Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books

Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books

Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books

Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books


Since 2001 William Germano'sGetting It Publishedhas helped thousands of scholars develop a compelling book proposal, find the right academic publisher, evaluate a contract, handle the review process, and, finally, emerge as published authors. But a lot has changed in the past seven years. With the publishing world both more competitive and more confusing- especially given the increased availability of electronic resources- this second edition of Germano's best-selling guide has arrived at just the right moment. As he writes in a new chapter, the "via electronica" now touches every aspect of writing and publishing. And although scholars now research, write, and gain tenure in a digital world, they must continue to ensure that their work meets the requirements of their institutions and the needs of their readers. Germano, a veteran editor with experience in both the university press and commercial worlds, knows this audience. This second edition will teach readers how to think about, describe, and pitch their manuscripts before they submit them. They'll discover the finer points of publishing etiquette, including how to approach a busy editor and how to work with other publishing professionals on matters of design, marketing, and publicity. In a new afterword, they'll also find helpful advice on what they can- and must- do to promote their work. A true insider's guide to academic publishing, the second edition ofGetting It Publishedwill help authors understand what to expect from the publishing process, from manuscript to finished book and beyond.


Writers and publishers depend upon one another, but it often seems as if they don't speak the same language. in the decade since this book was conceived the disconnect between writers and publishers remains a significant issue in the academic community. Getting It Published is a book about scholarly publishing written for authors. the first edition was written by an editor. the second edition is written by a former editor of scholarly books—one who sometimes feels like a recovering editor— whose current profession is professor and academic dean. Deans and editors, I discovered, both have to nurture big-picture judgments, make quick decisions, and live by them. Both live lives shaped by the world of scholars. in the years since Getting It Published, and later From Dis sertation to Book, appeared in print, my work with academic authors has continued in dozens of faculty development workshops across North America, in Europe, and in New Zealand. Each is a chance to teach, which is a chance to learn.

I've kept the word “serious” in the subtitle of this book. I'm less worried now than I was then that the gesture might be misinterpreted. No cat calendars or pop star biographies here—just the books on which scholars depend every day of their lives.

Why aren't we as serious about writing as we are about getting published? Visit your campus bookstore or any surviving independents. Or browse the writing and publishing section at Barnes & Noble or Borders. the shelves are crammed with guides for writers. All fall into a predictable pattern: how to write your book (general, fiction, screenplay, murder mystery); how to write well (Strunk and White, as well as longer, college-style handbooks); how to publish what it is you've written well (books on finding publishers and editors and agents, mainly for trade books). What's missing is a book to help graduate students, professors, and independent scholars, in other words, serious writers, for whom publishing—and a special kind of publishing—is essential.

During an almost thirty-year career in scholarly publishing I worked . . .

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