ATG Book of the Week: From Dissertation to Book, Second Edition

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from dissertation - From Dissertation to Book, Second Edition 
Author: William Germano
Paper ISBN: 9780226062044, $18.00
Imprint: Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2013


“…Since its publication in 2005, From Dissertation to Book has helped thousands of young academic authors get their books beyond the thesis committee and into the hands of interested publishers and general readers. Now revised and updated to reflect the evolution of scholarly publishing, this edition includes a new chapter arguing that the future of academic writing is in the hands of young scholars who must create work that meets the broader expectations of readers rather than the narrow requirements of academic committees.

At the heart of From Dissertation to Book is the idea that revising the dissertation is fundamentally a process of shifting its focus from the concerns of a narrow audience—a committee or advisors—to those of a broader scholarly audience that wants writing to be both informative and engaging. William Germano offers clear guidance on how to do this, with advice on such topics as rethinking the table of contents, taming runaway footnotes, shaping chapter length, and confronting the limitations of jargon, alongside helpful timetables for light or heavy revision.

Germano draws on his years of experience in both academia and publishing to show writers how to turn a dissertation into a book that an audience will actually enjoy, whether reading on a page or a screen. Germano also acknowledges that not all dissertations can or even should become books and explores other, often overlooked, options, such as turning them into journal articles or chapters in an edited work…”


“With insight, compassion, and wit, William Germano has done all dissertation writers (and dissertation supervisors) a great service. This book should be handed to the candidate at the conclusion of all doctoral defenses.” (Eric Foner, Columbia University)”

“Two university presses turned down my dissertation before it got published. I wish William P. Germano’s From Dissertation to Book had been available at that time… In that book, Bill Germano guides the reader through the process of publishing your first book: from revising your dissertation, reading with an editor’s eyes, to making your prose speak.” (Kwok Pui Lan, Episcopal Divinity School)


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