Turning your PhD into a book

Submitting the thesis, August 2012

As I was racing to the submission finish line with my PhD thesis in August 2012, I constantly doubted whether certain sections were ‘done’ or ‘good enough’. One of the most common pieces of feedback I’d get from my supervisor was ‘save it for the book’. Well, now that moment has come. And I can’t for the life of me remember what it was I was ‘saving’, because now it just seems so LONG. Although I did revisit parts of the manuscript when I put my book proposal together for the University of Minnesota press in the summer of 2014-15, it is not until this summer (2016-17), that I have really begun to revise the entire thesis into a manuscript. I’ll post a bit more about it along the way, including:

  1. Writing your book proposal
  2. Re-reading your thesis with an eye to edits
  3. Planning your edits
  4. The editing process

I’m sure there will be some hiccups along the way, but the aim is to get the entire manuscript pulled together by Christmas in order to share it with the series editors, then work on final edits in late January 2017 in order to submit February 17th before the students come back from summer break. Stay tuned!

See also: Writing your book proposal: From concept to submission

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