In their book, destination dissertation: a traveler’s guide to a done dissertation, sonja foss and william waters offer a multi-step approach to revising an article or chapter i present a slightly modified version of it below, that explains, in ten steps, how to revise an article or chapter. Revising your thesis uploaded by ben doyle advice from our editors revising the dissertation into a monograph why do i need to revise my dissertation your dissertation will need significant reworking to be considered publishable by most academic presses we advise authors not to mention the book’s origins as a phd thesis in the. Turning your dissertation into a book can be daunting you’ve been working on this project for a decade but don’t know what else can be done to turn it from a student exercise into a cohesive and marketable book that specific audiences will actually buy. William germano's from dissertation to book is the essential guide for academic writers who want to revise a doctoral thesis for publication the author of getting it published , germano draws upon his extensive experience in academic all new phd's hope that their dissertations can become books. Foreword to revising your dissertation at the time this volume was originally published, it was already becoming clear that the market for books based on dissertations was eroding even more than it had been in the past.
In fact, without a proper process of pre-revision, it becomes very possible to fall into the trap of working and working, only to find you have made things worse rather than better it is much better to analyze your text outside of the text, using exterior tools like worksheets, and begin targeted revision only when ready. Revising a dissertation the university of nebraska press does not consider unrevised dissertations considerable differences exist between a dissertation and a book, and even the best dissertation will need to be revised before being submitted for publication. Revising your phd for book publication will necessarily involve some adaptation of the content and style of your dissertation it is important to remember that the aim and emphasis of your book manuscript should be to make an original contribution to scholarly dialogue (rather than proving that you deserve to be awarded a phd. Chainsaw to your thesis, chopping it up into many article-sized logs the reality, however, is more likely to be that only two or three of your chapters are suitable for reworking into articles if you discount the book option, the rest of your thesis will be wasted from thesis to book.
Written with good cheer and jammed with information, this lively guide offers hard-to-find practical advice on successfully turning a dissertation into a book or journal articles that will appeal to publishers and readers. You can obviously transform your phd thesis into a book by revising it, or generate a new book based on new or old theory or new data with old theory, or old data with new theories, based on your dissertation research. Revising your dissertation, updated edition: advice from leading editors beth luey 47 out of 5 stars 7 then this book gives you the basics in one, easy to read, place if you've already done research on how to turn your dissertation into a book and are looking for a deeper level of info, this is not it read more 6 people found this helpful. Writing your first academic book in a humanities discipline wondering how to manage such a large project you don't have to struggle alone sign up, and i'll send you resources and advice to help you get a handle on your manuscript, find the best publisher, and develop productivity habits to get the book done.
Revising dissertations for book publication eliminate or pare down the review of literature although such a review was necessary for your dissertation committee, it is not necessary in books in most fields. Revising your dissertation will be useful for students who are developing a dissertation topic or are in the process of writing a dissertation, as well as those who have completed a dissertation they wish to bring to a wider audience. Be aware that transforming your dissertation into a publishable book is a complex process, which will take time and require some careful planning time will be an issue, especially if you need to juggle the work on the book with full-time teaching and/or other research activities. In other words, a dissertation is where you begin to articulate the ideas and arguments that will eventually transform into your book but it takes a lot of revising, restructuring, and failing in order to find a cohesive argument and structure.
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. Revising your dissertation: advice from leading editors written with expertise and good cheer, this lively guide offers hard-to-find practical advice on successfully turning a dissertation into a book or into journal articles that will appeal to publishers and readers. This writer's forum explores obstacles that may prevent you from tackling the goal of writing a book from your dissertation it also provides encouragement to embark on the journey of writing a. 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. Continuation into the long version course will be starting soon and is an extra, optional bonus for academic writing bootcamp members anyone can benefit from these 4 strategic interventions that introduce the systemic approach to revision.
This essay reconsiders the process of turning a dissertation into a book manuscript recent manuals about dissertation writing like from dissertation to book and revising your dissertation are helpful but often provide overly broad conceptualizations about how to assess a dissertation and revise it into a book. How to turn your doctoral dissertation into a book after completing a phd program, publishing your dissertation can help launch your career earning a doctoral degree is a huge achievement. You could change your thesis completely to fit your new understanding of the issue, or you could adjust your thesis slightly to accommodate the new ideas or you could simply acknowledge the contradictions and show why your main point still holds up in spite of them.
The process by which a dissertation becomes a book has several intermediate stages, the most important of which is the transformation from one kind of unpublished manuscript into another, that is, from an unpublished phd thesis into an as-yet-unpublished book manuscript. So it’s a sensible idea, i reckon, to think about the book of the thesis as a rewriting, not a revision it’s not just a bit of a fiddle with the introduction and conclusion and then plonking the rest in, but rather a restructured text written for a different reader and for a different purpose pingback: turning your thesis into a book.
Writers' lab: turning your dissertation into journal papers depending on your institution's guidelines, you will either finish your phd by having a number of papers accepted for publication, or by writing a big book-style thesis. Sometimesrevisionsalsorequiretheadditionofnewmaterialsnewlyreleasedor updatedinformation,neworexpandedcasestudiesorexamples,evennew. Work these ideas into your text and add them to your bibliography selected bibliography of books and articles on changing a dissertation into a book derricourt, robin m.