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What’s Your Publication Strategy?

What’s Your Publication Strategy?

When it comes to publishing, there are a lot of different approaches and finding the right strategy for you can depend on a variety of factors. As Fabio Rojas notes in a recent series of tweets, publication strategies vary by career stage, institution, and research area.

Stop Chasing the Mentorship ‘Unicorn’

When you have the right mentor, everything just clicks, and it can feel like magic. But as Fabio Rojas, professor of sociology at Indiana University Bloomington points out in a recent series of tweets, there is no “unicorn” of a mentor who checks all the boxes for you.

Promoting Your Book (An IHS Exclusive) by Professor Ilya Somin

Writing an Academic Book, Part V: Promoting Your Book

For most academic books, the most important audience is likely to be other scholars in your own field. Most are likely to be academics; but some may also be scholars at think tanks, research institutes, and government agencies. If these people review your book and cite it, it might have a real impact on the field – and on your reputation. If not, the book will probably sink like a stone – as all too many books do.

The Writing Process by Professor Ilya Somin

Writing an Academic Book, Part IV: The Writing Process

There is no one fool-proof way to write a book. But I can, nonetheless, offer a few suggestions that are likely to be useful for many academic writers. I’m far from an ideal writer, myself. But I have written six books, including some that attracted considerable interest and attention. I also have plenty of painful experience battling problems that often beset writers.

Getting Your Proposal Accepted by Professor Ilya Somin

Writing an Academic Book, Part III: Getting Your Proposal Accepted

Obviously, your success will in large part depend on how good your idea actually is, and also on your standing in your field. The better your proposed book project, and the more prominent an academic you are, the better your chances of getting publishers (especially top-notch ones) to accept your idea. I can’t—at least in this post—tell you how to do good scholarship in your field, or how to become a big-name academic. What I can do is describe how to increase your chances of getting published, holding these two crucial variables constant.

Choosing a Publisher by Professor Ilya Somin

Writing an Academic Book, Part II: Choosing a Publisher

There are hundreds of university presses in the United States alone—academic publishers affiliated with universities. There are also numerous commercial academic publishers—presses that publish primarily academic books, but are not affiliated with a university. How do you decide which ones to submit to? If you get more than one offer, how do you choose?

Manuscript Workshops

About Our Manuscript Workshops Manuscript Workshops are moderated, round-table discussions bringing together scholars in order …