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Writing Successful Academic Books

Handbook / Manual

By: Anthony Haynes

200 pages, 3 b/w illus, 5 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 2010 | #185165 | ISBN-13: 9780521730747
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Hardback | Mar 2010 | #185163 | ISBN-13: 9780521514989
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About this book

'Publish or perish' is a well-established adage in academia. Never has the pressure on academics to publish been greater. Yet the prospect of writing a book can seem daunting, while the business of getting it published may be mystifying. Written by an expert in academic publishing, Writing Successful Academic Books provides a practical guide to both writing and getting published. It covers all stages of academic authorship from developing the initial idea for a book through to post-publication issues, showing how to avoid the common pitfalls and achieve academic and professional success through publication. Full of real life examples, including a sample book proposal, the book covers everything you need to know to build up an authorial career. This is an invaluable guide for academic authors - prospective or established - in all disciplines.

'Every academic serious about getting published will benefit from reading this succinct yet highly accomplished guide. Brimming with invaluable insights from publishing, as well as containing plenty of practical writing tips and strategies, this book will be indispensable whether you're a first-time author or seasoned pro.' Alexandra Webster, Associate Director, Palgrave 'A very useful and thorough book that will certainly help me and fellow PhD students: the book demystifies publishing of academic books, especially those based on dissertations.' Lisa Mueller, NCCR Democracy, University of Zurich 'Readable, clear and useful, Writing Successful Academic Books is an interesting, accessible and enlightening book for anyone wanting to publish, particularly for academics. In a wonderful position to write such a book, Haynes does it comprehensively, including information and advice that is not common knowledge and often not divulged. A must read for anyone considering publishing an academic book!' Rachel L. Hardy-Holbrook, Graduate School Skills Manager, The University of Warwick


Foreword by Jaan Mikk; Preface; Part I. Becoming an Author: 1. Foundations; 2. Contexts; 3. Getting commissioned; 4. Contracts and agents; Part II. Writing the Text: 5. Processes (I); 6. Processes (II); 7. Craft; 8. Dissertations; Part III. Managing the Project: 9. Time; 10. People; 11. Next; Appendix A. Proposal guidelines; Appendix B. Sample book proposal; Appendix C. Guide to contracts.

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Anthony Haynes is Director of The Professional and Higher Partnership Ltd and a Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University.

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