Getting Published: A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Getting Published: A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences

by Gerald Jackson, Marie Lenstrup

Hardcover(Asian Studies)

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The biggest hurdle for junior scholars looking to embark on an academic career is to make the transition from PhD candidate to that first (ideally tenured) job. An imperative part of this process is getting published and yet - increasingly - this is becoming something harder to achieve.

This book aims to guide both young and more experienced scholars through some of the pitfalls and complexities of getting published. Furthermore, the far-reaching changes affecting academic publishing (e-publishing, new printing technologies, Creative Commons licensing, the collapse of the library market, etc.) are discussed, focusing on their future effect on academic authors.

Although it is in part a practical guide to navigating all stages of the publication process, Getting Published is not simply another 'how to' guide. Rather, its key concern is to give its readers an understanding of the stages, processes and pitfalls involved in getting from an idea in one's head (or indeed a PhD thesis on one's desk) to a published academic book in a colleague's hand. With better knowledge, would-be authors have greater control over their situation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788791114762
Publisher: NIAS
Publication date: 04/30/2009
Edition description: Asian Studies
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gerald Jackson is Editor in Chief of NIAS Press and has overseen the development of NIAS’s publication programme over the past 25 years.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

What this book will do for you

What's in a name?

A clear focus means clear advice

Have you got what it takes?

About the authors

Beyond the book


1 Behind the scenes 1

The people inside the publishing house

The people outside the publishing house

Producing the physical books

Bringing the books to customers

The state of the book industry

The book industry and you, the author

2 Planning your book 20

Understanding needs and desires

Success is not one thing

Questions to ask yourself

Which market?

Clarifying your focus

Mapping the book

Choosing a great title

In celebration of odd titles

Annotating and evaluating the table of contents

3 From thesis to book 39

The pressures of junior scholarship

Why is a thesis not a book?

What to do with your thesis

Assessing your material

Getting started

Things you will need to cut

Things you will need to add

4 Producing a shorter (or collected) work 53

Why write articles?

Reworking (or recycling) material

But is this what you really want?

Planning and writing your article

Finding the right journal

Getting your article published

Contributing a chapter to an edited volume

Editing a multi-author volume

5 Writing your book 69


Which language?


Cutting the fog


Permissions and the use of copyright material

The writing experience

Survival tips for blocked writers

6 Finding the right publisher 86

Identifying the candidates

Connections, connections

Approaching the publisher

What if a publisher contacts you?

How to be concise

Proposal etiquette

The importance of the pitch

Waiting ontenterhooks

Where now?

7 Getting accepted 106

Preparing and sending the text

External assessment

Typical peer review questions

New forms of peer review

Internal assessments and recommendations

Financial projections

Sources of income

Price and profitability

Decision time

8 Negotiating a contract 122

Kinds of rights

Open Access and Creative Commons

Set in stone or open to negotiation?

Before you sign

9 Working towards publication 135

Enter the production manager

Finalizing your manuscript

From disk to bookshelf

The editing process

Designing and typesetting your book

Backroom or Bangalore?

Producing camera-ready copy



Printing, binding and delivery

10 Promoting your book 155

What is academic book marketing?

Everyday life in the marketing department

The importance of the author in promoting books

What you can do before publication

What you can do after publication

Promotional DOs and DON'Ts

11 Going it alone 171

Making the decision

Deciding on format

Doing the work

Finding a partner

Promoting and distributing your book

Measures of success

Epilogue 185

Publishing revolutions

Electronic formats

E-book readers

POD and the bookshop as content kiosk

Free Internet repositories

The content revolution

Bite-sized scholarship

Creative marketing

The book is dead, long live the book

Top tips 194

Appendix 1 Practical style and presentation issues 196

Spelling and grammar

Document formatting

Front matters

Layout and punctuation

Quotations, notes, citations, etc.

Non-text elements

Graphic images and their formats

Other technical issues

Appendix 2 Common editing and proof-reading marks 211

Appendix 3 Compendium of publishing terms 213

Further reading 259

Index 263

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