed the difference between an acquisitions (sometimes called an “acquiring” or “commissioning”) editor and a series editor, this distinction did not quite fully sink in until I was at the point of proposing my book. This post is meant to complement my post on types of personal connections you can have to editors. Knowing the difference between acquisitions editors (full-time press employees) and series editors (full-time professors who also work for a press) can help you better understand how you are likely to cultivate different relationships with each over the course of your academic career.

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Useful Academic Book Publishing Advice #2: Personal Connections to Editors

Academic Book Publishing Advice_ What I Wish I'd known about Connections to Editors

After spending years revising my dissertation into a book, I finally found myself at the academic book proposal stage. I’d identified which presses published in my field(s), compiled information about what each press wanted in a proposal, drafted a base proposal, and was seeking advice from my colleagues and mentors on it. I thought I was approximately one month from the submission point, and had the book manuscript almost ready to go straight to peer reviewers. Continue reading “Useful Academic Book Publishing Advice #2: Personal Connections to Editors”