Becoming an Author: Advice for Academics and Other Professionals

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Doing a book

Why write a book? • Turning a thesis into a book • What
about editing a book? • The challenges of editing


Why write a book?

Once the effort is over and the hours have been put in, there is something curiously satisfying about seeing your name on the front of a book, especially if it has an attractive cover and there are a decent number of them in your university bookshop. But more importantly, writing a book will sometimes be the most appropriate way of publishing your ideas – if, for example, you want to make a series of arguments in favour of a new way of thinking or a new approach in research; or if you want to explore a wide range of aspects of a topic. Or you might find that, having published a number of articles relating to an area, you now wish to gather those ideas together with others that are as yet unpublished, to create a more comprehensive picture of your area of interest and your particular take on some of its facets. Another source of ideas for some aspiring authors of books, especially for first books, will be the work they carried out for their postgraduate degree.

Writing a book is usually exciting, as you discover ideas you had never dreamt you had, and try to find not only what you want to say, but also the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Becoming an Author - Advice for Academics and Other Professionals iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • About the Authors xi
  • 1: Publishing Without Perishing 1
  • 2: The Author’s Journey 10
  • 3: Varieties of Publication 23
  • 4: Beyond the Blank Page 34
  • 5: The Importance of Style 51
  • 6: The Importance of Structure 73
  • 7: Using Illustration 90
  • 8: Moral Authorship Responsibilities and Rights 101
  • 9: Writing for Journals 117
  • 10: The Journal Process 129
  • 11: Newspapers and Other Forms of Publication 143
  • 12: Doing a Book 155
  • 13: From Idea to Reality a Book’s Journey to Print 163
  • 14: Changing Media 187
  • Postscript: Becoming an Academic Author 194
  • Bibliography and References 200
  • Index 203
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