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From Dissertation to Book
Thinking about transforming your dissertation into a book? There are a number of resources out there to help you understand the process of reworking a dissertation for publication as a monograph. Remember, most dissertations require a significant amount of work to edit and refocus the manuscript for a broader audience.
From Dissertation to Book by
Call Number: PN162 .G37 2005
Publication Date: 2005
Considered the authoritative guide to revising a dissertation for publication.
Manage Your Career: From Dissertation to Book
Author: Leonard Cassuto. Advice from the Chronicle of Higher Education, including interviews with university press editors.
What I've Learned about Revising a Dissertation
Author: James Mulholland. An early-career academic describes his experience revising his dissertation. From the Journal of Scholarly Publishing 43, no. 1 (October 2011).
Turning Your Dissertation into a Book
Interested in publishing your dissertation as a book? You will likely need to revise it extensively so it will appeal to a wider audience and compete in the literary marketplace. Here are some guidelines to help you in this process.
Publishing with an Open Dissertation
You might encounter information suggesting that having your dissertation available online could negatively impact a publisher's willingness to look at your manuscript. Some authors assert that you should not put your dissertation online if you hope to sign a publishing contract. However, please note there is very little evidence to support this view. In fact, research has shown that publishers will indeed consider manuscripts that are revised versions of openly-accessible dissertations.
Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Social Sciences and Humanities?
Ramirez, M., Dalton, J., McMillan, G., Read, M., & Seamans, N. (2013). College & Research Libraries, 74(4). Findings from a 2011 survey of academic publishers.