Here are some important considerations, when converting your dissertation to a book:

The Freedom of Writing Your Book

As I’m sure it is easy for you to recall, researching and writing your dissertation required you to satisfy the university’s policies and procedures, the chairperson’s requirements and preferences, and the other committee members’ expectations. If you completed data collection at a specific organization, school, or clinic, you were required to satisfy their directives. None of these restrictions now exist. You are free to write what you want. No limitations. You can express yourself in your own way. You can organize the book in a manner that you feel best presents your ideas. You can add your opinion and your perceptions anywhere and everywhere. You will love it.

Your Target Audience or Readership

If you are gearing the book to the academic community of scholars and educators, you should be able to keep the same style you used in the dissertation. Remember that regardless of who they are most readers will not want to read a book that looks like a dissertation, which usually includes only the common four or five chapters. So you will want to expand the number of chapter to eight or ten shorter chapter.

If you are focusing your book on the general public, you will want to change the writing style to a more conversational tone. The use of personal pronouns “I” and “you” will make a stronger connection with your readers. Also, you could to add chapters by breaking up each of your existing┬ádissertation chapters into multiple shorter ones. Change the chapter titles to more mainstream names that reflect the content of each and which deal more┬ádirectly with your topics and sub-topics you are presenting. Avoid using the traditional dissertation chapter titles such as: Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology, Results or Findings, and Conclusions, Discussion, and Recommendations for Future Research.