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Apr 7, 2022

Scholarly Skills: From Dissertation to Book

A Conversation with Dr. William Germano

New Books Network 2022

A Conversation with Dr. William Germano

Welcome to The Academic Life! In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • Important questions to ask yourself before getting started on revising
  • A review of the basic options for the post-defense dissertation
  • Hurdles a manuscript must clear in the scholarly publishing process
  • How voice operates in scholarly writing
  • The importance of book and chapter titles
  • What good writing is and what it does

Our guest is: Dr William Germano, professor of English at Cooper Union in New York, where he served as dean of humanities and social sciences for more than a decade. In the years before he joined Cooper Union, he served as editorial director at Columbia University Press and, for almost twenty years, as publishing director at Routledge. He, and the editorial teams he has worked with, have published hundreds of leading scholars in the humanities and the social sciences.

Bill Germano is the author of six books, On Revision: The Only Writing that Counts (University of Chicago Press, 2021) and Syllabus: The Remarkable, Unremarkable Document That Changes Everything, coauthored with Kit Nicholls and published by Princeton. Editor, publisher, teacher, writer, he is especially attuned to the problems that academic writers face. Those problems, and practical solutions for them, are the focus of his best-known work, Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books (published by Chicago and currently in a third edition) and From Dissertation to Book (also from Chicago and currently in its second edition).

Our host is: Dr. Dana Malone, a scholar and practitioner energized by facilitating meaningful learning experiences for students and educators alike. From Dissertation to Book was a valuable recommendation at pivotal moment in her scholarly life, and she is excited to share it with The Academic Life audience.

Listeners to this episode might also be interested in:

  • NBN Interview with William Germano for On Revision: The Only Writing that Counts On RevisionNBN Interview with William Germano for Getting it Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Getting It Published
  • On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser (Quill)
  • How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One by Stanley Fish (Harper)
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (Anchor Books)

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