Many doctoral students look into getting their dissertations published for future benefit to other students and people in their respective fields. It can be a long and arduous task. Here are some great tips to help get you started in the right direction.

Your Attitude about Getting Your Book Published

How important is it to you that you publish your book? Your commitment needs to be very high because the cost in time, money, and effort will be great. One major advantage to converting your dissertation to a book is that it is essentially already written. Yes, there is still work to be done, but most of the difficult chapters and sections are done. You will need to make decisions about organization. Transitional sentences and paragraphs must be added.

Traditional or On-Demand Publisher

What type of publisher will you use?  If you select a traditional publisher such as Sage Publications, John Wiley & Sons, or W.W. Norton & Company, once they accept the manuscript they will decide on formatting, layout, and organization. Many traditional publishers will not deal with new authors directly. They only want to communicate with authors’ agents. When your book is accepted for publication, the publisher will assume all publishing costs. An important advantage: they will promote your book through their websites, catalogues, and representatives.

If you decide to use an “on-demand” publisher, you will make all the decisions regarding the issues of content, formatting, layout, and organization. This type of publishing service offers numerous fee-based support services that you may choose to use. Also, the royalties you receive can be very high, when compared to traditional publishers, since you set the selling price of the book. Here are a few “on-demand” publishers to investigate: Author House, iUniverse Publishing, Lulu Press, Trafford Publishing, and Xlibris Publishing. They offer a variety of publishing services, which vary from the minimal to comprehensive. It is your decision since you are purchasing a pre-publication package, which will cost somewhere between $500 and $1,000 depending on the services you want. An important disadvantage: the publisher will not promote your book. They will offer promotion and marketing packages at an extra cost.

Regardless of the type of publisher you select, the benefits of publishing a book are significant: you will generally be considered an expert in the subject of the book; you could decide to give lectures, seminars, and speeches based on your book; you can receive a steady stream of royalty income every quarter; if you choose an on-demand publisher, your book will be available into perpetuity; it will feel great to see your book published; and your family and friends will be impressed.