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From Dissertation to Book

Transforming your dissertation into a publishable book can be a daunting task. While your book will reflect the same themes and arguments as your dissertation, major revisions are necessary to ensure that your manuscript is readable, compelling, and accessible to a wider audience than your dissertation committee. 

SciencePG can help you turn your rigid scholarly text into captivating prose that is not only publishable, but can be shared with and enjoyed by your colleagues, friends, and family.We welcome you to contact us to discuss transforming your dissertation into a book. And please click here  to have a clear mind of the Author Guideline and the download the publication proposal form as guided and fill out it and send it to book@sciencepublishinggroup.com

Turning Your Dissertation into Book

Get tenure and promotion
This is standard practice among young scholars, since the ability to get tenure and promotion (to keep your job and advance from assistant professor to associate professor after several years trial period) at most research universities depends on the publication of at least one book. For most people, it makes sense to expand the research you’ve already started doing for your dissertation and revise your thesis rather than begin a whole new project that you might not be able to finish in 6 years.

Publicize your project
Turning a dissertation into a book means turning something people have to read into something they’ll want to read. Look at it as an opportunity to publicize your project so that as many people as possible can learn from the years of work that you’ve done.

Build a reputation
If you have finished your dissertation, you are probably thinking of turning your dissertation into a book. Your Ph.D. thesis usually becomes your first monograph and helps you to start building a reputation in the academic world.

The Main Differences between a Dissertation and a Book

Dissertation
1. Fulfils an academic requirement
2. Audience: one’s dissertation committee
3. Dependent on quotations, often in blocks
4. Hides the authorial voice
5. Structure demonstrates analytical skills
6. Examples are numerous, repetitive
7. Few, long chapters
8. Stops

Book
1. Fulfils a desire to speak broadly
2. Audience: thousands of people you don’t know
3. Quotes others judiciously
4. Creates and sustain an authorial voice
5. Structure demonstrates the throughline
6. Examples are well-chosen and move the story forward
7. Several chapters of readable length
8. Concludes

The Revision Process

Books have an organic wholeness that many dissertations lack. As you revise, try to think in terms of the whole rather than individual chapters. Make the book as reader-friendly as possible. In your introduction, say what’s at stake in your book, what you’ll be arguing, what your methods will be, and what evidence you’ll be presenting. As you go through each chapter, remind readers what you’ve shown so far and refer back to previous chapters, making connections to things that were demonstrated earlier. As much as you can, try to put yourself in the place of the reader, of someone who’s seeing your work for the first time. As you begin to understand how your book has to be different from your dissertation, here are some important pieces of advice:


Basics
1. Organize your book around your core idea, theme, and/or argument. You did this for your dissertation when you formulated your research question or hypothesis. Now is the time, however, to rephrase the scholarly jargon into something that will pique the interest of an editor who already has a conception of the potential audience. This audience is less familiar with your topic and discipline than your committee, and it is more interested in seeing the “big picture” without being overwhelmed with the details of how you got there.

2. Establish your voice. A dissertation is couched in protective language that references the work of others, and your own voice is sublimated. Now you are ready to strike out on your own and say what you think. Ultimately, this is the freedom that comes with publishing a book

3. Find a fresh pair of eyes willing to read your dissertation with the goal of helping you decide what can stay and what must go. Consider working with an editor or an uninvolved reader to help you to let go of the material you produced to prove to your committee you “covered all the bases,” so to speak.

Details
1. Remove all academic scaffolding;
2. Reorganize the material to make it more interesting and accessible;
3. Refocus clearly on the heart of your story or argument;
4. Reduce the scholarly apparatus;
5. Remove unnecessary references to yourself;
6. Remove most cross-references;
7. Make chapter openings strong, clear, and inviting;
8. Remove conspicuous chapter intros and summaries;
9. Brainstorm several possible titles and subtitles;
10. Make style parallel in chapter titles, captions, chapter openings and closings, subheads;
11. Revisit the Introduction and Conclusion;
12. Remove unnecessary notes; condense or combine others;
13. Remove unnecessary examples and data;
14. Rewrite to give your text a direct and personal voice, to address the reader in plain English, to add definitions of jargon, foreign terms, biographical and historical dates;
15. Tighten prose;
16. Use active verbs.

Submit Your Proposal to Us Now

As you discovered when writing your dissertation, time is of the essence. Your research has an expiration date past which it will be useful only as part of someone else’s literature review instead of information to spur action to change what exists. The sooner after your dissertation is approved that you decide to publish in book form the substance of your research, the sooner your efforts will affect the people and conditions in your field of study.

Take charge of your career by planning now to disseminate your research and add to your credentials as a respected member of your field. We welcome you to contact us to discuss transforming your dissertation into a book. And please click here  to have a clear mind of the Author Guideline and the download the publication proposal form as guided and fill out it and send it to book@sciencepublishinggroup.com

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