When revising my book manuscript, one chapter stubbornly refused any and all revision efforts I threw at it. It wasn’t academic writer’s block per se, but I was still hopelessly stuck.
The summer before I began the tenure track, I read as much about how to balance the competing demands of the tenure-track as possible. How did successful faculty publish more than others? One of the sources, Professors as Writers, prompted me to do one small thing that ended paying huge dividends down the road.
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.