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.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
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
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
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
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
Approaching the publisher
What if a publisher contacts you?
How to be concise
The importance of the pitch
7 Getting accepted 106
Preparing and sending the text
Typical peer review questions
New forms of peer review
Internal assessments and recommendations
Sources of income
Price and profitability
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
POD and the bookshop as content kiosk
Free Internet repositories
The content revolution
The book is dead, long live the book
Top tips 194
Appendix 1 Practical style and presentation issues 196
Spelling and grammar
Layout and punctuation
Quotations, notes, citations, etc.
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