So you've finished your dissertation your committee has approved it now you can just box it up, send it to a publisher, and receive a book contract, right in reality, even the best dissertations must be revised before being accepted for publication because they receive so many unrevised dissertations a year, most editors. This is a book often recommended by academic publishers to help think through the process of revising your doctoral thesis and turn it into your first monograph it's certainly useful but those of us in the uk should be aware that this is written by an american for an american audience used to the us doctoral process which. According to william germano (2013), the finished dissertation is not-yet-a-book (p 20) in other words, before the dissertation becomes a book, it needs to undergo a thorough revision process to make the document applicable to a wider reading audience see below for how germano distinguishes between a dissertation. Competing similar books, if any your proposed revisions(if project is obviously a dissertation) some acquisition editors may want to see sample chapters (eg, introduction plus one substantive chapter) along with your prospectus more on these below certain presses may ask for particular information in the prospectus,. For most of my phd, i was relatively relaxed about publishing as i already had the experience of publishing in journals and books if i had any advice then for doctoral candidates, it would be to give some serious thought to publishing while completing the thesis revising your dissertation: advice from leading editors. But as you sit down near the beginning of the summer to start in on revisions, you might realize that you don't quite know how to turn that solid dissertation into a publishable book first, recognize that turning your dissertation into a book is one of the hardest things you'll ever be asked to do in your career.
From thesis to book the average phd thesis is nothing but a transference of bones from one graveyard to another – j frank dobie if you are looking to rework a thesis into a book (or, say, are the supervisor of someone in different processes involved in revising a thesis and writing a book from scratch deciding when. New questions about the usefulness of the dissertation as precursor to scholarly publication this essay reconsiders the process of turning a dissertation into a book manuscript recent manuals about dissertation writing like from disser- tation to book and revising your dissertation are helpful but often. Conventional wisdom holds that graduate students should start publishing in journals before they try to turn their dissertation into a book get a couple of chapters out there as articles, and you'll be able to test your ideas for the revision or so runs the standard advice the beginning author's route from.
This is great advice, thanks so much what would you say was a realistic timeline for revising your dissertation into a book i am applying for 1-2 year postdocs ( literature and the humanities) and they all require revision timelines could i have the first draft of a manuscript done and have contacted potential. The four qualities of a book turning your doctoral thesis into a book will require you to re-edit the text of your dissertation and revise its style your book will probably need to be more: personal focused essential readable.
While a dissertation's in-depth research and analysis can provide a strong foundation for a book, the dissertation itself is not a book and will not be published by an academic press without substantial revisions some acquisitions editors are interested first books, especially if they bring new perspectives and fresh ideas to a. Here are a few resources to help you understand the process of reworking a dissertation for publication as a monograph: william germano, from dissertation to book published by university of chicago press, germano's 'from dissertation to book' is considered the authoritative guide to revising a.
2011 jsp article, 'what i've learned about revising a dissertation,' by consider- ing those issues that arise during the production process of academic publishing these stages are crucial for the success of a book, and they are avowedly collabo- rative in ways that differ from revising a dissertation. The tips below may be helpful when revising your dissertation for publication the list was approved by the ascsa publications committee, a group of senior scholars regularly called on by their graduate students for this kind of advice, on may 10, 2008 1 would your dissertation be best published as a single book.