How to Write a Book for PublicationWriting a book for publication
Seven errors I made when publishing my scholarly textbook.
I am proud of the volume I wrote in my Ph. D. thesis, really. It does I think it does credit to the policy of sub-cultural lifestyles choice within the US contemporary animist ?and-?and, under which I did my field work. However, I regret something, not so much the contents of the textbook, but the things I did not do during the publication of the books.
Perhaps that is why I finally chose to help other scholars master the trip from the suggestion to - Perhaps that is why I finally chose to help other scholars master the trip from the suggestion to - - want to prevent those with great books from making the same mistakes I made! The cover copy is the section or two that will appear on the back of the pocket copy of the work.
In my opinion, I have always thought that publishing houses have a team of copywriters who thoroughly study the book and create ragged, captivating blurs on the back. They are writing their own covers. I crashed some of my heels when asked to do so and sent them to the editor, making the misguided suggestion that someone would check and revise this design and let me know if it was vacuumed as a copyover.
And I crawl every goddamn moment I see it and think that prospective reading people pick it up at the bookshop and then... put it back on with a combi. guesswork what else, this version of the covers is also what is published as a synergy on the editor's own website and the little snipet that appears when you put a hyperlink to her on Facebook.
Even better, I could have bought someone more distant from the books to put the covers for me. Somebody who understands that it is less important that the artwork is a perfect summary of the academics and the contributions of the text than that it makes readers want to see the work.
I sometimes see the back of my notebook on my bookshelf and think, "Wait, what is that? They don't even stop to think: "Wait, which one is that?", because they have already left it behind. It' completely unreadable when squashed on the spines of a work. I' m not against self-portrayal in theories, and I sincerely admit the many friends-colleagues I know (shocker: mostly knows guys) who are promoting the crap out of their new novels with a apparently never-ending flow of open talks, well-placed op-eds, press coverage and post.
So why didn't I do these things to advertise my own work? However, there is a small part of me that was scared that if I seemed too optimistic in my textbook and insisted too much that it would become known, I would become a goal of lovelessness. âThis was clearly stupid, as I have not detected a information of raw writing active the product; day the few group who appraisal the product for writing and had to say thing critically by explanation did not liquid body substance up with thing that was so bad or unjust as to wrong my sensitivity.
If my particular person is not suitable for a full story trip and a flash (it isn't), I could have at least posted a blogs entry for the publisher's website when they proposed it. Here is the lawsuit of counting a books sales agreement (at least this was the lawsuit for me): submit amorphous sign of enquiry to serial editors; submit official request and example sections to the earning editor; maintain anonym readers reviews on request and example sections; type proficient answer to readers reviews communicating your ability to address all possible interests; earning editor uses your answer to make an irresistible case to their editing committee that they should be offering you a sale...
Yes, when I got the readers' reviews back, they made good business for me and I knew that I could put their input to good use in my edit. Luckily, my serial writers softly proposed that I try the answer to the readers' stories again, and I came back with something that showed but didn't say I could make a great work.
The editors unanimously agree = books have been signed, cha-ching. That is not a fault in itself, because I am satisfied with where the work has ended up for many purposes that are more private and politically than professionally (see below for one of them). This is because the show was perfectly suited to my topic and I had (...) foreseen that I didn't have to revise the Ph. D. thesis much to publish it there.
I was in the labour force at the university at the moment and I thought that a books agreement was the most important thing as soon as possible. Yes, I had a deal in my hands, but it was with a mixed academic/commercial media (Continuum that became Bloomsbury Academic) on a out of my range listing (my work is on Bloomsbury's Politics listing, but the positions I applied for were in communications and media studies), in a very alcove row (Contemporary Anarchist Studies) that doesn't shout "marketability" for recruitment comittees.
If I had made a suggestion to one of the most prestigious universities in my subject, I might have had to do more work to get the job, but I would have had the reputation and above all the trust of academia that would result from the impression of one of those publishers.
At the end I might not have gotten an order from one of these machines anyway, and even if I had, it might still not have led to a tenor-tracksjob. My favourite thing about my work is that it's fully available. That was one of the above mentioned reason why I contacted the press: the journalists of the serial had already agreed with the publishing house to make the works of the serial available and to download them via the publishing house's website.
Since the subject has to do with radicals ?and, the volume contains the votes of so many volunteers who gave me theirs, it would have been a disgrace if the kind of folks I have written about could not voluntarily use it. Presumably this is my favourite thing about publishing my work, and it almost annuls out any other remorse I have about not purchasing the request around.
When you are willing to release your own scholarly work, I trust you will be able to prevent the traps I didn't have.