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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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:
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