William Germano, author of From Dissertation to Book, asserts that books originating out of dissertations struggle to shake “dissertation style.” Beyond stylistic tendencies like passive voice, first book authors, he contends, are rarely able to foreground their voice while engaging with existing scholarship. All too often, their voice gets lost in the shuffle.
I knew this was true of my own dissertation, and worried it would mar my first book. Armed with the knowledge of what not to do, though, I still didn’t know exactly what balance I was aiming for in my first book.
In this post, I guide you through targeted activities to do just that.Continue reading “How to Balance Your Voice With Others’ in Your First Book: Learning Best Practices”