Getting It Published, 2nd Edition: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)

Since 2001 William Germano’s Getting It Published has 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 of Getting It Published will help authors understand what to expect from the publishing process, from manuscript to finished book and beyond.

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  1. Useful for the unpublished William Germano, vice president and publishing director at Routledge, wrote Getting It Published to explain the expectations that scholarly publishing houses have toward writers. He set forth as his goals “to explain how publishers select manuscripts and publish them, to help the serious writer best present her or his work so that its chances for acceptance will be significantly increased,” and “to show how the process from submission to publication can be made to work, and work well for both…

  2. You need this if you’re writing a scholarly book It’s easy to decide whether this book is for you: if you’re writing or considering writing a first or second scholarly book, you should read this. It will educate you and probably save a lot of time and heartache. But if you’re not writing a scholarly book — if you’re hoping instead to publish fiction, or a popular book, or a scholarly article, or a conference paper, or are writing (as opposed to publishing) a dissertation — then it’s not for you. It’s only about academic and technical works…

  3. Great help with planning your first book proposal in academia I’ve been reading this book off and on over the first few months of my new tenure-track job. It seems it will be a huge help to me over the holiday break, as I get together my first book proposal. All the positive recommendations are spot on.

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