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Weekly Wisdom #4

Weekly Wisdom #4

Connect with other like-minded academics through online mailing lists, facebook groups, link sharing platforms, blogs and micro blogs!

Video Blog: P2P Episode 2

It’s the one where I don’t actually say very much because my brain is buzzing with too many thoughts…

Weekly Wisdom #3

Weekly Wisdom #3

Look at your own book shelves as an indication of who you should be pitching to!

Weekly Wisdom #2

Weekly Wisdom #2

Don’t exaggerate the size of your prospective market in your pitch. It’s far better to indicate the niche to which it belongs than make naive claims for its general appeal!

Weekly Wisdom #1

Welcome to the first post in a regular series of weekly installments of academic publishing wisdom.

This is (smash the Tuesday morning Champagne on the, er, keyboard):

Weekly Wisdom #1

Be savvy and get paid gigs reviewing books that directly relate to the one you want to write!

Publisher Tips: Ashgate
Ashgate Logo

Ashgate is a leading indepdendent press dedicated to publishing the finest academic research. What are Ashgate’s tips for first time authors? We offer four short tips, and one long document to read…

1. Do follow the publisher’s submission guidelines (these are usually available online).

2. Do focus on why your book should be read, not only on what it is about.

3. Don’t send the entire typescript if you’ve completed it. A single sample chapter will suffice in the first instance.
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Is Your Thesis a Book: Part II
The Letter 'I'

f you’re still with me, and have decided to go ahead and at least think about publishing your thesis, the second thing to do involves looking at it in a completely different way. I have no advice on how to get the perspective you need for this next part except to suggest that leaving the thesis alone for a while (months if you can) would help, as would performing some sort of ritual purging of the ‘thesis-thinking’ (I destroyed my desk, but this was rash, you will still need a desk to work at!).

But the point is, you need to look at your thesis with fresh eyes and as much as possible, without seeing it as a thesis!

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