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.
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?”Continue reading “My Dissertation to Book Timeline, or, How Long Does Publishing an Academic Book Take?”
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.Continue reading “The 7 Stages of Publishing Your First Academic Book, Challenges & Tips”
If there is one question I was most confused about, and am now asked most often it is this: when should I write and submit my academic book proposal to university presses? Continue reading “When Should You Submit your Academic Book Proposal?”
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.Continue reading “My Top 16 Recommended Resources for Writing Your First Academic Book”
Are you working on your first academic book? Thinking ahead to the proposal? Wondering if you should pitch a book to an editor at a conference? Curious about when to meet with acquisitions editors?
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”