In the last edition of this newsletter, I talked about responding to reader reports and some misconceptions that trip authors up. Above all, it’s cruci…
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One of the scariest parts of scholarly publishing is waiting for the peer reviewers’ reports to come back, culminating in that suspenseful moment when …
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Careful readers of this newsletter will know that I have been in the process of pitching a book of my own—a handbook for scholars on how to write a boo…
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Here’s a question that comes up frequently among scholarly authors who are preparing to pitch first books: should I mention the dissertation in my book…
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What’s the difference between a preface and an introduction? Does your book manuscript really need both? In scholarly books, a preface is often a kind …
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A couple years ago, I published a Medium post outlining 8 Signs You Need a Developmental Editor for Your Academic Book. At the end of that post, I prom…
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Today’s newsletter is more of a year-in-review and housekeeping update than an advice post, but I hope you won’t mind one of these every once in a whil…
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If you’re planning to pitch your book for publication, one of the things you’ll definitely be asked about is the book’s intended audience. Why do publi…
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Last week, I talked in this newsletter about how simultaneous submission is one of those things many scholarly book publishers take for granted, while …
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Scholarly publishing is full of norms and conventions that are taken for granted by those who know the ropes and are simultaneously largely unknown to …
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If your “school year’s resolution” is to finish your book proposal this semester, but you’re feeling a little bit lost about the whole enterprise, I’ve…
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What’s the hardest part about writing and publishing a book? I’m sure if you asked around you would get many different answers. For me—and for a lot of…
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