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.Continue reading “Acquisitions Editors vs Series Editors: Who they Are, What they Do, and How that Affects your Book”
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”
You might assume that when you are publishing your academic book, it is the publisher’s responsibility to market and publicize it. You might also assume that publicizing your academic book only happens after your book is published. But this is a very limited view of how academic books are publicized. In reality, intentionally generating interest for your academic book (pre-publicizing it) should start at least one year before you submit the final manuscript.. Follow the steps below to set your academic book up for success.Continue reading “Publicizing Your Academic Book: What to Do, When, and How (Hint: It’s Your Job and It Starts Much Earlier than You Think!)”
Of all the parts of an academic book proposal, the “competing works” (sometimes called “competing titles,” “competing books,” “market competition,” or simply “competition”) section is probably the most daunting and least understood by first-time academic book authors. Continue reading “The “Competing Works” Section of an Academic Book Proposal”
It came as a blow to my chest. The first email I received from my editor, less than 24 hours after submitting my academic book proposal, made me want to crawl under a rock:
Continue reading “Useful Academic Book Publishing Advice #1: Make your Title and Idea Sticky”
Surprisingly, there exist few concrete timelines you can consult to get a sense of how long it takes to turn a dissertation into a book. In this post, I offer my own timeline for revising my dissertation into a book as an example of how one specific academic book went from dissertation to published.