Germano provides a great deal of practical advice, including pre-eminently Checklist 1 in the back of the book, a simple run-down of the differences between the audience, voice, structure, and length of a dissertation and of a book, respectively.
Germano writes with a noticeably smooth and engaging voice himself. I thoroughly enjoyed and profited from this book. It's hard to imagine anyone writing from a better perspective. Germano uses a lot of words to say what he wants to say, but the things he wants to make clear are rather useful. Germano's book is much less a practical guide with concrete steps and tasks and much more a look inside the mind of a book editor.
I found a lot of it to be repetitive and would have liked less metaphorical illustrations and more concrete advise. I'm not a STEM person here--I'm an ethnographer, so I have a pretty high tolerance for storytelling and the like--that's just not what I was looking for from this book.
People who received little advice or feedback specifically on scholarly writing in grad school will probably gain more from this book than I did I was fortunate to have an advisor who was a former editor and put me through my paces. I thought the useful bits made up maybe 30 pages out of the pages of prose here.
Luckily, "From Dissertation to Book" is a pretty quick read. Nonetheless, I will say that the book did get me pumped up to go back to my diss and do something with it after having set it aside for almost two years writing a dissertation is traumatic. I thought the final chapter "What Happens Next" also did a fine job of explaining and affirming the role of writing in the scholar's life. Feb 04, Eric Black rated it it was ok Shelves: There are books you read because you want to and books you read because you have to.
I read the second edition. If Germano is correct, the need for this book is ample; however, the need for this book to be this length and this repetitive is not demonstrated within its pages. Oct 02, Corey Wrenn rated it it was ok. While I certainly picked up a few helpful tips make sure those first 50 pages shine; steer clear of passive voice, etc.
Not as much concrete advice as I had hoped should the methodology section be included? If so, to what extent? It isn't a long book and is easy enough to skim through, so it would be worth borrowing, but not purchasing.
May 29, Geoffrey Long rated it really liked it. It's a slim volume, both in size and in ROI, but that's not to say it isn't a valuable read - Germano's insight into both academia and the publishing industry is a strong dose of reality to the newly-minted Ph. D or those of us who have written really hefty Master's theses and are figuring out what to do next. Germano not only talks about how the audience and required voice differs between dissertations and books, but he also breaks down the possibilities based on the amount of time the person It's a slim volume, both in size and in ROI, but that's not to say it isn't a valuable read - Germano's insight into both academia and the publishing industry is a strong dose of reality to the newly-minted Ph.
Germano not only talks about how the audience and required voice differs between dissertations and books, but he also breaks down the possibilities based on the amount of time the person is willing to spend on revisions and gives some ideas as to how much time is actually appropriate, to help guide the would-be author from falling into the trap of endless revisions and delays.
There but for the grace of God, etc. Perhaps the biggest strike against this text and a weak strike at that is how the last third of the book goes into greater depth about how to focus on audience, voice and so on. This is solid, but also sort of a no-brainer for readers who have studied writing and publishing at all.
Those of us who fall into that camp can happily skim through those last pages, but other academics new to the publishing game should find them a compelling read. In the end, Germano's book should probably be handed out to newly-minted Ph. Ds along with their sheepskins. Those of us who are taking a slightly different road, however, will still find it valuable but perhaps not quite so much of a pageturner.
May 21, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this both because it's time for me to get started thinking about turning my own dissertation into a book and in preparation to help a colleague who is more ambitious or at least less busy than me do the same. Germano's advice about the differences between dissertations and books, though sometimes mystifying, seemed largely correct.
But, if you are looking for a prescriptive advice manual, this is not it. In the end, Germano places the onus on the writer to 1 decide whether their disse I read this both because it's time for me to get started thinking about turning my own dissertation into a book and in preparation to help a colleague who is more ambitious or at least less busy than me do the same. In the end, Germano places the onus on the writer to 1 decide whether their dissertation is worth revising and 2 assess what requires revision.
