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Getting It Published

A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books, Third Edition

William Germano

Getting It Published

William Germano

304 pages | 5 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780226281407 Published April 2016
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9780226281377 Published April 2016
E-book $18.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226281544 Published April 2016
For more than a decade, writers have turned to William Germano for his insider’s take on navigating the world of scholarly publishing. A professor, author, and thirty-year veteran of the book industry, Germano knows what editors want and what writers need to know to get their work published.

Today there are more ways to publish than ever, and more challenges to traditional publishing. This ever-evolving landscape brings more confusion for authors trying to understand their options. The third edition of Getting It Published offers the clear, practicable guidance on choosing the best path to publication that has made it a trusted resource, now updated to include discussions of current best practices for submitting a proposal, of the advantages and drawbacks of digital publishing, and tips for authors publishing textbooks and in open-access environments.

Germano argues that it’s not enough for authors to write well—they also need to write with an audience in mind. He provides valuable guidance on developing a compelling book proposal, finding the right publisher, evaluating a contract, negotiating the production process, and, finally, emerging as a published author.
“This endlessly useful and expansive guide is every academic’s pocket Wikipedia: a timely, relevant, and ready resource on scholarly publishing, from the traditional monograph to the digital e-book. I regularly share it, teach it, and consult it myself, whenever I have a question on titling a chapter, securing a permission, or negotiating a contract. Professional advice simply does not get any savvier than this pitch-perfect manual on how to think like a publisher.”—Diana Fuss, Princeton University
Contents
Preface to the Third Edition
Acknowledgments

1 Introduction
2 What Do Publishers Do?
3 Writing the Manuscript
4 Selecting a Publisher
5 Your Proposal
6 What Editors Look For
7 Surviving the Review Process
8 What a Contract Means
9 Collections and Anthologies
10 Quotations, Pictures, and Other Headaches
11 How to Deliver a Manuscript
12 And Then What Happens to It
13 The Via Electronica
14 This Book—And the Next

Afterword: Promoting Your Work
For Further Reading
Index
Review Quotes
Publishing Research Quarterly
"The heart of the book walks the reader through the publishing process from the point of view of what the publisher wants from the author. This is what separates this book from all of the other books advising scholars on publication: it has as much insight from the publisher as the author. . . . Unlike other books on academic writing that focus only on the process of writing, Germano is ever aware that the sustainability of scholarly presses does not end with the tenure review committee and that today’s scholar must also see their work in the larger context of their field and the intellectual world that now includes the internet, open access, and e-books."
Reference Reviews
“A clear and enthralling read, channeling Germano’s expertise on scholarly publishing into a timely, approachable and inspiring book that can be used as a quick reference or as part of a more comprehensive education. The book’s masterful synthesis of breadth and words makes it a tremendously valuable resource for new and experienced academic writers alike, as well as the librarians helping them.”
Praise for previous edition | Times Higher Education
“There is, I assume, only one William Germano. A shame, because any aspiring author who reads this book will probably want him as their editor. However, illicit cloning aside, they will have to settle for his considered advice on the page, rather than in person. . . . Germano is committed to ideas but clear-headed about business, inspiring but not unrealistic, wise in the ways of publishing and witty about writers’ foibles. And—a good sign in an editor—he writes well himself.”
Praise for previous edition | Diana Fuss, Princeton University
“This endlessly useful and expansive guide is every academic’s pocket Wikipedia: a timely, relevant, and ready resource on scholarly publishing, from the traditional monograph to the digital e-book. I regularly share it, teach it, and consult it myself, whenever I have a question on titling a chapter, securing a permission, or negotiating a contract. Professional advice simply does not get any savvier than this pitch-perfect manual on how to think like a publisher.”
Praise for previous edition | Writer
“Wise counsel from a battle-tested strategist.”
Praise for previous edition | Booklist
“Germano deconstructs and demystifies what publishers and editors actually do and what authors should look for in finding the right house for their subject and in putting the right words in their contract.”
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