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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
This is the first post in what I expect will be a series of four or five in all. It will deal with the all-important question of how you should decide whether to try writing a book in the first place. Future posts in the series will take a look at the publication process in more detail, including submitting a proposal, choosing a publisher, and actually writing the book.
With nearly 80 graduate students in attendance, the 2021 IHS Graduate Conference successfully sharpened research projects and reconnected colleagues. For two days, graduate students shared their research with fellow peers and faculty, whose constructive feedback helped refine each project for publication.
The Institute for Humane Studies is pleased to announce Sarah Burns, associate professor of political science at Rochester Institute of Technology, as a recent recipient of the IHS Sabbatical Research Fellowship.
Graduate students can often be left in the dark when it comes to actually being a graduate student. Dr. Jason Brennan, who is the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Professor at Georgetown University, hopes to shed some light on these issues