General publishing resources

There are LOTS of books out there on academic publishing, which just goes to show that lots of people know how to get published on how to get published. But I digress. Here are a few of my top recommendations – the differences are largely a matter of personal preference (links to Amazon):

1. William Germano, Getting It Published, 2nd Edition: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) . This book is aimed at people wanting to publish in any stage of their careers. It’s not specifically for dissertation publishing.

2. Beth Luey, Handbook for Academic Authors (5th ed.). This book covers the waterfront on all kinds of issues facing authors, from the grandiose to the mundane. It’s also for authors at any stage. Hey, it’s in its 5th edition, so you know she’s doing something right.

3. Anthony Haynes, Writing Successful Academic Books. Haynes has written a series of books on publishing, so he’s a good resource. Plus, because it’s a Cambridge UP book, the extra U’s in colour are free!

4. Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato, Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction–and Get It Published. This book is designed to give you the view from the other side of the table. It’s helpful in highlighting how and why editors might ask different questions about a book than we do as authors. This book may take you deep inside the soul of your editor, so I’d recommend leaving breadcrumbs.

5. Robert Boice, Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction–and Get It Published. This is a bit dated, but some truths are timeless.

6. Wendy Laura Belcher, Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. I love this book, and be aware that it’s not only applicable to those writing articles. The first part of the book addresses the need for creating regular space and time for writing, and we can all use help with that. This is a very practical, step-by-step guide.


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