Revising Your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors

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University of California Press, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 255 pages
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The aftermath of graduate school can be particularly trying for those under pressure to publish their dissertations. 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. It will help prospective authors master writing and revision skills, better understand the publishing process, and increase their chances of getting their work into print.
In this guide experienced editors of scholarly books tackle such subjects as addressing a target audience, broadening a topic, reorganizing, developing a voice, and finding the best documentation system. Specific chapters address authors in different academic fields: the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and arts. The guide also gives advice to authors of books on topics of regional interest and of books written for practicing professionals.
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. The aftermath of graduate school can be particularly trying for those under pressure to publish their dissertations. 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. It will help prospective authors master writing and revision skills, better understand the publishing process, and increase their chances of getting their work into print.
In this guide experienced editors of scholarly books tackle such subjects as addressing a target audience, broadening a topic, reorganizing, developing a voice, and finding the best documentation system. Specific chapters address authors in different academic fields: the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and arts. The guide also gives advice to authors of books on topics of regional interest and of books written for practicing professionals.
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.
 

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Contents

Is the Puhlishahle Dissertation an Oxymoron?
1
Youre the Author
17
What Is Your Book About?
24
Bringing Your Own Voice to the Table
70
Tables and Graphs
104
The Humanities
131
Putting Passion into Social Science
148
The Inside Scoop
166
Publishing in the Arts
182
Regional Books
201
Professional Publishing
212
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Beth Luey, Director of the Scholarly Publishing Program at Arizona State University, is author of Handbook for Academic Authors (fourth edition, 2002), The Harmonious Child: Every Parent's Guide to Musical Instruments, Lessons, and Teachers (2003), and Editing Documents and Texts: An Annotated Bibliography (1987).

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