Surpassing pain points of publication: Opinion

July 2, 2021
Academics publishing their first manuscript can find it difficult to navigate obstacles in the way of publishing, writes Nicole Mansfield Wright. The author describes the “four pain points of publication” and offers guidance on how to surpass them. Wright describes how academics can prepare to transition their dissertation to book form and provides guidance on how to network with publishers. The author also explains that academics should thoughtfully prepare for the publisher’s board review by clarifying the book’s wider appeal, returning to initial readers’ reports, and rechecking the publisher’s recent releases; and provides tips on the publication process, such as negotiating contracts and ensuring the book’s title is SEO friendly. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)