- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (26 Oct. 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521394945
- ISBN-13: 978-0521394949
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,594,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Handbook for Academic Authors Hardcover – 26 Oct 1990
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'Beth Luey has written the kind of basic text that you might think has been around for years. Well it hasn't been, and now finally is. The text is sensible and fair tos all parties involved in academic publishing. Her book is especially noteworthy for disabusing authors of unrealistic expectation, while no less recalling to scholarly publishers their obligations to their authors no less than to the bottom line.' Irving Louis Horowitz, Rutgers University. 'This practical informal and knowledgeable handbook is a fine guide to the highways and byways of academic publishing. It should be of considerable value to prospective authors.' Lewis A. Coser, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Brings advice to academic authors into the age of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Both text and bibliography have been completely updated. A new chapter evaluates various electronic media for different kinds of publications and suggests ways for the technologically ambitious author to use them to best advantage. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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What Luey covers, however, she covers very well. She comes to the topic with a wealth of experience -- true "insider's knowledge". She edited scholarly books and textbooks for a decade; she's taught scolarly editing and publishing; she even formed a small publishing company. All in all, as she puts it, she's been an "editor, indexer, publisher, production manager, and shipping clerk."
Luey covers the details of publishing scholarly books from start to finish, including specific types of books such as textbooks and multi-author collections of articles or essays. Financial details, such as royalties, are explained from the point of view of both author and publisher. Luey is very helpful in giving professors a sense of publishers' pressures and business considerations. She discusses how to consider which publisher is most appropriate for submitting a proposal as well as the form and mechanics of submissions. She describes contracts and tells what to look for before signing. She tells how to prepare the typescript and illustrations professionally. I thought that her explanation of why the prices of academic books varies was an interesting topic.
I am a professional counselor and coach to junior faculty and graduate students and I'm very glad to have found this book. I will definitely recommend it to the people I work with who are in the process of revising their dissertations to be published. Her explanations of how the content and style of a dissertation must be transformed in order to publish are excellent. This chapter, "Revising a Dissertation" and will be especially useful to junior academics in humanities and social science departments in which turning the dissertation into the first book is an expected prerequisite of tenure. If you are working on your first scholarly book Luey's advice will help you through the process.