The Status of the Press Matters, Still!

A debate has simmered on the comment thread to my post, Does the Status of the Press Matter, in recent weeks, on the question: is Palgrave MacMillan a press with high enough status for a US R1 tenure case?  My … Continue reading

My Book Is On Amazon!

My book, The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job, is available for pre-order from Amazon!  Pre-order price $13.50 (paperback), $11.99 (Kindle). It’s published by Crown Publishers (a division of Random House), under the … Continue reading

Grad Student Grandiosity

Grad students tend to veer between two extremes: I know nothing and I know everything.  The latter position is an over-compensatory response to fear of the former. As you gain experience you find a middle ground of calm confidence. However, … Continue reading

Writing Your Book While Juggling Teaching and Kids (A Guest Post)

A reader wrote asking for a post on how to write a book while working at a teaching-intensive university.  I put out a request for a guest post on the subject on Facebook, and Katherine Vukadin responded with this account … Continue reading

Should I Send Out a Book Proposal Before the Manuscript is Completely Finished?

This is a Q and A that arose on the blog this week, following the blog post, How To Write a Book Proposal. I’ve been asked this question many times.  This is my answer. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Q:   Karen, can I ask … Continue reading

How To Pitch Your Book to an Editor at a Conference (Super-Special Request Post)

Today’s post is a Special Request for many, many readers who have written over the past year asking how to pitch their book to potential editors while at disciplinary conferences. I confess, I’ve been kind of avoiding writing this post. … Continue reading

How To Write A Book Proposal

This week’s post is a Special Request post for The Universe, which has informed me that countless junior scholars are fretting over the question of how to write a book proposal. This post is exhaustive and detailed, and endeavors to … Continue reading

My Top Five Tips for Turning Your Dissertation Into a Book–A Special Request Post

Today is another Special Request Post.  This one is from Maria, who asks, do I have a template (like my Foolproof Grant Template) for turning a dissertation into a book? No, Maria, I do not.  The process of turning the … Continue reading

Using Rage to Stay Motivated, Part Two

(Tuesday Post Category–Strategizing Your Success in Academia) Last Tuesday I wrote Part 1 of “Using Rage to Stay Motivated,” a Special Request post for Allen.  He asked how to stay motivated while writing his thesis.  Staying motivated through the long … Continue reading