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By Beth Luey (ed.)

The aftermath of graduate university could be relatively attempting for these stressed to post their dissertations. Written with strong cheer and jammed with info, this energetic advisor bargains hard-to-find useful suggestion on effectively turning a dissertation right into a e-book or magazine articles that would entice publishers and readers. it is going to aid potential authors grasp writing and revision talents, larger comprehend the publishing procedure, and elevate their possibilities of getting their paintings into print. during this consultant skilled editors of scholarly books take on such topics as addressing a audience, broadening a subject, reorganizing, constructing a voice, and discovering the easiest documentation method. particular chapters deal with authors in several educational fields: the arts, social sciences, sciences, and humanities. The consultant additionally supplies recommendation to authors of books on subject matters of local curiosity and of books written for training pros. Revising Your Dissertation might be necessary for college students who're constructing a dissertation subject or are within the strategy of writing a dissertation, in addition to those that have accomplished a dissertation they need to convey to a much wider viewers.

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27 editor once pointed out that all biographies end the same way. Because there are no surprise endings, the key to judging a biography is whether you care when the subject dies. If you don’t, the book doesn’t work. A perfect subject for both a dissertation and an expanded biography would be Jimmy Carter (though he is still very much alive). The political biography would be brief and manageable and therefore appropriate for a dissertation; the full life would be a salable and fascinating book.

They will be, first, book editors and then—if the editors like your answer— readers. Your description of the dissertation was meant to tell other scholars in your subfield that you were doing important work, asking the right questions, reading the right authorities, applying the right theories and methodologies, and tapping the right sources of evidence. Your description of your book has to tell the editor and future readers that you have something interesting to say which is worth their time—even if they know very 24 What Is Your Book About?

Perhaps that got lost in the academic exercise but can now be brought back to life. Alternatively, perhaps you abandoned that interest long ago and it makes more sense to ask what you’d like to look at next and how the research you have already done can support your new interests. PLOT, CHARACTER, AND SETTING No, you are not writing a novel. But all the elements of fiction can be injected into your work to make it interesting to more What Is Your Book About? / 37 people. Indeed, some of them will have to be.

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