Where he is prescriptive, his advice on prose style, especially is useful and easy to follow. But these are the easy fixes. It's the harder ones, including the decision whether to revise at all, that continue will only feel more apparent when you've finished this volume. Nonetheless, Germano forces writers to think about the things that matter as far as this goes. Aug 20, Beatrice Lapa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am halfway through this book while in the process of revising my dissertation for publication purposes and I am so happy with what I have read so far.
All those things that I have always wanted to do with my dissertation At first I felt like did not ever want to go back to my dissertation I said goodbye to it after graduation , but certain work-related conferences I belong to the game development industry make me feel like I really should publish and t I am halfway through this book while in the process of revising my dissertation for publication purposes and I am so happy with what I have read so far.
At first I felt like did not ever want to go back to my dissertation I said goodbye to it after graduation , but certain work-related conferences I belong to the game development industry make me feel like I really should publish and talk about women in the video games industry. I'm still stuck at the "framework" chapter of my dissertation, though.
That's the most difficult part to translate into digestible bits. I'm still figuring out how to rename the chapter title and make the content sound less dissertation-y. That being said, I love how this book made me breeze through the first few chapters of my own work. May 04, meeners rated it liked it. If he hadn't said them, Goethe's final words - "More light! Revision is the act of bringing light, and more of it, into one's writing, and so into one's thoughts and its representation on the page.
Books that are well written enjoy the imitation of immortality we call being read. As you revise your dissertation you will turn it into something stronger, clearer, and perhap author's advice summed up in a word: As you revise your dissertation you will turn it into something stronger, clearer, and perhaps along the way into something smarter.
That is what writing scholars do. Writing and revising, systole and diastole, are the paired beats of a scholar's life.
Mar 03, Kim rated it really liked it. A quick read with cogent advice for those shifting from, well, obviously, dissertations to books. More definition of "revision" than this particular reader needed, but several helpful examples of differences between dissertations and good books, down to things like tables of contents. There's a rather snarky 'no-dissertations-are-readable' thread throughout, but having only read a few dissertations, and most in writing-related fields, I suspect the ones I've seen have been more carefully crafted A quick read with cogent advice for those shifting from, well, obviously, dissertations to books.
There's a rather snarky 'no-dissertations-are-readable' thread throughout, but having only read a few dissertations, and most in writing-related fields, I suspect the ones I've seen have been more carefully crafted as pieces of writing than the many from multiple disciplines Germano has experienced. Jun 22, Jonathan McKay rated it it was amazing. Highly recommended for the recent doctoral graduate wondering about going "From Dissertation to Book.
It is in equal parts cautionary do you want to do this? The next step is deciding which part fits. Mar 31, Anne rated it it was ok Shelves: A highly specialized guide to writing, Germano attempts to do as the title suggests: These latter chapters offered several helpful tips to rethink the presentation of your work title, table of contents, overall structure, etc. Dec 31, Lfrench rated it it was amazing. Once I finally picked this book up, I couldn't put it down.
I would recommend to any recently minted PhD. The most valuable aspect of the text for me was that I recognized myself in its pages. From Germano's description of typical dissertations mine was number 2 to the chapter on nagging doubts about quality and time, I was comforted and motivated that my post-PhD situation is common and that the book is still achievable.
Germano makes a few points that accumulate to a mindset, portrayed to be that of an editor, that authors seeking publication should understand. A useful book - but lengthy. The length is especially taxing at the beginning, where Germano takes a few too many pages and indeed chapters to insist that dissertations are not book manuscripts - something that the reader most probably understands early on.
Nov 18, Leif rated it really liked it. Great little gem that straddles the line between practical advice on revision and theoretical reasoning within the publishing industry. Germano even goes the extra distance and, once in a while, aims for inspiration. Honestly, this is probably one of the better resources on the subject that I've seen so far.
May 17, Oliver Bateman rated it liked it. Too bad I checked both out from the library. Definitely worth your time, but if you've only got the energy for one, go with Getting It Published. Jun 11, Karl Steel rated it liked it Recommends it for: Much of value in here, but there's a lot of stretching too.
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