How to Balance Your Voice With Others’ in Your First Book: Learning Best Practices

Balancing Your Voice with Other Scholars in an Academic Book

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.

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How to Choose Model Academic Books to Emulate for Your First Book

Choosing Model First Academic Books

When you begin writing your first academic book–or, more likely, revising your dissertation into a book–it’s important to choose a few model books to help you understand your field’s norms. Deconstructing and emulating model books can also increase your confidence in your own first academic book. But not all books are created equal when it comes to serving as models. In this post, I show you what factors about the book and its author you should consider when selecting model books.

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