How to Finish Your Book, Get It Published, and Talk about Your Work

(This page is in progress as of 27 November 2016 and will be updated regularly.) We work with thousands of contributors, scholars and other experts who have between them written hundreds of thousands of books and academic papers and articles. Sometimes one of these authors comes to us with a book idea that just isn’t a fit for Berkshire, or asks for advice on finding a mass-market publisher. We also have colleagues who specialize in working with academics who want to get published. This page consists of recommended resources for academics, graduate students, and other researchers who would like to write more easily and publish more widely.

Recommended Books and Online Resources

Write No Matter What by our friend Joli Jensen, communications professor at the University of Tulsa, is specifically for academics. Preorder at Amazon or order from the publisher, the University of Chicago Press.

JaneFriedman.com is packed with advice on writing, book proposals, and the publishing industry, including realistic charts and checklists to help you decide if your idea makes sense as a book or might be more effective as a blog or other type of publication. She also maps out different publishing options, explains self-publishing, and offers consulting services as well as online courses.

Think Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction and Get It Published by Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato.

The Berkshire Manual of Style for International Publishing includes sections about writing for a general audience. Click here for free chapters.

Editors Who Can Help You Get Published

 

Advice on How to Get Published for Non-native Writers

BMSIP

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Presentations and Speeches

Joan Detz – in English and Chinese!