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Weekly Wisdom #13

Weekly Wisdom #13

Speak at as many conferences as you can and make sure you mention your planned book!

Video Blog: P2P Episode 4

It’s the one where I talk about my ‘expanded chapter approach’…

Publisher Tips: Manchester University Press
Manchester University Press Logo

Manchester University Press is an international concern, publishing work by authors from all around the world and selling books to a global audience.

Here, they offer their top 5 tips for getting published…..

1. A thesis is not a book: if revising yours for publication then approach, frame and describe it as a new project.

2. It’s normal to spend at least a year on revisions to turn a thesis into a book. Read more

Weekly Wisdom #12

Weekly Wisdom #12

Break book-pitching into short-term, medium-term and long-term tasks; don’t get overwhelmed!

The Book Shelf Test or How to Research Your Market Part II

art I of the Book Shelf Test looked at how your own book shelves can provide you with instant market research, showing you who is publishing what, and through which publishing houses.

If you already have your book planned in your mind (or indeed written) there’s another way of turning your book shelves into instant market research. Now you want to collect together all the books that most closely relate to the one you’re planning to pitch and write. Firstly, pile them up by publisher. This test is slightly less revelatory as you can probably predict the tallest pile before you start and you have probably also already made a mental note to pitch to this publisher. But is there a pile – even of only one book – that represents a publisher you hadn’t noticed before? If so, leap over to your computer and look them up and find out how they’ve categorised this book. The answer might be clear cut; that they publish books very relevant to your field but you hadn’t realised. Read more

Guest Post: The Road to Yes!
Cat Bennett Preface Image

This is a guest blog post from Cat Bennett author of The Confident Creative: Drawing to Free the Hand and Mind.

The Road to Yes

I’m a veteran writer of sorts. I’ve been writing all my life—journal entries, essays, stories. But I’ve always made my living as an artist, primarily as an illustrator.  Now I’m a newly published writer, the author of The Confident Creative / Drawing to Free the Hand and Mind.  Findhorn Press is my publisher and the day I received a yes from them was indeed a happy one. I remember reading once that getting a book published doesn’t really change your life, so writers shouldn’t hope for that. Published writers still get out of bed in the morning and do the things they do. Their bank accounts rarely burst at the seams from newly minted millions. It’s true my life is much as it was a year ago before my book was published. But it’s also radically changed—I feel a new freedom. Read more

Author Tips: Stan Hayward
Henry's Cat Reading

This week we’re excited to offer a set of ten tips on publishing success from none other than Stan Hayward, who has had over thirty books published ranging from children’s stories to computer systems, as well as numerous projects to his name.

…And if you’re confused by the picture , it’s because Stan Hayward is also the creator of Henry’s Cat!

  1. Keep a note book with you at all times and list ideas as they come
  2. Have a book template in mind. This is a book that has been published and you would like yours to be similar Read more

Weekly Wisdom #11

Weekly Wisdom #11

Find a good (and preferably free) proof reader and get them to check your pitch and drafts well before your editor sees them!

Guest Post: Facebook!
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This is the first in a two part guest post by our intern Lucy Wickens on how to use Facebook for networking and research.

While some people are total Facebook devotees, others can be dubious about its use as a legitimate networking tool. But the thing is, Facebook is fast becoming a business card replacement at academic conferences because it instantly provides regular news bulletins from and direct contact with your academic peers. On top of that, Facebook organisation pages and groups and event invitations make it pretty much a one-stop-shop for all your networking and self promotional needs.

Of course, if nothing will convince you of its professional legitimacy, then perhaps Linked-In is a better option as it specifically caters for career networking. Although it’s still well worth giving Facebook a try… Read more

Platforming for Academic Publishing

little known fact is that the working title for this website was Platforming for Academic Publishing. I was very familiar with the idea that an author needs to be ‘visible’, preferably before they pitch, and I wanted to look at this specifically in relation to academia. I ditched the title because this isn’t all I wanted to do with this site and because it seemed a bit jargony in the end – and besides PhD2Published is way cuter!

I also didn’t start the site with looking at platform building, but instead I set about installing lots of ways to flood it with content on how to make your book pitch, as this seemed the best way to establish it. But I do want to visit this idea of the platform now and, as luck would have it, a good post just came out on Writer’s Relief to remind me. Although this article, ‘Author Platforms: What They Are, Why Agents And Editors Look For Them, And Whether You Need One To Get Your Book Published’ doesn’t tackle the idea of being an academic and having a demonstrable following for your work, it does look at the idea of the platform for the non-fiction author. Read more

Publisher Tips: Gylphi
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Gylphi is an academic arts and humanities publisher focused on the twentieth century and beyond. It is home to the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, the forthcoming Transgressive Culture journal and book series, and the SF Storyworlds book series.

Here, they offer their top 5 tips for getting published……

1. What’s in a title?

A title (not the subtitle) should describe the book as precisely as possible in as few a words as possible. If you are going to use a pun make sure it describes your text, it is no good being undecipherable and profound. You don’t want to be writing for a readership so narrow that only those who already know the subject inside out will understand the title and buy your book.

Think also about librarians and booksellers looking for books to purchase. Will they, without specialist knowledge, know what your book is about? Bear in mind that they draw their information from databases that can cut short long titles. If your title is long and ends with the title of the subject or an author name, then the short version of your title may give no real indication about what the book is actually about.

Read more

Weekly Wisdom #10

Weekly Wisdom #10

Remember that good writing is about what you take out, not what you leave in!

Book Pitching Advice Article on Times Higher Education
Book Binding

I was really excited to discover this article by Katharine Reeve on Times Higher Education – it’s, of course, excellent!

Reeve picks up on the key point that drives this website, which is that there isn’t much support for academic writers when it comes to learning how to propose and write a book. She states:

“While fiction authors are surrounded by advice books, websites and degree courses designed to help them get published, academic authors are left to their own devices. How are you supposed to know what is and what is not a publishable text? An academic is generally a researcher first and a writer second: you may be an international authority on Viking headwear or poststructuralist theory, but you are unlikely to be as expert at writing full-length publishable books. Unless you have a savvy supervisor or have learned by trial and error, getting into print can be tough.” Read more

The Book Shelf Test or How to Research Your Market Part I

ere we go, this is what I’m calling the Book Shelf Test (which it comes in two parts) and it’s going to save you a lot of time and answer a lot of questions so far as finding the right publisher is concerned.

In the last 2 part blog on Publishing Markets, I talked about publishing houses and their imprints. And I used the example that Indiana University Press has form in gender issues, and proved this for myself by looking at my own books. Well, rather than surfing for hours trying to connect some of these specialisms with publishing houses and imprints, you can do it just by looking at your own books.

So the first part of the Book Shelf Test is to test your own shelves for how they reflect the specific interests of different houses or imprints. And really, this is child’s play, because as most of them have logos, all you need to do is grab all the books from your shelves that have the same logo and then group them together into subject areas. Read more

Author Tips: Jeff Johnson
Jeff Johnson book cover

This week, Jeff Johnson, author of American Advertising in Poland , offers us some of his own insight on getting published for the first time.

1. Talk to former professors, your friends, colleagues and any other people you have known in academia about your project. Ask them to share their publishing contacts and any information they may have. The people we know best can often help us a lot, we don’t often ask though.

2. A few weeks before a conference, make appointments with any relevant attending book editors to talk about your upcoming book projects. Have a prospectus for any book projects you are working on and a copy of your CV. Even if an editor isn’t interested in your current project, he/she may want to publish one of your future books. Keep in contact with the editors you meet and always make a point to say hi whenever both of you attend the same conference.  Read more

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